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Des Moines University - Osteopathic Medical Center Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
3200 Grand Avenue Des Moines University Des Moines IA 50312 United States
Phone+1 515.271.1499
Phone 2 +1 515.271.7864
Private
CAPTE Accredited
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  • PostedWednesday, February 16, 2022 at 9:33 AM
    Join Us: Intro to DMU Wednesday, May 4, 2022 12:00-12:30pm Intro to DMU events are a great starting point for your exploration of how to be a student at DMU. This virtual event is 30 minutes in length, and will provide an opportunity for you to learn more about our programs and application processes. You will participate in a short presentation, followed by Q&A with Admissions staff. https://www.dmu.edu/admission/events/
    Join Us: Intro to DMU Wednesday, May 4, 2022 12:00-12:30pm Intro to DMU events are a great starting point for your exploration of how to be a student at DMU. This virtual event is 30 minutes in length, and will provide an opportunity for you to learn more about our programs and application processes. You will participate in a short presentation, followed by Q&A with Admissions staff. https://www.dmu.edu/admission/events/
  • PostedWednesday, February 16, 2022 at 9:26 AM
    Join Us: DPT Preview Tuesday, June 21 11:00-12:30pm This event is designed for you to have the opportunity to learn more about DMU's Physical Therapy program, including how to create a competitive application, interview day success, and the details of the program's application process. You can expect robust preparation for the application and admission process for the Physical Therapy program through informational presentations and Q&A with Admissions Staff. https://calendar.dmu.edu/event/creating_opportunities_dmu_preview_6786#.Yg0JVd_MKUk
    Join Us: DPT Preview Tuesday, June 21 11:00-12:30pm This event is designed for you to have the opportunity to learn more about DMU's Physical Therapy program, including how to create a competitive application, interview day success, and the details of the program's application process. You can expect robust preparation for the application and admission process for the Physical Therapy program through informational presentations and Q&A with Admissions Staff. https://calendar.dmu.edu/event/creating_opportunities_dmu_preview_6786#.Yg0JVd_MKUk
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Program Description

Des Moines University's Doctor of Physical Therapy program offers a distinctive, evidence-based curriculum focused on patient-centered care. Classroom and clinical instruction emphasize problem solving, critical thinking, and strong manual therapy skills. Manual therapy includes a variety of specific hands-on techniques used to diagnose and treat a range of dysfunctions in the musculoskeletal, neuromuscular and cardiopulmonary systems.

The combination of our faculty, state-of-the-art facilities and an onsite clinic make Des Moines University an exceptional place to learn. We have 14 full-time faculty members, each with a wide array of clinical and academic experience, and our support staff are committed to facilitating top quality student experiences. Faculty use a variety of teaching methods, including case studies, problem-based learning, lectures, group projects, labs, and community-based labs.

We are very proud of our students outcomes. Our graduates consistently perform above national averages on the National Physical Therapy Examination. Our rolling two-year average pass rate is 99%, and the two-year average of our students first-time pass rate is 98%. We have consistently had a 100% employment rate following graduation.

In 2021, Des Moines University Clinic Physical Therapy became the exclusive provider of physical therapy and athletic training services for the MidAmerican Energy Company RecPlex in West Des Moines. Our center occupies 5,000 square feet with a dedicated 2,000-square-foot gym space to support physical therapy services, group and individual sport specific training, community education and wellness programming. 

DMU is currently building the medical and health sciences university of the future, which will open in the summer of 2023. Located on 88 acres in West Des Moines, the new campus will advance the educational transformation the University envisions to provide students with the finest education and training possible. Students will benefit from flexible environments that support a mix of didactic, active-learning and small group work. And advanced simulated health care environments replicate those of modern care facilities, providing learners with a safe environment in which to practice patient care. Visit the DMU website to learn more about our new campus.

General
Program offers a guaranteed freshman admission pathway?
No
Dual Degrees
Dual-degree programs offered in conjunction with the PT degree
DPT/MHA (Master of Health Care Administration)  
DPT/MPH (Master of Public Health)
Will the professional (entry-level) PT program offer a satellite or branch campus to applicants during the upcoming admissions cycle?
No
Admission Interviews
Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
Yes
Deposits
Is a Deposit Required for Accepted Applicants?
Yes
Total cumulative deposit
$500
Additional Information about Deposit
Deposits are non-refundable
Deposit Refundable?
No
Deposits collected on a rolling basis after offer of admission made?
Yes
Additional information about rolling deposits
DMU abides by the ACAPT traffic rules. Deposits for those accepted prior to January 1 are due by January 15. After January 15, deposits are due on a rolling basis. 
Incoming Class Profile
Anticipated Size of the Next Entering Class
52
Size of Most Recent Entering Class
52
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
56%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) U.S. applicants accepted
44%
Sex
% Male
60%
% Female 
40%
Race/Ethnicity
% Hispanic 
2%
% American Indian/Alaskan Native
0%
% Asian
2%
% African-American/Black (Non-Hispanic)
2%
% White (Not of Hispanic Origin) 
87%
% Two or More Races 
6%
% Declining to State 
2%
Additional information about the class profile
Des Moines University's DPT program does not give preference to in-state applicants. 

To be considered for admission, individuals must be either a U.S. Citizen or U.S. legal permanent resident. 
Minority-Serving Institution (MSI) Status
Program housed at a Minority-Serving Institution No
Info
Employees100 to 500
Contacts
  • Katie Pearce
    Primary Contact
    Associate Director of Admissions
    +1 515.271.1499