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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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For PAs by PAs. 

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 three concentrations of study to advance your career.

  • Advanced Professional Practice: Experiences in leadership, scholarship, and professional development for PAs practicing in any clinical specialty or nonclinical health care role.
  • Emergency Management and Global Health: Prepare to initiate and manage global disaster response in varied settings with didactic and active learning opportunities. Includes some in-person course content.
  • Physician Assistant Education: Acquire the skills you need to succeed in academia, like creating active learning sessions, preparing for accreditation, and engaging students.

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

Jonathan Sobel, PA-C, MBA, DMSc ’18

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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