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How to Apply

1) Apply

Apply to the College of Osteopathic Medicine through the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service, (AACOMAS), which is a centralized application service. AACOMAS produces an annual report highlighting the applicant pool and successful matriculants into the nation’s Osteopathic Medical Colleges.

Direct applications to DMU are not accepted. When applying through AACOMAS, designate that DMU should receive your application.

  • Apply through AACOMAS
  • Request transcripts to be sent directly to AACOMAS.
  • Supply results of the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) to AACOMAS. Only MCAT scores taken within three years of matriculation will be accepted. For more information concerning the MCAT exam, go to:
  • Deadline: February 1, application received by AACOMAS.
    However, due to rolling admissions, it is to your advantage to apply earlier in the cycle.

2) Supplemental application

Applicants meeting the minimum GPA requirement of at least 2.8 – the admission office will send an email with an online link to the supplemental application.

  • A non-refundable fee of $60, paid online by credit card, is required at the time the supplemental application is submitted.
  • Deadline: March 1, supplemental application received by DMU admission.
    However, due to rolling admissions, it is to your advantage to apply earlier in the cycle.

3) Letters of recommendation

To complete your file to be reviewed by the admission committee, you must plan to have 3 letters of recommendation submitted.  It is in your best interest to submit the types of letters requested by DMU, however, your file will be considered complete once any combination of the below letters, totaling 3, are received by the admissions office.

Letters should be submitted by the letter writer directly to Des Moines University through our online letter submission sources. It is best to submit these letters promptly after completion of the Supplemental Application form.  Once any 3 letters are received by the admissions office, your file will be completed and forwarded to the admission committee for review; we will not delay review for additional letters.  Below are descriptions of the types of letters requested by the admission committee:

  • Medical Letter – letter written by a DO or MD  detailing your exposure to clinical medicine. This may reflect shadowing, volunteer or work experience, but should not include situations which involved you as the patient being treated.
  • 2 Academic or Advisor Letters – letters written by science professors or academic advisors detailing your academic ability, performance in the sciences and overall preparation for medical school.
  • Committee Letter – letter written/compiled by an established college/university pre-health professions committee and will count as 2 of the required letters of recommendation.

Tips for letters:

  • Letters that do not count toward completion of your admission file include: letters from relatives, spouses, family friends, coaches, personal trainers, veterinarians, dentists, your family physician or pediatrician (unless you have shadowed or worked with the doctor). We prefer the authors are as objective as possible.
  • Completed file: When we have received your AACOMAS file, your letters of recommendation, supplemental application and $60 fee, the admission committee will review your file. We will notify you by email when your admission file is complete. Within a few weeks the admission office will contact you to let you know if you are invited to interview. Learn more about our interview process.
  • We prefer to receive letters electronically and subscribe to VirtualEvals and Interfolio. Letters can also be uploaded directly to DMU at
  • Letters can be sent directly to DMU at:
    COM Admission
    3200 Grand Ave.
    Des Moines, IA 50312.

Note: If you are an international student, please refer to our international student information pages.

First-time entering students may apply to only one Des Moines University clinical program at a time (includes D.O., D.P.M., PA and D.P.T.). Multiple applications will not be accepted or processed.

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