Non-Traditional Admission | Doctor of Physical Therapy
Non-traditional students have earned or will earn a bachelor's degree at an institution outside of Carroll. Non-traditional applicants are reviewed in the competitive review process with Carroll non-direct admission students and submit their application through the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS).
The DPT program encompasses three-years of professional graduate level study. Each new cohort begins the graduate DPT program in September.
Please be advised – All accepted non-traditional applicants are required to complete an advanced level of Human Anatomy and Physiology sequence (ANP402-403) in the summer prior to DPT enrollment in the fall. Courses run from late May thru early August. Most course equivalencies to ANP402/403 are at the graduate level.
Non-traditional applicants are required to apply through PTCAS.
Carroll University admits up to 20 non-traditional students who will not earn a bachelor’s degree at Carroll.
Required Application Materials
- Verified PTCAS application
- Deadline – January 15, 2020 All application materials and a verified PTCAS application must be received by Carroll by this date.
- Supplemental application fee of $50. Make your payment online (please include your PTCAS ID number).
- Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE). GRE's must be sent directly to PTCAS. Carroll's PTCAS GRE code is 8829.
- Observation hours – 45 hours minimum in two unique practice settings. Settings include inpatient acute care, inpatient rehab/sub-acute rehab facility, nursing home facility/extended care, outpatient free-standing PT or hospital clinic, school/pre-school, industrial/occupational health, or home health. Observation must be under licensed physical therapists.
- Three letters of reference submitted to PTCAS
- One letter from a licensed physical therapist
- One letter from a university/college professor
- One letter from a personal contact (non-familial) that may attest to the student's character
- Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale)
- *Pre-Professional GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) prerequisite coursework – A minimum course grade of "C" or better is required. Pre-professional science courses must be completed within seven years of matriculation.
- Applicants to the Carroll University Doctor of Physical Therapy Program may not use advanced placement credit, test credit or online course completion for biology, chemistry and physics prerequisite course work.
- Biology, chemistry and physics prerequisites must be taken in a complete sequence, i.e. Anatomy and Physiology I with lab and Anatomy and Physiology II with lab.
- Prerequisite coursework and degree conferral must be completed by the end of the fall term.
- A maximum of one course within the pre-professional (biology, chemistry physics, and psychology) may be repeated for a higher grade.
- The DPT program uses the last grade awarded in the pre-professional science GPA calculations if a course was repeated.
- Course work from accredited two and four-year institutions is accepted.
- PTCAS academic updates will be considered through mid-February – Courses identified with an asterisk are used to calculate the pre-professional science GPA (see the Carroll University catalog for course descriptions).
- Two semesters anatomy and physiology with labs or 2 general biology with labs (equivalent to Carroll's: ANP/BIO130 and ANP/BIO140 or BIO120 and BIO125)
- Two semesters advanced anatomy and physiology with labs completed at Carroll over the summer prior to the start of the graduate program (equivalent to Carroll's: ANP402 and ANP403)
- Two semesters general chemistry or college chemistry with labs (Equivalent to Carroll's: CHE101 and CHE102 or CHE203 and CHE204)
- Two semesters general physics with labs (Equivalent to Carroll's: PHY101 and PHY102 or PHY203 and PHY204)
- One semester (equivalent to Carroll's: PSY101 and above). Up to one additional psychology course, at a 200-level or higher, will be included in the pre-professional GPA calculation if completed.
- One semester statistics (equivalent to Carroll's: CMP112 and CMP114 or one course such as MAT112 or PSY205)
- Three semesters, for example: English, history, philosophy, religious studies, women's studies, fine arts, languages
- Social Sciences
- Three semesters, for example: psychology, sociology, anthropology, politics, cultural geography, economics, communications
- One semester (either English composition or literature)
- Bachelor degree verification
- Safety and Technical Standards
- Current CPR and first aid certification: The CPR certification must be either American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers or American Red Cross CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer. Certification for American Red Cross CPR/AED and First Aid is occasionally available on campus to Carroll University students. First Aid certification must be through an organization recognized as a valid issuer of certification such as the American Red Cross or American Heart Association. Copies of your CPR and First Aid certifications are to be submitted during the first week of classes and certifications must be valid for at least one year at the time of entry into Phase I.
- Health screening and background check – Physical Therapy professional phase students are required to have completed a health screening, updated immunizations and tuberculosis screening according to current Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations for health professionals, criminal background investigation and drug screening as required by internship placement sites. Exceptions to the immunization requirements will be considered on a case-by-case basis where, for example, a student has an allergy to a vaccine or one of its components. If an exception to the immunization requirements is approved, the University cannot guarantee that its affiliated hospitals and clinics will allow the student to participate in patient care, which is a fundamental requirement of the clinical education component of the Program.
- International applicants must complete the TOEFL and submit official exam scores and evaluated transcripts directly to PTCAS. Please see www.ptcas.org for additional information.
Please contact Jillian Groskreutz, Senior Associate Director of Graduate Admission, at 262.524.7223 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.