The College of Health Sciences was established in 1980 and enrolled its first students in the Physician Assistant Program in 1981.   The college has continued to grow since that time and now offers two Doctor of Physical Therapy programs (entry level and post professional) and master’s degrees in physician assistant sciences, health care administration, and public health.  The faculty has grown in order to provide low student to faculty ratios in support of the over 600 face-to-face and on-line students enrolled annually in the college.

Programs Offered


To advance the health and well-being of society through the development of exemplary health care professionals in a learning-centered environment.


  •  Health promotion
  • Life-long learning
  • The transfer of evidence-based research into practice

News and Updates

DMU physical therapy students practice as “mock” delegates

“The 2017 Des Moines University Mock House of Delegates will come to order,” announced House Speaker Pamela Duffy, P.T., Ph.D., …

Interprofessional practice improves patient care

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DMU prof lands NIH grant to study diet, coronary heart disease

People have known for many years that what they eat can have a big impact, positive or negative, on their …

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