Pre-Physical Therapy and 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. 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. Students can enter the physical therapy program in one of three ways: direct admission, non-direct admission, or non-traditional admission.

Direct Admission Option - 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 progression 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.

Selection decisions for direct admission status will be based on evaluation of:

  1. Carroll University general admission application form.
  2. Carroll University Physical Therapy Program Direct Admission Form, (February 3, 2014 deadline date).
  3. The Safety and Technical Standards Form.
  4. Transcript from an accredited secondary school which shows six semesters of coursework (It is recommended that a senior course schedule is included with general application materials). In addition, the following high school courses are recommended, with grades of "C" or better:
    • Strongly Recommended
      • One or more years of high school biology
      • One or more years of high school chemistry
      • Two or more years of high school foreign language
      • Three or more years of mathematics
      • One year of physics

 During their freshman, sophomore and junior years at the University, students with direct admission status pursue their undergraduate degrees in existing Carroll majors which have a pre-physical therapy emphasis. Approved majors are biology, communication, exercise science, psychology and Spanish. The undergraduate degree is completed the senior year while enrolled in the first year (Phase I) of the professional Physical Therapy Program. To advance into the professional phase of the program in their senior year, students with direct admission status must satisfy all of the following progression requirements by the end of spring semester junior year:

  1. A university cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher at the time of application and prior to progressing into the professional phase.
  2. A pre-professional course grade point average of 3.0 or higher at the time of application and prior to progressing into the professional phase.  Pre-professional courses include:  
    • *4 semesters of Biology, either BIO120/125 or BIO130/140 and BIO402/403
    • *2 semesters of Chemistry, either CHE101/102 or CHE109/110
    • *2 semesters of Physics, either PHY101/102 or PHY203/204
    • *1 semester of Psychology, either PSY101 or higher. Up to 1 additional psychology course, at a 200-level or higher, may be included in the pre-professional GPA calculation.
  3. A minimum course grade of "C" is required in all course work used to calculate pre-professional GPA.
  4. A maximum of one course within the pre-professional, prerequisite coursework (i.e., biology, chemistry, physics, and psychology) can be a repeated.
  5. Successful completion of the following by the end of spring semester junior year.
    1. The Graduate Studies Application for admission to progress into the entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy Program Professional Phase (submitted in mid-December of junior year at Carroll).
    2. The Supplemental Application Materials, which include:
      • Clinical Experience Documentation Form(s): 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 Clinical Experience Documentation Form must be submitted to the program. A minimum of twenty-five hours at each type of the three environments for a total minimum of 75 hours is required.
      • Three Letter of Reference— Form(s): one from a physical therapist, one from a university professor, and one from a non-family member that attests to the student’s character.
      • Essay Form.
      • Employment, Service, and Academic Honor(s) Form: Participation in university or community service activities documentation is required.
      • Health Science Statement(s) Form
      • Safety and Technical Standards Form
      • Course Work in Progress Form.
      • Application for Graduation Form – must submit an application for graduation to the Registrar’s Office prior to the application deadline (mid-December) to receive a graduation audit.
      1. Official GRE scores: Carroll’s School Code is 1101 and Department Code is 0619
      2. Carroll University General Education Requirements, with the exception of CCS400 Global Perspectives Colloquium.
      3. Pre-professional prerequisite courses (see above for specific for course details).
      4. 2 semesters of Computational Thinking (CMP112/CMP114)
      5. Evidence that the bachelor’s degree will be awarded at the completion of the senior year.
      6. 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.
      7. Test credits will not satisfy the natural, health and social science prerequisite coursework requirements.
      8. Admission and progression standards are subject to change based on regulatory, licensing, and/or certification needs.

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

    If, for any reason, a direct admission student does not advance into the professional phase of the program, they are encouraged to seek assistance through the Center for Academic Advising Services.


    Non-Direct Admission Option
    - 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.

    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 will be awarded by the completion of the senior year.
    2. Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) at the time of application and prior to the start of the professional phase.
    3. Pre-professional prerequisite GPA of a 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) at the time of application and prior to the start of the professional phase.
    4. A minimum course grade of "C" is required in all course work used to calculate pre-professional GPA. (Courses identified with an asterisk below are used to calculate the pre-professional GPA).
    5. A maximum of one course within the pre-professional, prerequisite coursework (i.e., biology, chemistry, physics, and psychology) can be a repeated.
    6. A university transcript that includes five semesters of course work. In addition, the following prerequisite courses must be successfully completed prior to beginning the professional phase of the program, which include:
      • Carroll University General Education requirements, with the exception of CCS400 Global Perspectives Colloquium.
      • Required major and elective courses in the undergraduate major.
      • 2 semesters of computational thinking (CMP112/CMP114).
      • *4 semesters of Biology, either BIO120/125 or BIO130/140 AND BIO402/403
      • *2 semesters of Chemistry, either CHE101/102 or CHE109/110
      • *2 semesters of Physics, either PHY101/102 or PHY203/204
      • *1 semester of Psychology, either PSY101 or higher. Up to 1 additional psychology course, at a 200-level or higher, may be included.
    7. 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.
    8. Safety and Technical Standards.

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


    Selection decisions into the professional phase will be based on evaluation of:

    1. Graduate Studies Application for Admission to the entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy Professional Phase.
    2. 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 practice environments (e.g. inpatient acute care, outpatient orthopedic or neurological, skilled nursing facility, pediatric, etc.) A minimum of twenty-five hours at each type of the three environments for a total minimum of 75 hours is required.
      • Three Letters of Reference – Form(s): 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 within the complete packet.)
      • 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.
      • Coursework in Progress Form.
      • Application for Graduation Form – must submit an application for graduation to the Registrar Office prior to the application deadline.
    3. Official GRE scores:  Carroll’s School Code is 1101 and Department Code is 0619 (exam date must be within the last 5 years)
    4. Official GRE scores: Carroll’s School Code is 1101 and Department Code is 0619
    5. Test credits will not satisfy the natural, health and social science prerequisite coursework requirements.
    6. Admission and progression standards are subject to change based on regulatory, licensing, and/or certification needs.

     

    Non-Traditional Option: 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. Please refer to the Graduate catalog for the Non-Traditional Student requirements for admission. Applicants completing a bachelor’s degree and 60 or more undergraduate credits at Carroll University receive a calculated preference in consideration for admission to the DPT Program.

     

     
     
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