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On April 10-13, 2019, the Utah Academy of Physician Assistants (UAPA) hosted the 30th Annual UAPA John Allen Memorial Conference in St. George, Utah. The [...]
Doctor of Medical Science: Expanding Physician Assistant Skills, Healthcare Contributions, & Career Opportunities
Healthcare professionals continuously seek strategies to improve skills and enhance their contribution to quality healthcare. Often, however, opportunities for career progression are less obvious. Jill Gilliland [...]
Online Academic Model: Our online delivery model allows students to continue their education without having to uproot family and move across the country. The Doctor of Medical Science program allows students to keep working full-time while pursuing a doctoral degree from a well-respected institution, in as little as four semesters.
What is the DMSc Degree?
DMSc stands for Doctor of Medical Science, a clinical doctorate for licensed physician assistants who want to advance their career with a doctorate degree. The DMSc degree program is strictly for PAs and provides the continuing education and degree designator to advance their career within the clinic, administration, or academia.
– As our name implies, we are located in the Rocky Mountains! Utah has four different seasons full of world-class skiing, hiking, biking, rock climbing, star gazing, and more. We live where nature is in our backyard. Red rock country is just a short drive away. Many students take day or weekend trips together to the many national parks in Southern Utah (including Arches, Zions, Bryce, Canyonlands, and Capitol Reef). The campus is also located right next to historic downtown Provo and is within an hour of Salt Lake City.
Clinical Simulation Practice
– During the didactic phase of the program, students are challenged weekly with simulated patient encounters. This allows students to learn how to treat and care for patients in the didactic phase and prepare for their clinical experiences. The average PA program only offers a few simulated patient encounters just prior to clinical rotations.
– Our faculty are all currently practicing physician assistants. At RMUoHP, we support our faculty in staying up-to-date on skills and best practices. By continuing to work in the field, faculty bring real experiences into the classroom to better train the next generation of physical therapists.
Low Faculty-to-Student Ratio
-The PA program at RMU maintains a low faculty-to-student ratio. After being admitted, students are assigned a faculty mentor who will work with them individually throughout the program.
100% PANCE Pass Rate
– Our top-notch students and our top-tier faculty and curriculum have brought about a 100% pass rate on the Physician Assistance National Certifying Exam. Faculty and administration work hard to help students prepare for the certifying exam at the end of the program.
100% Graduation Rate
– Every single student who has enrolled in the RMUoHP Physician Assistant program has graduated the program. We credit our 100% graduation rate to the hard work and dedication of both our excellent students and dedicated faculty.
Opportunity for international service in Africa and Guatemala
– Each year during the summer semester break, students have the opportunity to travel to Africa with faculty and the university president to provide humanitarian work and gain exposure to third-world clinical experiences. Students will spend time both in the clinics and hospitals as well as the local village.
How long is the program?
This is an online program that can be completed in a little as 16 months (1.5 years). It is a year-round program with breaks (around 2 weeks in length) between each semester. However, the actual length of the program is decided by the student based on the curricular model they select. Students select the model when they enroll:
- The Phased Model: 5 consecutive semesters over 20 months. Didactic phase (21 credits) followed by practicum/project phase (15 credits).
- Integrated Model: 4 consecutive semesters over 16 months. Didactic phase (21 credits) and Practicum/Project phase taken simultaneously.
What does the program entail? What is expected of me if I enroll in the program?
Students will be expected to participate in forum and/or discussion board posts, submit online assignments, and complete assigned readings. The program will culminate in a scholarly project and a practicum specific to the concentration track that is chosen.
How much time per week can I expect to successfully complete the program?
The Doctor of Medical Science program allows students to keep working full-time. It is designed for the busy PA. The estimated time per week varies depending on which model is chosen, but it is estimated that students will spend roughly 8 to 10 hours per week in the Phased Model.
Can I work full-time while doing this program?
Yes! The Doctor of Medical Science program is designed for and allows students to keep working full-time while pursuing a doctoral degree from a well-respected institution, and in as little as four semesters.
What if I’m interested in multiple tracks?
For those interested in multiple tracks, it is required to choose one and go through the program as outlined. However, if you are interested in in any of the other tracks, students can complete just the courses specific to the desired track and they will be awarded a certificate for that track in addition to their degree.
Is there any onsite component to obtaining this degree?
No. There is no onsite component to this program and all work can be done from your home. Our online educational model allows students to continue their education without having to move or relocate.
Can I apply if I have a PA bachelor’s degree?
Individuals who have a bachelor’s degree in physician assistant studies can apply if they also have a master’s or doctoral degree from a regionally-accredited institution. This degree can be obtained in any field.
Do you accept transfer credits?
We can accept up to 12 transfer credits into the DMSc program. The credits would need to have transcripts as well as course descriptions to ensure they meet curriculum requirements. The transfer credits would be reviewed by the program director to determine if the courses are approved to transfer into the program.
Can I apply if I am not a PA?
The DMSc program is designed specifically for PAs. This program prepares PAs for leadership roles in clinical, administrative, and academic settings. PAs with an active and unencumbered state licensure and/or NCCPA certification are eligible to apply. Those who are not licensed/certified as a PA do not meet requirements and would not be eligible.
Can I be admitted into the program if I am a current PA student who will graduate but haven’t yet obtained PA licensure prior to the start date?
Yes, you can be admitted into the program without your PA licensure if you are a new PA masters graduate as long as you obtain your license within the first semester of enrollment into the DMSc program at RMUoHP.
How many people are accepted into the program?
We have two cohort starts per year (summer and fall) and both accept 45 students.
Why Apply to the Doctor of Medical Science Program?
Student-Centered Faculty: Our faculty members are well-known experts within the Physician Assistant profession and are experienced in online doctoral education for PAs. Faculty are focused on students and use their experience and expertise to help students gain the education they need to achieve their professional goals.
Rigorous Coursework: The Doctor of Medical Science program core curriculum encompasses evidence-based practice, healthcare delivery, healthcare legal and ethical issues, and scientific and professional writing. The coursework in each concentration track assists students in becoming well-rounded scholars, practitioners, and experts in their fields.
Online Academic Model: Our online delivery model students to continue their education without having to uproot family and move across the country. The Doctor of Medical Science program allows students to keep working full-time while pursuing a doctoral degree from a well-respected institution.