Des Moines University


About Des Moines

Founded in 1898, Des Moines University comprises three colleges offering nine graduate degrees. A health sciences university since adding the colleges of health sciences and podiatric medicine and surgery in 1981, the programs share a collective strength — a collaborative campus community where students and faculty come together in the pursuit of knowledge.

Des Moines University offers degree programs in medicine and the health sciences. They share a singular mission to develop distinctive health professionals committed to health promotion, the discovery of knowledge and service to the community.

Physical Therapy programs  

1. The doctor of physical therapy program at Des Moines University offers a distinctive curriculum focused on patient-centered care. Classroom and clinical instruction emphasize problem solving and critical thinking while preparing you to become a lifelong learner. Extensive clinical instruction will enhance your education and prepare you to practice in a variety of health care environments.

2. The online Post-Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy (PPDPT) program at Des Moines University offers physical therapists a convenient way to advance their careers while continuing to practice.

The PPDPT program at DMU is one of the only programs in the nation that allows you to complete your degree online. It builds on your knowledge as a physical therapist by augmenting your clinical competencies and decision-making skills for developing therapeutic plans. The program also emphasizes administrative and management skills, promotes preventive health and wellness and emphasizes manual therapy to help you provide more effective patient care.

Why become a physical therapist?

  • Physical therapists directly enhance the quality of life of their patients by assisting their return to work, leisure activities and function following illness or injury.
  • Because disease and injury can occur at any stage of the lifespan, physical therapists work with patients of all ages, from newborns to older adults.
  • Physical therapists incorporate the principles of health promotions and wellness to help their clients reduce risk of illness and injury.
  • Physical therapists use their knowledge and expertise in the human body to diagnose and provide care to patients with cardiopulmonary, orthopedic and neurological health issues.

Physiopedia projects

Des Moines University Student Project


DMU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Des Moines University is accredited by:

Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)

1111 North Fairfax Street


Virginia 22314

telephone: 703-706-3245

email: [email protected]



Please contact the doctor of physical therapy admission office at 800-240-2767, ext 7864, or e-mail [email protected]