PA – not just a nickname for your dad

February 20, 2009 —

What’s a physician assistant? It’s not a physician‘s assistant. A physician assistant (or PA) is a licensed medical professional that can give care in medical offices, hospitals, clinics, nursing homes and more. They can take medical histories, perform exams, give immunizations, do simple suturing and cast uncomplicated fractures or perform minor surgeries. They can order and read diagnostic tests, prescribe drugs and treat your illness. 

DMU has a great program for PAs and you can read more about the profession at the American Academy of Physician Assistants page.

We recently came across a great site for more info on the PA, from a patient’s perspective. Check it out here.

If you have more questions about our program or want to know about application, visit this page



Courtney Tompkins has been part of the DMU marketing team since Nov. 2005 and loves promoting a school she believes in so thoroughly. Proud daughter and patient of DMU alumni, Courtney knows, first-hand, that Des Moines University is doing a world of good. A fan of all outdoor festivals, fruity drinks and nearly all edibles, she has a hard time narrowing down her list of favorite places to go and things to do but lists the Iowa State Fair as an all-time fave. She loves her 8-minute commute to DMU from Urbandale, a suburb of Des Moines. She and husband Tyler are owned by three large dogs, Tonka, Tucker and Tank.