Congratulations on your acceptance to the doctor of physical therapy program at DMU – we hope you’re excited to join us in July! Because we know this process can be overwhelming, we’ve put together a quick guide to help you know when and what to expect until orientation.

What you should do right now:

Seat deposit

A non-refundable deposit of $500 is required to secure your seat in the class, unless you have been accepted through the PTCAS Early Decision Process, in which case a seat deposit is not required. While we cannot require a seat deposit prior to January 15, 2019, it is very helpful for us to know as soon as possible if you plan on attending DMU.

The seat deposit not only secures your seat in the class, but also opens your account at DMU and is credited towards your tuition. Failure to pay your seat deposit by the deadline will result in immediate forfeiture of your seat in the class. You may pay your seat deposit through your DMU Admissions Account.

Outstanding Requirements form

Following acceptance, students must access the Outstanding Requirements Form via their DMU Admissions Account. The items laid out on this document are truly the requirements of your enrollment and must be completed by the due dates listed.  Please read this document very carefully and return a signed copy to the admissions office by the deadline listed. As you are responsible for completing the tasks as outlined, you’ll want to keep a copy of this for yourself.

*If you have outstanding prerequisite coursework, you must have a plan in place to complete this prior to the start of classes.  Please contact the admissions office immediately if you foresee difficulty in completing all requirements in time.

Submission of Transcripts

Accepted students must submit official final transcripts from all colleges attended post-high school by the deadline of two weeks (14 days) prior to the first day of classes. Students who are accepted to DMU less than one month prior to the first day of classes will have 30 calendar days from the date of their acceptance to submit all official transcripts to the Office of Admissions. Any special circumstances or requests for exceptions to this policy must be sent to and approved by the Dean of the applicable college. Students who fail to submit all official final transcripts by the stated deadline may jeopardize their acceptance of continued enrollment in the College.

Social Media

Get connected by joining the Facebook group for your class: The group will be a place to meet your classmates, ask questions, network with fellow students, and find important DMU-related information.

Looking ahead...

New Student Pulse and email

You will be notified when your access to Pulse (DMU’s intranet) and your DMU email address is available. Login information will be emailed to you via encrypted message, so be sure to check your inbox and spam folders. Pulse is your go-to spot for all types of information including; financial aid, student health forms, student health insurance, registration checklist, technical standards, wellness center access, orientation schedule, and other announcements.

Background Checks

All incoming students must complete a criminal background check, which may include a drug screen, through the DMU preferred vendor. Results must be released to DMU prior to matriculation, and the cost of this process will be paid by the student. Students are required to disclose all past or present charges, convictions, dismissals, deferred judgments and expunged records as related to a misdemeanor or felony. They are also obligated to disclose any additional charges and convictions which occur following completion of the initial criminal background check.  Admission to the program may be revoked if misrepresentations or omissions from the application are noted in the background check or if new charges or convictions are identified or reported during the pre-matriculation period.  DMU students are required to complete annual criminal background checks,  which may include drug screening, while enrolled at DMU.

Physical examination/laboratory tests and immunizations

Incoming students must complete a physical examination and an immunization report before registration. Students admitted shortly before classes begin will have four weeks to complete this requirement.  A complete listing of required immunizations is supplied to students before orientation.

Health insurance

Students must provide proof of health insurance coverage that meets minimum requirements as specified within DMU’s Student Health Insurance Requirements Policy. Students must verify coverage through a parent’s or spouse’s group plan, a national government plan, an individual plan that meets the hard waiver criteria as defined in DMU’s Student Health Insurance Requirement’s Policy or a plan coordinated through DMU.

Technical Standards for Admission

Students must be able to meet the technical standards for education at DMU either with or without accommodation.  You may review the standards online on our website.


Housing is abundant in the Des Moines area. DMU does not own any dorms or residence halls, so students are responsible for locating their own housing arrangements. Pulse contains the “DMU classifieds” which is a good resource for students looking for a roommate or somewhere to live. The University acts solely as a facilitator in hosting this forum.

Wellness Center

Incoming students may begin using the Wellness Center on May 1. Check Pulse for release forms and procedures.


Students pay an annual charge of $200 (2018-19) for a parking sticker. Incoming students may purchase their parking sticker for their first year via the Registration Checklist on Pulse.


In your first year, tuition will be collected in two equal payments, in August and January. Tuition and fees are established by the University’s Board of Trustees each spring and collected by the Accounting Office. 2018-2019 D.P.T. annual tuition was $25,768. (Tuition and fees are subject to change.) The 2018-2019 budget will be available in the spring.

You can view tuition due dates, loan disbursement dates, and refund dates on our website.

Books and equipment

Students are urged not to purchase books or any other equipment until Orientation. Required and recommended textbooks and equipment are available from Matthews Bookstore on campus.


Mandatory Orientation is tentatively scheduled for late July, 2019. Students are expected to be present for all Orientation sessions. A schedule of events will be available on Pulse several weeks prior to Orientation.

Explore Des Moines

Des Moines is a great city! Here are some helpful resources to help you explore or get settled:

We look forward to seeing you! Email us with any questions.

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