ENTRY-LEVEL DOCTOR OF PHYSICAL THERAPY PROGRAM ADMISSION
The entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy Program admits qualified students regardless of race, color, creed, gender, 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. Students can enter the physical therapy program in one of three ways:
Direct Admission - Carroll students with direct admission status matriculate directly from high school into the pre-professional phase of the program. The pre-professional phase includes the Freshman, Sophomore and Junior years at Carroll University. If a student with direct admission status meets all standards after his or her junior year at the University, he or she transitions into the professional phase of the DPT Program. This option allows students to earn an undergraduate bachelor’s degree as well as the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in a six-year time frame.
- Non-Direct Admission - Carroll students not selected for direct admission will follow the non-direct admission process. Examples include high school students not selected for direct admission, undergraduate transfer students, Carroll alumni, and direct admission students who did not meet progression standards and apply outside of their 3+3 cohort. Applicants who complete 60 or more undergraduate degree credits and will earn a bachelor's degree from Carroll receive a calculated preference in consideration for the professional phase of the program. Non-direct admission students may apply to the professional phase of the DPT program as early as their junior year at Carroll.
- Non-traditional Admission - An individual who received their bachelor's degree outside of Carroll University may apply for admission to the professional phase of the DPT program. Non-traditional applicants are reviewed in a competitive pool consisting of non-traditional and non-direct admission applicants. Non-traditional applicants are required to apply to the DPT program via the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS). Please reference www.ptcas.org for more information.
Applications and credentials for admission to the physical therapy program must be submitted for processing to the Carroll University Office of Admission by direct and non-direct admission applicants only. Non-traditional applicants must submit admission material to PTCAS directly. As decisions are made on applications, applicants are notified through the Office of Admission. Applicants must be eligible to return in good standing (be free of academic or disciplinary probation) to all institutions previously attended.
All applicants must comply and meet the following requirements for admission into the entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, which include:
- Evidence a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution or an equivalent institution will be awarded prior to the start of the professional phase for all non-traditional applicants and by the completion of the senior year for all direct and non-direct admission applicants.
- Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale).
- Pre-professional course work GPA of a 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) with minimum course grades of “C” or better and course work completion within the last seven years. A maximum of one course within the pre-professional course work may be repeated (see prerequisite section).
- Successful completion of all prerequisite course work prior to beginning the professional phase of the program (see prerequisite section). Direct admission applicants are required to complete all prerequisite, major, and general education coursework by the end of spring semester junior year. Direct and non-direct admit applicants may complete CCS400 GPC in Phase I of the professional phase.
- Current CPR and First Aid certification. CPR certification must be either American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers or American Red Cross CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer. First Aid certification must be through an organization recognized as a valid issuer of certification such as the American Red Cross. If accepted to the Physical Therapy Program, copies of First Aid/CPR certification are due by August 1st prior to the start of Phase I of the graduate program and certifications must be valid for at least one year at the time of entry into Phase I.
- Safety and Technical Standards.
- 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.
- Submission of required application materials prior to the applicant’s designated deadline date, which include:
- Direct admission application for progression deadline: December 15, 2015
- Non-direct application deadline: January 15, 2016
- Non-traditional application deadlines: January 15, 2016 - please reference PTCAS for additional details
Direct Admission and Non-Direct Admission (Current Carroll students and alumni only) selection decisions will be based on the submission and evaluation of:
Graduate Studies On-line Application
for the entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy Professional Phase.
- Supplemental Application Admission Materials, which include:
- Clinical Experience Documentation Form(s): Participation in a minimum of three clinical observation experiences from three different types of physical therapy practice settings which include inpatient acute care, inpatient rehab facility, outpatient orthopedic, outpatient neurological, skilled nursing facility, pediatric/school setting, home health, industrial/work rehab. Clinical Experience Documentation Form(s) must be submitted to the program. A minimum of 25 hours in three different practice settings for a total minimum of 75 hours is required.
- Three Letters of Reference - Forms: One from a physical therapist, one from a university professor, and one from a non-family member that attests to the student’s character. (If you waive your right of access, letters must be submitted with a signature across the seal in individual envelopes).
- Essay Form – must be typed.
- Employment, Service, and Academic Honor(s) Form: Participation and documentation of university or community service activities is required.
- Health Science Statement(s) Form.
- Safety and Technical Standards Form.
- Course Work in Progress Form.
- Application for Graduation Form: Only current Carroll students must submit an application for graduation to the Registrar Office prior to the application deadline to show evidence of earning a bachelor’s degree by the end of senior year.
- Official GRE scores: Carroll’s School Code is 1101 and Department Code is 0619 - exam date must be within the last 5 years
- Official transcript(s): Submission of transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended. (Carroll applicants do not need to submit transcripts.)
- 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) - reference the prerequisite section for details
Non-Traditional Admission selection decisions will be based on the evaluation of the minimum following criteria:
- PTCAS application. Please reference PTCAS for specific details at www.ptcas.org.
- Submission of Supplemental Application Fee of $50. Payment may be made online by clicking HERE (please include your PTCAS ID number).
- Submission of transcripts from all post-secondary institutions directly to PTCAS.
- Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE). GRE's must be sent directly to PTCAS. Carroll's PTCAS GRE code is 8829.
- Observation Hours - Participation in a minimum of three clinical observation experiences from three different types of physical therapy practice settings is required. Settings include inpatient acute care, inpatient rehab facility, outpatient orthopedic, outpatient neurological, skilled nursing facility, pediatric/school setting, home health, industrial/work rehab. Observation must be under licensed physical therapists. A minimum of 25 hours in each setting for a total minimum of 75 hours is required. Please reference PTCAS for documentation requirements.
- Three Letters of Reference – LOR's must be submitted to PTCAS. Please reference PTCAS for documentation requirements.
- 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) - reference the prerequisite section for details.
Successful completion of the following prerequisite course work and confirmation of successful completion of all prerequisites in progress at the time of application is required prior to the start of the professional phase of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. Because of the rapid evolution of the basic sciences and the rigor of the program, it is required that applicants complete the pre-professional course work within seven years from the time of application to the professional phase of the program with minimum course grades of “C” or better. A maximum of one course within the pre-professional course work may be repeated. Pre-professional course work is identified with an asterisk below.
Applicants to the Carroll University Physical Therapy Program may not use advanced placement credit, test credit, or online course completion for the biology, chemistry and physics pre-professional prerequisite course work. In addition, the biology, chemistry and physics pre-professional prerequisite course work must be completed as a one-year sequence. For example, anatomy and physiology I with lab and anatomy and physiology II with lab is a full sequence and is equivalent to Carroll’s ANP130 & ANP140. Please see below for the specific courses that are required under each discipline.
Prerequisite Course Work Includes:
- *BIOLOGY - 4 semesters, which include:
- 2 semesters of general biology I and II with labs OR 2 semesters of anatomy & physiology I and II with labs (Equivalent to Carroll’s: BIO 120 & BIO125 or ANP 130 & ANP 140)
- 2 semesters of advanced anatomy and advanced physiology with labs (Equivalent to Carroll’s: ANP 402 and ANP 403). Please note: Nontraditional or non-direct admit applicants who are accepted to the DPT Program and have not previously completed these courses, then ANP 402 and ANP 403 must be successfully completed at Carroll the summer prior to Phase I of the graduate program)
- *CHEMISTRY (Inorganic) - 2 semesters, which include:
- 2 semesters of general chemistry I and II with labs OR 2 semesters of college chemistry I and II with labs (Equivalent to Carroll’s: CHE 101 & CHE 102 or CHE 109 & CHE 110)
- *PHYSICS - 2 semesters, which include:
- 2 semesters of general physics I and II with labs (Equivalent to Carroll’s: PHY 101 & PHY 102 or PHY 203 & PHY 204
- *PSYCHOLOGY - Up to 2 semesters, which include:
- Introductory psychology or higher, with at least one course completed at a 200 level or higher (Equivalent to Carroll’s: PSY 101 and above
- MATH - 1 semester, which includes:
- 1 semester statistics (Equivalent to Carroll’s: CMP112 and CMP114; may be 1 course such as CMP112; MAT112 or PSY205
- HUMANITIES - 3 semesters: For example, English, History, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Women's Studies, Fine Arts, Languages (for Carroll students the Pioneer Core general education courses satisfy this requirement)
- SOCIAL SCIENCES - 3 semesters: For example, Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, Politics, Cultural Geography, Economics, Communications (for Carroll students the Pioneer Core general education courses satisfy this requirement)
- ENGLISH - 1 semester (Either English Composition or English Literature). ENG170 satisfies this requirement for Carroll students.
*Indicates course work included in pre-professional GPA calculation. Minimum of a 3.0 pre-professional GPA is required with letter grades of “C” or better. A maximum of one course within the pre-professional course work may be repeated.
Carroll University course numbers are provided for reference and course descriptions are provided in the University undergraduate online catalog.
Admission and progression standards are subject to change based on regulatory, licensing and /or certification needs. Carroll University does not discriminate in any manner contrary to law or justice on the basis of race, color, gender, age, sexual orientation, religion, disability, veteran's status or national origin in its educational programs or activities, including employment and admissions.