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University Accreditation

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.

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

At its September 2015 meeting, the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) placed the Des Moines University Physician Assistant program sponsored by Des Moines University on Accreditation-Probation status.  Probation is a temporary status of accreditation conferred when a program does not meet the Standards and when the capability of the program to provide an acceptable educational experience for its students is threatened.  Once placed on probation, programs that still fail to comply with accreditation requirements in a timely manner, as specified by the ARC-PA, may be scheduled for a probation site visit and/or risk having their accreditation withdrawn.  Specific questions regarding the Program and its plans should be directed to the Program Director and/or the appropriate institutional official(s).

To review accreditation, approval, or licensing documentation, please contact the Program Director’s office at 515-271-1693.