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Frequently Asked Questions

Which admission test is required for entrance into the College of Podiatric Medicine & Surgery at DMU?

All applicants must supply results of the MCAT, taken within 3 years of the date of desired matriculation.  Test scores should be released directly to AACPMAS, not to Des Moines University.  The GRE or DAT are not acceptable for admission.

When should I take the MCAT?

Applicants seeking admission to DMU-CPMS for fall 2015 entrance should plan to take the MCAT by no later than spring 2015 – the last acceptable exam is the May 2015 administration.  Please note, due to our process of rolling admission, it is to your advantage to complete the MCAT in 2014 if seeking admission in 2015.

What is your average GPA and MCAT?

Students entering in August 2014 had an average cumulative GPA of 3.41, and an average science GPA of 3.25. The average MCAT score was 23. The minimum GPA to be considered for admission is a 2.7 cumulative. There is no minimum MCAT score for consideration, however, scores below 20 are not typically considered competitive for admission.

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When is the MCAT offered?

MCAT exam dates

The MCAT will begin offering a newly formatted exam in spring 2015, called MCAT2015.  DMU will continue to accept results from the previous MCAT until their expiration date (3 years), as well as begin accepting results from the MCAT2015 following the first administration of the exam.

How do I begin the application process?

Visit our How to Apply page.  Applications are initially processed through AACPMAS, available online at www.aacpm.org.

Where do I send my official transcripts?

Transcripts from all institutions attended must be submitted as official directly to AACPMAS.  Please do not send transcripts to DMU; these will be requested of admitted students only prior to matriculation.

Where should I send my letters of recommendation?

We prefer to receive letters electronically, directly from the letter writers, via the following sources:

Letters may also be mailed to:

CPMS Admission
3200 Grand Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50312
Email: cpmsadmit@dmu.edu Fax: 515.271.7075

DMU-CPMS requires 2 letters to complete your application file:

  • 1 letter from a D.P.M. with whom you’ve shadowed
  • 1 letter from a professor, advisor or committee

When should I apply?

We have a “rolling” admission policy. We begin accepting applications through AACPMAS in August each year.  Although the official deadline for applications in June, we typically fill our class far in advance of this deadline.  Due to rolling admissions, it is to your advantage to apply earlier in the cycle.

We begin scheduling interviews in September and continue to interview through April (though the class may be full prior to the end of the interview season).

Admission process timeline for the entering class of 2015

  • August, 1 2014 — Application service opens through AACPMAS
  • September 2014 — April 2015: DMU-CPMS invites competitive applicants to interview on campus. Interviews are held weekly on Fridays and decisions are typically issued within 2 weeks of the interview. Acceptance offers must be confirmed and secured with a non-refundable tuition seat deposit within 30 days of the acceptance date.
  • The application deadline is June 2015, however, DMU encourages applicants to submit materials by no later than March 2015 to receive the best consideration. We will likely fill our class in the spring, and continue interviewing qualified applicants for potential seats on our Alternate List in May/June.
  • Orientation and classes for the class of 2019 begins the first week of August 2015.

What should I expect after DMU receives my completed application?

All applications will be reviewed by the Admission Committee and students will be notified of a decision within about two weeks. Competitive applicants may be invited to campus for an interview. Applicants may also be placed on Hold pending additional materials, or denied admission and released from the application cycle.

Is the on-campus interview required?

The interview is a required component of the admission process. Competitive applicants are invited to attend an on-campus Interview Day. The interview is an opportunity for the applicant to learn more about DMU and determine if our program is good fit for their education. The interview is also our opportunity to evaluate the candidate’s academic preparation, motivation and overall potential for success as a DMU student.

Interviews are held on campus beginning in September and typically concluding in April, typically on Fridays. The interview day begins at 8:30 am (CST) and concludes by 2 pm, and following the interview students typically receive an admission decision within 2 weeks.

How long is the Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (D.P.M.) program?

The D.P.M. program is 4 years in length: the first 2 years are spent on the DMU campus in lectures, labs, small group discussions, etc. Students are typically in class 8 am – 12 pm most days, and in labs at least several afternoons per week. The schedule varies greatly, depending on the courses being taught during a particular block. Students consider the program to be a full-time job, requiring at least 40 or more hours per week of classroom time, study time, exam preparation, etc.

View a 4-year D.P.M. curriculum schedule

Third year students spend the year on our campus and within the Des Moines community completing clinical rotations.  Fourth year students spend the year travelling the nation while completing their clinical rotations.  Rotations are completed in private clinics, hospitals, multi-specialty surgical centers, V.A. and community based hospitals, etc. Click on the link below for more details regarding rotations.

Learn more about clinical rotations

How long are the residency programs?

Following graduation of DMU-CPMS, you will enter a 3-year surgical podiatric residency program. The Council on Podiatric Medical Education of the American Podiatric Medical Association accredits postdoctoral residency training programs in Podiatric Surgery, Podiatric Orthopedics and Podiatric Primary Care.

Can international students apply to DMU?

To be eligible for admission, you must be a U.S. Citizen or legal permanent resident of the U.S. For more information, see our international student page.

What is the school’s transfer policy?

Transfers may be considered for students from other U.S. accredited podiatric medical schools if the student is ranked in the top half of their class, is currently a student in good academic standing, and has a compelling reason for requesting transfer.  Students requesting transfer should be prepared to submit copies of all transcripts (undergraduate and graduate level), results from the MCAT, a letter of recommendation from their current Dean, and a letter outlining their reasons for requesting the transfer.  Because of the unique system-based preclinical curriculum, it is difficult for the College to accept transfer students in the program at DMU. Students should be prepared to lose up to one year of credit. We do not allow transfers from any U.S., Canadian or other international accredited allopathic and osteopathic medical schools. Students interested in transferring are encouraged to contact our office directly to discuss their options.

What kind of scholarships are offered by the College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery?

Newly admitted students to DMU-CPMS are eligible for some merit based scholarships. Students are automatically under consideration for our merit scholarship and selections are made following the interview process. Selected students are notified of their award at the time of acceptance and awards typically range from $2,000 to $4,000. These awards are renewable for students maintaining class rank within the top 25% of their class for up to 4 years.

Numerous other scholarship opportunities are available for current DMU students through our Financial Aid office and the College Dean.

What are the board pass rates for DPM students at DMU?

Boards Part I First-time pass rate for the class of 2013 was 98%, while the final pass rate following the October 2011 administration of the exam is 100%. The national pass rate average was 85%.

Boards Part II First-time pass rate for the class of 2012 was 93%. The national average was 82%.

Learn more about our podiatric medical student’s board exam results.

If I have questions, can I talk with current students?

You are welcome to talk with current students. Contact the admissions office at cpmsadmit@dmu.edu, and we’ll put you in touch with students who will be glad to answer your questions.

How can I schedule a campus visit?

We encourage prospective students to join us for one of our Discover DMU events, held once each semester.  These open houses are one of the best ways to learn about DMU and determine if this program is a good fit.

We also conduct individual campus visits throughout the year, which can be arranged by completing the online request form.