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Program Strengths

Superior manual, hands-on skills form the foundation of our doctor of physical therapy program. 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.

Classroom and clinical instruction emphasize problem-solving and critical thinking that prepare you to be an exceptional healthcare provider and lifelong learner.

Manual therapy

There is a strong emphasis on manual treatment and a patient-centered focus where treatment goals are related to functional improvements.

Integrated learning

Classes incorporate preventive care and promote positive health behaviors. Classroom and clinical instruction emphasize problem solving and critical thinking while preparing students to become lifelong learners.

Curriculum

Our curriculum promotes personal and professional development through integrated, sequential learning experiences presented in a block format.

Hands-on experience

Students have access to the advanced Human Performance Lab, which combines diagnostics and biotechnology to evaluate and treat movement deficits and physical conditions. They also practice in the Standardized Performance Assessment Lab.

Research

Students may choose to work on a research project or may choose to take elective coursework.

Global health

Students may participate in global health opportunities through the global health department.

Dual degree

Students can develop their leadership skills, understand health care needs and enhance their careers with a dual degree leading to a Master of Public Health or a Master of Health Care Administration.

Internships

Students complete 36 weeks of internships at four different sites. DMU maintains more than 350 clinical sites throughout the United States.

Experienced faculty

Our faculty have diverse clinical backgrounds. Faculty members use a variety of teaching methods, including case studies, problem-based learning, lectures, group projects, labs, and community-based labs.

Clinical experience

Students have learning opportunities early in their studies at the Des Moines University Clinic, an on-campus clinic providing health care services to the community.

Student outcomes

Graduation rate
3 year average (2010-2012)
95.5%
National Physical Therapy Examination (licensure exam) pass rate
2009-2011 as published by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy
97.92%
Employment Rate
3 year average (2010-2012)
100%

Technology

Technology is incorporated throughout the D.P.T. program.

Anatomy lab

The gross anatomy lab at DMU is state-of-the-art. It includes flat-screen monitors at each dissection station.

Small class size

Class size is ideal for knowing your classmates well and at the same time benefitting from a variety of backgrounds and experiences. Anatomy lecture is taken with first-year D.O. and D.P.M. students.

Student clubs

There are many opportunities for students to get involved outside the classroom.