As healthcare becomes more complex, there is a need for PAs with specialized clinical expertise and advanced skill and credentialing.
Lynchburg College is excited to offer the Doctor of Medical Science degree which will educate graduate PAs in advanced clinical practice, scholarship and leadership. The Doctor of Medical Science degree is a doctoral post-professional option for students that have graduated from an accredited master’s level PA program (or PA certification with a master’s degree). The program delivery will be a blending of distance learning and advanced clinical practice through a fellowship or a practicum. Curriculum focuses on providing PAs with the skills necessary for advanced clinical practice along with a foundation for future positions of executive leadership. PAs have some of the most rigorous and intense educations in the country and have completed credit loads far exceeding the traditional master’s degree.
This 37 credit post-master’s doctorate degree will facilitate the PA to meet the changing demands of this nation’s complex healthcare environment while providing the highest level of scientific knowledge and practice expertise to assure quality patient outcomes. The Institute of Medicine, Joint Commission, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and other authorities have called for conceptualizing educational programs that prepare today’s health professionals.
This program is not an entry-level doctoral program. PAs interested in this program must have previously completed all of 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).
Nine to twelve months of graduate academic and clinical preparation focused on:
- Health care leadership, administration, and law
- Global health and disaster medicine
- Scholarly research
- Clinical fellowship in most medical specialties
Coursework will focus on scholarship and executive leadership.
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The program offering is contingent upon the approval of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).