Des Moines University offers several degree programs on its campus in Iowa that may involve clinical rotations for credit in other states. The curriculum for each of these programs meets national accreditation requirements and is designed to meet graduate educational requirements for licensure in every state. Graduates of these programs are eligible to take the required national examinations for licensure as noted below:
Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies
The Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant; graduates are eligible to take the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination which is a requirement for initial licensure as a physician assistant in the United States.
Doctor of Occupational Therapy
The entry-level occupational therapy doctoral degree program has applied for accreditation and has been granted Candidacy Status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education of the American Occupational Therapy Association, located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number c/o AOTA is 301-652-AOTA and its web address is www.acoteonline.org. The program must have a pre-accreditation review, complete an on-site evaluation, and be granted Accreditation Status before its graduates will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy. After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered. In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure.
Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
The Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree program is accredited by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation; graduates are eligible to take the Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Exam series of examinations leading to licensure as a physician.
Doctor of Physical Therapy
The Doctor of Physical Therapy degree program is accredited by the Committee on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education; graduates are eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Examination, the examination that every graduate must pass to become a licensed physical therapist in the United States.
Doctor of Podiatric Medicine
The Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree program is accredited by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education; graduates are eligible to take the American Podiatric Medical Licensing Exam series of examinations leading to licensure as a podiatric physician.