Which admission test is required for entrance into the College of Podiatric Medicine & Surgery at DMU?

All applicants must supply results of the MCAT, taken within 3 years of the date of desired matriculation year.  Test scores should be released directly to AACPMAS, not to Des Moines University.

When should I take the MCAT?

Applicants seeking admission to DMU-CPMS should plan to take the MCAT by no later than spring of the year of desired matriculation. Please note, due to our process of rolling admission, it is to your advantage to complete the MCAT as early in the cycle as possible.

When should I apply?

We have a “rolling” admission policy. We begin accepting applications through AACPMAS in August each year.  Although the official deadline for applications is the following June, we typically fill our class far in advance of this deadline.  Due to rolling admissions, it is to your advantage to apply earlier in the cycle.

What should I expect after DMU receives my completed application?

All applications will be reviewed by the Admission Committee and applicants will be notified of a decision within about two weeks. 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.

Can international students apply to DMU?

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 some merit based scholarships. Students are automatically under consideration for our merit scholarship and selections are made following the interview process. Selected students are notified of their award at the time of acceptance.

If I have questions, can I talk with current students?

You are welcome to talk with current students. Contact the admissions office at cpmsadmit@dmu.edu, and we’ll put you in touch with students who will be glad to answer your questions.

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