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.

How to Apply Download Our Program Viewbook (pdf)

Meet Some of Our Students

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.

At its September 2015 meeting, the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) placed the Des Moines University Physician Assistant program sponsored by Des Moines University on Accreditation-Probation status.

Probation is a temporary status of accreditation conferred when a program does not meet the Standards and when the capability of the program to provide an acceptable educational experience for its students is threatened.

Once placed on probation, programs that still fail to comply with accreditation requirements in a timely manner, as specified by the ARC-PA, may be scheduled for a probation site visit and/or risk having their accreditation withdrawn.

Specific questions regarding the Program and its plans should be directed to the Program Director and/or the appropriate institutional official(s).

Learn more about accreditation at DMU