The post-professional doctor of physical therapy program allows licensed physical therapists an opportunity to expand their decision-making skills, improve management abilities and promote ongoing professional development through the convenience of an online program.
How to apply
An online application is required in order to be admitted to the post-professional doctor of physical therapy program. Applications are accepted throughout the year. There is no deadline for applications. You may begin the program at the start of any trimester.
- Review admission requirements
- Fill out online application and pay the $60 application fee
DMU alumni do not have to pay an application fee or complete steps 3-5 below.
- Submit two letters of recommendation from:
- A U.S. trained and licensed physical therapist
- A leader in the health care field
Each letter must be accompanied by the recommendation for admission form, signed by both the applicant and the recommender. Letters of recommendation must be sent by the letter writer directly to DMU via regular mail. Letters should be typed on business letterhead.
- TOEFL Scores. Individuals who earned their physical therapy degree outside of the United States must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language Exam (TOEFL). A total score of 100 (Internet-based test) is recommended, and a writing score of 27 (Internet-based test) is recommended. Waivers of the TOEFL requirement are automatically given to applicants who completed their physical therapy degree in one of the following countries: Australia, Canada (excluding French Quebec), New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Graduates from English-speaking countries in Africa are also included in the waiver.
- Submit a personal statement. You may upload your personal statement as an attachment to the online application, or you may submit it separately via mail, email or fax. The personal statement should be approximately one page and should explain your reasons for pursing the doctor of physical therapy degree. Please know that the personal statement is used as an indicator of an applicant’s ability to communicate in written English at a graduate school level. If it is determined that an applicant’s personal statement does not meet the graduate-level expectations of the program, the applicant may be required to successfully complete an online writing course prior to being eligible for admission. Questions regarding this may be directed to the admission coordinator of the PPDPT program.
You will be notified by email of acceptance into the program. Once you have been notified that you have been accepted into the post-professional doctor of physical therapy program, you may register for courses.
If you have any questions please email us or call us at 515-271-7854. If you need to send your personal statement, please use the contact information below:
PPDPT admission coordinator
Des Moines University
3200 Grand Ave
Des Moines, IA 50312
To enroll in courses you will need to complete the online application process and be accepted into the program. The orientation course (PPDPT 1600) is required for all students prior to taking any other courses.
Des Moines University’s post-professional doctor of physical therapy program is available completely online. As a result, international students in this program do not meet SEVIS requirements for studying in the U.S.
International applicants should also become familiar with the guidelines for international students.
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