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Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Class of 2020 Guide

Congrats again on your offer of acceptance to the D.O. class of 2020 at DMU! We’re excited to have you join us in August! Because we know this process can be overwhelming, we’ve put together a quick guide to help you know when and what to expect until orientation.

Please note, your attendance is required on campus beginning Monday, August 1 through Friday, August 5, 2016.

What’s first?

Conditions of enrollment agreement

As a follow-up to your official acceptance email, you were sent a Conditions of Enrollment Agreement via email. The requirements laid out on this document are truly the conditions of your enrollment and must be completed by the due dates listed.  Please read this document very carefully and return a signed copy to the admissions office by the deadline listed. As you are responsible for completing the tasks as outlined, you’ll want to keep a copy of this for yourself.

*If you have outstanding prerequisite coursework to be completed (such as 3 semester hours of biochemistry), you must have a plan in place to complete this prior to matriculation.  Contact the admission office immediately if you foresee difficulty in completing all conditions by matriculation.

Seat deposit

The deposit to reserve your seat is $1,000.  Depending on when you are accepted, this non-refundable deposit is broken into two payments of $500, with the final payment being due on May 1.  Your personalized due dates are outlined on the Conditions of Enrollment Agreement. The seat deposit not only secures your seat in the class, but also opens your account at DMU and is credited towards your tuition. Submit your deposit today at:

Those accepted prior to November 15 will have until December 14 to submit their initial $500 deposit.

Those accepted between November 15 and January 14 will have 30 days to submit their initial $500 deposit.

Those accepted between January 15 and May 14 will have 14 days to submit their initial $500 deposit.

Those accepted after May 15 may be asked to immediately submit their initial $500 deposit.

Things to look for this spring!

DMU Pulse and email

Beginning in early 2016, incoming students will receive information on how to access Pulse (DMU’s intranet) and your DMU email address.  This information will be emailed to you, so be sure to keep the information safe.  Pulse is your go-to spot for all kinds of information including:

  • Financial aid: Detailed information will be available on Pulse beginning in April 2016.  We recommend you wait until you’ve filed your 2015 taxes to get started on your FAFSA. Also, your parent’s tax info is only necessary if you are planning to apply for Pell Grants.
  • Background checks: All accepted students will be required to pay for and complete a criminal background check prior to matriculation, and during each year of enrollment at Des Moines University.  Applicants and enrolled students will also be subject to drug testing.  It is important to be forthcoming during each phase of the application process, including the primary application, supplemental application, interview and acceptance phases.  Applicants are required to disclose all past or present charges, convictions, dismissals, deferred judgments and expunged records as related to a misdemeanor or felony.  A pending charge which results in a conviction must be reported immediately to the university. You are required to inform the university of any charges or convictions which occur following completion of the initial criminal background check.  Any findings during the application process will be reviewed by Admissions staff and college officials.  Failure to disclose information may result in the rescinding of an admissions offer. You will receive instructions on how to complete the background check in April 2016. Acceptance for enrollment by DMU does not guarantee your acceptance by clinical training sites or post-graduate residency programs. Graduates may also be required to disclose criminal background check information to state licensing boards.
  • Physical examination/laboratory tests and immunizations: You must submit current physical examination, certain laboratory tests and immunization records prior to matriculation.  Forms will be posted to Pulse.
  • Health insurance: Students are required to carry health insurance.  Students who do not select an option regarding their health insurance will be automatically enrolled in the DMU program and charged the annual premium.  Coverage for incoming students will not begin until August.   Specific details of the health insurance requirements will be available on Pulse in May, and the sign-up/waiver period will take place throughout the summer.
  • Technical Standards for Admission: Students must be able to meet the technical standards for education at DMU either with or without accommodation.  The Technical Standards form will be available on Pulse this summer, but you may review the standards online here:

And into summer…


Housing is abundant in the Des Moines area, and students in the past have found the best time to check out apartments is late spring. Students are responsible for locating their own housing; DMU does not own any student housing. To help you out, Pulse contains the “DMU classifieds” which is a great place to post if you’re looking for a place or a roomie. In fact, more than 60% of DMU students who had a roommate, found them on Pulse! The University acts solely as a facilitator in hosting this forum.


DMU has a one-time $220 parking fee. Cars can be registered on Pulse in the weeks prior to Orientation.


Tuition is collected in two equal payments, in August and January. Tuition and fees are approved by the University’s Board of Trustees each spring and collected by the Accounting Office. 2015-2016D.O. annual tuition is currently available, so be sure to check out the cost of attendance budget to help you plan (tuition and fees are subject to change.) We anticipate the 2016-2017 budget to be available in the spring.

Books and equipment

Required and recommended textbooks and equipment are available from the on-campus bookstore, Matthews. Our current students have encouraged us to let you know to wait to buy your books until orientation. This helps save on costs, ensures you get the correct editions and most up-to-date required materials.

And August!


Please plan to attend mandatory sessions beginning Monday, August 1 through Friday, August 5, 2016. The full schedule of events will be available on Pulse in early summer. At orientation you can expect to meet your classmates and advisor, learn how to navigate the transition to medical school, technology overview, professional integrity code, attend class meetings and learn about all the essentials at DMU.


Classes will begin on Friday, August 5, 2016.

We look forward to seeing you on campus this fall! As always, please email us at with any questions.