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Des Moines University

Des Moines University (DMU) is an osteopathic medical school in Des Moines, Iowa. Founded in 1898, Des Moines University is the second oldest osteopathic medical school[4][5] and the fifteenth largest medical school in the United States. DMU offers eight academic degree degrees, including osteopathic medicine, podiatry, physician assistant studies, physical therapy, health care administration, public health, anatomy and biomedical sciences.

Des Moines University
TypePrivate, non-profit
Established1898 (1898)
Endowment101.5 million[1]
PresidentDr. Angela Franklin
Academic staff
74 full-time[2]
20 part-time
Administrative staff
Location, ,
41°35′02″N 93°39′43″W / 41.584°N 93.662°W / 41.584; -93.662Coordinates: 41°35′02″N 93°39′43″W / 41.584°N 93.662°W / 41.584; -93.662
CampusUrban, 22 acres (8.9 ha)[4]
ColorsPurple and White

There are over 14,000 total alumni.[6]

The university is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association's Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) and by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).[3]


The Des Moines University Medical Clinic

Des Moines University was founded in 1898 as the Dr. S.S. Still College and Infirmary of Osteopathy & Surgery. It was renamed Still College in 1905 and Des Moines Still College of Osteopathy and Surgery during the 1940s.[7]

In 1958, the institution was renamed the College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery. The first satellite clinic was established in 1963. In 1971, the Dietz Diagnostic Center, then a specialty clinic, began operation as a major outpatient facility. In 1980 the University was renamed University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences with a broadened educational mission. The school moved to its present site in 1972.[7] The College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery and the College of Biological Sciences (now the College of Health Sciences) were both established by the college's Board of Trustees in 1980 and are now part of the osteopathic medical university, along with the College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery.[7]

The College of Health Sciences established the physician assistant program in 1981 and the physical therapy program in 1988.

The college adopted the Des Moines University name on September 18, 1999.[7] On August 15, 2003, former Iowa Governor Terry E. Branstad became the university's president.[8][9] On October 16, 2009, Branstad announced his retirement as President of Des Moines University in order to pursue running again for Governor of Iowa; Steve Dengle was chosen as interim president.[10] In 2005, the university opened a $24 million Student Education Center, with a medical library, new classrooms, a coffee shop, and an exercise gym with a basketball court.[11][12]

In 2019, the university announced plans to relocate to West Des Moines by 2023.[13]

The unaffiliated Des Moines College used the name Des Moines University during the 1920s until its closure in 1929.

Admissions statisticsEdit

The COM (College of Osteopathic Medicine) D.O. class of 2022 had an average overall GPA of 3.61, an average science GPA of 3.54, and an average MCAT score of 507. The average age is 23, with students ranging in age from 21 to 36. Of the total class size of 219 students, 44% are female and 56% are male. 19% of the students are from Iowa, while the remaining students represent 33 other states.[14] Admission is highly competitive. For the 2018 entering class the school received 4873 applications for 221 spots.[15]

In order to be considered for admission, applicants must have a bachelor's degree or complete the requirements for a degree before enrollment. The degree must be from a regionally accredited institution. Any major of study is considered for admission, but the most common majors are biology and chemistry. Also, incoming students must have healthcare-related experience emphasizing patient contact and must demonstrate strong interviewing skills.[14] Once accepted, matriculation is contingent on passing a drug screen and criminal background check.[16]

Degrees offeredEdit

Des Moines University

Des Moines University has 9 academic programs.

Notable alumniEdit

See alsoEdit

  • Sigma Sigma Phi, national osteopathic medicine honors fraternity, officially chartered at the university in 1925


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  2. ^ "Des Moines University". College Navigator. Institute of Education Sciences National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved November 9, 2012.
  3. ^ a b AACOM (2012). "Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine" (PDF). American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine. Retrieved June 8, 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Des Moines University". Higher Ed Jobs. Retrieved March 8, 2012.
  5. ^ "Research Assistant Grant Funded". Science. 2012. Retrieved March 8, 2012.
  6. ^ "DMU Alumni Association". Des Moines University. Retrieved September 5, 2019.
  7. ^ a b c d "History". Des Moines University. Retrieved March 11, 2012.
  8. ^ "Branstad Becomes Des Moines University President". KCCI-Des Moines. August 15, 2003. Retrieved March 14, 2012.[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ Madelaine Jerousek (August 8, 2003). "Branstad to Lead DMU". Des Moines Register. Retrieved May 11, 2012.
  10. ^ "Branstad Leaving DMU, Considering Run". KCCI. October 16, 2009. Retrieved March 13, 2012.[permanent dead link]
  11. ^ "Des Moines University Unveils $24M Education Center". KCCI-Des Moines. April 18, 2005. Retrieved March 14, 2012.[permanent dead link]
  12. ^ "Des Moines University unveils new facility". Radio Iowa. Retrieved June 30, 2012.
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  14. ^ a b "Class Profile". Des Moines University. 2019. Retrieved June 11, 2019.
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  16. ^ "Class Profile". Des Moines University. 2019. Retrieved June 11, 2019.
  17. ^ "Des Moines University". Retrieved April 16, 2011.
  18. ^ "Dodson Award Presentation: AACOM Board of Governors Award Luncheon". American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine. October 20, 2001. Archived from the original on July 8, 2012. Retrieved May 1, 2012.
  19. ^ :Ivan Raimi, website, accessed September 8, 2008

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