Doctor of Medical Science

Earn the Clinical Doctorate for Physician Assistants

Online | 16 to 20 Months | Clinical Doctorate

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Concentration Tracks

Pursue new career horizons with our advanced doctoral education program

With our 4 unique concentration tracks and completely online model, you’ll be able to take advantage of developing opportunities within the physician assistant profession to build the career you envision.

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 asset 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.

 

 

Complete concentrations courses like:

 – 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).

*DMSc students in the psychiatry concentration track may only enroll in the Phased Curriculum Model. Exceptions to this must be approved by program leadership on a case-by-case basis.

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.

Semester Starts

Winter 2024

Priority Application Deadline

11/6/2023

Final Application Deadline

12/11/2023

Semester Start

1/8/2024

Summer 2024

Priority Application Deadline

3/11/2024

Final Application Deadline

4/15/2024

Semester Start

5/6/2024

Fall 2024

Priority Application Deadline

7/8/2024

Final Application Deadline

8/12/2024

Semester Start

9/3/2024

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree from a physician assistant (PA) program at a regionally-accredited institution (or equivalent degree as determined by the Program Director)
  • Official transcripts from the physician assistant (PA) program and any institution from which a post-graduate masters or doctoral 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

    Clinical Rotation Requirements including required vaccinations: Admitted students to Rocky Mountain University who will be completing a clinical rotation will receive vaccination forms regarding required vaccinations. Not all vaccinations or proof of immunity are required at the beginning of the program but will be prior to the first clinical rotation. The University allows for vaccination exemptions and more information about the University’s position on vaccination can be reviewed at https://rm.edu/vaccination-statement/

    RMU requires the following items prior to starting any clinical rotations (these are subject to change depending upon public health concerns and specific clinic requirements):

    • MMR
    • Varicella
    • Hepatitis B
    • TB
    • Tdap
    • Annual Influenza
    • COVID 19
    • HIPAA certification
    • OSHA certification
    • CPR certification

    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

    Robin Jewett

    Robin Jewett

    DMSc, PA-C

    Doctor of Medical Science
    Program Faculty

     

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    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.

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