About Des Moines University

One university over 120 years strong

We share a singular mission to develop distinctive health professionals committed to health promotion, the discovery of knowledge and service to the community.

Founded in 1898, Des Moines University is a premier medical and health sciences institution comprising three colleges offering eight graduate degrees. The programs share a collective strength—a collaborative campus community where students and faculty come together in the pursuit of knowledge and innovation.

Des Moines University creates opportunity by building on its long legacy of providing an outstanding education to the nation’s health care professionals and excellent patient care in the DMU Clinic.

Our strong reputation in medicine and health sciences fields is built on the commitment of our faculty who are passionate about training tomorrow's leaders with unmatched dedication and uncompromised intention. Our graduates enter the profession with confidence, compassion and the determination to improve the lives of others on a daily basis.

Explore our degrees

Des Moines University has eight different programs within three health sciences colleges, all widely respected and highly competitive.

DMU quick facts

The University is a community of diverse and talented people. Some key indicators tell the story of the University's exceptional quality.

  • We're big enough to offer powerful amenities but small enough to focus on excellence

    DMU is the largest medical school in Iowa–and among the top 25 largest accredited school in the nation (for D.O.s or M.D.s)–with more than 880 students in the osteopathic medical program. Year-to-year, the university enrolls over 1,500 students across all eight programs.

  • We have a rich history of equality and diversity

    The very first medical class in 1898 included both sexes and today 50% of the student body are women. Today, one of our core values is embracing and committing to diversity and inclusivity for all of our students, faculty and staff.

  • Our students know their stuff

    We have nearly 100% match rates as a three-year average for our D.O. and D.P.M. programs, and 100% three-year averages of the licensure exam pass rate for our D.O., D.P.M., D.P.T., and M.S.P.A.S. programs.

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