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Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission, you must have a bachelor’s degree or complete the requirements for a degree before enrollment.  The degree must be from a regionally accredited institution.  Any major of study is acceptable for application.

A science GPA and cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher are strongly recommended to be considered for admission. All prerequisite courses must be taken at regionally accredited institutions (or foreign equivalents). No grade lower than a C will be accepted for prerequisite coursework. CLEP credits, AP credits and P/F credits will not be considered for prerequisites.

See our current student profile for more information.

The courses below are required for admission; you may apply while coursework is in progress. Coursework completion is required prior to matriculation, and pending coursework during the application cycle is acceptable.

Required courses

  • Biology/zoology – any 8 semester hours of biology coursework, preferably with lab
  • General chemistry any 8 semester hours of general chemistry, preferably  with lab
  • Organic chemistry any 4 semester hours of organic chemistry coursework, preferably with lab
  • Biochemistry – any 3 semester hour course in biochemistry
  • Physics – any 8 semester hours of physics coursework, preferably with lab (may also substitute 3 semester hours of Statistics)
  • English, english composition, speech, or literature any 6 semester hours of coursework from these subject areas listed
    Other recommended courses may include cell biology, microbiology, immunology, physiology and anatomy

Technical standards

Please see technical standards page for more information. Further information about Accommodations can be found at: Accommodations in Education Policy.

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. We will use the highest composite score within the past three years when reviewing an applicant’s file.

We will review results of the new MCAT2015 beginning with the first results released in summer 2015. We will not post averages or ranges at this time. We plan to continue accepting the former MCAT results through the 2017-18 admissions cycle.

Permanent residents

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.

Previous matriculants

Graduates from M.D., D.O., or equivalent programs (U.S. or foreign) are not eligible for consideration for admission to the D.O. program at Des Moines University.  Previous matriculates to medical school who withdrew in good standing from their institution for personal (not behavioral or academic) reasons will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Background checks

All accepted students will be required to pay for and complete a criminal background check and prior to matriculation, and during each year of enrollment at Des Moines University.  Applicants and enrolled students may also be subject to drug testing.  It is important to be forthcoming during each phase of the application process, including the primary application, supplemental application, interview and acceptance phases.  Applicants are required to disclose all past or present charges, convictions, dismissals, deferred judgments and expunged records as related to a misdemeanor or felony.  A pending charge which results in a conviction must be reported immediately to the university. You are required to inform the university of any charges or convictions which occur following completion of the initial criminal background check.  Any findings during the application process will be reviewed by Admissions staff and college officials.  Failure to disclose information may result in the rescinding of an admissions offer.