Des Moines University has another exciting year of physical therapy continuing education (CE) activities scheduled! This is a great opportunity to learn new techniques, refresh prior knowledge, and earn CE credit!

For more information, please visit our physical therapy activity catalog.
We hope you're able to join us!

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Clinical Instructors Needed! 

Do you enjoy teaching students? Consider becoming a clinical instructor (CI). A CI is a licensed physical therapist employed by a clinical education site who regularly supervises, instructs, and evaluates DMU students. Our clinical partners are a crucial aspect of the student’s development as a health care provider. There are a number of benefits that a CI may receive, and one of them is early registration access and discounted pricing for select CE courses like the ones listed below. If you are interested in becoming a CI please contact Cindy Utley, PT, DPT, Director of Clinical Education, at 515-271-1615 or


Friday Research Seminar Series: Music and Neuroscience in Parkinson's Disease
March 23, DMU, 1.0 CE Hour
The Friday Research Seminar Series is a regularly scheduled presentation of outstanding research carried out by various departments at DMU. The series is designed to foster new initiatives and collaborations among our faculty and students. The March 23 seminar is hosted by the Department of Physical Therapy. More information.

Medical Therapeutic Yoga

Medical Therapeutic Yoga
April 7, DMU and online, 14.0 CME/CE Credits
Yoga has been embraced by Americans as a wellness activity, with practitioners increasing by 20 million from 2010 to 2016. The intersection of yoga and therapeutic rehabilitation is an easy one, as a holistic focus has long been an attribute of rehabilitation. Training in the field is minimal, with only one certification program specifically for health professionals in existence. The focus on health and wellness, and the lack of existing continuing education, make this topic appropriate for presentation at DMU. A registration discount is available for clinical instructors. More information.

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IPTA Southwest District Meeting: Diagnosis and Treatment for SI Dysfunction
May 15, DMU and online, 1.0 CE Hour
Erin Gochenouer, PT, DPT of UnityPoint Cedar Rapids will discuss differential diagnosis of hip vs. lumbar spine as the topic for the educational portion of the IPTA SW District Business Meeting. More information.

IPA Kinetic Shoulder

Kinetic Shoulder Complex: Balancing Mobility and Stability with FMT
May 19-20, DMU, 16.0 CE Hours
This course is a lab-intensive introduction to the Functional Manual Therapy® system that will train the participants in the management of the Shoulder region. Participants will learn to treat and assess the Thoracic Girdle, Shoulder Girdle, and Intrinsic Motions of the Glenhumoral Joint.  More information.

Therapeutic Neuroscience Education

Therapeutic Neuroscience Education: Educating People About Pain
August 18-19, North Platte, NE, 14.5 CME/CE Credits
Current best evidence has shown that neuroscience educational strategies utilizing neurobiology and neurophysiology are able to reduce pain, increase function, reduce fear and catastrophization, improve movement and change cognitions and brain activation during pain experiences. This class is designed to update attendees on the latest evidence and clinical application of therapeutic neuroscience education for patients in pain. More information.

Stroke Camp
August 20-24, DMU, 4.0 CE Hours

Stroke Camp is an elective course offered to the Doctor of Physical Therapy students at Des Moines University.  During the camp, individuals post-CVA receive intensive physical therapy treatment delivered by the DPT students under the supervision of faculty and clinician volunteers. Visit the event website for a recap from the 2017 Stroke Camp. More information.

IPA CoreFirst

CoreFirst Strategies for Optimum Function
November 2-4, DMU, 20.0 CE Credits
CoreFirst® Strategies presents a methodical and unique functional assessment and treatment program for patients with dysfunctions of the spine. The CFS approach involves a direct correlation of an evaluation of the patient’s base of support, alignment, and Lumbar Protective Mechanism to the patient’s motor activation and strength response. The participant is trained in a progressive functional exercise program which addresses flexibility, coordination, strength, stability, and functional movement patterns. The course includes an extensive manual with over 200 photos of posture, movement, and exercise. More information.