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Doctor of Physical Therapy

The doctor of physical therapy program at Des Moines University offers a distinctive curriculum focused on patient-centered care. Classroom and clinical instruction emphasize problem solving and critical thinking while preparing you to become a lifelong learner. Extensive clinical instruction will enhance your education and prepare you to practice in a variety of health care environments.

Why become a physical therapist?


See what a day at DMU is like for a D.P.T. student

  • Physical therapists directly enhance the quality of life of their patients by assisting their return to work, leisure activities and function following illness or injury.
  • Because disease and injury can occur at any stage of the lifespan, physical therapists work with patients of all ages, from newborns to older adults.
  • Physical therapists incorporate the principles of health promotions and wellness to help their clients reduce risk of illness and injury.
  • Physical therapists use their knowledge and expertise in the human body to diagnose and provide care to patients with cardiopulmonary, orthopedic and neurological health issues.

Learn more about being a physical therapist.

Meet some of our students


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

capteThe Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Des Moines University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email; website:

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Interested in learning more? Please contact the doctor of physical therapy admission office at 800-240-2767, ext 1499, or e-mail