Featured Associate: Des Moines University

Hands on, relevant and real-world: Des Moines University’s Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies Program prepares students to practice with expertise and confidence as a member of health care teams in a wide variety of health care settings. Founded in 1981 in Iowa’s capital city, the program graduated its first class of 10 students in 1983. It is the nation’s first to be associated with an osteopathic medical institution. The program is accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA).

The program’s ideal class size of 50 students allows students to get to know their classmates well while benefiting from their variety of backgrounds and experiences. Students and faculty enjoy close interaction and collaboration. DMU’s Physician Assistant faculty are dedicated to students’ success and have decades of experience as both clinicians and educators. In addition, PA students take courses on select clinical topics with students in the University’s programs in osteopathic medicine, podiatric medicine and physical therapy.

The 25-month PA program consists of a didactic curriculum, which equips students to work in primary care and medical specialties, and clinical experiences, in which they apply what they’ve learned. They also gain knowledge with cases in the Simulation Center and Standardized Performance Lab and in the University’s state-of-the-art gross anatomy lab, which includes flat-screen monitors at each of its 43 dissection stations.

DMU PA students achieve high outcomes. Their average first-time pass rate on the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE) over the past five years is 98.4 percent; members of the Class of 2018, the program’s most recent cohort, achieved a 100 percent first-time pass rate. They’re also highly engaged on campus and in the community, from conducting health screenings at the University’s annual Senior Health Fair to providing free sports physicals to local youth. In addition, students can participate in short medical service trips or extended international rotations through the global health department.

For more information on the Des Moines University PA Program, please click here.