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The Community Ambassador Program (CAP) at Des Moines University offers area students – grade school through college – a chance to learn about various health and medical issues.

This free, interactive program will provide a presentation in your classroom or create a hands-on field trip to our beautiful campus.

Campus visits

The Community Ambassador Program invites students to the DMU campus to participate in various educational activities, some of which are hands-on. We can accommodate visits from one hour to 6 hours.

Educational activities include

  • Anatomical demonstrations of human organs
  • EKG laboratory: students receive a graph of the electrical activity of their hearts
  • Harvey, a state-of-the-art cardiovascular teaching mannequin: students can hear normal and abnormal heart sounds and feel arterial pulses
  • Human Performance Laboratory: students receive a demonstration of how this lab captures human motion
  • Microbiology: students learn how to identify various bacteria
  • Osteopathic manual medicine: medical students demonstrate the techniques of osteopathic manipulation
  • Standardized Performance and Assessment Laboratory: students learn how this lab is used to teach history and physical examination skills

Classroom presentations

The Des Moines University Community Ambassador Program offers educational presentations on scientific, medical and health-related topics as a free service to students – grade school through college – and community groups.

Available topics include

  • AIDS
  • Aging
  • Anatomy
  • Brain and spinal cord
  • Breast cancer
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Careers in the health professions
  • Heart and circulation
  • Nutrition
  • Osteopathic medicine
  • Preventive medicine
  • Respiratory system
  • Safety
  • Smoking
  • Other requested medical/health topics

Let us help you

To schedule a classroom presentation or a campus visit, please contact the Community Ambassador Program at or call 515-271-1620.