Doctor of Medical Science

Earn the Clinical Doctorate for Physician Assistants

Online | 16 to 20 Months | Clinical Doctorate

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CONCENTRATION TRACK DETAILS

Learn more about the individual concentration tracks you can enroll in as well as the options for bachelor’s-prepared PAs.

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Practicum & Applied Scholarly Project

The DMSc Healthcare Leadership and Administration concentration track is designed for PAs who are interested in advancing their careers in the administrative setting. Students will complete core courses in Evidence-Based Practice, Professional & Scientific Writing, Healthcare Legal & Ethical Issues, and Healthcare Delivery. Students will also complete concentration courses in Healthcare Leadership, Organizational Behavior & Management in Healthcare, and Strategic Change Management for Healthcare Organizations.

The Healthcare Leadership and Administration concentration track will culminate in a practicum and applied scholarly project. In collaboration with the course director, students will design and propose an administrative practicum that will allow the student to gain the desired knowledge and skills pertinent to healthcare leadership and administration. Students will be guided by qualified faculty through the development, proposal, literature review, and dissemination phases of the scholarly project. This experience will prepare the DMSc graduate to continue to create and distribute scholarly work via presentations and publications throughout his or her career.

Students who choose the Healthcare Leadership and Administration concentration track will gain knowledge and skills that will prepare them to lead teams and organizations in the rapidly-changing healthcare environment. This DMSc concentration track will facilitate the advancement of highly-competent PAs into leadership positions to ultimately improve patient care.

Advanced Clinical Practice

The DMSc Advanced Clinical Practice concentration track is designed for PAs who are interested in advancing their careers in the clinical setting. Students will complete core courses in Evidence-Based Practice, Professional & Scientific Writing, Healthcare Legal & Ethical Issues, and Healthcare Delivery. Students will also complete concentration courses in Lifestyle Medicine, Patient Safety in Clinical Practice, and Population Health Issues.

The Advanced Clinical Practice concentration track will culminate in a practicum and applied scholarly project. In collaboration with the course director, students will design and propose a clinical practicum that will allow the student to gain the desired knowledge and skills pertinent to clinical practice. Students will be guided by qualified faculty through the development, proposal, literature review, and dissemination phases of the scholarly project. This experience will prepare the DMSc graduate to continue to create and distribute scholarly work via presentations and publications throughout his or her career.

Students who choose the Advanced Clinical Practice concentration track will become greater assets to clinic and hospital settings by advancing medical practice. Through this concentration track, students will develop practical skills beyond their current abilities that benefit patients and the settings they work in. PAs who complete this track will add value to their clinics by increasing access to specific procedures for their community of patients.

Healthcare Professions Education

The DMSc Healthcare Professions Education concentration track is designed for PAs who are interested in advancing their careers in the academic setting. Students will complete core courses in Evidence-Based Practice, Professional & Scientific Writing, Healthcare Legal & Ethical Issues, and Healthcare Delivery. Students will also complete concentration courses in Instructional Technology, Learning Theory & Design, and Learning Assessment & Evaluation.

The Healthcare Professions Education concentration track will culminate in a practicum and applied scholarly project. In collaboration with the course director, students will design and propose an academic practicum that will allow the student to gain the desired knowledge and skills pertinent to health professions education. Students will be guided by qualified faculty through the development, proposal, literature review, and dissemination phases of the scholarly project. This experience will prepare the DMSc graduate to continue to create and distribute scholarly work via presentations and publications throughout his or her career.

Students who choose the Healthcare Professions Education concentration track will learn how to prepare the next generation of physician assistants to deliver high-quality healthcare and enter the rewarding profession of healthcare education. This doctorate degree will help facilitate the entrance of PAs into academia and help advance the careers of current PA faculty members. This concentration track will prepare graduates to teach within both entry-level masters PA programs and doctoral programs for PAs.

Psychiatry

Students who choose the Psychiatry concentration track will become greater assets to clinic and hospital settings. Through this concentration track, students will develop practical skills beyond their current abilities that benefit patients with psychiatric disorders. PAs who complete this track will add value to their clinics by increasing access to care for patients with psychiatric disorders.

The DMSc Psychiatry concentration track is designed for PAs who are interested in advancing their careers in psychiatry. Students will complete core courses in Evidence-Based Practice, Professional & Scientific Writing, Healthcare Legal & Ethical Issues, and Healthcare Delivery. Students will also complete concentration courses in Advanced Clinical Science: Psychiatry, Psychiatry Diagnostics & Therapeutics I, and Psychiatry Diagnostics & Therapeutics II. The concentration courses are based on the content blueprint of the NCCPA Psychiatry Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ). The DMSc program’s Psychiatry track does not lead directly to the CAQ qualification.

The Psychiatry concentration track will culminate in a practicum and applied scholarly project. In collaboration with the course director, students will design and propose a clinical practicum that will allow the student to gain the desired knowledge and skills pertinent to the clinical practice of psychiatry. Students will also be guided by qualified faculty through the development, proposal, literature review, and dissemination phases of a scholarly project that is focused on psychiatry. This experience will prepare the DMSc graduate to continue to create and distribute scholarly work in the field of psychiatry via presentations and publications throughout his or her career.

Bachelor’s-Prepared PAs

Bachelor’s-prepared PAs are eligible for our RMUoHP’s DMSc program. If you are a bachelor’s-prepared PA, you can complete any of the DMSc concentration tracks, allowing yourself to specialize further in healthcare administration, education, psychiatry, or in advanced practice.

If you are a bachelor’s-prepared PA, there are three additional courses which you will need to complete to finish your DMSc. These three courses cover research methods, data and decision making, and evidence-based practice.

 

MORE ABOUT THE DMSC PROGRAM

AN APPLICANT MUST POSESS:

  • A doctoral, master’s or bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution (or foreign equivalent)
  • Official transcripts from PA school and 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
  • Applicants may be asked to participate in a phone interview

Exceptions to these criteria will be considered on a case by-case basis with the consultation of the concentration director.

HOW TO APPLY:

Submit the following:

1. Online Application

a) The statement of professional goals, on the application, should include current intellectual and professional interests and personal motivations as to why the student is applying to the degree program

b) Resume/CV. Including detailed employment history, career history, extracurricular activities, etc.

c) Copy of current PA healthcare license

2. Official transcripts from each prior graduate institution from which a degree was earned

3. $50 Non-refundable application fee

Admissions Disclosures:

 

1. Admission is limited and selective. All completed applications will be considered for admission. All applicants must demonstrate a previous record of successful academic achievement, clinical experience, and the motivation to pursue graduate-level education.

2. Application materials can be emailed or mailed. Official transcripts may be mailed or emailed. Official transcripts must originate from the institution’s Registrar Office. Any transcripts emailed from the applicant will be considered unofficial.

3. Full Disclosure Requirement: Incomplete or falsified admission information constitutes grounds for a refusal to admit or immediate dismissal, loss of credit, and forfeiture of all tuition and fees paid.

4. Confidentiality: Admissions materials received by the University are kept in strict confidence. Once the application materials are received, these materials are the property of the University and will not be returned to the applicant. All applicant materials are kept for one year following receipt if the applicant does not enroll.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition is due two weeks after the start of each semester.

Please note that for each incoming cohort the cost per credit will not increase for the duration of the program. It will be locked in at the current rate.

Students in the DMSc program (regardless of concentration track) choose between two curriculum models to complete the 36 credit hours: the Integrated Model and the Phased Model. Both curriculum models are designed so PA clinicians, educators, and administrators can continue professional work obligations while completing this degree. In the Integrated Model, students complete the practicum and applied scholarly project courses concurrently with the other didactic courses. Students may complete the Integrated Model in as little as four semesters. In the Phased Model, students complete the didactic courses before completing the practicum and applied scholarly project courses. Students may complete the Phased Model in as little as five semesters.

*Students that select the Healthcare Leadership and Administration concentration track will have a course fee of $90 for the HLA 620 course which will be used to purchase a validated emotional intelligence assessment report.

ProgramSemestersCost Per CreditMinimum CreditsTotal TuitionOther Program Specific FeesVarious Lab, Equiptment & Association Fees throughout the programUniversity Resource Fee (per semester)Additional InformationProgram Requirments
Master'sMaster of Science in Health Science (MSHS)Five or Six Semesters (20 - 24 months depending on curriculum choice)$59030$17,700

Optional Thesis (3 credits in semester 6) $1770

Thesis Commitee Fee $1050

$36 per credit
Master'sMaster of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP)Five Semesters (20 months)$96750$48,350*Lab Fee (to be applied in semester 1) $1000$36 per credit*Note: Lab Fee will cover all program materials for onsite skills labs, use of onsite lab facilities, and a personal Welch Allyn equipment set (including ophthalmoscopes, otoscope, and aneroid blood pressure kit)
Master'sMaster of Science in Nursing - Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practicioner (MSN-PMHNP)Five Semesters (20 months)$96759$57,053*Lab Fee (NUR 654) $750$36 per credit

*Note: Lab Fee will cover a personal Welch Allyn equipment set (including ophthalmoscopes, otoscope, and aneroid blood pressure kit)

Tuition will vary depending on transfer credit awarded.

Master'sMaster of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practicioner (MSN-FNP/PMHNP)Six Semesters (24 months)$96777$74,459*Lab Fee (to be applied in semester 1) $1000$36 per credit*Note: Lab Fee will cover all program materials for onsite skills labs, use of onsite lab facilities, and a personal Welch Allyn equipment set (including ophthalmoscopes, otoscope, and aneroid blood pressure kit)
Master'sMaster of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner and Emergency Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP/ENP)Six Semesters (24 months)$1,03465$67,210

*Lab Fee (to be applied in semester 1) $1000

**ENP Course Fees (ultrasound sim, EKG sim, disposable supplies) $3,000

$36 per credit

*Note: Lab Fee will cover all program materials for onsite skills labs, use of onsite lab facilities, and a personal Welch Allyn equipment set (including ophthalmoscopes, otoscope, and aneroid blood pressure kit)

**ENP Course Fees are charged as $200 per ENP credit per semester

Master'sMaster of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS)Seven Semesters (28 months)$1,017114$115,938$9,819$36 per credit

*Up to 15 credits. No additional charge above 15 credits.

Please refer to the MPAS program’s Program Costs policy for full details on tuition, fees, and other expenses.

Master'sMaster of Science in Medical Speech-Language Pathology (MS MedSLP)Six Semesters (24 months)$99080$79,200$2,956$36 per credit

Always refer to your curriculum schedule for the most up-to-date tuition payment schedule.

Students choose elective courses, with variable credit loads. At least 6 elective credits required.

Master'sMaster of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MHC)/Master of Science in School Counseling (SC)Seven Semesters (28 months)$70560$42,300Counseling Student Resource Fee (per semester) $100$36 per credit

*Program requires student to complete 2 elective courses (6 credits total). Elective options are offered with variable timing and should be discussed with program advisor.

Dual‐degree program option exists: Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Masters of Science in School Counseling. This dual-degree option requires student to complete an additional 12 credits (72 credits total). This extends the program to 9 semesters or 36 months.

*Dual‐degree program requires student to complete 1 elective course (3 credits total). Elective options are offered with variable timing and should be discussed with program advisor.

Master'sMaster of Science in Athletic Training Practice (MSATP)Six Semesters (24 months)$59033$19,470$36 per credit

*5 additional credits consist of HLA 620 (3 credits), ATH 720L (1 credit), ATH 730L (1 credit), which have variable timing.

The Healthcare Leadership course – HLA 620 (3 credits) can be taken in any semester. The lab courses ‐ ATH 720L & ATH 730L (1 credit each) – need to be taken during an on-site summer immersion session. Students can choose which summer immersion session they attend, and only need to attend one session to complete their course of study.

DoctoralDoctor of Medical Science (DMSc)Four or Five Semesters (16 - 20 months depending on curriculum choice)$76936$27,684Course Fee for HLA 620* $100$36 per credit

*Students that select the Healthcare Leadership and Administration concentration track will have a course fee of $100 for the HLA 620 course which will be used to purchase a validated emotional intelligence assessment report.

Students in the DMSc program (regardless of concentration track) choose between two curriculum models to complete the 36 credit hours: the Integrated Model and the Phased Model. Both curriculum models are designed so PA clinicians, educators, and administrators can continue professional work obligations while completing this degree. In the Integrated Model, students complete the practicum and applied scholarly project courses concurrently with the other didactic courses. Students may complete the Integrated Model in as little as four semesters. In the Phased Model, students complete the didactic courses before completing the practicum and applied scholarly project courses. Students may complete the Phased Model in as little as five semesters.

PAs with bachelor’s degrees who have not previously completed a master’s or doctoral degree may enroll in the DMSc program and will be required to successfully complete the following additional courses that are offered by Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions.

HS 504 Research Methods (3 credits)
HS 506 Data & Decision Making (3 credits)
HS 507 Evidence-Based Practice (3 credits)

DoctoralDoctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) (Post-Master’s)Five Semesters (20 months)$96747$45,449Scholarly Project Fee (to be applied in semester 5 when completing project) $2000$36 per credit
CertificateFamily Nurse Practitioner (FNPC) Certificate (Post-Master's)Four Semesters (16 months)$96730$29,010*Lab Fee (to be applied in semester 1) $1000$36 per credit*Note: Lab Fee will cover all program materials for onsite skills labs, use of onsite lab facilities, and a personal Welch Allyn equipment set (including ophthalmoscopes, otoscope, and aneroid blood pressure kit)
CertificateEmergency Nurse Practitioner (ENPC) Certificate (Post-Master's)Three Semesters (12 months)$1,17315$17,595*ENP Course Fees (ultrasound sim, EKG sim, disposable supplies) $3000$36 per credit*ENP Course Fees are charged as $200 per ENP credit per semester
CertificateFamily Nurse Practitioner/Emergency Nurse Practitioner (FNPC/ENPC) Certificate (Post-Master's)Five Semesters (20 months)$1,03445$46,530

*Lab Fee (to be applied in semester 1) $1000

**ENP Course Fees (ultrasound sim, EKG sim, disposable supplies) $3000

$36 per credit

*Note: Lab Fee will cover all program materials for onsite skills labs, use of onsite lab facilities, and a personal Welch Allyn equipment set (including ophthalmoscopes, otoscope, and aneroid blood pressure kit).

**ENP Course Fees are charged as $200 per ENP credit per semester

CertificatePsychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate (Post-Graduate Certificate in Psychiatric/Mental Health)Four Semesters (16 months)$96739$37,713*Lab Fee (NUR 654) $750$36 per credit

*Note: Lab Fee will cover a personal Welch Allyn equipment set (including ophthalmoscopes, otoscope, and aneroid blood pressure kit)

Tuition will vary depending on transfer credit awarded.

DoctoralDoctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)Eight Semesters (32 months)$861129$111,069$1,805$36 per credit*Up to 15 credits. No additional charge above 15 credits.
DoctoralDoctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health SciencesNine Didactic Semesters and minimum of Three Dissertation Semesters (48 months)$94470$66,080Dissertation Committee Fee $3000$36 per credit
DoctoralDoctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)Four Semesters (16 months)$92630$27,780$36 per credit
DoctoralDoctor of Speech-Language Pathology (SLPD)Seven Semesters (28 months)$97740$39,080Capstone Fee (for two committee members) $2360$36 per credit
DoctoralTransitional Doctor of Physical Therapy (tDPT)Three or Four Semesters (12 - 16 months depending on curriculum choice)$94824$22,752$36 per credit
CertificateFamily Nurse Practitioner Certificate/Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate (FNPC/PMHNPC)Five Semesters (20 months)$96757$55,119*Lab Fee(to be applied in semester 1) $1000$36 per credit*Note: Lab Fee will cover all program materials for onsite skills labs, use of onsite lab facilities, and a personal Welch Allyn equipment set (including ophthalmoscopes, otoscope, and aneroid blood pressure kit)
CertificateHealthcare Leadership and Administration Certificate (HLA)$44012$5,280$36 per credit
CertificateHealthcare Professions Education Certificate (HPE)$44012$5,280$36 per credit
CertificateEmergency & Primary Care in Athletic Training Practice Certificate (EPCAT)$44010$4,400$36 per credit
CertificateHealth & Wellness Coaching Certificate (HWC)$4409$3,960$36 per credit
CertificatePost‐Professional Occupational Therapy Certificates$5009$4,500$36 per credit
CertificatePsychiatry Certificate (for PA clinicians)$44015$6,600$36 per credit
CertificateMental Health Couseling Certificate & School Counseling Certificate (MHCC)(SCC)$70515$10,575Counseling Student Resource Fee (per semester) $100$36 per credit

Mental Health Counseling Certificate

Mental Health Counseling: (2-3 courses, 6-9 credits required)Credits
CO 650 Mental Health Care Systems3
CO 671 Internship A - Mental Health3
CO 672 Internship B - Mental Health3
Mental Health Counseling Course Total:6-9
Determined Courses: (2-3 Courses; 6-9 credits required)
Deficit courses; based on transcript review and license requirements.6-9
Determined/Deficit Course Total:6-9
Total Certificate Required Credits:15
Two-year deadline for program completion from the start date of the program

School Counseling Certificate

School Counseling Courses: (4 courses, 12 credits required)Credits
CO 640 Foundation of School Counseling3
CO 641 School Services, Administration & Evaluation3
CO 642 Counseling Interventions for Student Success3
CO 655 Field Work in Counseling3
School Counseling Course Total:12
School Internship Courses: (1 Course; 3 credits required)
CO 673 Internship A - School Counseling3
CO 674 Internship B - School Counseling3
School Internship Course Total:3-6
Optional Courses:
Deficit courses; based on transcript reviewAs needed
Optional Course Total:As needed
Total Certificate Required Credits:15
Two-year deadline for program completion from the start date of the program
CertificateFunctional Nutrition Certificate (FNC)$44012$5,280$36 per credit

PAs with bachelor’s degrees who have not previously completed a master’s or doctoral degree may enroll in the DMSc program and will be required to successfully complete the following additional courses that are offered by Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions:
HS 504 Research Methods (3 credits)
HS 506 Data & Decision Making (3 credits)
HS 507 Evidence-Based Practice (3 credits)

DMSc FAQs

What does the program entail?

You will 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 you have chosen.

How much time per week can I expect to successfully complete the program?

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 is designed to allow you to keep working full-time as a busy PA.

What if I'm interested in multiple tracks?

You are required to choose one track and go through the program as outlined. However, if you are interested in any of the other tracks, you can complete the courses specific to the desired track and be awarded a certificate for that track in addition to your DMSc degree.

Is there any onsite component to obtaining this degree?

No! You can complete all work for this program from your home. Our program is designed for the busy PA, allowing you to continue your education without having to move or relocate.

Is there any onsite component to obtaining this degree?

No! You can complete all work for this program from your home. Our program is designed for the busy PA, allowing you to continue your education without having to move or relocate.

Can I apply if I have a PA bachelor's degree?

Yes. If you are a PA with bachelor’s degree who has not previously completed a master’s or doctoral degree, you may enroll in the DMSc program. You will be required to successfully complete the following three additional courses that are offered by Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions to earn your DMSc:

  • HS 504 Research Methods (3 credits)
  • HS 506 Data & Decision Making (3 credits)
  • HS 507 Evidence-Based Practice (3 credits)

Do you accept transfer credits?

We can accept up to 12 transfer credits into the DMSc program. You will need to submit transcripts as well as course descriptions to ensure that the credits meet curriculum requirements. The program director reviews the transfer credits to determine if the courses are approved to transfer into the program.

Can I apply if I am not a PA?

No. Our DMSc program is designed specifically for PAs. If you are not licensed/certified as a PA you would not meet requirements and would be ineligible to apply.

Can I be admitted into the program if I am a current PA student who will graduate but won't yet have 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 master’s graduate. You are required to 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 three cohort starts per year (winter, summer, and fall). Each cohort accepts up to 45 students.

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.

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