Superior manual, hands-on skills form the foundation of our doctor of physical therapy program. Manual therapy includes a variety of specific hands-on techniques used to diagnose and treat a range of dysfunctions in the musculoskeletal, neuromuscular and cardiopulmonary systems.
Classroom and clinical instruction emphasize problem-solving and critical thinking that prepare you to be an exceptional healthcare provider and lifelong learner.
There is a strong emphasis on manual treatment and a patient-centered focus where treatment goals are related to functional improvements.
Classes incorporate preventive care and promote positive health behaviors. Classroom and clinical instruction emphasize problem solving and critical thinking while preparing students to become lifelong learners.
Our curriculum promotes personal and professional development through integrated, sequential learning experiences presented in a block format.
Students have access to the advanced Human Performance Lab, which combines diagnostics and biotechnology to evaluate and treat movement deficits and physical conditions. They also practice in the Standardized Performance Assessment Lab.
Students may choose to work on a research project or may choose to take elective coursework.
Students may participate in global health opportunities through the global health department.
Students can develop their leadership skills, understand health care needs and enhance their careers with a dual degree leading to a Master of Public Health or a Master of Health Care Administration.
Students complete 36 weeks of internships at four different sites. DMU maintains more than 350 clinical sites throughout the United States.
Our faculty have diverse clinical backgrounds. Faculty members use a variety of teaching methods, including case studies, problem-based learning, lectures, group projects, labs, and community-based labs.
Students have learning opportunities early in their studies at the Des Moines University Clinic, an on-campus clinic providing health care services to the community.
Read more on the Program Outcomes page.
Technology is incorporated throughout the D.P.T. program.
The gross anatomy lab at DMU is state-of-the-art. It includes flat-screen monitors at each dissection station.
Small class size
Class size is ideal for knowing your classmates well and at the same time benefitting from a variety of backgrounds and experiences. Anatomy lecture is taken with first-year D.O. and D.P.M. students.
There are many opportunities for students to get involved outside the classroom.