Non-Direct Admission | Doctor of Physical Therapy

What is Non-Direct Admission?

Non-direct admit applicants who complete 60 or more undergraduate degree credits at Carroll and will earn or have earned a bachelor's degree from Carroll receive a mathematical preference in consideration for the professional phase of the program. The DPT program may be completed in as little as six total years of study. Non-direct admission students apply to the professional phase of the DPT program during their junior and/or senior year at Carroll.

Guided education planning for admission to the DPT program is offered to non-direct admission students through the Carroll Physical Therapy (PT) Bound Program. The PT Bound Program planning is based on national data that includes identifying DPT program options, selecting an appropriate undergraduate major and prerequisite courses, and GRE exam and DPT application preparation.

Examples of non-direct admission students include, high school students not selected for direct admission, undergraduate transfer students, Carroll alumni, and direct admission students who did not progress within their cohort. Non-direct admit students applying in their senior year or later, must follow the professional phase admission process instructions outlined in the graduate catalog for the admission cycle to which they apply.

The number of non-direct admission seats vary from year to year. The non-direct admission acceptance rate range has historically been between 0% to 40%.

Non-Direct Admission Application to Year I of the Professional Phase | Current Carroll students or alumni

When should I apply for progression into Year I of the Professional Phase of the DPT Program?

Non-direct admit students may apply in the junior or senior year at Carroll or as an alum. Non-direct admission students should submit their application and admission materials by mid-January of the year in which they are applying. Undergraduate transfer students will work with a Carroll academic advisor to identify a completion plan. All applicants must comply with all prerequisites and complete and submit the required admission credentials to the Graduate Admission Office by mid-January.

How do I apply to the professional phase of the DPT Program?

Below are step by step instructions as to how to applying for progression to Year I of the professional phase.

STEP 1: Complete the Graduate Studies Application to Carroll
STEP 2: Complete and submit all Supplemental Application Instructions and Materials
STEP 3: Submit Official GRE Record to Carroll University (School Code 1101, Dept. Code 0619)

Track your admission file

Upon completion of STEP 1: Online Graduate Application, you may track your admission documents via Go to: MY.CARROLLU > LOGIN > ADMISSIONS TAB > GRADUATE HOME > VIEW MY ADMISSION STATUS

Submit supplemental application materials to:

Carroll University Office of Admission
100 North East Avenue, Waukesha, WI 53186

How do I track my observation/volunteer hours completed under a licensed PT?

Please document observation hours on the Clinical Experience Documentation form.

Admission Questions

Please contact Jillian Groskreutz, Senior Associate Director of Graduate Admission, at 262.524.7223 or email

The entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy Program admits qualified students regardless of race, color, creed, sex, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, or disability that does not interfere with the performance of professional physical therapy practice as provided by law. Applications and credentials for admission to the physical therapy program must be submitted for processing to the Carroll University Office of Admission. Decisions are made on applications by selection committees in the program, and applicants are notified through the Office of Admission.

Admission and standards are subject to change based on regulatory, licensing and or certification needs.

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