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Post Professional DPT New Student Guide

Congratulations on your recent acceptance to Des Moines University. To become eligible to register for courses, you must plan to complete the following actions immediately:

1. Seat Deposit

Using the following link, please submit your $250 seat deposit; select “Post-Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy” as the program.  Your deposit will be credited toward your first course.

Submit Your Seat Deposit Here

2. DMU email and student Pulse access

Within five business days of submitting your seat deposit, your DMU email address and Pulse account will be activated and login instructions will be emailed to you. It is imperative that you check your DMU email regularly (even if you are not enrolled in a course) so that you don’t miss important information on course registration and other program matters. Once you have received your DMU email address, it will be the official channel for DMU communication and your personal email will no longer be used. A tutorial on accessing DMU email is contained within the Orientation course.

The DMU student Pulse provides much of the necessary information for your success as a DMU student, including program announcements, policy information and the student handbook.  Your username and password will also allow you to access the web-based learning management system that we use to deliver the curriculum.  If you need technical assistance, please call the Help Desk at 1-800-240-2767 ext. 1522 (weekdays) or ext. 1088 (evenings and weekends).

3. Orientation and course registration

You must register for courses within one year of acceptance.  To register for courses, log into Pulse (https://pulse.dmu.edu/).  To the right of your home page is ‘My Pulse (Web Advisor)’.  Click on the option for Registration, then choose the option Search/Register for Courses.  Orientation will always be available for registration but coursework will only be available during posted registration dates.

Registration for other courses opens several weeks prior to the course start date. Check your DMU email regularly as the notification of registration dates will be sent to your DMU email address.  You may also see the course calendar, with registration dates, at http://www.dmu.edu/ppdpt/curriculum/dates-and-deadlines/.  You are able to log back into My Pulse (Web Advisor) at any time to view the courses you are registered for.

To check your grades or print an unofficial transcript, go to Pulse. Got to the ‘My Grades’ page and click on ‘View Unofficial Transcript’.  You can print this for an unofficial transcript for employer reimbursement.   If you need an official transcript, you must submit a request in writing or email to the Registrar’s Office.

4. Academic advisor

Each student is assigned an academic advisor upon admission into the program. Your academic advisor will monitor your progress through the program and is available to answer questions regarding your educational program at Des Moines University.  Your advisor will be assigned shortly, and you will be notified by email once this happens. If you have any advising questions prior to that time, please contact the PPDPT Program Office at (515) 271-1650.

5. Software, hardware and connectivity

It is essential for orientation and other courses that you have access to Microsoft PowerPoint software. Microsoft Office software is available through our bookstore for DMU students at a deeply discounted price (less than $20). To obtain a copy, contact the Matthews Bookstore at 800-377-0509 or Matthews.Bookstore@dmu.edu.  Matthews Bookstore will be able to help you only after you have registered for Orientation.

A high-speed internet connection is strongly recommended for this program. If you are still using a dial-up modem, you should consider exploring options to switch to high-speed for your home. An alternative is to schedule 2-3 times per week that you could work on a computer with high-speed internet access, perhaps through the local library or your workplace. In any case, you should have a back-up plan of an alternate computer to use should your primary computer go down.

6. Tuition

Payment of tuition is charged on your credit card when you register for courses.  If you do not submit your credit card information when you register for courses, make sure you are receiving financial aid or that accounting has a copy of your employer agreement.  If you need to make a payment you may submit your tuition payment online at www.dmu.edu/accounting/payment. Employer agreements can be mailed or faxed to accounting at 515-271-7173. Visit www.dmu.edu/accounting for more information and to review the tuition payment policy.

7. APTA membership

The program recommends that you have an active American Physical Therapy Association membership.  Many assignments will refer you to documents in the member’s only section of the APTA website.  Additionally, you will have resources that enable you to easily search for current literature in physical therapy.