DMU-COM participates in AACOMAS, the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service. Direct applications to DMU are not accepted. AACOMAS will open May 3, 2021, for the 2022 entering class. However, due to rolling admissions, it is to your advantage to apply earlier in the cycle.

Application Process

  1. Review the requirements for admission.
  2. Submit your online application as soon as possible. Apply through AACOMAS; designate that DMU should receive your application. Applications are available on May 3, 2021, for the class that begins in August 2022. The application deadline is March 1, 2022.
  3. Submit official transcripts to AACOMAS. Please include all colleges and universities attended. Transcripts must be from a regionally accredited college or university from within the United States.
  4. Submit your official MCAT scores to AACOMAS. Only MCAT scores taken within three years of matriculation will be accepted. For the 2021-22, the latest official MCAT score that will be accepted is from 2019.
  5. Submit your letters of recommendation to AACOMAS. It is best to have letters of recommendation submitted promptly to ensure completion and committee review of your file. Once three letters are received by the admissions office, your letter of recommendation requirement will be considered met and your application will be forwarded to the admissions committee for review; we will not delay the review for additional letters. Below are descriptions of the types of letters the admissions committee recommends:

    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.

  6. To further enhance our holistic review process during the 2022 application cycle, we are strongly encouraging applicants to complete an online situational judgment test (SJT), administered by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), to assess the pre-professional competencies that our admissions committee believes are essential for success at our medical school. The AAMC SJT exam is an opportunity for applicants to showcase personal and professional characteristics - beyond academic scores - that will make them a great fit for Des Moines University. We will consider scores as one part of our admissions process. The AAMC SJT exam will be available from June through September 2021. For the 2022 application cycle, the AAMC SJT exam will be free and administered online using remote proctoring. Free preparation materials are available through the AAMC. Information about the AAMC SJT exam, including preparation materials, test registration, requests for accommodations, and important dates and deadlines is available here:

Admissions Decisions

Your file will not be considered complete by Des Moines University or be forwarded for committee review until all the following are processed by the admissions office.

  • Verified AACOMAS application.
  • Three letters of recommendation submitted through AACOMAS.
  • Official MCAT scores submitted through AACOMAS.

Currently the interview is a competency-based, holistic, asynchronous assessment. At this time there are no in-person interviews due to COVID-19 restrictions.

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

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

Accommodations in Education Policy

The University complies with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, the Iowa Civil Rights Act and other laws relating to the Accommodations of disabilities in its educational programming.

View the Accommodations in Education Policy.

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