The doctor of physical therapy program uses a process of rolling admission; therefore it is to your advantage to apply as early as possible. Applications become available each year in June for the class that begins the following August through the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS). Students are interviewed and accepted into the program from August through February. Classes start in August. The application deadline is December 15, 2021. Applications must be submitted to PTCAS by that date.

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

Application process

    1. Review the requirements for admission
      You should have the majority of your prerequisite coursework and observation complete at the time of application. You can apply before completion of the prerequisite coursework, but you must indicate on the application when you will complete the courses. In addition, you do not need to have earned your bachelor's degree at the time of application but must have proof of a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution by matriculation.
    2. Submit your online application as soon as possible
      Submit your application online at Applications are available in June for the class that begins the following August. The application deadline is December 16, 2020.
    3. Submit official transcripts to
      Please include all colleges and universities attended. Transcripts must be from a regionally accredited college or university from within the United States.
    4. Submit your GRE scores - the PTCAS GRE code for Des Moines University is 0463. Submission of GRE scores is highly recommended.
    5. Submit letters of recommendation to
      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.

Once your application file is complete with PTCAS, it will be forwarded to Des Moines University. You will be contacted by email if you are selected for an interview. An interview is required for admission. Currently the interview is a competency-based, holistic, asynchronous assessment. At this time there are no in-person interviews due to COVID-19 restrictions.

If you are an international student, please view our international student information. Applicants who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States are not eligible for admission.

Please note: First-time entering students may apply to only one Des Moines University clinical program at a time (includes D.O., D.P.M., PA and D.P.T.). 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.

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