Des Moines University - Osteopathic Medical Center Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
8025 Grand Avenue Des Moines University West Des Moines IA 50266 United States
100 to 500
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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.

Program offers a guaranteed freshman admission pathway?
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?
Admission Interviews
Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
Is a Deposit Required for Accepted Applicants?
Total cumulative deposit
Additional Information about Deposit
Deposits are non-refundable
Deposit Refundable?
Deposits collected on a rolling basis after offer of admission made?
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
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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
Employees100 to 500
  • Katie Pearce
    Primary Contact
    Associate Director of Admissions
    +1 515.271.1499