To be considered for admission, you must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university prior to the start of orientation. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 is required for consideration. In addition, applicants should have a minimum science grade point average of 3.0 to be considered competitive.
All prerequisite science courses need to be taken for a grade; pass/fail is not accepted. Testing out of a non-science prerequisite course may be acceptable upon approval by the physical therapy admission committee. Grades below a C- are not accepted for any prerequisite. Prerequisite courses must be completed before orientation in August.
The courses below are required for admission; you may apply while coursework is in progress. Coursework completion is required prior to matriculation.
Biological sciences: 16 hours
Chemistry: 8 semester hours
Physics: 8 semester hours
Statistics: 1 course
Psychology: 3 courses
English composition/speech/communications: 2 courses
Humanities/social sciences: 2 courses
Medical Terminology: 1 course
Applicants are required to observe physical therapists at work in various settings. We require that you spend at least 50 hours observing licensed physical therapists in both inpatient and outpatient settings. While applicants have until matriculation to complete the physical therapy observation requirement, you must complete at least 40 total hours of observation to be considered for an interview.
GRE scores are required for an application to be complete. Des Moines University’s PTCAS GRE code is 0463. More information.
Applicants who are legal permanent residents of the U.S. will be required to provide a notarized copy of their permanent resident card (“green card”) prior to admission. Note: Permanent residency status “pending,” is not eligible for admission.
Applicants who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents are not eligible for admission to the physical therapy program at Des Moines University. For additional information regarding the international student policy, please click here.
Please see technical standards section of the catalog for more information. Further information about accommodations can be found in the Accommodations in Education Policy.
Accepted students will be required to pay for and complete a criminal background check prior to matriculation. All students must complete a criminal background check by the DMU selected vendor prior to enrollment. If you have a pending misdemeanor or felony which results in a conviction, it is your responsibility to immediately inform the university. You are required to inform the university of any charges or convictions which occur following completion of the initial criminal background check. Incoming students will then be required to participate in annual background checks through the Dean’s office and/or Clinical Affairs.