To be considered for admission, you must have a B.A. or B.S. or complete the requirements for a degree before enrollment. The degree must be from an accredited institution.
A science GPA and cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher are strongly recommended to be considered for admission. See our current student profile for more information.
The courses below are required for admission; you may apply while coursework is in progress.
- Biology/zoology – 8 semester hours with lab
- General chemistry - 8 semester hours with lab
- Organic chemistry - 4 semester hours with lab
- Biochemistry – 3 semester hours
- Physics – 8 semester hours with lab (may substitute 3 semester hours of Statistics)
- English, English composition, speech, or literature - 6 semester hours
- Other recommended courses include cell biology, microbiology, immunology, physiology and anatomy
Please see technical standards page for more information.
Exposure to medicine
All applicants must have exposure to medicine documented in a letter of recommendation from a health care provider. Exposure is required so applicants will have already determined whether the osteopathic medical profession is right for them. This experience can be paid or volunteer. To establish a mentoring or shadowing relationship with an osteopathic physician, visit the American Osteopathic Association website.
Take the MCAT
Supply results of the Medical College Admission Test not more than three years old; we prefer scores not more than two years old.
Applicants who are legal permanent residents of the U.S. will be required to provide a copy of their permanent resident card (“green card”) prior to admission.
Note: Permanent residency status “pending,” is not eligible for admission.
Non U.S. citizens
Applicants who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents are not eligible for admission to the DO program. Please review information for international students.
Graduates from an M.D., D.O., or equivalent program (U.S. or foreign) are not eligible for consideration for admission to the D.O. program at Des Moines University.
Accepted students will be required to complete a criminal background check prior to matriculation.