Dec 08, 2021  
2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Physical Therapy

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Chairperson: Sara Deprey
Associate Professor(s):
Assistant Professor(s):

Room PT112 A
Telephone: 262-951-3051


Vickie Ericson

Senior Lecturer in Physical Therapy

Laboratory Coordinator

Abigail Fredrickson

Clinical Assistant Professor of Athletic Training and Physical Therapy

Jane F. Hopp

Associate Vice President for Partnerships and Innovation

Associate Professor of Physical Therapy

Ashley B. Knuth

Clinical Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy

Amy E. McQuade

Clinical Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy

Lindsey Palmen

Clinical Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy

Director of Clinical Education

Lenny Ramsey

Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy

Melissa Strzelinski

Clinical 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:; website:


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 or Arts degree in Sociology, Psychology, Exercise Science, Biology, Health Care Administration, Business 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, DPT Year 1 and DPT Year 2. During Year 1 of the professional program, fall and spring terms of senior year, course work in physical therapy begins at the 5400 level. The 5400 level courses present the basic, behavioral, professional, and applied science foundations that are subsequently applied in the 6500 and 7600 level courses taken during Year 2 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 DPT Year 2 course work within the professional program. Here the 6500 and7 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 Year 1 and Year 2 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 Admissions  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 Year 2 and 3 of the Entry-level Physical Therapy Program.

Optional Minors: Biology, Business, Chemistry, Psychology, Public Health, Sociology

Professional Program

Senior Year for Direct Admission and Transfer Students (30 credits).

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