2019-20 Applicants

Des Moines University - Osteopathic Medical Center


Contact Information more...

Katie Pearce
Assistant Director of Admissions
Doctor of Physical Therapy Admissions
Des Moines University
3200 Grand Ave.
Des Moines IA, 50312
(515) 271-1499
(515) 271-7864
PTAdmit@dmu.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
08/01/2020
Dual-degree programs offered in conjunction with PT degree
DPT/MHA (Master of Healthcare Administration)
DPT/MPH (Master of Public Health)
Additional information about the class profile
Des Moines University's DPT program does not give preference to in-state applicants.

To be considered for admission, individuals must be either a U.S. Citizen or U.S. legal permanent resident.
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Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
52
Anticipated size of next entering class
52
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
52%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
48%
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
19%

Sex

% Male
48%
% Female
52%

Program Description more...

The DPT program at Des Moines University begins in August of each year and runs for 34 consecutive months. Clinical internships are integrated throughout the curriculum to correlate closely with classroom instruction. The program has an emphasis on movement systems, manual treatment, and a patient-centered focus related to functional improvements.

Founded in 1898, Des Moines University comprises three colleges offering eight graduate degrees in medicine and the health sciences. The Physical Therapy program was established in 1988 within the College of Health Sciences. In addition to the DPT degree, the College of Health Science offers programs in health care administration, public health, and physician assistant studies. The University also offers degree programs in osteopathic medicine, podiatric medicine, anatomy and biomedical sciences. Total university enrollment is more than 1,700 students.

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
12/16/2019
Deadline type
Soft
Application close date (for soft deadlines only)
02/17/2020
Program has rolling admissions process?
Yes
Important dates

Des Moines University uses rolling admission.  Applicants can expect an interview decision within 30 days of application verification by PTCAS, although this time frame may increase as the application cycle progresses. Interviews typically begin in August and conclude in February. Interview candidates recieve a final decision within 30 days of their interview date. 


Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
Yes
Special eligibility requirements for Early Decision candidates
DMU does not have a minimum required GPA for early decision candidates. However, selection as an early decision candidate is a competitive process based on the current applicant pool.

Deposits

Deposit Required
Yes
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$500.00
Additional Information about Deposit
Deposits are non-refundable
Due Date of First Required Deposit
01/15/2020

Interviews

Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
Yes
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GPA

GPA Scores
MINIMUM GPA Score
AVERAGE GPA score for accepted students
Overall Undergraduate Cumulative
 
3.68
Science
 
3.50
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
A science GPA and cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher are recommended to be considered for admission.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
0463
GRE Scores
MINIMUM GRE score considered
AVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score
 
152
Verbal reasoning % score
 
54%
Quantitative reasoning scaled score
 
153
Quantitative reasoning % score
 
50%
Analytical writing scaled score
 
4.0
Analytical writing % score
 
59%
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
Official GRE scores must be received through PTCAS in order for an application to be considered complete and reviewable.

Observation Hours

 
Applicants are required to observe physical therapists at work for at least 50 hours. Observation experiences must include a combination of both outpatient and inpatient settings.

A minimum of 40 completed hours of observation is required to be considered for an interview.
Program's PT hours requirement
PT hours are required - no verification by a physical therapist
Total number of PT hours REQUIRED
50
DEADLINE for completion of all PT hours
08/01/2020
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Accepted/Considered
Inpatient
Required
Outpatient
Required

Supplemental/Upload Requirements

Supplemental FEE required?
No
Supplemental fee amount
$0.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
No
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
No
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Applicant must send one reference from this SPECIFIC type of evaluator
Applicant must send reference from ONE OR MORE evaluators in category to fulfill program's requirements
Evaluator type ACCEPTED
Evaluator type NOT accepted

Evaluator Types

Physical Therapist
Physical Therapist (additional)
Professor in Major
Professor
Academic
Supervisor/Employer
Teaching Assistant
PTA
Pre-PT Advisor
Politician
Health Care Professional
Friend
Family Member
Co-worker
Clergy
Other
Number of references required by program
2
Additional information about program's reference requirements
We require one letter from a licensed Physical Therapist with whom you have worked or observed, and one letter from an academic instructor (any discipline) with whom you have taken a course.

Foreign Applicants and Transcripts

Citizenship types eligible for admission U.S. citizens
  • U.S. citizens
  • U.S. permanent residents
Non-native speakers must submit official TOEFL scores?
Yes
Program policy for non-U.S. (foreign/international) coursework
Send WES foreign transcript evaluation to PTCAS
Program policy for CANADIAN coursework
  • Send original Canadian transcript to PTCAS
Additional information about program's policy on foreign coursework
International students are not eligible for admission to the DPT program at Des Moines University.

After you select the program and enter your coursework on the application, you may be required to match your courses to the program's course prerequisites in the "Prerequisites" tab of the "Program Materials" section.
General information
All prerequisite coursework must be taken for graded credit through a regionally accredited college or university. Prerequisite course grades below C- will not be considered.
Bachelor's degree required prior to matriculation into PT program?
Yes
Anatomy and/or Physiology (A&P) course prerequisites MUST be completed in biology, neuroscience, anatomy, or integrated physiology department
Yes
Link to program's prerequisite instructions
Anatomy
One course in anatomy with lab is required. Anatomy course should be completed through biology department when available.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • Biology: Any
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Exercise Physiology
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Biology / Biological Science
Two courses in biological sciences (not botany) are required, including labs when available. 1 of 2 biological sciences.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Any
Biology / Biological Science
See description of biology/biological science prerequisite above. 2 of 2 biology/biological science courses required.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Any
Chemistry I
A total of two courses in general chemistry with labs required. A two-semester chemistry sequence is preferred.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry I
Chemistry II
See description of Chemistry I; 2 of 2 chemistry.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry II
Physics I
A total of two courses in general physics with lab are required. A two-semester physics sequence is preferred. 1 of 2 physics.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
Physics II
See description of Physics I; 2 of 2 physics.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Physiology
One course in physiology with lab is required. Physiology course should be completed through biology department when available.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Required
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Exercise Physiology
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Psychology
Two courses in psychology are required; abnormal and developmental psychology are highly recommended. Psychology courses must be taken through the psychology department. 1 of 2 psychology.
Course Level
Survey
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Adolescent
  • Psychology: Advanced
  • Psychology: Child
  • Psychology: Death & Dying
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: General I
  • Psychology: General
  • Psychology: General II
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Human Behavior
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
  • Psychology: Psychopathology
Psychology
Two courses in psychology are required; abnormal and developmental psychology are highly recommended. Psychology courses must be taken through the psychology department. 2 of 2 psychology.
Course Level
Survey
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Adolescent
  • Psychology: Advanced
  • Psychology: Child
  • Psychology: Death & Dying
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: General I
  • Psychology: General
  • Psychology: General II
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Human Behavior
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
  • Psychology: Psychopathology
Statistics
One course in statistics is required.
Course Level
Survey
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics