Cynthia Utley, D.P.T.

Director of Clinical EducationDoctor of Physical Therapy Program
Assistant ProfessorPost-Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
Office Phone 515-271-1615
Fax 515-271-1614
  • 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

Area of Expertise
  • Practice management, acute care, aquatic therapy
  • Clinical Practice (practice setting, location) acute care, Mercy Medical Center
Professional Organizations, Committees and Boards
  • Alpha Eta Honor Society
  • American Physical Therapy Association
  • Education, Geriatric, Acute Care, Aquatics Sections, Health Policy & Administration Sections
  • Iowa Physical Therapy Association
  • Iowa Clinical Education Consortium


  • Sixth Grade Religious Education Teacher, OLIH (Past)


  • Moderator Education Leadership Conference 2014
  • Academic Leader Roundtable Speaker, University of Iowa Phyiscal Therapy Educational Summit, 2014


  • University Nominating Committee, Chair
  • Girls in Science
  • Senior Health Fair
  • DPT Academic Progress Committee
  • DPT Performance Improvement Committee
  • DPT Admissions Committee


Poster Presentations

Utley C, Covill L, Hochstein S. Comparison of Ai Chi and a Conventional Impairment-Based Aquatic Therapy program in Persons with Balance Deficits. Combined Section Meeting.  American Physical Therapy Association. Feb 2015.

Utley C, Brown S, Robel J.  Effect of Embedded Internships on Student Physical Therapy Knowledge As Measured By Performance on a Didactic-Based Comprehensive Examination.  Des Moines University Research Symposium.  December 2013.


Lab Assistant, Neuroanatomy Review and Dissection of the Brain, Des Moines University

Presenter AHEC —YES MED Camp

Presenter, Johnston High School Career Day, Johnston, IA

Student Presentations

Poster Presentation: DMU Research Symposium. Changes In Balance Measures and Pain after an Aquatic Physical Therapy Program in Older Adults. December 2012.