The College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery (CPMS) was established in 1981 as one of the colleges of Des Moines University. As the profession’s first college within a health sciences university, CPMS provides a unique opportunity for students and the podiatric medical profession to focus on the delivery of podiatric medical services as an integral part of the health care team.


To educate a diverse group of highly competent and compassionate podiatric health professionals to improve lives in our global community.


  • Education: The College will be a model for innovative podiatric medical education, committed to training leaders of the profession and podiatric physicians of the future.
  • Research: The College will be a cultivator of distinctive faculty and student researchers who discover and disseminate new knowledge.
  • Clinic: Des Moines University Foot and Ankle clinic will provide high quality patient care and educational experiences dedicated to improving health and wellness.
  • Policy and Service: The College will continue to lead in select community service areas and advocate for policy issues that improve the well-being of our community and advance the podiatric profession.