Professional Development

In an effort to expand educational opportunities to our local and global community, individuals may apply to enroll in select professional development coursework without being admitted into a degree program. These courses may be beneficial for individuals to expand their knowledge in a certain subject matter, or serve as preparation for a graduate program. Individuals must apply for approval as a professional development student and standard tuition rate, fees and policies apply. Approval to register for professional development coursework at DMU may be good preparation for future degree programs but does not guarantee admission to DMU degree programs.


Individuals who wish to enroll in professional development coursework should plan to submit the following application materials at least 30 days prior to the beginning of the course. Fall courses begin in late August and early September; Spring courses begin in January; Summer courses begin in late May and early June (see Important Dates below).

  • Submit online application and $60 application fee (select “non-degree” as your program option)
  • Submit a brief personal statement describing why you wish to pursue professional development coursework at DMU
  • Submit official transcripts – proof of bachelor’s degree is required
    • If bachelor’s degree was not completed within the U.S., you must plan to submit a degree equivalency evaluation through WES.

For Physical Therapists:

Individuals planning to enroll in professional development Physical Therapy coursework, please provide proof of U.S. PT license, or proof of PT degree conferred.  Individuals holding a PT license in another country may submit a credential evaluation through the Foreign Credentialing Commission on Physical Therapy (FCCPT). If bachelor’s degree or PT degree was not completed in the U.S., you must plan to submit results from the TOEFL exam.


Selected coursework will be available for registration for approved professional development students. All courses are offered online; on-campus participation required for MHA Executive Residency 801 & 619 only. Courses include:

Health Care Administration Coursework

Select block one courses, including Executive Residency I

Course # Course Title Credit Hours Courses Offered
MHA801 Professional Development Seminar I (Executive Residency requiring 5 days on campus) 2 Fall and Spring
MHA619 Health Care Human Relations Management (Executive Residency requiring 5 days on campus) 3 Fall and Spring
MHA621 Overview of the U.S. Health System 3 Fall, Spring, Summer
MHA625 Health Care Financial Management I 3 Summer and Spring

Public Health Coursework

Select tier 1 courses

Course # Course Title                     Credit Hours Courses Offered
MPH621 Overview of the U.S. Health Care System 3 Fall, Spring, Summer
MPH650 Basic Statistics and Research 3 Fall, Spring, Summer
MPH657 Survey of Human Health and Disease 3 Summer and Spring
MPH711 Grant Writing 3 Summer
MPH766 Geographic Info Systems 3 Fall
MPH783 Foundations of Global Health 3 Summer
MPH785 Global Health Policy, Practice & Partnerships 3 Spring

Post-Professional Physical Therapy Coursework

Course # Course Title Credit Hours Courses Offered
1601 Business Management 2 Summer Session 1 (June – July)
1602 Individual and Family Aspects of Care 2 Spring Session 2 (March – May)
1603 Clinical Decision Making 3 Spring Session 1 (January – March)
1604 Health Promotion and Prevention 3 Summer Session 1 (June – July)
1606 Motor Control Theory and Analysis 2 Fall Session 1 (August – October)
1609 Manual Therapy Intervention 2 Fall Session 1 (August – October)
1612 Clinical Imaging 1.5 Fall Session 2 (October – December)
1613 Pharmacology 1.5 Fall Session 2 (October – December)
1614 Clinical Medicine Systems I 2 Spring Session 1 (January – March)
1615 Clinical Medicine Systems II 2 Spring Session 2 (March – May)

How to Apply

Apply Online

Submit application online; send all other required documentation to:

Des Moines University – Professional Development Admissions
3200 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50312
P: 515-271-7497
F: 515-271-7075

All application materials should be received by DMU Admissions no later than 30 days prior to the start of the course. Following submission of all required documentation, your file will be reviewed and you will be notified within several weeks of the decision. If an applicant is approved for registration as a professional development student, the following steps are required to complete the process:

  • Submit a $250.00 tuition seat deposit to secure your seat, which will be credited toward your tuition in your first course.
  • Complete a criminal background check through the DMU preferred vendor.
  • Receive access to DMU email, learning management and library systems through Pulse, our intranet system.
  • Registration will be processed through Pulse during a designated registration period.

Completion of coursework as a professional development student does not guarantee admission to a degree program at Des Moines University. If admitted to a degree program, a maximum number of semester hours of credit completed as professional development credit may be applied toward completion of a DMU degree (9 for PPDPT, 12 for MHA or MPH). Please contact the Admissions Office with questions on how to get started with professional development coursework at DMU.

Important Dates

MHA and MPH Courses
Registration Opens Registration Closes Term Start Date Drop/Add Period Term End Date
Fall 2014 8/25/2014 8/31/2014 9/8/2014 9/08/2014 ‐ 9/21/2014 12/7/2014
Spring 2015 12/22/2014 12/30/2014 1/5/2015 1/05/2015 ‐ 1/18/2015 4/12/2015
Summer 2015 4/27/2015 5/3/2015 5/18/2015 5/18/2015 ‐ 5/24/2015 8/9/2015
PPDPT Courses
Registration Opens Registration Closes Term Start Date Drop/Add Period Term End Date
Fall 2014 Session 1 7/28/2014 8/3/2014 8/25/2014 8/25/2014 ‐ 8/31/2014 10/19/2014
Fall 2014 Session 2 9/22/2014 9/28/2014 10/20/2014 10/20/2014 ‐ 10/26/2014 12/14/2014
Spring 2015 Session 1 12/8/2014 12/14/2014 1/5/2015 1/5/2015 ‐ 1/11/2015 3/1/2015
Spring 2015 Session 2 2/2/2015 2/8/2015 3/2/2015 3/2/2015 ‐ 3/8/2015 5/3/2015
Summer 2015 5/4/2015 5/10/2015 6/1/2015 6/1/15 ‐ 6/7/15 7/26/2015

Students previously dismissed from an academic program at Des Moines University are ineligible to take coursework associated with the program from which they were dismissed through the professional development process.