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. The GRE or DAT are not acceptable for admission.
Applicants seeking admission to DMU-CPMS for fall 2018 entrance should plan to take the MCAT by no later than spring 2018 – the last acceptable exam is typically the May administration. Please note, due to our process of rolling admission, it is to your advantage to complete the MCAT earlier in the cycle, as we typically fill our class by April each year.
Students entering in August 2017 had an average cumulative GPA of 3.41, and an average science GPA of 3.29. The average MCAT score was 494. The minimum GPA to be considered for admission is a 2.7 cumulative. There is no minimum MCAT score for consideration, however, scores below 490 are not typically considered competitive for admission.
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Visit our How to Apply page. Applications are initially processed through AACPMAS, available online at www.aacpm.org.
Transcripts from all institutions attended must be submitted as official directly to AACPMAS. Please do not send transcripts to DMU.
We prefer to receive letters electronically, directly from the letter writers, via the following sources:
Letters may also be mailed to:
3200 Grand Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50312
DMU-CPMS requires 2 letters of recommendation:
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.
We begin scheduling interviews in September and continue to interview through May (though the class may be full prior to the end of the interview season).
Admission process timeline for the entering class of 2018
All applications will be reviewed by the Admission Committee and students 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.
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 2 weeks.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Numerous other scholarship opportunities are available for current DMU students through our Financial Aid office and the College Dean.
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.
You are welcome to talk with current students. Contact the admissions office at email@example.com, and we’ll put you in touch with students who will be glad to answer your questions.
We encourage prospective students to join us for one of our Discover DMU events, held once each semester. These open houses are one of the best ways to learn about DMU and determine if this program is a good fit.
We also conduct individual campus visits throughout the year, which can be arranged by completing the online request form.