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What is your average GPA and MCAT?

Students entering in August 2013 had an average cumulative GPA of 3.45, and an average science GPA of 3.30. The average MCAT score was 23.7. The minimum GPA to be considered for admission is a 2.7 cumulative. There is no minimum MCAT score for consideration, however, scores below 20 are not typically considered competitive for admission.

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Is the MCAT required for admission? What other exams are acceptable?

DMU-CPMS will only consider MCAT scores for applications; we do not accept GRE or DAT scores for admission.  Scores should be no older than 5 years. You should plan to complete the MCAT during the Fall of 2013, or early Spring of 2014 for admission to the class enrolling in August 2014. You may apply before you take the MCAT or receive your official results, but the admission committee will likely hold your file for consideration until official scores are received. You will release your scores officially through the AACPM, and they will be sent directly to DMU-CPMS.

How do I begin the application process?

Applications are initially processed through the American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine Application Service, or AACPMAS. Applications can be completed online at

Where do I send my official transcripts?

After applying directly through the AACPMAS, you will be required to have official copies of all transcripts sent to the AACPM at:

AACPMAS Transcript Processing Center
P.O. Box 9200
Watertown, MA 02471

Where do I send my letters of recommendation?

We prefer to receive to Letters of recommendation electronically, and these should be sent directly to DMU by the letter writer. DMU-CPMS requires 1 letter from a D.P.M. with whom you’ve shadowed, and 1 letter from a professor, advisor or committee. Letters may be uploaded directly by your letter writers to:

Des Moines University – CPMS admission
3200 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50312
Fax: 515.271.7075

What is the admission process timeline for the entering class of 2014?

  • August, 1 2013 — Application service opens through AACPMAS
  • September 2013 — April 2014: DMU-CPMS invites competitive applicants to interview on campus. Interviews are held weekly and decisions are typically issued within 3 weeks of the interview. Acceptance offers must be confirmed and secured with a non-refundable tuition seat deposit within 30 days of the acceptance date.
  • The application deadline is June 2014, however, DMU encourages applicants to submit materials by no later than March 2014 to receive the best consideration. We will likely finish filling our class in the spring, and continue interviewing qualified applicants for potential seats on our Alternate List in May/June.
  • Orientation and classes for the class of 2018 begin in early August 2014.

What should I expect after DMU receives my completed application?

All applications will be reviewed by the Dean and Admission Committee and students will be notified of a decision within about one week. Competitive applicants may be invited to campus for an interview. Applicants may also be placed on Hold pending additional materials, or denied admission and released from the application cycle.

Is the on-campus interview required?

The interview is a required component of the admission process. Competitive applicants are invited to attend an on-campus Interview Day. The interview is an opportunity for the applicant to learn more about DMU and determine if our program is good fit for their education. The interview is also our opportunity to evaluate the candidate’s academic preparation, motivation and overall potential for success as a DMU student.

Interviews are held on campus beginning in September and typically concluding in April, typically on Fridays. The interview day begins at 8:30 am (CST) and concludes by 2 pm, and following the interview students typically receive an admission decision within 3 weeks.

How long is the Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (D.P.M.) program?

The D.P.M. program is 4 years in length: the first 2 years are spent on the DMU campus in lectures, labs, small group discussions, etc. Students are typically in class 8 am – 12 pm most days, and in labs at least several afternoons per week. The schedule varies greatly, depending on the courses being taught during a particular block. Students consider the program to be a full-time job, requiring at least 40 or more hours per week of classroom time, study time, exam preparation, etc.

View a 4-year D.P.M. curriculum schedule

Third year students spend the year on our campus and within the Des Moines community completing clinical rotations.  Fourth year students spend the year travelling the nation while completing their clinical rotations.  Rotations are completed in private clinics, hospitals, multi-specialty surgical centers, V.A. and community based hospitals, etc. Click on the link below for more details regarding rotations.

Learn more about clinical rotations

How long are the residency programs?

Following graduation of DMU-CPMS, you will enter a 3-year surgical podiatric residency program. The Council on Podiatric Medical Education of the American Podiatric Medical Association accredits postdoctoral residency training programs in Podiatric Surgery, Podiatric Orthopedics and Podiatric Primary Care.

Can international students apply to the College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery?

To be eligible for admission, you must be a U.S. Citizen or legal permanent resident of the U.S. For more information, see our international student page.

What is the school’s transfer policy?

Transfers may be considered for students from other U.S. accredited podiatric medical schools if the student is ranked in the top half of their class, is currently a student in good academic standing, and has a compelling reason for requesting transfer.  Students requesting transfer should be prepared to submit copies of all transcripts (undergraduate and graduate level), results from the MCAT, a letter of recommendation from their current Dean, and a letter outlining their reasons for requesting the transfer.  Because of the unique system-based preclinical curriculum, it is difficult for the College to accept transfer students in the program at DMU. Students should be prepared to lose up to one year of credit. We do not allow transfers from any U.S., Canadian or other international accredited allopathic and osteopathic medical schools. Students interested in transferring are encouraged to contact our office directly to discuss their options.

What kind of scholarships are offered by the College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery?

Newly admitted students to DMU-CPMS are eligible for several types of scholarships – Dean’s Scholarships and Rural Medicine Scholarships. Students are automatically under consideration for our Dean’s Scholarship and selections are made following the interview process. Selected students are notified of their award at the time of acceptance and awards typically range from $2,000 to $4,000. These awards are renewable for students maintaining class rank within the top 25% of their class for up to 4 years.

DMU also offers scholarships for students who wish to practice podiatric medicine in rural Iowa through our Rural Medicine Educational Pathway or RMEP scholarship. Full tuition scholarships are available through this program. Numerous other scholarship opportunities are available for current DMU students through our Financial Aid office and the College Dean.

What are your board pass rates?

Boards Part I First-time pass rate for the class of 2013 was 98%, while the final pass rate following the October 2011 administration of the exam is 100%. The national pass rate average was 85%.

Boards Part II First-time pass rate for the class of 2012 was 93%. The national average was 82%.

Learn more about our podiatric medical student’s board exam results.