David Bazett-Jones Assistant Professor
Sara M. Deprey Clinical Associate Professor
Mark R. Erickson Clinical Associate Professor
Amy E. McQuade Clinical Assistant Professor
Thomas G. Pahnke Clinical Associate Professor
Kathleen A. Shields Clinical Assistant Professor
Jeffrey P. Sischo Clinical Assistant Professor
Susan R. Wilbanks Assistant Professor

The aim of the professional phase of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program is to produce clinicians, trained for general practice in a dynamic health care environment, who provide best care, respectful of patient/client values, grounded in evidence-based practice and clinical reasoning, and contribute to the profession and their community.

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, Communications, 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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