Graduation Rate

Entering Cohort Graduation Rate
2016-17 100.0%
2015-16 96.0%
2014-15 96.0%
2013-14 94.0%
2012-13 96.0%

Students who do not graduate with their class due to unsatisfactory academic progress are given the opportunity to take a leave of absence and create an action plan that will better prepare them for success if they choose to return the following year.


Employment Rates

6 Months Post Graduation
2016 2015 2014
100% 95.2% 100%
At Graduation*
2017 2016 2015 2014
75% 81.25% 61.54% 42.11%

* Those without employment are often waiting until they pass the PA national certification exam (PANCE) to complete employment negotiations.


Programmatic Expectations

Prior to graduation from the DMU PA program, students will have shown the ability to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of basic scientific principles as they relate to evidence-based clinical medicine.
  2. Take a comprehensive patient history and perform an appropriate physical exam to obtain information needed to formulate an appropriate differential diagnosis for patients across the lifespan, in varying encounter types and settings.
  3. Recognize the epidemiology, etiology, signs and symptoms, and appropriate diagnostic studies necessary to provide an accurate diagnosis for patients across the lifespan, in varying encounter types and settings.
  4. Utilize preventive health measures and manage disease in patients across the lifespan, in varying encounter types and settings, using pharmaceutical therapeutics, clinical interventions, and patient education.
  5. Demonstrate effective communication skills when interacting with patients, families, and other members of the healthcare team.
  6. Demonstrate sensitivity to the patient’s race, culture, age, socioeconomic background, sexual orientation, gender, and physical and intellectual abilities.
  7. Self-evaluate behaviors and medical knowledge to recognize personal limitations.
  8. Document adequate patient information regarding care provided, for medical, legal, quality assurance and financial purposes.
  9. Analyze and utilize medical literature.
  10. Exhibit professionalism, respect, compassion, and integrity, with accountability to patients, society, and the profession.

PANCE Exam Pass Rate

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


Program Goals

Student Learning Assessment Report

In our quest for continuous improvement, all academic programs at Des Moines University undergo an annual review of selected student learning assessment outcome measures.

Download the latest Student Learning Assessment Report (pdf)

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