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The College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery (CPMS) at Des Moines University is America’s center of excellence for innovative podiatric education, research and community service.

The college was the first podiatry school to be affiliated with an academic health science center and is one of only nine podiatric medical schools in the nation.

The scope of podiatric medicine goes beyond foot care by emphasizing the importance of the foot to a person’s overall health and well-being. Podiatric physicians diagnose and treat patients with a range of foot problems:

  • They prevent, diagnose and treat disorders and diseases of the foot and ankle for patients of all ages.
  • They surgically and orthopedically correct foot and ankle problems.
  • They care for patients with diabetes, who are vulnerable to limb-threatening complications.
  • They treat patients with medical conditions such as poor circulation, gout, neurological disorders and arthritis.

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Mission And Vision


To educate a diverse group of highly competent and compassionate podiatric health professionals to improve lives in a global community.


Education:  CPMS will be a leader in innovative podiatric medical education that promotes lifelong learning.

Research:  CPMS will be a leader in discovering new knowledge through collaborative faculty and student initiatives that advances the profession.

Service:  CPMS will be a leader in providing medical education and patient care services that improve the health and well-being of the community.

Collaboration:  CPMS will cultivate internal and external collaborative relationships to enhance podiatric medical education and advance.


Interested in learning more? Please contact our admission office at 800-240-2767, extension 1499, or email CPMSadmit@dmu.edu.

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DMU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

CPMEThe Des Moines University College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery is accredited by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education.  Accreditation is an indication of public approbation, attesting to the quality of the podiatric medical education program and the continued commitment of the institution to support the educational program.  The Council is recognized as the professional institutional accrediting agency for podiatric medical education by the U. S. Department of Education and by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.  For further information, please contact the Council on Podiatric Medical Education at the following address: Council on Podiatric Medical Education, 9312 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, MD  20814.

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