In an effort to expand educational opportunities to our local and global community, individuals may apply to enroll in select professional development coursework without being admitted into a degree program. These courses may be beneficial for individuals to expand their knowledge in a certain subject matter, or serve as preparation for a graduate program. Individuals must apply for approval as a professional development student and standard tuition rate, fees, and policies apply. Professional development students are not eligible for financial aid. Approval to register for professional development coursework at DMU may be good preparation for future degree programs but does not guarantee admission to DMU degree programs.
All courses are offered online; on-campus participation required for MHA Executive Residency 801 & 619 only. Courses include:
Select block one courses, including Executive Residency I (see MHA Curriculum).
|Course #||Course Title||Credit Hours||Courses Offered|
|MHA801||Professional Development Seminar I (Executive Residency requiring 5 days on campus)||2||Spring and Fall|
|MHA619||Health Care Human Relations Management (Executive Residency requiring 5 days on campus)||3||Spring and Fall|
|MHA621||Overview of the U.S. Health System||3||Spring, Summer, and Fall|
|MHA625||Health Care Financial Management I||3||Spring and Summer|
|MHA626||Organizational Behavior and Leadership Theory||3||Spring and Summer|
|MHA650||Basic Statistics and Research||3||Spring, Summer, and Fall|
Select tier 1 courses (see MPH Curriculum).
|Course #||Course Title ||Credit Hours||Courses Offered|
|MPH621||Overview of the U.S. Health Care System||3||Fall, Spring, Summer|
|MPH650||Basic Statistics and Research||3||Fall, Spring, Summer|
|MPH657||Survey of Human Health and Disease||3||Summer and Spring|
|MPH766||Geographic Info Systems||3||Fall|
|MPH783||Foundations of Global Health||3||Summer|
|MPH785||Global Health Policy, Practice & Partnerships||3||Spring|
Individuals planning to enroll in professional development Physical Therapy coursework must complete the online application and personal statement. In addition, evidence of a degree is required: (1) Individuals possessing a physical therapy degree from the United States must provide either proof of a U.S. physical therapy license or proof of a physical therapy degree (official transcript); (2) Individuals holding a physical therapy degree from another country must submit a copy of their credential evaluation from the Foreign Credentialing Commission on Physical Therapy (FCCPT). If a bachelor’s degree or PT degree was not completed in the U.S., TOEFL exam results must also be submitted.
Also see PPDPT Curriculum for more course details.
|Course #||Course Title||Credit Hours||Courses Offered|
|1601||Business Management||2||Summer Session 1 (June – July)|
|1602||Individual and Family Aspects of Care||2||Spring Session 2 (March – May)|
|1603||Clinical Decision Making||3||Spring Session 1 (January – March)|
|1604||Health Promotion and Prevention||3||Summer Session 1 (June – July)|
|1606||Motor Control Theory and Analysis||2||Fall Session 1 (August – October)|
|1609||Manual Therapy Intervention||2||Fall Session 1 (August – October)|
|1612||Clinical Imaging||1.5||Fall Session 2 (October – December)|
|1613||Pharmacology||1.5||Fall Session 2 (October – December)|
|1614||Clinical Medicine Systems I||2||Spring Session 1 (January – March)|
|1615||Clinical Medicine Systems II||2||Spring Session 2 (March – May)|
Additional courses beyond those outlined above may be considered; review and approval by the applicable Program Director is required prior to enrollment.
How to Apply
Plan to submit the following application materials at least 30 days prior to the beginning of the course (see “Important Dates” above).
|Online application and $60 application fee. Select “non-degree” as your program option.|
|Brief personal statement describing why you wish to pursue professional development coursework at DMU.|
|Official transcripts – Proof of bachelor’s degree is required.|
- If bachelor’s degree was not completed within the U.S., you must plan to submit a degree equivalency evaluation through WES.
Submit application online; send all other required documentation to:
Des Moines University – Professional Development Admissions
3200 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50312
Following submission of all required documentation, your file will be reviewed and you will be notified within several weeks of the decision. If an applicant is approved for registration as a professional development student, the following steps are required to complete the process:
- Submit a $250.00 tuition seat deposit to secure your seat, which will be credited toward your tuition in your first course.
- Complete a criminal background check through the DMU preferred vendor.
- Receive access to DMU email, learning management and library systems through Pulse, our intranet system.
- Registration will be processed through Pulse during a designated registration period.
Completion of coursework as a professional development student does not guarantee admission to a degree program at Des Moines University. If admitted to a degree program, a maximum number of semester hours of credit completed as professional development credit may be applied toward completion of a DMU degree (12 for MHA or MPH).
Students previously dismissed from an academic program at Des Moines University are ineligible to take coursework associated with the program from which they were dismissed through the professional development process.
Please contact the Admissions Office with questions on how to get started with professional development coursework at DMU.