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Des Moines University

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

Des Moines University (DMU) is a private 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 nine academic degrees, including osteopathic medicine, podiatric medicine, physician assistant studies, physical therapy, health care administration, public health, anatomy, and biomedical sciences (master's and doctorate).

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.


Des Moines University

Through its three colleges, DMU offers 9 academic programs. All programs are post-baccalaureate and focused on health sciences. All are accredited by the respective national accrediting body. The university itself is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Doctoral degrees are offered in osteopathic medicine, physical therapy, podiatric medicine, and biomedical sciences. Master's programs are offered in physician assistant studies, anatomy, biomedical sciences, public health, and health care administration.

Notable alumni

See also

  • 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 2012.
  3. ^ a b AACOM (2012). "Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine" (PDF). American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine. Retrieved 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Des Moines University". Higher Ed Jobs. Retrieved 2012.
  5. ^ "Research Assistant Grant Funded". Science. 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  6. ^ "DMU Alumni Association". Des Moines University. Retrieved 2019.
  7. ^ a b c d "History". Des Moines University. Retrieved 2012.
  8. ^ "Branstad Becomes Des Moines University President". KCCI-Des Moines. August 15, 2003. Retrieved 2012.[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ Madelaine Jerousek (August 8, 2003). "Branstad to Lead DMU". Des Moines Register. Retrieved 2012.
  10. ^ "Branstad Leaving DMU, Considering Run". KCCI. October 16, 2009. Retrieved 2012.[permanent dead link]
  11. ^ "Des Moines University Unveils $24M Education Center". KCCI-Des Moines. April 18, 2005. Retrieved 2012.[permanent dead link]
  12. ^ "Des Moines University unveils new facility". Radio Iowa. Retrieved 2012.
  13. ^ Boose, Barb (March 11, 2019). "DMU signs letter of intent to relocate its campus | News | Des Moines University".
  14. ^ "Des Moines University". Retrieved 2011.
  15. ^ "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 2012.
  16. ^ :Ivan Raimi, website, accessed September 8, 2008

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