Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) 3+3 Direct Admission

The pre-professional phase includes the freshman, sophomore and junior years at Carroll University. If a student with direct admission status meets all progression standards after his or her junior year at the University, he or she transitions directly into the professional phase of the DPT Program in the senior year.

During their freshman, sophomore and junior years at the University, direct admission students earn credits toward undergraduate degrees in existing Carroll majors which have a pre-physical therapy emphasis. Direct admission students earn their bachelor's degree at the end of the fourth year of study and a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at the end of the sixth year.

Recommended High School Coursework (grade of ‘C’ or better)

Application Process

  1. Apply to Carroll University
  2. List Physical Therapy as your major
  3. Submit the following items to complete the application process:
    • Official high school transcripts through the sixth semester
    • Senior class schedule (optional)
  4. Indicate Early Decision or Regular Decision on your application (see explanations below)
    • Be sure to provide your preferred email address for direct admission notifications.
    • Notification of general acceptance takes approximately 1–3 weeks and is done on a rolling basis throughout the year. Students accepted to Carroll who list Physical Therapy as their major are automatically considered for DPT direct admission.

Physical Therapy Early Decision (ED) – Highly Suggested

Physical Therapy Regular Decision (RD)

Accept Your Direct Admission Seat

Submit your intent to enroll and deposit to confirm your direct admission seat.

Review and submit the Direct Admission Intent to Enroll form, which will include Progression Standards.

Candidates offered direct admission after May 1 have 10 business days from the time of acceptance to submit their intent to enroll and $400 deposit


November 1
Early decision offers begin for those accepted to the university. Additional offers will be made on a monthly basis.

December and February
Physical Therapy Visit Days - available to students with direct admission acceptances.

February 25
Deadline for accepted early decision students to confirm their direct admission seat.

March 1
Regular decision offers begin (space permitting).

March – August
Additional direct admission acceptance notifications offers continue as space permits.

Carroll University students with direct admission status must satisfy all DPT program prerequisite requirements by the end of spring semester of their junior year in order to advance into year one of the graduate program in their senior year.

Progression Standards

Please refer to the Carroll University catalog for details regarding progression standards for this program.

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