During the admissions cycle, the most competitive applicants are selected and invited to campus for a personal interview. The program has rolling admissions whereby students are interviewed and accepted into the program starting in August and continuing until the class and alternate lists are full.
Applying and interviewing for a graduate program is stressful enough, so we try to make the DMU interview day as relaxed and informative as possible. Your interview day will include:
- Two interviews with faculty so we can learn about you, hear your interests and discover why you want to be in the physician assistant program.
- A campus tour, including a visit to the Iowa Simulation Center.
- Lunch with current PA students to get an idea of what life is like in PA school.
- Meeting with faculty and staff to learn more about the program.
Appropriate attire for interview day is professional/business.
Interviewees are normally informed of their acceptance or rejection status within two weeks after the interview. Please remember interviewees are not automatically accepted following the interview.
Get more tips for a successful interview.
Traveling to Des Moines
For those flying into Des Moines, the Des Moines International Airport (DSM) is located 7 miles from campus. Many hotels offer free airport shuttles, and some even offer a free or discounted shuttle to DMU. Please be sure to inquire about transportation options directly with the hotel. For students driving to Des Moines, parking on campus is limited, but free, and we encourage you to park in the ramp.
Driving directions and campus map
Staying in Des Moines
While DMU does not provide hotel rooms for candidates, several area hotels do offer discounted rates for DMU guests. Please inquire about the possibility of a DMU discount when making hotel reservations.
Suggested overnight accommodations
Please note: First-time entering students may apply to only one Des Moines University clinical program at a time (includes D.O., D.P.M., PA and D.P.T.). Multiple applications will not be accepted or processed.