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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.
The Doctor of Medical Science Degree can be completed 100% online. There are no on-site visits. This allows for student’s to continue working and focusing on their career while also earning a doctorate degree.
Degree strictly for PA’s
Physician Assistants are able to enhance their knowledge and education by having a degree that is strictly for PA’s. Those with a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree and license/certification as a PA are eligible to apply.
Most of our faculty are all currently practicing physician assistants. We believe in staying up on our skills and staying relevant with the most up-to-date information.
Summer, Fall and Winter Start Dates
The DMSc program allows for three different program start dates. This gives the opportunity for students to start in the Summer, Fall and Winter semester.
4 Different Elective Tracks
Applicants will be able to choose from four different elective tracks to focus on during the course of the program. The elective tracks include: Healthcare Leadership and Administration, Advanced Clinical Practice, Healthcare Professions Education and Psychiatry.
2 Completion Models (As little as 16 months)
Applicants have the option to choose from two different models. The Phased Model can be completed over 20 months with 5 semesters. The Integrated Model can be done in as little as 16 months over 4 semesters. Both models allow for PA’s to continue with work obligations with completing this degree.
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.
- All PAs are eligible to transfer up to 12 credits of equivalent coursework from master’s or doctoral degree programs to the DMSc program. Credit transfer request approvals will be determined upon review of academic transcripts, course descriptions, and course outcomes.
- Recent graduates (fall 2019) of the MPAS program at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions who enroll in the DMSc program will automatically receive a transfer of 12 credits from the MPAS program. These credits will transfer toward the DMSc Evidence-Based Practice course and the Applied Scholarly Project courses. RMUoHP MPAS graduates will also receive a 15% tuition reduction for the DMSc program.
- Postgraduate PA fellowship and residency programs will be recognized toward the practicum component (6 credits) of the DMSc program. Upon enrollment in the DMSc practicum courses, PAs can submit self-assessments to document prior or current achievement of the practicum course outcomes in lieu of completing practicum course assignments and assessments. PAs that are currently enrolled in postgraduate PA fellowship and residency programs will receive a 15% tuition reduction for the DMSc program.
- All PAs with a faculty appointment from an accredited university or college will receive a 15% tuition reduction for the DMSc program upon submission of proof of faculty appointment.