Carver College of Medicine

This is the first version of the 2024–25 General Catalog. Please check back regularly for changes. The final edition and the historical PDF will be published during the fall semester.

Undergraduate majors: medical laboratory science (BS); nuclear medical technology (BS); radiation sciences (BS)

Undergraduate certificate: EMT paramedic program

Professional degrees: MCA; MCN; MD; MM; MPA

Graduate degrees: MA; MME; MS; DPT; PhD


The Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine is an integral part of the University of Iowa. It contributes to the education of thousands of university students, is home to ground-breaking research in a wide array of disciplines, and provides a statewide health care resource.

The Carver College of Medicine is the only college in Iowa that offers a curriculum leading to the Doctor of Medicine. It also offers a Bachelor of Science in medical laboratory science, nuclear medicine technology, and radiation sciences (see "Undergraduate Programs of Study" under Programs in this section of the catalog). It offers Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in several disciplines, the Master in Medical Education, and the Doctor of Physical Therapy (see "Graduate Programs of Study" under Programs in this section of the catalog). In addition, the Carver College of Medicine offers professional degrees: the Doctor of Medicine, the Master of Clinical Anatomy, the Master of Clinical Nutrition, and the Master of Physician Assistant Studies (see "Professional Programs of Study" under Programs in this section of the catalog).

Doctor of Medicine and other health sciences students have a number of opportunities to gain experience in medical clinics, community hospitals, and a major academic medical center. MD graduates may pursue further training in the specialties of family medicine, internal medicine, surgery, and pediatrics at one of 13 University of Iowa-affiliated residency programs in six Iowa cities. The college also participates in the education of students in the colleges of Dentistry, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Public Health and in the life sciences and health-related programs of the colleges of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Engineering, and the Graduate College.

Health professionals from throughout the Midwest take part in the college's year-round continuing medical education programming, updating their knowledge and skills through refresher courses, clinics, and conferences. The college also offers a variety of services that support Iowa physicians and community hospitals.

In addition to providing education and resources for physicians and other health care organizations, the college addresses broad public issues of distribution and organization of health care services. Its faculty members advise and serve on national, state, and regional health planning councils, health boards, and various health agencies.

Carver College of Medicine building.

Accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education of the American Medical Association and the Association of American Medical Colleges, the Carver College of Medicine meets the requirements of all state licensing boards. Its MD diploma admits the holder to all privileges granted to graduates of all medical colleges before such boards. All other professional programs administered by the college are accredited by their respective accrediting bodies.

Doctor of Medicine (MD)

The Doctor of Medicine is a four-year program that prepares students to practice primary care medicine and to pursue further education and training in specialized areas of medicine. For a description of the MD curriculum and information about admission to the program, financial support, and academic rules and procedures, see Doctor of Medicine in the catalog.