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John Carzoli

John Carzoli


Associate Department Head, Assistant Professor
Department of Physical Therapy
Phone: 828.227.2268
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, 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, 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.

Specialty Credentialing
Board certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties

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

Scholarly Interests
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: 26e31.
  • 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. February 2017.
  • 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.
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