Pre-Medicine

Des Moines Area Community College's liberal arts associate of arts and associate of science degrees provide the flexibility and opportunity to get a solid start on your four-year degree in pre-medicine while earning an associate degree.

DMACC's class sizes are small and provide a high level of support while you build the foundation for your academic and professional career.

Since many of our graduates apply to Des Moines University after they finish their bachelor's degree, specific reference is made to their requirements.

Core Courses For Medical School
ENG 105 Composition I 3 credits
ENG 106 Composition II 3 credits
SPC101 Oral Communication 3 credits
MAT157 Statistics 4credits
MAT211 Calculus I 5credits
BIO112 General Biology I 4credits
BIO113 General Biology II 4credits
BIO186 Microbiology* 4credits
BIO168 Anatomy & Physiology I* 4 credits
BIO173 Anatomy & Physiology II* 4credits
CHM165 General Chemistry I 4credits
CHM175 General Chemistry II 4credits
CHM263 OrganicChemistry I 4credits
CHM273 OrganicChemistry II 4credits
PHY162 College Physics I 4credits
PHY172 College Physics II 4credits
Suggested Additional Courses for AA Degree**
SOC110 Introduction to Sociology 3 credits
PSY111 General Psychology 3 credits
Core Social and Behavioral Science Course
PHI101 Introduction to Philosophy 3 credits
Core Humanities Course
DMACC associate of arts degree requirements
Communication 9 credits
Social Science 9 credits
Math and Science 9 credits
Humanities 9 credits
Distributive Requirements 12 credits
Electives 16 credits
*Diversity Requirement - 3 credits from select course list.

Total

64 credits

*Courses highly recommended by DMU
**Suggested additional courses for fulfilling DMACC AA degree requirements.

  1. Many medical schools now also require or recommend a biochemistry course. DMU requires a biochemistry course, preferably at the 300 or higher level.
  2. The prospective student will need to take MCAT (Medical College Admission Test). To be a competitive applicant, you should maintain a GPA for the pre-med courses of 3.5 or higher.
  3. Research, physician shadowing/health care experience, and volunteer services are highly recommended. DMU requires physician shadowing/health care experience and a letter of recommendation from a physician documenting such experience.
  4. Students planning to apply to medical school should visit the website of programs they are interested in for detailed information.
  5. Interested students can contact Biology Professor Qian Moss at qfmoss@dmacc.edu or (515) 964-6671 for further information.