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Physician Assistant Class of 2017 Guide

Congratulations on your acceptance to the physician assistant program at DMU – we hope you’re excited to join us! Below is a list of items to be completed prior to matriculation. Please review the items and develop a plan to complete all requirements by the deadlines.

What you should do right now

Seat deposit

Your conditions of enrollment agreement form requires a $500 seat deposit by a specific date. Please submit the non-refundable deposit by this date using this online form. Your deposit is used to open an account and is credited to your tuition when you register.

Conditions of enrollment agreement

A copy of your conditions of enrollment agreement was emailed to you after your acceptance. Please read this information carefully and return a signed copy to the admissions office by the deposit deadline and keep a copy for your records. If we have listed transcripts, prerequisite coursework, health care experience or official GRE scores as outstanding conditions prior to matriculation, please be certain you have a plan for meeting these conditions, as your enrollment is contingent upon them.

Planning ahead to Spring 2015

New Student Pulse and email

In early 2015 you will receive information on how to access Pulse and your DMU email address. Pulse will provide the majority of necessary information for your transition to DMU, including:

  • Financial aid

    Financial aid information will become available in March 2015 and will be posted on Pulse. You don’t need to request this information in advance. You can begin the FAFSA application in January 2015.

  • Background checks

    Incoming students are required to complete a criminal background check prior to matriculation. Information regarding these requirements will be sent directly to students in March 2015.

  • Physical examination/laboratory tests and immunizations

    You must submit a current physical examination, certain laboratory tests and immunization records prior to matriculation. This detailed information will be located on Pulse.

  • Health insurance

    Des Moines University requires that students in clinical programs provide proof of health insurance coverage at registration.  Students may obtain insurance through DMU, or may elect coverage through a parent or spouse. Additional information regarding health insurance requirements will be provided in the spring.

Planning ahead to Summer 2015


Housing is abundant in the Des Moines area, and it is the responsibility of each student to locate and secure suitable accommodations. To assist you, Pulse contains the “DMU Classifieds” which serves as a posting board for housing and roommate needs. The University acts solely as a facilitator in hosting this forum.
Housing handout from interview day


There is a one-time $200 per car parking fee. You may register your car and pay the fee on Pulse.


Tuition is collected in three payments in June, August, and January. Tuition and fees are established by the University’s Board of Trustees each spring and collected by the accounting office. 2014-2015 PA annual tuition is $30,420. (Tuition and fees are subject to change.)

Books and equipment

Required and recommended textbooks and equipment are available from Matthews Bookstore on campus. We urge you to not purchase books until you obtain the list during orientation and see exactly what is required, recommended and which editions will be used.


Mandatory orientation is scheduled for May 27-29, 2015. A schedule of events will be available on Pulse in spring.


Classes are scheduled to begin June 1, 2015. View a typical PA schedule

We look forward to seeing you at DMU soon! Email us with any questions.