Medical Schools in Iowa

Updated: April 29, 2020

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This blog lists the medical schools in Iowa including their course requiremnts and admission statistics. It also outlines some features of the state which you should consider if you are applying to a medical school in Iowa.

Iowa has large metropolitan areas, but also features suburban and rural areas, allowing you to gain exposure to the intricacies and unique presentations in rural medicine.

Medical Schools in Iowa:

University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine

Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine

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University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine

The Carver College of Medicine has three missions: to "education, research, and service. The college aspires to be responsive to the needs of society through the excellence of its educational programs in the health professions and biomedical sciences, by the outstanding quality of its research, and through the provision of innovative and comprehensive health care and other services."Established in 1870, the Carver College of Medicine was the first public institution in the country to admit women, with 8 women admitted to the first-ever class of 37 students. The college admits roughly 150 students each year, 70% of them being Iowa residents. 

 Location: Iowa City, IA

Course Requirements

  • Biology: 2 semesters of introductory courses with labs,
  • Chemistry: 3 semesters of introductory courses
  • Physics: 2 semesters of introductory courses with labs
  • Biochemistry: 1 course 
  • English: 2 courses (composition and literature)
  • Mathematics: 1 advanced mathematics course or statistics course.
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences, Humanities: 4 courses.

Admission Statistics

Average accepted MCAT score: 514

Average accepted GPA: 3.81

Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Founded in 1898, Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine is one of the top 25 largest accredited schools in the nation. Their mission is "to improve lives in our global community by educating diverse groups of highly competent and compassionate health professionals." Roughly 220 students are accepted into the Osteopathic medical program each year. 

Location: Des Moines, IA

Course Requirements

  • Biology/zoology – 8 semester hours of biology coursework, preferably with lab
  • General chemistry – 8 semester hours of general chemistry, preferably with lab
  • Organic chemistry – 4 semester hours of organic chemistry coursework, preferably with lab
  • Biochemistry – 3 semester hour course in biochemistry
  • Physics –  8 semester hours of physics coursework, preferably with lab 
  • English, English composition, speech, or literature – any 6 semester hours

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  • Cell Biology 
  • Microbiology
  • Immunology
  • Physiology
  • Anatomy

Admission Statistics

Average accepted MCAT score: 507

Average accepted GPA: 3.6

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