Carroll University Physical Therapy Program
Office of Admission 100 N. East Avenue Waukesha WI 53186 United States

This page is ONLY intended for college students who will be earning a bachelor degree outside of Carroll University. High school students and current Carroll students wishing to earn or have earned a Carroll bachelor degree should NOT apply using PTCAS and MUST contact Carroll University directly for information regarding guaranteed freshman-level of entry and the competitive admission program.

Program Description

Carroll University is Wisconsin's Pioneer College founded in 1846 and is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. At Carroll, you will enjoy the many educational benefits of Wisconsin's oldest institution of higher education. Carroll University is rich in tradition and boasts a well-earned reputation for academic excellence. A degree from Carroll will prepare you to meet the challenges of our ever-changing world. Carroll offers undergraduate, graduate and professional development studies and is located near downtown Waukesha, just minutes from Milwaukee.

The Carroll Doctor of Physical Therapy Program is a three-year, full-time program and each entering class starts in the fall semester. The DPT program is designed to educate students to become licensed physical therapists who are prepared to provide compassionate, respectful care in a dynamic health environment and contribute to the profession and community. You'll be taught to provide best care, to be respectful of patient/client values, to ground your decisions in evidence-based proactive and clinical reasoning and to contribute to the profession and the community.

In addition to traditional course work, the Carroll University Physical Therapy Program offers students opportunities for simultaneous application of didactic knowledge and hands-on skills through the Teaching Laboratory Practicum (TLP). The Teaching Laboratory Practicum is an extension of the integrated nature of the Carroll University Physical Therapy Program's commitment to hands-on, experiential learning. Clinical internships reflect this commitment as well. At Carroll, clinical internships begin after three and one-half semesters. Students then spend every other semester on full-time clinical internships culminating in the terminal internship, for a total of 35 weeks of clinical affiliations. Thus, clinical education within the Carroll University Physical Therapy Program is integrated throughout the curriculum through clinical internships and through the Teaching Laboratory Practicum, reflecting the active learning philosophy we emphasize.

Program Highlights:

* The Carroll University three-year (2018-2020) Physical Therapy Program licensure examination pass rate for the NPTE is 98.2%
* The six-month job placement rate is 99%
* Faculty academic advising and student peer mentoring
* 17:1 student to faculty ratio
* Required board exam prep class and comprehensive exam

Program offers a guaranteed freshman admission pathway?
Dual Degrees
Will the professional (entry-level) PT program offer a satellite or branch campus to applicants during the upcoming admissions cycle?
Institution's Religious Affiliation
Presbyterian Church
Admission Interviews
Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
Is a Deposit Required for Accepted Applicants?
Total cumulative deposit
Additional Information about Deposit
Upon acceptance into the DPT Program, candidates must submit the required deposit and Intent to Enroll form by the deadline date included in their acceptance notification to secure their seat in the program.
Deposit Refundable?
Deposits collected on a rolling basis after offer of admission made?
Additional information about rolling deposits
Accepted students have 10 days from acceptance to submit the confirmation deposit.
Incoming Class Profile
Anticipated Size of the Next Entering Class
Size of Most Recent Entering Class
% of students from IN-STATE
% of students from OUT-OF-STATE
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Additional information about the class profile
Carroll University students are given preference. Approximately 60 of the 80 students admitted to the program will be Carroll University students. Carroll University will admit up to 20 students who will not earn a bachelor's degree at Carroll.  Wisconsin Lutheran College and Hawaii Pacific University students are given an advantage in the review process.
Minority-Serving Institution (MSI) Status
Program housed at a Minority-Serving Institution No