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Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies

Des Moines University prepares its physician assistant students to work in and lead a growing profession focused on helping people live healthier lives. Physician assistants are key members of health care teams in hospitals, multispecialty clinics, physician offices, long-term care residences and other settings in rural and urban areas.

See what a day at DMU is like for a PA student (pdf)

Why be a physician assistant?

  • Physician assistants enjoy a career with diverse practitioners and a wide variety of opportunities.
  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts employment of physician assistants will grow 39 percent through 2018, due to expansion of the health care industry and emphasis on cost containment.
  • The program is only 25 months, compared to other clinical programs that are at least 3 years and also require residencies after graduation.

Learn more about being a physician assistant.

Meet some of our students


HLC Accredited

DMU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The Physician Assistant Program is approved by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant. Graduates of ARC-PA-approved programs are eligible to take the certifying examination given by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

Learn more about accreditation at DMU

DMU physician assistant first-time PANCE pass rate

View the five year official report from NCCPA (pdf)


Interested in learning more about the physician assistant program? Contact the admission office at 800-240-2767, extension 1499, e-mail