Des Moines University participates in the web-based Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service. Direct applications to DMU are not accepted. PTCAS applications are made available each year in June for the class that begins the following August. The typical application deadline is December 15.

Note: If you are an international student, please refer to our international student information pages.

Application process

  1. Review the requirements for admission.
  2. Submit your online application through PTCAS. Applications are available in June for the class that begins the following August. The priority application deadline is December 15. The final application deadline is May 15 the following year.
  3. Submit all official transcripts to PTCAS. Please include all colleges and universities attended. Transcripts must be from a regionally accredited college or university within the United States.
  4. Send your GRE scores to PTCAS (DMU's code for PTCAS is 0463). Submission of GRE scores is highly recommended. Please note, for the 2023-24 application cycle submission of GRE scores will be required.
  5. Submit letters of recommendation to PTCAS. You must submit two letters of recommendation. One letter must be from an academic instructor with whom you have taken a course. It is preferred that the second letter come from a physical therapist*, but letters from another academic instructor, academic advisor, work supervisor or colleague will be accepted.

*Please note, beginning with the 2023-24 application cycle, a letter of recommendation from a physical therapist will be required.

Admissions Decisions

Once your application file is complete with PTCAS, it will be sent to Des Moines University. You will be contacted by email if you are selected for an interview.

An interview is required for admission. The interview is a competency-based, holistic, asynchronous assessment. Because of the rolling admissions schedule, those who apply early in the admissions cycle are more likely to be interviewed than those who apply later.

Please note: First-time entering students may apply to only one Des Moines University clinical program at a time (including D.O., D.P.M., PA, D.P.T., and O.T.D.). Multiple applications will not be accepted or processed.

Accommodations in Education Policy

The University complies with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, the Iowa Civil Rights Act and other laws relating to the Accommodations of disabilities in its educational programming. Read the full Accommodations in Education Policy.

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