Transforming health sciences education from the ground up
For the last two years, DMU has been planning the medical and health sciences university of the future. The new campus, located on 88 acres in West Des Moines, will advance the educational transformation the University envisions.
An environment for new-age learning
Flexible environments will allow for a mix of didactic, active-learning and small group work. Learning studios and laboratories will be technology-rich. Immersive simulated health care environments reflect those of modern care facilities, providing learners with a safe environment in which to practice patient care.
Bringing the DMU community together
A diverse mix of open and enclosed collaboration spaces converge in the heart of the campus: an open, energizing learning commons and food service environment in which students, faculty and staff can connect, refresh and recharge.
A focus on health and wellbeing
Wellness and recreation facilities allow students, faculty and staff to stay active and healthy. Trails and ponds provide opportunities for relaxation. The integrated student clinic provides access to care for students to maintain a well-balanced lifestyle. A discreet and private student counseling suite ensures students have access to mental health care.
With room to grow
The 88-acre site gives the University space and flexibility to respond to future needs in health care and health care education. The new campus also will enable DMU to interact with and serve community members in a welcoming, accessible setting.
THE LEADING EDGE OF ADVANCEMENT
In May of 2019, Des Moines University purchased property in West Des Moines as part of its effort to move the campus and accommodate necessary growth and innovation. The 88-acre parcel sits on the north side of W. Grand Avenue, located between S. Jordan Creek Parkway and South 88th Street. It is bounded on the north by Booneville Road.
DMU will celebrate its 125th Anniversary in 2023, the anticipated opening date for the new campus.
President Angela L. Walker Franklin, Ph.D. discusses new campus with BNC Channel
October 6, 2020 - Black News Channel
What will the new Des Moines University campus look like? Groundbreaking provides sneak peek
September 10, 2020 - Des Moines Register
DMU campus now for sale, creating development opportunities in central Des Moines
January 29, 2020 - Business Record
Des Moines University unveils land for new campus in West Des Moines
June 3, 2019 - Des Moines Register
Des Moines University to move west after decades downtown
June 3, 2019 - KCCI 8 News
Be a part of history
Help us shape the future of health care. A variety of gift options and naming opportunities will let you create and define a powerful legacy at the new DMU.
Timeline and milestones
DMU signs letter of intent to relocate its campus
March 11, 2019
Master planning process begins with faculty, staff, students
DMU completes purchase of West Des Moines property
Grand Avenue completed
Groundbreaking and renderings reveal
Download full-resolution photos and the press release in our media kit.