Jason Cook, D.P.T., PCS

Assistant ProfessorDoctor of Physical Therapy Program
Office Phone 515-271-1433
Email jason.cook@dmu.edu
  • PhD in Physical Therapy, Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida – attending/in process
  • Doctorate in Physical Therapy (transitional), Des Moines University, Des Moines, Iowa - 2007
  • Masters of Science in Physical Therapy, Des Moines University, Des Moines, Iowa - 2003
  • Bachelors or Arts- Major in Biology, Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa - 2000
  • Iowa Physical Therapy License
  • Pediatric Certified Specialist (PCS) granted by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists through the American Physical Therapy Association (May 2009)
  • Credentialed Clinical Instructor through the American Physical Therapy Association
Awards and honors
  • Emerging Leader Award- American Physical Therapy Association (2013)
  • Alpha Eta Society Member

Area of Expertise

Dr. Cook is a Board Certified Pediatric Specialist (American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties-ABPTS). He is also an item writer for the ABPTS national examination. Dr. Cook’s educational interests include pediatrics, neurology, development, typical and atypical movement strategies, teaching and learning concepts and educational technology.Clinical Practice:

Dr. Cook’s clinical practice is at Blank Children’s Hospital in both the inpatient and outpatient settings, with a primary appointment in the outpatient setting two and a half days each week.

Professional Organizations, Committees and Boards
  • American Physical Therapy Association Member
    • Pediatric Section
    • Education Section
  • Iowa Physical Therapy Association Member


  • Volunteer Assistant Coach South Des Moines Girls Softball Association, Des Moines, Iowa
  • Volunteer Assistant Coach Fort Des Moines Little League, Des Moines, Iowa
  • Board of Benevolence Member: Plymouth Congregational Church, Des Moines, Iowa
  • Volunteer for Jumpstart Physicals/Mobility Screening for School Age Children, Des Moines, Iowa
  • First Swing Learn to Golf 2012 via Orthotic and Prosthetic Activities Foundation, Des Moines, Iowa


  • Reviewer for the journal Physiotherapy Theory and Practice
  • Specialization Academy of Content Experts (SACE) Item Writer
  • Member of the Section on Pediatrics Practice Committee
  • Chair of the Section on Pediatrics Social Media Sub-Committee
  • Clinical Excellence Committee Member at Blank Pediatric Therapy Services
  • Clinical Advancement Program completed at UnityPoint Des Moines
  • Committee for Professional Issues at Blank Pediatric Therapy Services
  • Pediatric Therapy Month events facilitator/leader at Blank Pediatric Therapy Services.


  • Department of Physical Therapy Curriculum Committee
  • Search Committee for University Library Director
  • Educational Resources Committee, Chair, Member
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy Program Performance Improvement Committee
  • Doctorate of Physical Therapy Curriculum Committee

Grant Activity

“Evaluation of Short Term Intense Garment Use on Gait in a Child with Rett Syndrome: A Case Study” Awarded by the Iowa Osteopathic Education and Research Fund in the amount of $2708.00


Abstracts and Publications

Cook, J; The HITECH Act and Electronic Health Record’s limitation in coordinating care for children with complex chronic conditions. Journal of Allied Health. June 2014

Cook, J; Vardaxis, V; Assessment of spatial and temporal gait parameters in a child with Rett Syndrome: a case study. APTA Combined Sections Meeting 2013 San Diego.

Invited Lectures and Continuing Education Presentations

Pediatric Physical Therapy-Disability Awareness Month– Presented within the Des Moines University Disability Awareness Month Series- Des Moines University April 9, 2014.

Cerebral Palsy and Serial Casting– Presented at the Annual Spring Conference, Thompson Auditorium, Iowa Health- Des Moines April 15th, 2011. Collaboration with Dr. Justin Ramsey, MD.

Pediatric Physical Therapy – Presented to the Pediatric Club at Des Moines University. January 26, 2011