Des Moines University

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Des Moines University
Motto "Improving global human health through higher education"
Type Private, non-profit
Established 1898 (1898)
Endowment 101.5 million[1]
President Angela Franklin, ΦΒΚ, Ph.D.
Academic staff
74 full-time[2]
20 part-time
Administrative staff
Students 1,815[3]
Location Des Moines, Iowa, United States
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
Campus Urban, 22 acres (8.9 ha)[4]

Purple and White


Des Moines University is an osteopathic medical school located in Des Moines, in the U.S. state of Iowa. Des Moines University is the second oldest osteopathic medical school[4][5] and the fifteenth largest medical school in the United States. There are 14,124 total alumni (10,514 living).[6]

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


"To improve lives in our global community by educating diverse groups of highly competent and compassionate health professionals."[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]

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

Admissions statistics[edit]

The COM (College of Osteopathic Medicine) class of 2020 had an average overall GPA of 3.63, an average science GPA of 3.57, and an average MCAT score of 29 and 506. The average age is 24 with students ranging in age from 20 to 39. Of the total class size of 221 students, 41% are female and 59% are male.

The COM class of 2017 had an average overall GPA of 3.68 with an average science GPA of 3.68. The average MCAT was 28.2. [13]

In order to be considered for admission, you 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 acceptable for application but the most common are biology and chemistry respectively. All accepted students will be required to pay for and complete a criminal background check and prior to matriculation, and during each year of enrollment at Des Moines University. During the 2015-2016 application cycle DMU COM received 5,062 applicants with 225 matriculating at a rate of about 4.44%.[citation needed]

Degrees offered[edit]

Des Moines University

Des Moines University has 9 academic programs.

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]

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


  1. ^ "Des Moines University Osteopathic Medical Center". Open Endowment. 2008. Retrieved March 25, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Des Moines University". College Navigator. Institute of Education Sciences National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved 9 November 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c AACOM (2012). "Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine" (PDF). American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine. Retrieved 8 June 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Des Moines University". Higher Ed Jobs. Retrieved 8 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "Research Assistant Grant Funded". Science. 2012. Retrieved 8 March 2012. 
  6. ^ "About DMU". Des Moines University. Retrieved 11 March 2012. 
  7. ^ a b c d "History". Des Moines University. Retrieved 11 March 2012. 
  8. ^ "Branstad Becomes Des Moines University President". KCCI-Des Moines. 15 August 2003. Retrieved 14 March 2012. 
  9. ^ Madelaine Jerousek (August 8, 2003). "Branstad to Lead DMU". Des Moines Register. Retrieved May 11, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Branstad Leaving DMU, Considering Run". KCCI. 16 October 2009. Retrieved 13 March 2012. 
  11. ^ "Des Moines University Unveils $24M Education Center". KCCI-Des Moines. 18 April 2005. Retrieved 14 March 2012. 
  12. ^ "Des Moines University unveils new facility". Radio Iowa. Retrieved 30 June 2012. 
  13. ^ "Class Profile". Des Moines University. 2012. Retrieved 4 October 2012. 
  14. ^ "Des Moines University". Retrieved 2011-04-16. 
  15. ^ "Dodson Award Presentation: AACOM Board of Governors Award Luncheon". American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine. October 20, 2001. Retrieved May 1, 2012. 
  16. ^ :Ivan Raimi, website, accessed September 8, 2008

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