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For the PA Innovator, Leader, and Decision-Maker

Transform your career in just 12 months.

Doctor of Medical Science

As the professional doctorate for PAs, a Doctor of Medical Science degree opens the door to new opportunities in the clinic and far beyond. You’ll expand on your PA experience by learning how to build and lead a health care team, innovate by applying research, or drive decision-making in the boardroom.

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The DMSc degree is the professional doctorate for PAs. At Lynchburg, DMSc courses build on your foundation as a clinician and support growth as a health care leader, administrator, advocate, and educator. Take what you learn today and put it into practice tomorrow. The Lynchburg DMSc is the spark that ignites the next phase of your career.

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Choose Your Passion:

The DMSc offers six concentrations of study to advance your career.

  • Addiction Medicine (new!): Focus on neurobiology, neurochemistry, pharmacology, non-pharmacologic interventions, and the underlying factors that contribute to chemical and behavioral addictions.
  • Behavioral Medicine (new!)Prepare to work in psychiatry and behavioral medicine at the executive level, clinical positions, and in leadership.
  • Administrative MedicineBuild your doctorate education around health care leadership, administration, and business skills.
  • Advanced Professional PracticeBecome an active voice in decision making that impacts their profession, their patients, and the future of the healthcare system.
  • Emergency Management and Global HealthLearn how to successfully initiate and manage local, national, and global disaster preparedness and response.
  • Medical EducationPrepare for teaching, program and curriculum design and implementation, program evaluation, and more.

Having a doctorate is certainly an important component of being a leader in today’s health care systems.

Jonathan Sobel, DMSc ’18, PA-C, MBA

Former president, American Academy of PAs
Senior Administrative Director for PA Services, Northwell Health, New York City, New York

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**This program is not an entry-level doctoral program. PAs interested in this program must have previously completed all their PA professional education, completed a master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution, and successfully passed the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE).

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