David Bazett-Jones Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy
Sara M. Deprey Associate Professor of Physical Therapy, Chair
Mark R. Erickson Clinical Associate Professor of Physical Therapy
Vickie  Ericson Instructional Faculty of Physical Therapy
Ashley  B Knuth Clinical Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy
Karma M Lapacek Instructional Faculty of Physical Therapy
Amy E. McQuade Clinical Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy
Sara E North Clinical Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy
Thomas G. Pahnke Clinical Associate Professor of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training
Kathleen A. Shields Clinical Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy
Jeffrey P. Sischo Clinical Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy
Susan R. Wilbanks Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy

The mission of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Department at Carroll University is to educate students to become licensed physical therapists who are prepared to provide compassionate, respectful care in a dynamic health care environment and contribute to the profession and community. Education is grounded in evidence-based practice that includes consideration of diverse patient/client values, relevant research, and clinical experiential reasoning. 

The Entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy Program is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Carroll University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation AT apta DOT org; website: http://www.capteonline.org.


The Carroll University Entry-level Physical Therapy Program consists of a six-year course of study, divided into pre-professional and professional phases.
During the pre-professional phase (freshman, sophomore and junior years), students complete their undergraduate course work while fulfilling the requirements  to enter the professional phase. Pre-physical therapy education at Carroll University is grounded in the humanities  and the natural, behavioral and social sciences. For pre-Physical Therapy students  pursuing  an undergraduate degree at Carroll University, a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, Exercise Science, Biology, Health Care Administration, B usiness Administration, Communications, Public Health, History or Spanish is typically used to complete the Physical Therapy Program in six years.

The professional phase begins the senior year, lasts eight semesters, and is subdivided into two phases, Phase I and Phase II. During Phase I of the professional program, fall and spring terms of senior year, course work in physical therapy  begins at the 400 level.  The 400 level courses present  the basic, behavioral, professional, and applied science foundations  that  are subsequently  applied in the 500 and 600 level courses taken during  Phase II of the professional program. Bachelor’s degrees are awarded at the conclusion of the senior year to those individuals satisfying all Carroll undergraduate requirements.

Immediately following Commencement,  students begin the graduate segment of Phase II course work within the professional program. Here the 500 and 600 level courses in physical therapy are offered in a developmental sequence that integrates knowledge throughout the student’s professional education. Upon successful completion of Phase I and  II of the  professional  curriculum, an Entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy degree is awarded. Graduates participate in the University’s Commencement ceremony in May of year six.


See the Admission section of this catalog.

Academic Progression

The Academic Progression standards  for the Pre-Physical Therapy Program are presented in the Academic Program and Policies section of this catalog.


NOTE: See the Carroll University Graduate Catalog for descriptions of Physical Therapy (PTH) courses in Phase II of the Entry-level Physical Therapy Program.


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