we're excited to have you!

You are about to embark on an exciting, rewarding and life-changing endeavor – achieving your goal of becoming an outstanding health care professional!

What's next?

Here are helpful resources as you prepare for the year ahead.

  • Secure your seat

    Submit your non-refundable seat deposit and outstanding requirements form by the deadlines listed on your DMU Admissions Account. You will be able to view the deadlines and additional items within one week following your acceptance.

  • Success Meeting

    Your Success Meeting phone appointment with a DMU Admissions staff member will help you onboard following your acceptance. Your Success Meeting must be scheduled by the deadline listed on your Outstanding Requirements Agreement; the actual appointment may be held after the deadline.

  • Orientation

    Orientation/mandatory program meeting for OTD will be held on [NEED NEW DATES] Thursday, July 28, and Friday, July 29. The first day of class will be on Monday, August 1.

  • Background Check Process

    All incoming students must complete a (1) criminal background check, (2) child and elder abuse check, and (3) drug screen through DMU's designated vendors prior to matriculation:

    1. Instructions regarding the criminal background check will be sent through [PTCAS?] PTCAS to students who have submitted their seat deposits beginning in mid-January.

    2. Instructions regarding the child and elder abuse check and drug screening will be available on Pulse in early April.

    Please keep in mind that the background check requirements will not be met until all three distinct components have been completed.

  • Join us for a virtual Accepted Student Day

    You are invited to participate in a virtual Accepted Student Day on [NEW DATES?] Friday, June 17 at 1:00pm to meet future classmates, faculty and staff. Registration is available here. During this virtual resource fair, you can visit Zoom breakout rooms to chat with departments like Multicultural Affairs, Wellness, the Library & Center for Educational Enhancement, and more!

  • Stay Connected

    We can't wait to see you on campus next July! Connect with your future classmates and current DPT students through your class Facebook group. [NEED NEW GROUP]

  • Credentials

    Watch for your DMU credentials to be sent to you via encrypted email beginning in mid-January. Your credentials will give you access to Pulse, which will contain the information you need to get started at DMU (financial aid, student health, health insurance, etc.).

  • Next steps

    Download this checklist to keep you on track for a successful onboarding as a DMU student.

  • Upcoming Events

    Student Ambassador Hangouts: current DPT students will host a casual Q&A on Zoom, covering topics relevant to the student experience at DMU. [NEED NEW DATES?]
    Wednesday, April 20, 12pm CDT - join here
    Wednesday, April 27, 5pm CDT - join here

If you have questions, please reach out to the Admissions team at DMUAdmit@dmu.edu.

Diversity at DMU: Your culture creates ours

Cultural competency is part of the personal and professional development that happens at DMU. Our campus environment is shaped by individuals who bring cultural differences, life experiences and distinct characteristics.

We've got you covered: Support services for students

DMU helps students succeed by offering resources like the Center for Educational Enhancement (CEE), on-campus student health services, health insurance, financial aid and a counseling center. Resources for veterans and military students can be accessed here

Welcome to Des Moines: Your new favorite city

Des Moines is consistently ranked as the best city for young professionals to live and work. Our low unemployment, affordable housing, and low costs of living mean you can live comfortably right away.

Housing opportunities: Finding your perfect place

Located just east of the city’s downtown center and nestled in an established neighborhood and business district, Des Moines University offers the perfect location for a variety of accessible urban living options.

Des Moines downtown housing options
Des Moines houses of worship

Places to worship: Find a space to practice your faith

The residents of Des Moines come from all around the world, and the city has countless religious services and institutions to serve the surrounding communities.

Fine dining: Nearby restaurants and grocery options

The local businesses and restaurants that surround DMU are some of the best the city has to offer. An abundance of ethnic grocery stores and a thriving culinary scene make Des Moines a great place to live – and eat.

Des Moines Ingersoll restaurants

Disability Services: Des Moines University welcomes qualified candidates with disabilities who meet the technical standards of the program, with or without reasonable accommodations. If you are a candidate with a disability who requires reasonable accommodations to reasonably access the curriculum and educational services offered at DMU, please contact the Accommodations and Educational Support Specialist in the Center for Educational Enhancement in person, by phone (515-271-4452) or by email (accommodations@dmu.edu). Accommodations are not determined by faculty. Accommodations are not provided retroactively.  Candidates who require accommodations are directed to register with the Accommodations and Educational Support Specialist as far in advance of the start of the program as possible.

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