Congratulations again on your offer of acceptance to the MSA Class of 2021 at DMU! We  are excited to have you join us in July! 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, mandatory orientation is tentatively scheduled for Monday, July 29, 2019 through Thursday, August 2, 2019. 

Next steps:

Outstanding Requirements form

Following acceptance, students must access the Outstanding Requirements form via their DMU Admissions Account.  The items laid out on this document are truly the requirements 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, such as 4 semester hours of organic chemistry, you must have a plan in place to complete this prior to the deadlines indicated.  Please contact the admissions office immediately if you foresee difficulty in completing all requirements by the deadlines indicated.

Seat deposit

The deposit to reserve your seat is $250. Your personalized due dates are outlined on the Outstanding Requirements form. The seat deposit not only secures your seat in the class, but also opens your account at DMU and is credited toward your tuition. Failure to pay your seat deposit by the deadline will result in immediate forfeiture of your seat in the class. You may pay your seat deposit through your DMU Admissions Account.

Submission of transcripts

Accepted students must submit official transcripts from all colleges attended post-high school by the deadline of two weeks (14 days) prior to the first day of classes. Students who are accepted to DMU less than one month prior to the first day of classes will have 30 calendar days from the date of their acceptance to submit all official transcripts to the Office of Admissions. Any special circumstances or requests for exceptions to this policy must be sent to, and approved by, the Dean of the applicable college. Students who fail to submit all final transcripts by the stated deadline may jeopardize their acceptance or continued enrollment in the College.

New Student Pulse and email

You will be notified when your access to Pulse (DMU’s intranet) and your DMU email address is available. Login information will be emailed to you via encrypted message, so be sure to check your inbox and spam folders. Pulse is your go-to spot for all kinds of information including: financial aid, student health forms, student health insurance, registration checklist, technical standards, wellness center access, orientation schedule, and other announcements.

Things to look for in 2020

Financial Aid

Detailed information will be available on Pulse beginning in April 2019. We recommend you wait until you file your 2018 taxes to get started on your FAFSA (DMU's code is 015616). Also, your parents' tax info is only necessary if you are planning to apply for Pell Grants.

If you have student loans that you will want to defer, DMU will report you as an enrolled student to the National Student Clearinghouse after the first day of classes. If you have In-School Deferment Forms for federal loans, the forms are not necessary as we do the reporting for you.

Background checks

All incoming students must complete a background check, which may include a drug screen, through the DMU preferred vendor. Results must be released to DMU prior to matriculation, and the costs of the process will be paid by the student. Students are required to disclose all past or present changes, convictions, dismissals, deferred judgments and expunged records related to a misdemeanor or felony. They are also obligated to disclose any additional charges and convictions which occur following completion of the initial criminal background check. Admission to the program may be revoked if misrepresentations or omissions from the application are noted in the background check. DMU students are required to complete annual criminal background checks, which may include drug screening, while enrolled at DMU.

Physical examination/laboratory tests and immunizations

Complete a physical examination and an immunization report before registration. Students admitted shortly before classes begin will have four weeks to complete this requirement. A complete listing of required immunizations is supplied to students before orientation.

Health insurance

Students must provide proof of health insurance coverage at annual registration that meets minimum requirements specified with DMU’s Student Health Insurance Requirements Policy. Students must verify coverage through a parent’s or spouse’s group plan, a national government plan, an individual plan that meets the hard waiver criteria as defined in DMU’s Students Health Insurance Requirements Policy or a plan coordinated through DMU.

Technical Standards for Admissions

Students must be able to meet the technical standards for education at DMU either with or without accommodation. You may review the standards online.


Housing is abundant in the Des Moines area, and students in the past have found the best time to check out apartments is February-March. DMU does not own any dorms or residence halls, so students are responsible for locating their housing arrangements. 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. The University acts solely as a facilitator in hosting this forum.

Wellness Center access

Incoming students may begin using the Wellness Center on May 1. Check Pulse for release form and procedures.


Students pay an annual charge of $200 for a parking sticker. Incoming students may purchase their parking sticker for their first year via the Registration Checklist on Pulse.


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. 2018-2019 MSA 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 2019/2020 budget to be available in the spring.

Books and equipment

We urge you to not purchase books or any other equipment until you obtain the list during orientation and see exactly what is required, recommended, and which editions will be used. Required and recommended textbooks and equipment are available from the on-campus bookstore, Matthews.


Please plan to attend mandatory sessions beginning July 29 through August 1, 2019. 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.

Dress for the first day of orientation is professional, however a suit is not required. Men: shirt and tie with nice trouser. Ladies: blouse with skirt/trouser or dress.


Classes will begin on Friday, August 2, 2019.

Important Dates to Know

  • Thanksgiving Break: November 29-December 1, 2019
  • Winter Break: December 21, 2019-January 5, 2020
  • Spring Break: March 14-22, 2020


Explore Des Moines

Des Moines is a great city! Here are some helpful resources to help you explore or get settled:


We look forward to seeing you at DMU soon! Feel free to call us with any questions at 515-271-1499.

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