Des Moines University -
Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies
The Physician Assistant Program at Des Moines University opened in June of 1981 and graduated its first class in 1983. It was the first new program in over 10 years and the first program established at an Osteopathic Medical School. College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery or COMS as it was named then was the 2nd oldest Osteopathic Medical School established as Still College in 1898. The development of the PA Program in the College of Biological Sciences paved the way to the becoming of the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences which became a reality with the addition of the College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery that followed the next year.
The first PA class had 10 graduates all of whom passed boards and set the bar high for the future classes that have followed. The University has undergone name changes but has remained dedicated to an all graduate level Health Sciences University. The PA Program became a Master’s Program in 2001 and has a present class size of 50 students. In addition to Osteopathic Medicine and Podiatric Medicine, the University now offers Masters of PA, Masters of Health Care Administration, Masters of Public Health and Doctor of Physical Therapy.
Learn more about the Des Moines PA Program.
The photograph is courtesy of the Des Moines Physician Assistant Program.