John Carzoli

John Carzoli


John A. Carzoli, PT, DPT, OCS
Associate Department Head, Assistant Professor
Department of Physical Therapy
Phone: 828-227-2268
Office Address: HHSB 230


  • Post-professional Doctor of Physical Therapy - Washington University, St. Louis, MO
  • Master of Physical Therapy - Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA
  • Post-graduate certificate in Higher Education - UNESCO & Universidad del Valle, Sucre, Bolivia
  • 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 and health promotion.

Primary Teaching Responsibilities

  • PT 811 Physical Therapy Science I
  • PT 930 Health Promotion and Wellness
  • PT 815 Medical Screening, Diagnostics, and Pharmacology I
  • PT 816 Medical Screening, Diagnostics and Pharmacology II
  • PT 899 Doctoral Project Section
  • PT 952 Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy II (secondary instructor)
  • PT 899 Doctoral Project
  • PT 920 Capstone Project

Areas of Research Interest

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 reasoning abilities in physical therapy students. 

Recent Presentations

  • 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 J, Lunnen K, Marconi N.  Partnering With State Agencies and Farms for Better Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker Health: A Student Service-Learning Project to Develop a Video-Based Preventive Musculoskeletal Health Course. APTA NEXT, Boston, MA. June 22, 2017.
  • Carzoli J, Lunnen, K.  Enhancing musculoskeletal health and preventing injury in migrant and seasonal farmworkers.  University of Kentucky Southeast Center for Injury Prevention and the Central Appalachian Educational Research Center Research Day.  November, 2016.  Lexington, KY.
  • Lunnen K, Carzoli J, Schmidt A.  Collaboration Between Vecinos Farmworker Health Program and Western Carolina University Physical Therapy Faculty and Students to Address Musculoskeletal Symptoms Among Farmworkers: Needs Assessment, Research, Health Promotion and Advocacy.  29th Annual East Coast Migrant Stream Forum.  Miami, FL. October 2016.
  • Putnam A, Carzoli J, Westbrook T.  Health Educator Academy Rewards:  A Model for Enhancing Collaborative Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship in the Health Sciences.  2nd Annual Southeastern IPE Conference: A Kaleidoscope of Knowledge for Health Care Providers and Educators. Asheville, NC. June 2016.
  • 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.
  • Hayes C, Carzoli J, Robinson J.  Developing Safety, Communication, Clinical Reasoning, and Teamwork Skills in Nursing, Physical Therapy, and Social Work Students Through Interprofessional Education.  2nd Annual Southeastern IPE Conference: A Kaleidoscope of Knowledge for Health Care Providers and Educators.  Asheville, NC. June 2016.
  • Carzoli JA, Lunnen K.  Musculoskeletal Symptoms in Migrant Farmworkers Involved in Strawberry Production Work in Western North Carolina Based on a Survey and Movement Screening Examination.  Western Forum for Migrant and Community Health Conference.  Portland, OR.  February, 2016.

Recent Publications

  • Carzoli, JA., Lunnen, K, Marconi, NF.  Musculoskeletal Health Learning Series for Agricultural Outreach Workers. North Carolina Farmworker Health Program.  February 2017.
  • 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 and Practice.  Under review.

Recent Grant Funding Awarded   

  • Carzoli J (Principle investigator), 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.  Amount Awarded:  $11,901.


Dr. Carzoli resides in Asheville, NC, and enjoys trail running, mountain biking, and spending time with his wife and two young children.

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