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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.

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 – 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

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.

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

Accepted students will be required to pay for and complete a criminal background check prior to matriculation.  All students must complete a criminal background check by the DMU selected vendor prior to enrollment. If you have a pending misdemeanor or felony which results in a conviction, it is your responsibility to immediately inform the university. You are required to inform the university of any charges or convictions which occur following completion of the initial criminal background check. Incoming students will then be required to participate in annual background checks through the Dean’s office and/or Clinical Affairs.