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Des Moines University

Des Moines University (DMU) is a health sciences school located in Des Moines, Iowa. Founded in 1898 as the Dr. S.S. Still College and Infirmary of Osteopathy and Surgery, it is the largest medical school in Iowa and the second oldest school of its kind in the country. DMU has a total enrollment of about 1,800 students with 66% of them having been recruited from other states. The first class in 1898 contained both men and women and 54% of enrolled students are female. The school also has an onsite clinic that offers health services to the local community.

Educational Programs

Des Moines University has nine master’s and doctorate educational programs:

  • Master of Public Health
  • Master of Health Care Administration
  • Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies
  • Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences
  • Master of Science in Anatomy
  • Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Doctor of Podiatric Medicine
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • Post-Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy

Students may also pursue a dual medical degree involving any combination of the Master of Public Health, Master of Health Care Administration, Master of Science in Anatomy, and Master of Science in Biomedical Science degrees. To make things a little easier for students pursuing this route, some of the course work can be completed online.

The school offers a free clinic during the summers called Health P.A.S.S. that helps prepare college sophomores and juniors for medical school. The program lasts for three weeks and aims to show students what it’s like to study the programs offered at Des Moines University and provides numerous opportunities for clinical and practical experience. Students will stay at the residence hall at Drake University and the DMU will cover the cost of meals and materials.

Admissions

The programs have different admission requirements and it is best to contact the school directly for more information about the specific program you are interested in entering. In general, you must have earned a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science from an accredited college or university. You are required to submit your MCAT scores, which can be no more than three years old. The minimum G.P.A. for most programs is 3.2 but the average for students entering the college is 3.6.

The school requires students to be U.S. citizens for all of its programs except for the Post-Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy and the Master of Public Health online-only program.

Costs

Tuition varies depending on the program you enter. For the 2012 to 2013 school years, you can expect to pay the following amounts for tuition per year:

  • Master of Public Health – $504 per credit hour
  • Master of Health Care Administration – $504 per credit hour
  • Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies – $28,340
  • Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences – $10,434
  • Master of Science in Anatomy – $10,434
  • Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine – $40,800
  • Doctor of Podiatric Medicine – $29,006
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy – $21,686
  • Post-Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy – Up to $514 per credit hour

You should budget between $1,000 and $2,000 per year for books and related materials. All new and fulltime students are given laptops or other mobile devices at the start of their educational programs. Students participating in a clinical program receive a mobile device that can access the school’s patient encounter system for when they do their clinical rotations.

Campus Life

The school does not have on-campus housing, but there are a number of affordable housing options available in the local area. DMU is located two miles from downtown Des Moines, so students have access to a variety of stores and services including coffee shops, banks, and pharmacies.

Though there aren’t any athletic programs at the school, students can participate in a number of organizations including the American College of Foot and Ankle Orthopedics and Medicine, American Association of Women Podiatrists and Friends, Association of Military Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons, Dermatology Club, and Iowa Medical Society.

 
 
 
 

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