Creating opportunities through diversity

Challenging students to examine cultural biases and stereotypes in their educational journey

DMU is committed to providing an inclusive environment in which every student and employee can thrive on academic, professional and personal levels. Against the backdrop of rapid diversificiation in the world around us, DMU is committed to effectively preparing culturally sensitive health care professionals.

The DMU neighborhood

offers plenty of reasonably priced apartments within walking distance from campus. The neighborhood is tree-lined and creates an attractive blend of historic homes and businesses. Restaurants, grocery stores, coffee shops, pharmacies, banks and a variety of shops are located nearby.

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Diversity Scholarships at Des Moines University

Downtown Des Moines

is just two miles east of campus and is a contemporary urban center with something for everyone: a public library, science center, events center, gateway park, a multitude of new loft-style housing and so much more. There are unique restaurants, eclectic shops, art galleries, and a wide range of entertainment options.

The surrounding city and suburbs

The surrounding city and suburbs are easy to get to (30 minutes max) and offer many dining, shopping, recreation, and entertainment venues. You don't need to travel far for some serious shopping... West Des Moines is home to Jordan Creek Town Center, a 200-acre retail, dining, entertainment and recreation development, which features 133 retailers including Dillards, Scheels, a Century 20 theater and The Cheesecake Factory (just to name a few).

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Cara Cohn, Des Moines University Physician Assistant Program

“DMU has not only provided me with a well-rounded education, but it has also given me confidence to be an amazing provider. Although the programs are very rigorous, my class became my second family and we all pushed each other to reach our greatest potential.”

Cara Cohn, P.A. student

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