Related Degree: Physical Therapy Program



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:

1)      Direct admission - Individuals 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 the 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 Entry - Level DPT degree in a six-year time frame.

2)      Non-direct admission - 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. 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 during their junior year at Carroll.

3)      Non-traditional admission - An individual who has completed an undergraduate or graduate degree at another institution may apply for admission to the professional phase of the program. Non-traditional applicants are reviewed in a competitive pool consisting of non-traditional and non-direct admission applicants

Applications and credentials for admission to the physical therapy program must be submitted for processing to the Carroll University Office of Admission. 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.

Applicants must comply and meet the following requirements for admission into the entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, which include: 

1)      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. 

2)      Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale).

3)      Pre-professional prerequisite GPA of a 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) and pre-professional course work grades of “C” or better.

4)      Successful completion of all prerequisite course work prior to beginning the professional phase of the program, or if a direct admission applicant by the end of spring semester junior year (see prerequisite section).

5)      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.

6)      Safety and Technical Standards.

Selection decisions will be based on the submission and evaluation of:

1)      Graduate Studies Application for the entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy Professional Phase.

2)      Application Fee: $25 application fee must be submitted at the time of application by non-traditional applicants.  Make check payable to Carroll University.

3)      Supplemental Application Admission Materials, which include:

  • Clinical Experience Documentation Form: Participation in a minimum of three clinical observation experiences from three different types of practice environments (e.g. inpatient acute care, outpatient orthopedic or neurological, skilled nursing facility, pediatric, etc.) A minimum of eight hours at each type of the three environments for a total minimum of 24 hours is required.
  • Three Letters of Reference - Form: 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
  • 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 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.

4)      Official GRE scores:  Carroll’s School Code is 1101 and Department Code is 0619 -  exam date must be within the last 5 years

5)      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) - reference the prerequisite section for details
  • Pre-Professional GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) - reference the prerequisite section for details

6)      Submit required application materials prior to the applicant’s designated deadline date, which include:

  • Direct admission application for progression deadline:  December 13, 2013
  • Non-direct application deadline:  January 15, 2014
  • Non-traditional application deadlines:  First priority deadline of January 15, 2014 or Final deadline of February 14, 2014

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

Required Prerequisites

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 entry-level 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 prerequisite courses within seven years from the time of application to the professional phase of the program with a minimum course grade of “C” or better.  Pre-professional course work is identified with an asterisk below.  Applicants to the Carroll University physical therapy program may not use advanced placement credit or test credit, or online course completion for the biology, chemistry and physics pre-professional prerequisite course work. Please see below for the specific courses that are required under each discipline.

Prerequisite Course Work Include:


1)       BIOLOGY: 4 semesters*

  • 2 general biology OR 2 anatomy & physiology with labs (Carroll: BIO 120 & BIO 125 OR BIO 130 & BIO 140)
  • 2 advanced anatomy and physiology  (Carroll: BIO 402 and BIO 403 -  If nontraditional or non-direct admit applicants have not completed previously, then must be completed at Carroll the summer prior to Phase I if accepted into the program.)

 2)       CHEMISTRY: 2 semesters*

  • 2 general chemistry OR college chemistry with labs (Carroll: CHE 101 & CHE 102 OR CHE 109 & CHE 110)

 3)       PHYSICS: 2 semesters*

  • 2 general physics with labs (Carroll: PHY 101 & PHY 102 OR PHY 203 & PHY 204)

 4)       PSYCHOLOGY: Up to 2 semesters*

  • 1 course must be 200 level or above (Carroll: PSY 101 and above)

 5)       MATH: 1 semester

  • 1 statistics (Carroll: CMP112 and CMP114 or equivalent; can be 1 course such as MAT112 or PSY205)

 6)       3 Semesters of Humanities (for Carroll students the Pioneer Core general education courses satisfy this requirement)

  • For example: English, History, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Women's Studies, Fine Arts, Languages

 7)       3 Semesters of Social Sciences (for Carroll students the Pioneer Core general education courses satisfy this requirement)

  •  For example: Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, Politics, Cultural Geography, Economics, Communications

 8)      1 Semester of English (Either English Composition or English Literature)


*Indicates course work included in pre-professional GPA calculation. Minimum of a 3.0 pre-professional GPA is required.

Carroll University course numbers are provided for reference and course descriptions are provided in the University undergraduate online catalog.




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