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Post-Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy

Enrolling final cohort for fall 2015. Final application deadline is July 15, 2015. Apply today for your last chance to enroll in the PPDPT program! Students enrolling will follow a two-year plan of study model, or may work at an accelerated pace. Contact for more information.
Get an overview of the PPDPT program at DMU

Get an overview of the PPDPT program at DMU

The online Post-Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy (PPDPT) program at Des Moines University offers physical therapists a convenient way to advance their careers while continuing to practice.

The PPDPT program at DMU is one of the only programs in the nation that allows you to complete your degree online. It builds on your knowledge as a physical therapist by augmenting your clinical competencies and decision-making skills for developing therapeutic plans. The program also emphasizes administrative and management skills, promotes preventive health and wellness and emphasizes manual therapy to help you provide more effective patient care.

Why get your doctorate in physical therapy?

  • By earning the transitional post-professional D.P.T., you remain in step with the physical therapy profession as it advances to new levels in clinical care and evidence-based practice.
  • The doctoral degree confirms you have the education, clinical skills and perspectives to fit the new model of direct access and autonomous practice.
  • You will increase your awareness and understanding of research and its role in evidence-based practice. You will sharpen your skills in critical thinking as you learn to make sound judgments based on valid scientific literature.
  • You’ll be prepared to meet the challenge and opportunity of becoming a leader in your profession
    and community.

Learn more about the benefits of getting a post-professional D.P.T. degree.

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DMU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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Interested in learning more? For more information about the online post-professional doctor of physical therapy program, contact the admission office at 515-271-1499 or email