Congratulations on your acceptance to the doctor of physical therapy program at DMU – we hope you’re excited to join us in August! 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.
A non-refundable deposit is required to secure your seat in the class, unless you have been accepted through the PTCAS Early Decision Process. While we cannot require a seat deposit prior to January 15, 2017, it is very helpful for us to know as soon as possible if you plan on attending DMU. Seat deposit guidelines follow:
The seat deposit not only secures your seat in the class, but also opens your account at DMU and is credited towards your tuition.
Submit your seat deposit online
As a follow up to your acceptance email, you were sent an Outstanding Requirements form via email. 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.
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 requrests 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.
Within 1 week of submitting your seat deposit, incoming students will receive information on how to access Pulse (DMU’s intranet) and your DMU email address. You will receive a notification from the Admissions Office when you are about to receive your login information. It 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.
Housing is abundant in the Des Moines area, and students in the past have found the best time to check out apartments is February-March. DMU does not own any dorms or residence halls, so students are responsible for locating their own housing arrangements. To help you out, Pulse contains the “DMU classifieds” which is a great place to post if you’re looking for a roommate or somewhere to live. The University acts solely as a facilitator in hosting this forum.
Incoming students may begin using the Wellness Center on May 1. Check Pulse for release forms and procedures.
DMU has a one-time $250 parking fee. Cars can be registered on Pulse in the weeks prior to Orientation.
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. 2016-2017 D.P.T. annual tuition was $23,938. (Tuition and fees are subject to change.) We anticipate the 2017-018 budget to be available in the spring.
You can view tuition due dates, loan disbursement dates, and refund dates on our website.
We urge you to not purchase books or any other equipment until you obtain the list during orientation and see exactly what is required, recommended, and which editions will be used. Required and recommended textbooks and equipment are available from Matthews Bookstore on campus.
Mandatory orientation is scheduled for August 1-3, 2017. A schedule of events will be available on Pulse several weeks prior to Orientation.
Dress for the first day of orientation is professional. While a suit is not required, we will be taking your ID photo in a white coat. Men: shirt and tie with nice trouser. Women: Blouse with skirt/trousers or dress.
Classes are tentatively scheduled to begin August 4, 2017.
Incoming classes have traditionally set up Facebook groups as a way to communicate prior to the start of classes. These groups are the sole responsibility of incoming students and DMU does not monitor or participate in the groups in any way.
Des Moines is a great city! Here are some helpful resources to help you explore or get settled:
We look forward to seeing you in August! Email us with any questions.