Kaylen Christensen, D.P.T.'17

StudentDoctor of Physical Therapy Program

Undergrad School: University of Minnesota – Duluth

What is your advice for prospective students?

Do what works for you! No need to change study habits just because your classmates study differently. Everyone is different and your test preparation and study habits may change from undergrad. Also, don’t forget to take care of yourself! Taking time away from studying is important as well as exercising and eating properly.

Why do you want to be a PT?

I’ve always wanted to work in health care and after doing observation hours, I found that I was destined to be a PT. Working closely with patients and being able to see direct results from the care you have provided are two aspects of PT that I’m excited to experience. Treatments and patients are ever-changing, so I’ll never get bored!

What is a typical day like as a PT student?

As a first year, a typical day is class from 8-3 with a 1 hour lunch break at noon (similar to a high school student’s schedule). Then you have the rest of the day to spend as you please (most likely studying, exercising, eating, and getting a good night sleep).

What are your extracurricular activities at DMU?

I am on the social committee for the PT club where we organize fun events for club members to partake in. I am also involved in intramural volleyball (they also offer basketball in the fall). There are also plenty of volunteer opportunities at DMU to get involved in.

What do you do when you’re not studying?

I like to go on walks or runs outside and get some fresh air. I also enjoy playing tennis, exploring Des Moines (there are so many fun things to do), and spending time with friends and family.

Why did you choose DMU?

I heard about DMU from a physical therapist I was shadowing and he told me about the great experience you get in manual skills. That is what drew me in at first, but after my interview I realized I also loved the atmosphere of the school and the city and how the clinical internships were dispersed throughout the program, instead of all right at the end.

Were you surprised by anything in the program?

I was surprised at how much the instructors care about their students. My advisor makes sure that I am doing well in school but more importantly that I’m happy, healthy and taking care of myself properly outside of school.

What is your favorite thing about Des Moines?

There is always something to do and usually it’s free or fairly cheap. It’s easy to get around and there are a lot of outdoor trails for biking and running.