PT, DPT, OCS
Associate Department Head, Assistant Professor
Department of Physical Therapy
Office Address: HHSB 230
What do you love the most about being a Catamount?
Western Carolina University is a special place in that our first and most important
priority is to help our students be successful in the classroom 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.
- Post-professional Doctor of Physical Therapy - Washington University, St. Louis, MO
- Master of Physical Therapy - Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA
- Post-graduate degree in Higher Education - UNESCO & Universidad del Valle, Sucre,
- Bachelor of Science in Zoology - Auburn University, Auburn, AL
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. Prior to
WCU, he served as a physical therapy clinician and clinic manager primarily in outpatient
care settings in Asheville, NC and Portland, OR, and also taught in a physical therapy
program in Sucre, Bolivia in South America for two years.
Board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist by the American Board of Physical Therapy
Primary Teaching Responsibilities
- PT 930 Health Promotion and Wellness
- PT 811 Physical Therapy Science I
- PT 815 Medical Screening, Diagnostics, and Pharmacology I
- PT 816 Medical Screening, Diagnostics, and Pharmacology II
- PT 899 Doctoral Project
- PT 920 Capstone Project
Dr. Carzoli's areas of scholarship include investigating musculoskeletal health issues
and community health promotion in migrant and seasonal agricultural workers, interprofessional
education and practice issues in the health sciences, and the development of clinical
abilities in physical therapy students.
Recent Presentations, Publications, and Grants
- Hayes C, Carzoli JA, Robinson J. Development and Implementation of an Interprofessional
Team-based Care Rubric to Measure Student Learning in Interprofessional Education
Experiences: A Pilot Study. Journal of Interprofessional Education & Practice. 2018;11:
- Carzoli J, Scholtes S, Crandall K, Ambler S. Moving the movement system to the forefront
of PT education. APTA NEXT, Boston, MA. June 23, 2017.
- Carzoli, JA., Lunnen, K, et al. Musculoskeletal Health Learning Series for Agricultural
Outreach Workers. North Carolina Farmworker Health Program. http://www.ncfhp.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Musculoskeletal-Injury-Prevention-Video.pdf.
- Carzoli J, Cross B, Polaha J, Snyder M. Interprofessional Education Panel Discussion.
2nd Annual Southeastern IPE Conference: A Kaleidoscope of Knowledge for Health Care
Providers and Educators. June 2016. Asheville, NC.
- NIH Grant - Carzoli JA, Lunnen, K. Assessment of Musculoskeletal Health and a Pilot
Training Program to Reduce Musculoskeletal Injury Risks and Enhance Musculoskeletal
Health in Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers in Western North Carolina. Funded by the
Central Appalachian Regional Education Research Center, as part of Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention and the National Institute for Occupational Safety. June 2016.