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 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 treat patients who have 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.
Summer Podiatry Preview
Learn what it’s like to be a D.P.M. student at the Summer Podiatry Preview Program!
Prospective podiatry students spend a day at Des Moines University with current podiatric medical students experiencing campus and student life.
More information about podiatry
- Today’s Podiatrist
- American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine
- American Podiatric Medical Association
- American Podiatric Medical Students Association
- American Association for Women Podiatrists, Inc.
- American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
Mission and vision
CPMS mission statement
To educate a diverse group of highly competent and compassionate podiatric health professionals to improve lives in a global community.
CPMS vision statements
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.
DMU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
The College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery is accredited by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education of the American Podiatric Medical Association, 301-571-9200. The Council is recognized by the US Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, as the specialized accrediting body for podiatric medical education. The council also approves podiatric medicine and surgery residencies.
News and updates
Interested in learning more? Please contact our admission office at 800-240-2767, extension 1538, or email CPMSadmit@dmu.edu.