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Admission Requirements

  1. Graduate of an accredited physical therapy program and U.S. licensure as a physical therapist
  2. Although not required, employment as a physical therapist over the course of your enrollment would facilitate discussion of case studies and application of required projects to a physical therapy practice setting. Six months of full-time employment as a physical therapist must be completed prior to finishing the curriculum.
  3. Individuals who earned their physical therapy degree outside of the United States must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language Exam (TOEFL). A total score of 100 (Internet-based test) is recommended, and a writing score of 27 (Internet-based test) is recommended. Waivers of the TOEFL requirement are automatically given to applicants who completed their physical therapy degree in one of the following countries: Australia, Canada (excluding French Quebec), New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Graduates from English-speaking countries in Africa are also included in the waiver.
  4. Complete application process

Technology and computer use

Your computer should meet the following requirements:

Basic requirements for any computer

  • At least 20gb of free hard drive space (more recommended)
  • At least 2gb of RAM (more recommended as it will improve performance of video playback etc…)
  • Internet access (broadband (DSL/Cable) recommended)

System requirements for a PC

  • Microsoft Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8* operating systems
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer (version 8 or higher**), Mozilla Firefox, Safari***, or Chrome***
  • Most recent version of Java or Java plugins.
  • Pop-Up blocking disabled
  • Microsoft Office version 2007 or higher
  • Most recent version of Adobe Flash and Reader (

System requirements for a Mac****

  • Macintosh OS 10.X or higher
  • Mozilla Firefox, Safari***, or Chrome***
  • Most recent version of Java or Java plugins
  • Pop-Up blocking disabled
  • Office for Mac 2011 or higher (or compatible office program/suite)
  • Most recent version of Adobe Flash and Reader (

* Windows 8 may have compatibility issues with certain programs, especially running Internet Explorer from the “tiled” view.  IE will need to run from the desktop view to be compatible with website functions.

** Internet Explorer 10 may have a compatibility issue with the current version of ANGEL LMS courseware,  clicking the “Compatibility” toggle switch located to the right of the URL address bar should correct the problem.

***  Safari and Chrome browsers are not fully supported for all DMU functions.  Functionality may be hindered.  If something isn’t working correctly please try with Firefox or Internet Explorer first before contacting the Help Desk.

****  The web-based instructional system is compatible with Macintosh computers. Students who use them, however, may need to save their word processing documents or presentations in a format that is compatible with the current Microsoft Office Suite for the PC.

Computer competencies

You should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of word processing.
  • Demonstrate fluency with your Windows or Mac operating system. This is demonstrated by the ability to file, save, retrieve, and manipulate documents within the system.
  • Access, file and respond to e-mail.
  • Log onto the Internet with an Internet Service Provider (ISP).
  • Navigate the Internet, including the World Wide Web (www), using the appropriate browser.
  • Attach, receive, and send files/documents to others; download and open files sent to students.
  • Conduct an Internet search.

Technical standards

Please see our technical standards page for more information. Further information about Accommodations can be found at: Accommodations in Education Policy.

States authorizing DMU online programs

Federal law requires institutions of higher education to comply with all state requirements for registration, licensure or authorization to deliver online or distance education to students residing in states other than the home state of the institution. Applicants who reside outside of the State of Iowa are eligible for admission only if Des Moines University has secured formal approval or is exempt from the requirements in the applicant’s state of residence. While DMU is investigating approval in each state, various state requirements and fees may prohibit the University from obtaining full authorization in all states.

At this time, Des Moines University is unable to accept applications for our online programs from applicants who are legal residents of Alabama, Arkansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Montana, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Puerto Rico or the District of Columbia.

DMU endeavors to comply with the requirements established in each state, including the requirement of some states to post explicit notices for applicants and students:

Indiana residents: This institution is authorized by The Indiana Board for Proprietary Education, 101 W. Ohio St., Suite 670, Indianapolis, IN 46204-1984. See statement of authorization.

Minnesota residents: Des Moines University Osteopathic Medical Center is registered as a private institution with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to sections 136A.61 to 136A.71.  Registration is not an endorsement of the institution.  Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions.

Questions regarding state authorization may be directed to, or your state’s department of higher education.