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University Accreditation

Higher Learning CommisionAt 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 North Central Association of Colleges and Schools was founded in 1895 for the purpose of establishing close relations between the colleges and secondary schools of the 19-state region (Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming). In concert with the North Central Association, the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) accredits degree-granting organizations of higher education and is legally empowered to conduct accrediting activities for educational organizations.

Program Accreditations

Higher Learning Commission Mark of Affiliation

DMU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Additional program accreditations are listed below:

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). As an accredited college, COM is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, or AACOM.

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; website:

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.

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 candidate status by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME). The 2013-2014 academic year will serve as a self-study year as part of the process to achieve full accreditation for the M.H.A. program. Read more.

Master of Public Health

The MPH program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health.

Physician Assistant

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued to the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies 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 2015.  The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.