Rachel Barker, D.P.T.'15

StudentDoctor of Physical Therapy Program

Hometown: Boone, IA
Undergrad school: Iowa State University
Major/minor: Kinesiology
Class: Doctor of Physical Therapy – Class of 2015

What is your advice for prospective students?

Make a list of pros and cons for each school that you visit to help figure out which one fits you best.

Why did you choose DMU?

I visited DMU for the first time on a Discover DMU day and really enjoyed learning about the program.  I really like the way the program is set up with Clinical Internships spread throughout the curriculum and the emphasis on manual therapy.  After my interview, I knew DMU was the right school for me because it felt really natural.

Why do you want to be a physical therapist? 

It is such an exciting field and it is rapidly growing.  I like that I can work in different settings throughout my career and I enjoy the patient-therapist interaction.

What do you do when you’re not studying? 

I like to relax with my friends and family, go shopping, try out new restaurants downtown, and enjoy the Des Moines nightlife.

Were you surprised by anything in the program?

I was surprised by how much my professors care about my personal life and my success in and out of the program.  They want to know me as an individual and build a good relationship.

What are your career objectives? 

I am interested in geriatrics but I am open to any setting.