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.

Courses Offered

All courses are offered online; on-campus participation required for MHA Executive Residency 801 & 619 only. Courses include:

Select block one courses, including Executive Residency I (see MHA Curriculum).

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

Important Dates

Registration Opens Registration Closes Term Start Date Drop/Add Period Term End Date
Summer 2015 4/27/2015 5/3/2015 5/18/2015 5/18/2015 ‐ 5/24/2015 8/9/2015
Fall 2015 8/24/2015 8/30/2015  9/7/2015  9/7/2015 – 9/20/2015 12/6/2015
Spring 2016 4/25/2016 5/1/2016  5/16/2016  5/16/2016 – 5/22/2016  8/7/2016

Select tier 1 courses (see MPH Curriculum).

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

Important Dates

Registration Opens Registration Closes Term Start Date Drop/Add Period Term End Date
Summer 2015 4/27/2015 5/3/2015 5/18/2015 5/18/2015 ‐ 5/24/2015 8/9/2015
Fall 2015 8/24/2015 8/30/2015  9/7/2015  9/7/2015 – 9/20/2015 12/6/2015
Spring 2016 4/25/2016 5/1/2016  5/16/2016  5/16/2016 – 5/22/2016 8/7/2016

Individuals planning to enroll in professional development Physical Therapy coursework must complete the online application and personal statement.  In addition, evidence of a degree is required: (1) Individuals possessing a physical therapy degree from the United States must provide either proof of a U.S. physical therapy license or proof of a physical therapy degree (official transcript); (2) Individuals holding a physical therapy degree from another country must submit a copy of their credential evaluation from the Foreign Credentialing Commission on Physical Therapy (FCCPT). If a bachelor’s degree or PT degree was not completed in the U.S., TOEFL exam results must also be submitted.

Also see PPDPT Curriculum for more course details.

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)

Important Dates

Registration Opens Registration Closes Term Start Date Drop/Add Period Term End Date
Summer 2015 5/4/2015 5/10/2015 6/1/2015 6/1/15 ‐ 6/7/15 7/26/2015
Fall 2015, session 1 8/17/2015 8/23/2015  8/24/2015 8/24/15 – 8/30/15 10/18/2015
Fall 2015, session 2 10/12/2015 10/18/2015  10/19/2015  10/19/15 – 10/25/15 12/13/15

How to Apply

Plan to submit the following application materials at least 30 days prior to the beginning of the course (see “Important Dates” above).

Online application and $60 application fee. Select “non-degree” as your program option.
Brief personal statement describing why you wish to pursue professional development coursework at DMU.
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.

Apply Online

Submit application online; send all other required documentation to:

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

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).

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.

Questions?

Please contact the Admissions Office with questions on how to get started with professional development coursework at DMU.
dmuadmit@dmu.edu
515-271-7497