Des Moines University prepares its physician assistant students to work in and lead a growing profession focused on helping people live healthier lives. Physician assistants are key members of health care teams in hospitals, multispecialty clinics, physician offices, long-term care residences and other settings in rural and urban areas.

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first-time pass rate on the PANCE exam for the class of 2018

DMU Physician Assistant First-Time PANCE Pass Rate

View the five-year official report from NCCPA (pdf)


Interested in learning more about the physician assistant program? Contact the admission office at 800-240-2767, extension 1499, e-mail


DMU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the Des Moines University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Des Moines University. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.

Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be September 2025. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.

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