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 for those approved in the 3+3 cohort. 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. Individuals approved with direct admission status for the pre-physical therapy athletic training major in the 4+3 cohort, and who meet progression standards after the senior year at the University, will transition into the professional phase of the DPT Program and follow a seven-year time frame.

Direct admission selection decisions will be based on evaluation of:

  1. Carroll University general admission undergraduate application.
  2. Carroll University Physical Therapy Direct Admission Application.  The direct admission application deadline is February 2, 2015.
  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 strongly recommended, with grades of "C" or better:  
  • 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
  • Pre-approved Physical Therapy Majors:
    • Athletic Training (4+3 cohort)
    • Biology (3+3 cohort)
    • Business Administration (3 + 3 cohort)
    • Communication (3+3 cohort)
    • Exercise science (3+3 cohort)
    • Health care administration (3+3 cohort) 
    • History (3+3 cohort)
    • Psychology (3+3 cohort)
    • Spanish (3+3 cohort)

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 3+3 cohort majors are biology, business administration, communication, exercise science, health care administration, history, psychology and Spanish. The undergraduate degree for students in the 3+3 cohort is completed the senior year while enrolled in the first year (Phase I) of the professional phase of the Physical Therapy Program. Athletic training is the only approved major in the 4+3 cohort. The undergraduate degree for students in the 4+3 cohort is completed in their senior year.

For the six-year completion (3+3 cohort), pre-physical therapy students with direct admission status must satisfy all of the following progression requirements by the end of spring semester junior year at the University to advance into the professional phase of the program in their senior year. For the seven-year completion (4+3 cohort), direct admission pre-physical therapy students with an athletic training major must complete the following progression requirements by the end of spring semester senior year:

  1. A university cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher at the time of application, which includes fall semester grades of the junior or senior year respectively, 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, which includes fall semester grades of the junior or senior year respectively, and prior to progressing into the professional phase. Pre-professional courses include:
    • 4 semesters of Biology, either BIO120/125 or ANP130/140 and ANP402/403
    • 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 one additional psychology course, at a 200-level or higher, will be included in the pre-professional GPA calculation if completed.
  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 course work (i.e., biology, chemistry, physics, and psychology) may be a repeated and used in the pre-professional GPA calculation. Any Carroll undergraduate credit with an earned C, D, or F grade can be retaken at Carroll prior to the end of the direct admit student’s spring semester junior or senior year respectively. The repeated course grade awarded will be used in the GPA calculations.
  5. Successful completion of the following by the end of spring semester junior (3+3 cohort) or senior year (4+3 cohort). All items under 1, 2, and 3 below are due by mid-December junior or senior year respectively:
    1. Graduate Studies On-line Application for admission to progress into the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program Professional Phase.
    2. Supplemental Application 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. A Clinical Experience Documentation Form must be submitted to the program. A minimum of 15 hours in three different practice settings for a total minimum of 45 hours is required.
      • One letter of reference from a university professor
      • Safety and Technical Standards form
      • Application for Graduation: Only Carroll current students must submit an application for graduation to the Registrar’s Office prior to the application deadline to receive a graduation audit.
    3. Official GRE scores: Carroll’s School Code is 1101 and Department Code is 0619
    4. Carroll University General Education Requirements, with the exception of CCS400 Global Perspectives Colloquium, which may be completed in Phase I of the professional phase of the program for 3+3 cohort students only.
    5. Pre-professional prerequisite courses (see above for specific for course details). Test credits will not satisfy the natural, health and social science prerequisite coursework requirements.
    6. Two semesters of Computational Thinking (CMP112/CMP114)
  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. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Admission and progression standards are subject to change based on regulatory, licensing, and/or certification needs.

If, for any reason, a direct admit student does not advance into or withdraws from the Doctor of Physical Therapy program, career services and counseling through the Career Center and Advising Office is available. Any direct admit student who withdraws from the program during his/her freshman, sophomore or junior year must inform the program director in writing and complete a new major, minor declaration form in the Registrar Office.


Non-Direct Admission Option
- Students not selected for direct admission will follow the non-direct admission process. Examples of non-direct admission candidates include: high school students not selected for direct admission, undergraduate transfer students, Carroll alumni, and direct admission students who apply outside of their approved cohort year. 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 and reference the below admission criteria. Non-Direct Admission applicants who apply after their junior year at Carroll must reference the current graduate catalog for admission requirements.

Non-Direct Admission applicants who apply in their junior year at Carroll must comply with and meet the following requirements for admission into the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, which include:

  1. A university cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher at the time of application, which includes fall semester grades of the junior year, and prior to matriculating into the professional phase.
  2. A pre-professional course grade point average of 3.0 or higher at the time of application, which includes fall semester grades of the junior year, and prior to matriculating into the professional phase. Pre-professional courses include:
    • 4 semesters of Biology, either BIO120/125 or ANP130/140 and ANP402/403
    • 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 one additional psychology course, at a 200-level or higher, will be included in the pre-professional GPA calculation if completed.
  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) may be a repeated and used in the pre-professional GPA calculation. Any Carroll undergraduate credit with an earned C, D, or F grade can be retaken at Carroll prior to the end of the direct admit student’s spring semester junior year. The repeated course grade awarded will be used in the GPA calculations.
  5. Successful completion of the following prior to the start of Phase I of the professional phase of the program. All items under 1, 2, and 3 below are due by mid-January junior year:
    1. Graduate Studies On-line Application for the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program Professional Phase.
    2. Supplemental Application 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. A Clinical Experience Documentation Form must be submitted to the program. A minimum of 15 hours in three different practice settings for a total minimum of 45 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 – must be typed.
      • 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.
      • Application for Graduation Form – Only Carroll current students must submit an application for graduation to the Registrar’s Office prior to the application deadline to receive a graduation audit.
    3. Official GRE scores: Carroll’s School Code is 1101 and Department Code is 0619
    4. Carroll University General Education Requirements, with the exception of CCS400 Global Perspectives Colloquium, which may be completed in Phase I of the professional phase of the program for 3+3 cohort students only.
    5. Pre-professional prerequisite courses (see above for specific for course details). Test credits will not satisfy the natural, health and social science prerequisite coursework requirements.
    6. Two semesters of Computational Thinking (CMP112/CMP114)
    7. 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. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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 degree at another institution may apply for admission to the professional phase of the Doctor of Physical Therapy 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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