Cynthia Utley, Des Moines University Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

Cynthia (Cindy) Utley, P.T., D.P.T.

Director of Clinical Education, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

Additional Roles
Associate Professor, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

Area of Expertise

  • Practice management, acute care, aquatic therapy
  • Clinical Practice (practice setting, location) Acute Care, MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center

Professional Organizations, Committees and Boards

  • Alpha Eta Honor Society
  • American Physical Therapy Association
  • Academy of Physical Therapy Education, Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy, Academy of Acute Care Physical Therapy, Health Policy & Administration Section
  • Iowa Physical Therapy Association
  • Iowa Clinical Education Consortium



  • Des Moines University Sponsored Activities: Girls Exploring Medicine, Senior Health Fair, Day at the Fair


  • Co-Chair for Education Leadership Conference Program Committee for the Academy of Physical Therapy Education
  • Abstract Reviewer for the Education Leadership Conference for the Academy of Physical Therapy Education
  • Abstract Reviewer for the American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting for the Academy of Physical Therapy Education
  • Education Section – Clinical Education Special Interest Group (CESIG) Nominating Committee 2016-2018, Chair 2017-2018
  • Academic Leader Roundtable Speaker, University of Iowa Phyiscal Therapy Educational Summit, 2014


  • University Integrity Committee
  • DMU and UnityPoint Clinics Joint Operating Committee
  • College of Health Sciences Faculty Organization Chair
  • Department of Physical Therapy Admissions Committee
  • Department of Physical Therapy Curriculum Committee

Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of New England, Portland, ME
Masters of Physical Therapy, Mayo School of Health-Related Sciences, Rochester, MN
Bachelor of Arts – Biology, College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, MN

Iowa Physical Therapy License
Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults
Advanced Credentialed Clinical Instructor
American Physical Therapy Association Credentialed Clinical Trainer

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