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Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Class of 2019 Guide

Congrats again on your offer of acceptance to the D.O. class of 2019 at DMU! We’re excited to have you join us in August! Because we know this process can be overwhelming, we’ve put together a quick guide to help you know when and what to expect until orientation.

Please note, your attendance is required on campus beginning Monday, August 3 through Friday, August 7, 2015.

What’s first?

Conditions of enrollment agreement

As a follow to your official acceptance email, you were sent a Conditions of Enrollment Agreement via email. The requirements laid out on this document are truly the conditions of your enrollment and must be completed by the due dates listed.  Please read this document very carefully and return a signed copy to the admissions office by the deadline listed. As you are responsible for completing the tasks as outlined, you’ll want to keep a copy of this for yourself.

*If you have outstanding prerequisite coursework to be completed (such as 3 semester hours of biochemistry), you must have a plan in place to complete this prior to matriculation.  Contact the admission office immediately if you foresee difficulty in completing all conditions by matriculation.

Seat deposit

The deposit to reserve your seat is $1,000.  Depending on when you are accepted, this non-refundable deposit is broken into two payments of $500, with the final payment being due on May 1.  Your personalized due dates are outlined on the Conditions of Enrollment Agreement. The seat deposit not only secures your seat in the class, but also opens your account at DMU and is credited towards your tuition. Submit your deposit today at:  https://www.dmu.edu/form/seat-deposit/.

Those accepted prior to November 15 will have until December 14 to submit their initial $500 deposit.

Those accepted between November 15 and January 14 will have 30 days to submit their initial $500 deposit.

Those accepted between January 15 and May 14 will have 14 days to submit their initial $500 deposit.

Those accepted after May 15 may be asked for an immediate deposit to submit their initial $500 deposit.

Things to look for this spring!

DMU Pulse and email

Beginning in early 2015, incoming students will receive information on how to access Pulse (DMU’s intranet) and your DMU email address.  This information will be emailed to you, so be sure to keep the information safe.  Pulse is your go-to spot for all kinds of information including:

  • Financial aid:  Detailed information will be available on Pulse beginning in April 2015.  We recommend you wait until you’ve filed your 2014 taxes to get started on your FAFSA. Also, your parent’s tax info is only necessary if you are planning to apply for Pell Grants.
  • Background checks: We require all students to complete background checks before enrolling. This helps us – and you – ensure there isn’t anything that could hinder your ability to be licensed to practice medicine.  Remember, you are obligated to disclose all convictions on your application! If you’re not sure if that campus violation was a misdemeanor, it’s best to check into it now. You’ll also complete annual background checks.  You will receive instructions to complete this in May.
  • Physical examination/laboratory tests and immunizations: You must submit current physical examination, certain laboratory tests and immunization records prior to matriculation.  Forms will be posted to Pulse in May.
  • Health insurance:  Students are required to carry health insurance.  Students who do not select an option regarding their health insurance will be automatically enrolled in the DMU program and charged the annual premium.  Coverage for incoming students will not begin until August.   Specific details of the health insurance requirements will be available on Pulse in May, and the sign-up/waiver period will take place throughout the summer.
  • Transcripts: You must submit official transcripts from every institution you’ve attended.  These transcripts must be sent from your institution, directly to DMU.  The transcripts that you submitted when you applied to AACOMAS, stay with AACOMAS. DMU needs an official copy of each for your student file.
  • Technical Standards for Admission: Students must be able to meet the technical standards for education at DMU either with or without accommodation.  The Technical Standards form will be available on Pulse this summer, but you may review the standards online here:

And into summer…

Housing

Housing is abundant in the Des Moines area, and students in the past have found the best time to check out apartments is mid-May. Students are responsible for locating their own housing; DMU does not own any student housing. To help you out, Pulse contains the “DMU classifieds” which is a great place to post if you’re looking for a place or a roomie. In fact, more than 60% of DMU students who had a roommate, found them on Pulse! The University acts solely as a facilitator in hosting this forum.

Parking

DMU has a one-time $220 parking fee. Cars can be registered on Pulse in the weeks prior to Orientation.

Tuition

Tuition is collected in two equal payments, in August and January. Tuition and fees are approved by the University’s Board of Trustees each spring and collected by the Accounting Office. 2014-2015 D.O. annual tuition is currently available, so be sure to check out the cost of attendance budget to help you plan (tuition and fees are subject to change.) We anticipate the 2015-2016 budget to be available in the spring.

Books and equipment

Required and recommended textbooks and equipment are available from the on-campus bookstore, Matthews. Our current students have encouraged us to let you know to wait to buy your books until orientation. This helps save on costs, ensures you get the correct editions and most up-to-date required materials.

And August!

Orientation

Please plan to attend mandatory sessions beginning Monday, August 3 through Friday, August 7, 2015. The full schedule of events will be available on Pulse in early summer. At orientation you can expect to meet your classmates and advisor, learn how to navigate the transition to medical school, technology overview, professional integrity code, attend class meetings and learn about all the essentials at DMU.

Classes

Classes will begin on Friday, August 7, 2015.

We look forward to seeing you on campus next fall! As always, please email us at doadmit@dmu.edu with any questions.