June 3-23, 2017 – Take the first step toward a health professions career at DMU.

Health PASS students showing off their casts.

Des Moines University’s Health Professions Advanced Summer Scholars Program – Health P.A.S.S. – is a great way to prepare for and enhance your chances of getting into medical or health professions school. Health P.A.S.S. provides you with key insights and hands-on experience in a variety of health professions.

Get a head start in exploring careers in medicine, health care and science at a top-quality university that prioritizes student success. At Health P.A.S.S., you’ll find out what it’s like to be a physical therapy, physician assistant or medical student as you…

  • Learn from lectures and presentations in four clinical areas: osteopathic medicine, podiatric medicine, physical therapy and physician assistant studies.
  • Enjoy hands-on experiences in state-of-the-art facilities, including simulations with life-like medical mannequins and labs to test your casting, suturing and surgery skills.
  • Shadow doctors and other health care providers in the on-campus clinic.
  • Prep for medical/health professions school by participating in mock interviews and giving presentations to enhance your confidence and success.
  • Receive guidance from student mentors and interact with DMU faculty, students and staff.

Des Moines University covers the costs of your meals and residence hall accommodations at nearby Drake University. Enjoy fun, chaperoned activities on campus and around Iowa’s capital on weekends. A travel stipend of up to $500 will be provided, too.

Applications are due March 1. Supporting materials are due no later than March 15.

Next Step: Learn How to Apply

For questions, please call 515-271-1678 or email healthpass@dmu.edu.

How to Apply

Health PASS students in the surgery lab.

For consideration for the 2017 Health P.A.S.S. Program at Des Moines University, you must complete and submit the following:

  1. Health P.A.S.S. application – Complete the application online by March 1.
  2. Responses to Health P.A.S.S. application essay questions
  3. Official transcripts – Please include transcripts from all colleges or universities attended.
  4. Parents’ federal tax returns – Submit the 2016 or most recent returns if identifying as economically disadvantaged.
  5. Letters of recommendation – Include two letters: the first from your science or mathematics professor and the second from any college/university professor with whom you’ve taken a course.

Return all supporting application materials by March 15 to:

Des Moines University – Health P.A.S.S.
Office of Multicultural Affairs
3200 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50312

Health PASS students in the simulation lab.Application Requirements

Preference will be given to applicants entering their junior or senior year in the summer of 2017 and demonstrating need in any of the following categories:

  • Economically Disadvantaged: Family income must be within federal low-income guidelines. Family tax returns are required to be considered economically disadvantaged. If you are unsure if you qualify, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services may provide some guidance.
  • Educationally Disadvantaged: Neither parent has completed a bachelor’s degree or higher.
  • Under-represented Minority: Racial and ethnic populations that are underrepresented in the medical profession relative to their numbers in the general population.

Ideal applicants will have a minimum 3.2 GPA and have completed the following course work prior to attending Health P.A.S.S.:

  • 8 hours of biology
  • 8 hours of chemistry
  • 3 hours of English/speech/composition
  • 3.2 minimum science/overall GPA

Applications are due March 1. Supporting materials are due no later than March 15.

Next Step: Start Your Application

For questions, please call 515-271-1678 or email healthpass@dmu.edu.

Discover Des Moines

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The DMU neighborhood is tree-lined and creates an attractive blend of historic homes and businesses. Restaurants, grocery stores, coffee shops, pharmacies, banks and a variety of shops are located nearby.

Live at Drake West Village, which is located across the street from Drake University in Des Moines, IA, and is also conveniently located near Des Moines University. Amenities include two state-of-the-art fitness centers, game room with billiards, study lounges on every floor, barbeque grills, and much more.  More information is available at drakewestvillage.com.

iCubsDowntown is just two miles east of campus and features a city in the midst of revitalization. On just about every corner you’ll find a current or soon-to-be completed construction project, including a public library, science center, events center gateway park, and a multitude of new loft-style housing. There are unique restaurants, eclectic shops, art galleries, and a wide range of entertainment options. The downtown is quickly evolving into a contemporary urban center with something for everyone.

The surrounding city and suburbs are easy to get to (30 minutes max) and offer many dining, shopping, recreation, and entertainment venues. You don’t need to travel far for some serious shopping… West Des Moines is home to Pottery Barn, J. Crew, Williams Sonoma, Ann Taylor, Hollister and The Cheesecake Factory (just to name a few).

This is Des Moines

Pigs and corn—Iowa has plenty of both, but not in Des Moines! Contrary to what you may have envisioned, Des Moines is a real city with a relaxed metropolitan atmosphere supported by an area population of 571,592. Jordan Creek Town CenterEducation and cultural diversity abound in Des Moines. The metro area has 12 colleges and universities, and nearly 300 houses of worship that represent 79 different denominations or faiths. With miles of bike paths, several lakes and more than 130 parks in the greater Des Moines area, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the outdoors. Third largest insurance center in the world. Major employers include Allied Insurance, Principal Financial Group, Wells Fargo and Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Iowa. Des Moines has safe neighborhoods, great public schools, and many kid-focused events, attractions, and programs. Greater Des Moines is a great place to raise a family.

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“Words cannot fully express how grateful I am for such a wonderful and life-changing opportunity that I had as a participant in DMU’s Summer Health PASS program. Not only did I learn so much about the different health science programs, the university, the city, and the people, I was also able to learn more about myself. The Summer Health PASS program had such a positive impact on me.”

Jessica Chu, Health P.A.S.S. 2016, Xavier University

“As a recent immigrant to this country, Health P.A.S.S. provided me with an inclusive atmosphere where I obtained clinical experience focusing on the importance of cultural competency.”

Koushik Paul, Health P.A.S.S. 2015, University of Minnesota

“Health P.A.S.S. not only motivated me to continue on my journey to medicine, but it taught me a wealth of knowledge that has proven to be invaluable.”

Ashley Costello, Health P.A.S.S. 2015, CUNY-Lehman College