Des Moines University (DMU) receives degree granting authority from the State of Iowa, in conjunction with institutional and programmatic accreditors.  DMU is approved by the Iowa College Student Aid Commission to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements.  NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education.  As a participating institution, DMU is authorized to enroll residents from other NC-SARA states in its online degree programs and allow enrolled students to complete a portion of their program, such as internships and clinical rotations, within another NC-SARA state.

DMU attempts to work directly with states that do not participate in NC-SARA to secure any required approvals to enable residents of those states to enroll in DMU's online degree programs and to allow DMU students to complete internships or clinical rotations in those states.  However, DMU's authorization status and various state requirements may change over time affecting its ability to allow out of state students to enroll in its online programs and students to select internships or clinical rotation sites in certain states.  Consequently, DMU cannot guarantee that students will be allowed to select internships or clinical rotations in every state.  Program and clinical affairs coordinators can answer questions for students about any potential limitations.

While DMU endeavors to comply with requirements established in each state, various state conditions and fees may prohibit DMU from achieving authorization in every state.  Students enrolled in online programs who move to a state where DMU is not authorized to deliver distance education may be unable to complete the degree program.  

Up-to-date information about DMU’s authorization status can be viewed on the University website.

Additionally, DMU provides information on its website for students listing the state agencies and contact information where students can file a complaint against the University.

Degrees Leading to Professional Licensure

DMU offers several degree programs on its campus in Iowa that may involve clinical rotations for credit in other states.  As noted below, graduates of these programs are eligible to take the required national examinations for licensure:

  • The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree program is accredited by the Committee on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education; graduates are eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE), the examination that every graduate must pass to become a licensed physical therapist in the United States. 
  • The Physician Assistant (PA) degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant; graduates are eligible to take the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) which is a requirement for initial licensure as a physician assistant in the United States. 
  • The Doctor of Osteopathy (DO) degree program is accredited by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation; graduates are eligible to take the Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Exam (COMLEX) series of examinations leading to licensure as a physician.
  • The Doctor of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery (DPM) degree program is accredited by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education; graduates are eligible to take the American Podiatric Medical Licensing Exam (APLME) series of examinations leading to licensure as a podiatric physician.