As a candidate for admission to the physician assistant program you must meet the following requirements:
Biology* – 16 Semester Hours
Chemistry* – 16 Semester Hours
English – 6 Semester Hours
Psychology – 9 Semester Hours
Statistics or Biostatistics – One course
Medical Terminology – One course
* Chemistry and biology prerequisite courses must be completed within five years of matriculation.
As an applicant, you must have completed at least 750 hours of direct patient care experience as an employee or volunteer in a medical office, hospital, or extended-care facility. Shadowing a physician assistant is required. Your experiences may be combined, but all acceptable clinical experiences must involve hands-on care of patients. Patient care experiences obtained through the military (combat medic, field medical tech, etc.) are especially competitive. You may apply to the PA program prior to completing the patient care experience hours but must indicate a plan for completion on your application.
All applicants must complete the GRE and send their scores to Des Moines University via CASPA before they will be considered for an interview. DMU’s CASPA GRE code is 0447. You can find more information about the GRE here.
Please see technical standards section of the catalog for more information. Further information about accommodations can be found in the Accommodations in Education Policy.
Accepted students must complete a criminal background check, which may include a drug screen, through the DMU preferred vendor. Results must be released to DMU prior to matriculation, and the cost of this process will be paid by the student. Students are required to disclose all past or present charges, convictions, dismissals, deferred judgments and expunged records as related to a misdemeanor or felony. They are also obligated to disclose any additional charges and convictions which occur following completion of the initial criminal background check. Admission to the program may be revoked if misrepresentations or omissions from the application are noted in the background check. DMU students are required to complete annual criminal background checks, which may include drug screening, while enrolled at DMU.
Applicants who are legal permanent residents of the U.S. will be required to provide a copy of their permanent resident card (“green card”) prior to admission. Note: Permanent residency status “pending,” is not eligible for admission.
Applicants who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents should review the information for international students.
*We do not allow for advanced standing, regardless of previous graduate work in healthcare. All incoming students must complete the entire PA curriculum.