Select candidates will be invited to campus for an interview with representatives of the College of Osteopathic Medicine. An interview is required for admission consideration, and should be viewed as a way for each party to learn more about the other – DMU interviewing the applicant, while the applicant is also determining if DMU is the best fit program.

In the 2014-15 cycle we received over 5,000 applications and interviewed 650 candidates. If you are selected for an interview, prepare carefully. You should plan to examine your motives for pursuing a degree in osteopathic medicine and be prepared to relate your experience to your goals.

Sample Schedule

  • 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. – Welcome and introductions, followed by an extensive overview of the college and student life, financial aidcurriculum, OMM in action, as well as other laboratories if possible.
  • 12 – 1:15 p.m. – Lunch with current D.O. students – this is your opportunity to learn about DMU directly from the best sources, our current students.
  • 1:15 – 4:30 p.m. – Individual interviews and campus tours take place throughout the afternoon.

The interview

Each candidate will meet individually with an interview team for approximately 30 minutes. The team typically consists of a DMU basic science faculty member, a clinician and a current D.O. student.  Be prepared for interviewers to evaluate you and ask questions about your interests and your motivation towards a career in osteopathic medicine, as well as academic strengths, experience in service and leadership, research, hobbies, etc.

Get more tips for a successful interview.

The results

Following your interview, the admission committee will review your file and interview results and make a decision. Decisions are typically delivered within three weeks following the Interview Day, and all decisions are communicated by email.

Traveling to Des Moines

For those flying into Des Moines, the Des Moines International Airport (DSM) is located 7 miles from campus. Many hotels offer free airport shuttles, and some even offer a free or discounted shuttle to DMU. Please be sure to inquire about transportation options directly with the hotel. For students driving to Des Moines, parking on campus is free and we encourage you to park in the ramp.

Driving directions and campus map

Staying in Des Moines

While DMU does not provide hotel rooms for candidates, several area hotels do offer discounted rates for DMU guests. Please inquire about the possibility of a DMU discount (and shuttle) when making hotel reservations.

Suggested overnight accommodations

Please note: First-time entering students may apply to only one Des Moines University clinical program at a time (includes D.O., D.P.M., M.S.P.A. and D.P.T.). Multiple applications will not be accepted or processed.

Enjoying Des Moines

Less than 20% of COM students are Iowa residents,  which means the majority of our interview candidates are unfamiliar with Des Moines, or even the midwest in general. If you plan to spend extra time in Des Moines when you visit, please visit our Life in Des Moines page for more info about our metro of nearly 600,000 to see why we love Des Moines so much.