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John Carzoli

John Carzoli

Assistant Professor, Clinical Associate Professor, Associate Department Head

College of Health and Human Sciences

Physical Therapy

Contact Information

Phone: 828.654.6555
Office: 308 Biltmore Park Building
Pronouns: he, his, him


Dr. Carzoli joined the Department of Physical Therapy at WCU in 2012, and currently serves as the associate department head. He chairs the departmental curriculum committee and plays an active role in teaching and learning initiatives in the College of Health and Human Sciences as a founding member of the Health Educators Academy. His practice expertise is in musculoskeletal health, prevention, and health promotion.<br><br><b>What do you love the most about being a Catamount?</b> <br> Western Carolina University is a special place in that our first and most important priority is to facilitate learner success throughout their academic preparation and well beyond. We are also very fortunate to be located in a great community that has an abundance of natural environmental wonders to explore.


  • EDD, Western Carolina University
  • DPT, Washington University
  • MPT, Medical College of Georgia
  • BS, Auburn University Main Campus, Zoology

Teaching Interests

Dr. Carzoli's teaching responsibilities include: PT 817 and PT 818 - Movement System Examination I & II, PT 815 - Health Screening and Diagnostics, PT 930 - Health Promotion and Wellness, PT 899 Doctoral Projects, and PT 920 Capstone Course. He also serves as the course coordinator for PT 932 - Applied Pharmacology and PT 814 - Care of Select Populations.

Research Interests

Dr. Carzoli’s areas of scholarly inquiry include exploring elements of excellence and signature pedagogy in physical therapy education. His recent work in this area was supported by a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award in Bolivia. His scholar work has also included investigating musculoskeletal health issues and community health promotion in migrant and seasonal agricultural workers, the scholarship of teaching and learning in the health sciences including the development of clinical reasoning abilities in physical therapy learners.

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