Entry-Level Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
The aim of the professional program is to produce clinicians, trained for general practice in a dynamic health care environment, who provide best care, respectful of patient/client values, grounded in evidence-based practice and clinical reasoning, and contribute to the profession and their community.
Clinical education is an integral part of the entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy curriculum at Carroll College. Clinical education is integrated into the curriculum in three ways. First, demonstrations of individuals with and without pathological conditions begin in the classroom through course experiences both on-site at the College and off-site at practice settings where students observe and have planned hands-on experiences. Second, these experiences are expanded in three teaching laboratory practices where students participate in campus community service learning wellness and prevention initiatives with underserved healthy individuals and individuals with disease and disability across the life span. The third component is three full-time internships in a variety of environments representative of contemporary physical therapy practice. All of these experiences are based on the student's level of academic preparation and are placed in the curriculum in such a way that the students will practice the skills as they are learning them in the classroom. Entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy students are expected to be active participants in clinical education by applying self assessment and ongoing learning techniques as they develop their skills.
Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association and the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education, American Physical Therapy Association
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