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Information about Physical Therapist program at Carroll College

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 Carroll College (A1, A2, D6, F1, PR)

Last Updated by Program: 09/10/2002
Address:   Physical Therapy Program
Division of Natural and Health Sciences
Carroll College
100 North East Avenue
Waukesha, WI 53186
Phone:   (262)650-4915
Fax:   (262)524-7690
Admissions/Student Inquiry Phone:   (262)524-7357
Financial Aid Phone:   (262)524-7297
Web Address:
Program E-mail:
Jane F Hopp, PT, PhD
Dean, Division of Natural and Health Sciences and Director
  Accreditor:   Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
  Carnegie Classification:   Master's Colleges and Universities (smaller programs)
  Date of Initial Accreditation:   Masters degree, October 1998; DPT degree, August 2006
  Current Accreditation Status:   Accreditation
  Next Visit   2013
  Five Year History:   Accreditation
DEGREE CONFERRED: Master of Physical Therapy (no longer admitting students); Doctor of Physical Therapy
Students can be admitted to the entry-level Master of Physical Therapy program 1) directly from high school, 2) at the end of their junior year, or 3) with a previously obtained bachelor degree. During their freshman, sophomore, and junior years, undergraduate students work toward completion of their undergraduate degrees in biology, chemistry, psychology, or sociology while fulfilling the requirements for entrance to the professional phase of the program. The professional phase of program is divided into two phases, Phase I (senior year course work) and Phase II (graduate course work). The professional phase, consisting of seven semester, is year round for 28 months. The aim of the professional program is to produce clinicians, trained for general practice in a changing and diverse health care environment, which will contribute to the profession’s body of knowledge and empower patients to self-management. The professional curriculum is developed around four tracks – professional, general medicine, musculoskeletal, and neurological. Each track is composed of courses that find their foundations in the same basic or professional science. The professional track presents material in a manner that develops content from general to specific, and from basic to applied concepts in health care delivery, patient management, education, and research. The general medicine, musculoskeletal, and neurological tracks present basic science, applied science in the absence of pathology, and applied science in the presence of pathology within the context of patient care. There is collaborative teaching amongst the faculty within and across the tracks and courses.
All didactic courses in the professional phase include client experiences. In addition, there are three Teaching Laboratory Practice practicum courses in the program in which professional practice and management content are applied to clients. The Teaching Laboratory Practice is a student run active learning campus community partnership which provides interdisciplinary primary and secondary wellness and prevention assessments and interventions to healthy individuals and those individuals with pathologies across the life span. Finally, there are a total of 29 weeks of full-time internships integrated throughout Phase II of professional program. These full-time internship experiences range between 3 and 14 weeks in length and with the final internship being a terminal internship. The college has more than 220 clinical experience sites in Wisconsin.
There are eleven full-time and one half-time faculty members. The full and half-time faculty include basic, behavioral, social and physical therapy scientists. Seven of the faculty hold post-professional doctoral degrees, three are enrolled in post-professional doctoral degree programs, three are ABPTS certified clinical specialists, and five are engaged in clinical practice. Over the past 3 years, the faculty has averaged six publications in peer-reviewed journals. The faculty to student ratio is 1:6. In addition to the full and half-time faculty, a variety of individuals including, but not limited to, clinical physical therapists, other health care providers and professionals, patients and care givers and the community service organizations are utilized as adjunct faculty to meet the educational mission of the program.
The college consists of 2,300 undergraduate students and 200 graduate students. There are 60 total students in the pre-physical therapy (20 freshman, 20 sophomore, and 20 junior students) and 65 total students in the master of physical therapy program (20-25 per year).
Students can be admitted directly to the program as freshman, transfer to the program after their junior year in college, or enter the program following graduation from an institution of higher education with a baccalaureate degree. The professional program has a rolling admission process beginning in September of each year. Minimum requirements for admission to the professional program include a cumulative grade point average (GPA) and a professional (natural, behavioral, and social sciences) GPA of 3.0; a Graduate Record Exam score of 500 of all three parts; three letters of reference (one from a physical therapist, one from a college professor, and one that attests to the student’s character); and essays detailing reasons for choosing physical therapy as a profession. The prerequisite courses required include 1 semester in each: animal biology, plant biology, anatomy, computer science, statistics, and English; 2 semesters of chemistry with laboratory; 2 semester of physics with laboratory; and 3 semesters each of humanities and social sciences.
Over the past three years, 96% of admitted students graduate from the program and the program graduates have a 100% pass rate on the Physical Therapist Licensing Examination.
Students enrolled in Phase I of the program (fall and spring semesters) are billed undergraduate tuition ($16,400 per year). During the five semesters of Phase II, graduate tuition at a rate of $440 per credit hour is charged for 13-15 credits each semester ($5,655 to $6,525 per semester, $29,580 total). Additional program fees of $370 per year are also assessed. Book costs average $350 per semester. There is on-campus housing for graduate students. Approximately 95% of professional students receive some sort of financial assistance. Direct admit and transfer students are eligible for federal undergraduate aid during Phase I. During Phase I, nontraditional students (second degree students), who are dependents, are eligible for undergraduate federal Stafford/Unsubsidized Stafford Loans. Non-traditional students, who are independents, are eligible for undergraduate Federal Stafford/Unsubsidized Stafford Loans. During Phase II, students in the program are eligible for graduate Federal Stafford/Unsubsidized Stafford Loans. Carroll College Fellowships also provided to eligible Entry-level Master of Physical Therapy students.
Carroll College is a comprehensive college in a suburban setting with big-city experiences a short distance away. At Carroll College, there are numerous diverse campus organizations and many scheduled events including theater, music, and arts productions and fitness, open recreation, and intramural programs. Carroll College is also a member of the NCAA Division III Midwest Conference and sponsors 10 men's and 10 women's sports. Waukesha is a rich and unique city with a variety of community and cultural numerous activities. Milwaukee, 15 minutes away, provides high-quality cultural activities, professional sporting events, and concerts.