DMU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. At its meeting on May 23, 2012, the Institutional Actions Council (IAC) of the Higher Learning Commission voted to continue the accreditation of Des Moines University-Osteopathic Medical Center with the next comprehensive evaluation to be scheduled for 2021-22. For more information, view DMU's 2011 self study. The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is an independent corporation that was founded in 1895 as one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. HLC accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region, which includes 19 states. HLC is legally empowered to conduct accrediting activities for educational organizations. For further information please contact the Higher Learning Commission at 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604; telephone: 800-621-7440.

Program Accreditations

Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine

The College of Osteopathic Medicine is accredited by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA),142 E. Ontario St., Chicago, IL 60611; telephone: 800-621-1773.  As an accredited college, COM is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, or AACOM.

To review accreditation, approval, or licensing documentation, please contact the Dean's office at 515-271-1513.

Doctor of Physical Therapy

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Des Moines University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email accreditation@apta.org; website: www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 515-271-1634 or email traci.bush@dmu.edu.

To review accreditation, approval, or licensing documentation, please contact the Program Director’s office at 515-271-1597.

Doctor of Podiatric Medicine

The Des Moines University College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery is accredited by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education.  Accreditation is an indication of public approbation, attesting to the quality of the podiatric medical education program and the continued commitment of the institution to support the educational program.  The Council is recognized as the professional institutional accrediting agency for podiatric medical education by the U. S. Department of Education and by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.  For further information, please contact the Council on Podiatric Medical Education at the following address: Council on Podiatric Medical Education, 9312 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, MD  20814.

To review accreditation, approval, or licensing documentation, please contact the Dean's office at 515-271-1464.

Master of Healthcare Administration

The MHA program is a member of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration. The MHA program has been approved for a three-year accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME).  The program’s next self-study year will be 2016/2017 with a site visit in Spring 2018.  Additional information is available within the CAHME Accredited Programs Database. To review accreditation, approval, or licensing documentation, please contact the Program Director’s office at 515-271-1497.

Master of Public Health

The MPH program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health.  To review accreditation, approval, or licensing documentation, please contact the Program Director’s office at 515-271-1432.

Physician Assistant

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the Des Moines University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Des Moines University. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.

Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be September 2025. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.