Hometown: Denison, IA
Undergrad school: Central College
Major/minor: Exercise Science
Class: Doctor of Physical Therapy – Class of 2015
What is your advice for prospective students?
My advice for prospective students is to make sure you get your observation hours done early and in many different patient settings. Also, try to have everything ready to go before PTCAS opens to make sure you get your application early.
Why do you want to be a physical therapist?
I actually didn’t know I wanted to be a physical therapist until my sophomore year in college. I had always wanted to either be a teacher or become a doctor (or nurse). When both of those options weren’t extremely appealing to be, I choose something that combined both of them. I feel like as a physical therapist, you have to have the medical knowledge to know what’s going on with your patients but you also have to have the ability to teach them what they need to do to improve.
Why did you choose DMU?
I chose DMU because of the small campus. All of the faculty and staff here are focus on helping you succeed from the minute you step foot on campus.
Were you surprised by anything in the program?
One thing I was really surprised about was how available the faculty members are. Most of the faculty members here have an open door policy so if you need anything, you can usually stop in and they are more than willing to help. This was something that’s nice because you don’t have to worry about trying to schedule time around office hours.