Doctor of Medical Science

Earn the Clinical Doctorate for Physician Assistants

Online | 16 to 20 Months | Clinical Doctorate

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PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

Designed for PAs

Our DMSc program is designed by PAs for practicing PAs. Enhance your knowledge and education by having a doctoral degree that is strictly for PAs. Those with a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree and license/certification as a PA are eligible to apply.

Lead, Practice, Educate, and Specialize

Prepare yourself for leadership roles in clinical, administrative, and academic settings. Specialize within your clinical practice. Make an impact on the medical field as you open up doors as a PA.

Practicing Faculty

Most of our faculty are currently practicing physician assistants. We believe in having faculty that continue working in their clinic to stay up to date on skills and best practices. By continuing to work in the field, our faculty bring current, real experiences and research into the classroom.

2 Completion Models with 3 Start Dates

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 allows you to continue working while completing this degree. We offer start dates in Winter, Summer, and Fall semesterーallowing you to choose the timing that fits best for your schedule.

Evidence-Based

Become an evidence-based clinician. Our program is built on the basis of evidence. Learn how to continually interpret, apply, and research evidence. Become the best clinician possible, so that your patients receive the care they need.

CONCENTRATION TRACKS

N Advanced Clinical Practice

NHealthcare Leadership & Administration

NHealthcare Professions Education

N Psychiatry

Advanced Clinical Practice

PA with a DMSc works in a cardiology clinic

ADVANCED CLINICAL PRACTICE

Advance your career in the clinical setting. Become a greater assets in your clinic or hospital setting by advancing medical practice. You will develop practical skills beyond your current abilities that benefit patients and the settings you work in. You will also add value to your clinics by increasing access to specific procedures for your community of patients.

 

Complete concentration courses in:

Lifestyle Medicine

Patient Safety in Clinical Practice

Population Health Issues

Healthcare Leadership & Administration

PA with a DMSc leading other healthcare providers HEALTHCARE LEADERSHIP & ADMINISTRATION

Advance your career as a PA in the administrative setting. Gain the knowledge and skills you need to prepare to lead teams and organizations in the rapidly-changing healthcare environment. This track facilitates the advancement of highly-competent PAs into leadership positions to ultimately improve patient care.

 

Healthcare Leadership

Organizational Behavior & Management in Healthcare

Strategic Change Management for Healthcare Organizations

Healthcare Professions Education

PA students being taught by a PA with a DMSc HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONS EDUCATION

Advance your career in the academic setting. Prepare the next generation of physician assistants to deliver high-quality healthcare and enter the rewarding PA profession. Enter into academia or advance your career as a current PA faculty member. This track prepares you to teach within both entry-level master’s PA programs and PA doctoral programs.

 

Complete concentration courses in:

Instructional Technology

Learning Theory & Design

Learning Assessment & Evaluation

Psychiatry

PA with a DMSc with specialization in psychiatry works with patient

 PSYCHIATRY

Advance your career in psychiatry; increase access to care for patients with psychiatric disorders. Develop practical skills beyond your current abilities that benefit patients with psychiatric disorders. Become a greater asset and add value to your clinic or hospital.

 

Complete concentration courses in:

Advanced Clinical Science: Psychiatry

Psychiatry Diagnostics & Therapeutics I

Psychiatry Diagnostics & Therapeutics II

Our concentration courses are based on the content blueprint of the NCCPA Psychiatry Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ).

CURRICULUM

Our curriculum is designed to help you advance your career as a Physician Assistant. We prepare you so you can make a bigger difference in your patients lives and in the field.

PA with a DMSc speaks with patient

Practicum & Applied Scholarly Project

Your DMSc experience culminates in a practicum and applied scholarly project. You will design and propose a track-specific practicum (hands-on portion of the program) that will allow you to gain the desired knowledge and skills pertinent to your practice. You will be guided by qualified faculty through the development, proposal, literature review, and dissemination phases of the scholarly project. This experience will prepare you to continue to create and distribute scholarly work via presentations and publications throughout your career.

Core Courses

Within every track, you will complete a core selection of classes that prepare you to advance your career as a PA in general. The core courses include professional and scientific writing, healthcare legal and ethical issues, and more.

Evidence-Based Practice

Within every track, you will complete a core selection of classes that prepare you to advance your career as a PA in general. The core courses include professional and scientific writing, healthcare legal and ethical issues, and more.

IMPORTANT DATES

Fall 2021

Priority Application Deadline:  June 28, 2021
Final Application Deadline:  August 2, 2021
Semester Start: August 30, 2021

Winter 2022

Priority Application Deadline: November 1, 2021
Final Application Deadline: December 6, 2021

 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Bachelor’s, master’s, or professional practice degree from a regionally-accredited institution (or foreign equivalent)
  • Official transcripts from each prior graduate institution from which a degree was earned
  • Proof of unencumbered licensure and/or certification as a physician assistant or, for new graduates, certification or licensure must be obtained by the end of the first semester of the DMSc program
  • Resume or curriculum vitae detailing education, employment, volunteer service, and scholarly activity
  • Completed online application
  • A phone interview may be required

Faculty

Bartley Rust

DHSc, PA-C

Doctor of Medical Science Program Director

Michael Begg

Michael Begg

DMSc, PA-C, ATC

Doctor of Medical Science Program Faculty

Mar Creixell

PharmD, PhD

Doctor of Medical Science Program Faculty

Shilpa Gajarawala

DMSc, MPAS, PA-C

Doctor of Medical Science Program Faculty

Mace Hamblin

Mace Hamblin

DHSc, MPA

Doctor of Medical Science Program Faculty

Nancy Hamler

Nancy Hamler

DMSc, MS, PA-C

Doctor of Medical Science Program Faculty

Jason King

Jason King

PhD

Doctor of Medical Science Program Faculty

Priscilla Marsicovetere

Priscilla Marsicovetere

JD, PA-C

Doctor of Medical Science Program Faculty

Sherry Martin

Sherry Martin

DHSc, PA-C, CAQ-Psychiatry, DFAAPA

Doctor of Medical Science Program Faculty

Nicole Mason

Nicole Mason

DHSc, PA-C, CAQ-Psychiatry

Doctor of Medical Science Program Faculty

Laura Gunder McClary

Laura Gunder McClary

DHSc, PA-C

Doctor of Medical Science Program Faculty

Tim McCreary

Tim McCreary

DMSc, MMS, PA-C, CAQ-PSY

Doctor of Medical Science Psychiatry Concentration Track Director

Ingrid Pichardo Murray

Ingrid Pichardo Murray

EdD, DPT, MPAS, PA-C

Doctor of Medical Science Program Faculty

Brooke Schweitzer

Brooke Schweitzer

DMSc, PA-C

Doctor of Medical Science Program Faculty

Tatum Siebert

Tatum Siebert

Psy.D, Licensed Psychologist

Doctor of Medical Science Program Faculty

J. Michael Smith

J. Michael Smith

DHSc, MPAS, PA-C, CAQ-Psychiatry

Doctor of Medical Science Program Faculty

Kerry L. Whitaker

Kerry L. Whitaker

DHSc, PA-C, DFAAPA

Doctor of Medical Science Program Faculty

UNIVERSITY ACCREDITATION

Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (8060 165th Avenue NE Ste 100, Redmond, WA 98052-3981), an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Secretary of the US Department of Education.

Tuition & Financial Aid

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