How to Apply

For consideration for the Health P.A.S.S. program, you must complete and submit the following:

    1. Health P.A.S.S. application – 
      Complete the application online by February 22.
    2. Official transcripts – Submit transcripts from all colleges or universities attended. Transcripts must be sent directly from the college or university to dmuadmit@dmu.edu or by mail at:
      Des Moines University
      Health PASS Admissions
      3200 Grand Avenue
      Des Moines, IA 50312
    3. Parents’ federal tax returns – Submit the 2019 or most recent tax returns if identifying as economically disadvantaged. Tax returns can be uploaded through your DMU Admission Account.
    4. Letters of recommendation – Submit two letters: one from your science or mathematics professor and one from any college/university professor with whom you’ve taken a course. Letters of recommendation can be sent through your DMU Admission Account.

    Please submit application materials by March 1.

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


    Health PASS students in the simulation lab.Application Requirements

    You must be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident of the U.S. to be eligible for any Health P.A.S.S. program. Preference will be given to applicants entering their junior or senior year in the summer of 2020 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 coursework 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
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