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Interview Day

Interview studentsAn interview is required for admission. The most competitive applicants will be invited for on-campus interviews, which are held September through February.

If you are selected for an interview, prepare carefully. Examine your motives for pursuing a degree in osteopathic medicine and be prepared to relate your experience to your goals.

Interview day begins with check-in at the admissions office between 8 and 8:30 a.m.


  • 8:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. – We’ll kick off the morning with photographs and introductions and proceed on to a series of presentations. You’ll receive an overview of financial aid and our curriculum, tour the Surgical Skills Laboratory, and observe OMM in action.
  • 12:20 – 1:15 p.m. – Lunch with current D.O. students. This is your opportunity to see the DMU campus up close and talk with current students about their experiences.
  • 1:15 – 4:30 p.m. – Individual interviews and campus tours are staggered throughout the afternoon.

The interview

Each candidate will meet individually with an interview team for approximately 30 minutes. The team normally consists of a DMU basic science faculty member, a clinician and a current D.O. student. Occasionally, a fourth interviewer might sit in on the interview to observe as part of their training. The interviewers will ask questions about your academic strengths, interests and your motivation towards a career in osteopathic medicine.

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. Generally, you will receive the results within three weeks of your interview 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 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., PA and D.P.T.). Multiple applications will not be accepted or processed.