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Health P.A.S.S. is the Health Professions Advanced Summer Scholars program at Des Moines University geared towards students who are underrepresented in the health professions and who are interested in learning about the four clinical health professions programs available at Des Moines University: Osteopathic Medicine, Podiatric Medicine and Surgery, Physical Therapy, and Physician Assistant. Students who are considered underrepresented for the purposes of this program include underrepresented minorities in medicine, as well as students who are educationally or economically disadvantaged. You must identify at least one of these areas to be considered for Health P.A.S.S. Students must also be either U.S. citizens or permanent legal residents to be considered. Students accepted to the Health P.A.S.S. program must pass a criminal background check.

Application Requirements

Application deadline: March 1, 2014

Required documents can be mailed to:
Des Moines University – Health P.A.S.S.
Admissions Office
3200 Grand Ave
Des Moines, IA 50312

In order to be considered for Health P.A.S.S. at Des Moines University, students must complete and submit all pieces of the application:

  • Application for Health P.A.S.S.
  • Health P.A.S.S. application essay questions
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended
  • Parents’ 2013 (or most recent) Federal Tax Returns (if identifying as economically disadvantaged)
  • Letter of recommendation from a science or mathematics professor
  • A second letter of recommendation from a college/university professor from whom you have taken a class.

Ideal applicants will have completed the following course work prior to attending Health P.A.S.S.:

  • 8 hours of biology
  • 8 hours of chemistry
  • 3 hours of English/speech/composition
  • 3.0 minimum science/overall gpa

Status Definitions

Economically disadvantaged: Students will be considered economically disadvantaged if family income is within federal low income guidelines. Family tax returns are required to be considered economically disadvantaged.

If you are unsure if you qualify as economically disadvantaged, this link from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,  Bureau of Health Professions may provide some guidance: http://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/13poverty.cfm

Educationally disadvantaged: Students will be considered educationally disadvantaged if neither parent has completed a bachelor’s degree or higher.

Underrepresented minority: Underrepresented in medicine means those racial and ethnic populations that are underrepresented in the medical profession relative to their numbers in the general population (African American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian/Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander).

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