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How to Apply

1) Apply

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 5, 2015 for the 2016 entering class.

  • Apply through AACOMAS; designate that DMU should receive your application.
  • Request official transcripts to be sent directly to AACOMAS.
  • Supply results of the MCAT to AACOMAS. Only MCAT scores taken within three years of matriculation will be accepted.
  • Deadline: February 1 is the deadline for applications to be submitted to AACOMAS.
    However, due to rolling admissions, it is to your advantage to apply earlier in the cycle.

2) Supplemental application

Applicants meeting the minimum GPA of at least 2.8 will receive a Supplemental Application via email.

  • Submit your Supplemental Application and fee of $60.
  • Deadline: March 1 is the final deadline for submission of the Supplemental Application, however, due to our process of rolling admissions it is to your advantage to submit all materials as early as possible.

3) Letters of recommendation

To complete your file to be reviewed by the Admission Committee, you must plan to have 3 letters of recommendation submitted.  It is in your best interest to submit the types of letters requested by DMU, however, your letter of recommendation requirement will be considered complete once any combination of the below letters, totaling 3, are received by the admissions office. 

DMU prefers letters are submitted electronically as part of your AACOMAS application, though letters will also be accepted via the following methods:

Letters should be submitted by the letter writer, not by the applicant. It is best to have letters submitted promptly to ensure completion and committee reiew of your file.  Once any 3 letters are received by the admissions office, your letter of recommendation requirement will be considered met and forwarded to the admission committee for review; we will not delay review for additional letters.  Below are descriptions of the types of letters requested by the admission committee:

  • 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.

Tips for letters:

  • Letters that do not count toward completion of your admission file include: letters from relatives, spouses, family friends, coaches, personal trainers, veterinarians, dentists, your family physician or pediatrician (unless you have shadowed or worked with the doctor). We prefer the authors are as objective as possible.
  • There is no maximum number of letters which will be accepted.

Admissions Decisions:

Your file will not be considered Complete or be forwarded for review until all of the following are processed by the Admissions Office:

  • AACOMAS application
  • 3 total letters of recommendation
  • Supplemental application and $60 fee

All Complete Files will be reviewed by admissions staff within 60 days of completion.  Select candidates may be invited for an interview on campus – Learn more about our interview process.

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

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

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