To be considered for admission, applicants must have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university within the United States prior to the start of orientation.

Applicants must submit entrance exam (e.g., MCAT) scores during the application process; MCAT scores must be within three years of matriculation. Required courses must be completed before registration. The minimum grades recommended for application are a 2.8 cumulative GPA and a 2.8 science GPA on a 4.0 scale, and at least a "C" in each of the following prerequisite areas.

See our current student profile for more information.

Required Courses

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.

  • Biology/zoology - any 8 semester hours of biology coursework, preferably with lab
  • General chemistry -  any 8 semester hours of general chemistry, preferably  with lab
  • Organic chemistry - any 4 semester hours of organic chemistry coursework, preferably with lab
  • Biochemistry - any 3 semester hour course in biochemistry
  • Physics - any 8 semester hours of physics coursework, preferably with lab (may also substitute 3 semester hours of Statistics for 3 semester hours of Physics)
  • English, English composition, speech, or literature - any 6 semester hours of coursework from these subject areas
    Other recommended courses may include cell biology, microbiology, immunology, genetics, physiology and anatomy

 Exposure to Medicine

All applicants should have exposure to medicine documented in a letter of recommendation from a health care provider. Exposure is strongly recommended 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. Scores from exams prior to 2019 are not acceptable for the admission cycle for the class entering in fall 2022. We review the scores individually and do not average the sub-scores from multiple examinations.

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.

Technical Standards

Please see technical standards section of the catalog for more information. Further information about accommodations can be found in the Accommodations in Education Policy.

Background Checks

All accepted students are required to complete a criminal background check and drug screen through the DMU preferred vendor. Results must be released to DMU prior to matriculation, and the cost of this process will be paid by the applicant. Applicants are required to disclose all past or present charges, convictions, dismissals, deferred judgments and expunged records as related to a misdemeanor or felony. They are also obligated to disclose any additional charges and convictions which occur following completion of the initial criminal background check.  Admission to the program may be revoked if misrepresentations or omissions from the application are noted in the background check.  DMU students are required to complete annual criminal background checks and drug screening while enrolled at DMU.

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