Thank you for your mentoring and time as a preceptor to Des Moines University (DMU) osteopathic medical students.

Read the guidelines below to request credit for precepting DMU osteopathic medical students and complete the form. Preceptor hours are no longer generated from the student evaluations or accepted via email or phone. All requests for credit must be entered below. Submitted hours are compiled quarterly and will be added to your DMU continuing education transcript. A one-month grace period is given to allow time to enter preceptor hours. Hours entered after this grace period may be forfeited. DMU processes the hours four times a year (January, April, July, and October). Once processed, you will receive a separate email with instructions on accessing your documentation.

Read the frequently asked questions for more information or contact DMU CME at or 515-271-1596. 

  • DO - The current AOA reporting cycle is from January 2022 to December 2024. Hours submitted before January 2022 will not be accepted. The submitted hours are reported to the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) on the physician's behalf quarterly (January, April, July, and October). The hours are eligible for Category 1-B credits which can be utilized for licensing purposes. A maximum of 60 AOA Category 1-B credits for precepting may be applied to the 120-hour, 3-year requirement.

    AOA board-certified physicians must earn 50 specialty CME credits in each primary specialty every three-year cycle. These credits may be earned in Category 1 or Category 2 and will meet part of the minimum CME requirements for AOA board certification. When DMU submits the osteopathic physician's preceptor hours to the AOA, they will assign specialty credits as appropriate. No additional documentation is needed from the osteopathic physician. Please visit the AOA CME Specialty Credits website for additional information regarding specialty credits.

    Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this program for AOA Category 1-B credits for a maximum of 40 hours per week and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the physician’s participation in this activity.
  • MD - DMU is an AOA residency, and teaching residents, medical students, or other health professionals meet the requirements for AMA PRA Category 2 Credit™.  The hours are self-reported by the physician and should include the activity title or description, subject or content area, date(s) of participation, and the number of credits claimed. 

* Unfortunately, credit is NOT available to physicians for precepting physician assistant students, podiatry students, or physical therapy students.


  • The form must be submitted separately for each preceptor who spent time with a student. Multiple preceptors on a single form will NOT be accepted. 
  • A week is defined as 40 hours of precepting for credit calculation purposes. Credit for precepting is awarded per hour, not to exceed 40 hours per week. For example, if a DMU student was with you for two weeks, you may claim 80 credit hours for the rotation during a single rotation.
  • If the student spent time with more than one physician during a single rotation, the physicians cannot each claim hours commensurate with the full length of the rotation. For example, if a DMU student had a 1-week rotation in your practice and spent time with two preceptors, both physicians cannot claim 40 hours. 
  • If a preceptor has multiple students during the same time period, credits are not multiplied based on the number of students. For example, if a preceptor has two students for a 4-week rotation, only 160 hours can be claimed. 
The AOA number is requested for reporting purposes.
This individual will receive a copy of the submitted CME preceptor hours.
Example: MercyOne, UnityPoint Health, Mayo Clinic, Office of Dr. Smith
Please indicate the month in which the rotation began.
Please indicate the calendar year in which the rotation began.
I attest that the hours above are correct and are for preceptoring DMU osteopathic medical students only.

Please note: If you are required to complete a student evaluation, claiming CME hours DOES NOT fulfill this requirement. Please be sure to also complete the student evaluation for this rotation. If you have questions about this process, please email