Hands on, relevant and real-world: Your experiences as a DMU physician assistant student will prepare you to practice with expertise and confidence.
There is close interaction among students and faculty at DMU. Our physician assistant faculty is dedicated and loyal with decades of experience not only as clinicians, but also as educators.
Collaboration is a natural outgrowth of our program, which favors cooperation over competition.
The academic setting is professional and respectful yet relaxed and personal. Our campus is small enough that faculty will get to know each student individually.
Students have a number of clinical experiences beginning early in their first year.
The physician assistant program at DMU is accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assstant (ARC-PA).
There are many opportunities for students to get involved outside the classroom.
The gross anatomy lab at DMU is state-of-the-art. It includes flat-screen monitors at each dissection station.
Rural Medicine Education Pathway
Select students who agree to practice medicine in rural Iowa for at least two years after their residencies can receive a full-tuition scholarship.
PA students study with second year D.O. students on selected clinical topics.
Technology is incorporated throughout the physician assistant program.
High test scores
The average first-time PANCE pass-rate for students at Des Moines University over the past 5 years is 95%. The national average during the same time was only 93%.
Students can participate in short medical service trips or extended international rotations through the global health department.
The PA curriculum consists of 13 months of didactic studies and 12 months of clinical experience.
Small class size
Our small class size is ideal for knowing your classmates well and at the same time benefitting from a variety of backgrounds and experiences.