Excellence for over 100 years
Since 1898, Des Moines University has a long history of success in educating health care professionals in a hands-on, collaborative environment.
What's new at DMU?
- For the last 2 years, DMU has been planning the medical and health sciences university of the future. The new campus, located on 88 acres in West Des Moines, will advance the education transformation the University envisions.
- DMU is pleased to announce our new PhD in Biomedical Sciences program, with applications being accepted for Fall 2021 enrollment.
- The Master of Science in Anatomy program has added a thesis track, ideal for individuals wanting to matriculate into PhD programs.
Test score update
- DPT - GRE recommended
- MSA/MSBS - test score waived
- MPH/MHA - test score not required
- DPM - TBD (no update as of 4/21/2021)
- The interview experience for all programs now occurs online through a twofold process. Candidates complete an assessment through Kira Talent, and then participate in a live Zoom event with program leaders and students.
graduate degree programs in medicine and the health sciences
approximate total student enrollment
Frequently Asked Questions
Why should my student choose DMU?
- Consistently high board pass rates, employment and residency placement.
- Nine graduate degree programs in medicine and the health sciences.
- Supportive, collaborative environment with highly accessible faculty.
- Rigorous and hands-on education.
- Excellent facilities and technology.
- Outstanding library, counseling, peer tutoring and study skills services.
- Opportunities for research and global health service trips.
- Located in a thriving, growing and affordable metropolitan city.
Resources for shadowing experiences
What makes a competitive applicant?
DMU uses a process of holistic review for applicants. Academic metrics, volunteerism, exposure to health care professions, research, leadership, a strong personal statement and letters of recommendation are all important. An early application can be an advantage.
What about medical experience?
In most cases, hours spent with a variety of patient populations strengthen an application.
- The doctor of osteopathic medicine program
prefers exposure to patient care.
- The physician assistant program requires hands-on care of patients (as a CNA, EMT, etc.).
- The doctor of podiatric medicine prefers shadowing of podiatric physicians.
- The doctor of physical therapy program requires shadowing a licensed DPT.
- For DMU’s non-clinical programs, experience
in the specific field is beneficial.
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