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Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies

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.

See what a day at DMU is like for a PA student (pdf)

Why be a physician assistant?

  • Physician assistants enjoy a career with diverse practitioners and a wide variety of opportunities.
  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts employment of physician assistants will grow 39 percent through 2018, due to expansion of the health care industry and emphasis on cost containment.
  • The program is only 25 months, compared to other clinical programs that are at least 3 years and also require residencies after graduation.

Learn more about being a physician assistant.

Meet some of our students


HLC Accredited

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 to the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies 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remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards.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 2015.  The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.

Learn more about accreditation at DMU

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