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The online curriculum for the post-professional D.P.T. program is distinguished by its immediate application to clinical dilemmas you face every day. Students choose many of the cases they study as part of their coursework.

Curriculum strengths

  • Assignments and projects are based on real-life issues that students encounter in practice.
  • Flexibility. While many programs follow a lockstep sequence of courses, you can start the program at any time and, with few exceptions, take courses in whatever order you choose after completing Orientation.

View the post-professional D.P.T. course schedule

Required courses

Students must successfully complete all 11 courses (24 credits) in the program to receive the D.P.T. degree (DMU alumni take 10 courses for 22 credits). See course descriptions for a complete list of required courses. All courses are online.

The online classroom

Students who are new to online learning quickly discover they’re not alone. The post-professional D.P.T. program fosters a supportive atmosphere where students who have already taken several courses watch out for the newcomers.

  • As a post-professional D.P.T. student, you’re truly “in class” with physical therapy colleagues across the country.
  • The student Pulse is a great connecting point with DMU. The portal allows students to check grades, class schedules, check email and search DMU’s library collection.
  • An instructional application called Desire2Learn provides access to course material, quizzes, discussion lists and more.
  • Learn more about taking classes online in our online class FAQ.

Course format

The format of each course will depend on the instructor, but each course will require that the student take the primary responsibility for learning. For example:

  • Students may be expected to complete assigned readings and contribute to an online discussion with classmates on a question or questions posed by the instructor.
  • Students may be asked to develop a paper or case study and submit it to the instructor online or share it with their classmates via an online group page.
  • If quizzes or exams are given, these will be available online.

Program organization

  • Each course has a specific start and stop date along with due dates for assignments.
  • You gain new knowledge and insights by sharing professional experiences and resources with other students.
  • Working with classmates through online discussions and group projects extends the reach of the online classroom while mirroring the professional collaborations common in health care today.

Time commitment

  • For a two-credit-hour course delivered over eight weeks, plan on studying an average of 6-10 hours per week.
  • For a three-credit-hour course, plan on studying an average of 9-15 hours per week.

Continuing education credits

Rules adopted by the Iowa Board of Physical and Occupational Therapy Examiners indicate that one academic credit hour equals 15 continuing education credits. The licensee may obtain continuing education hours of credit by providing official transcripts to the board indicating successful completion of academic courses that apply to physical therapy. Physical therapists licensed in a state other than Iowa who are required to complete continuing education for licensure will need to check their state’s physical therapy licensure law and rules concerning continuing education credit for academic courses.