Doctor of Medical Science
Lynchburg College is excited to be in the final development stages of a doctoral degree as a post-professional option for students that have graduated from an accredited master’s level PA program (or PA certification with a master’s degree). Curriculum development started in late 2013 and will produce its first expected graduates in May 2018.
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. The PA leadership at Lynchburg College feels that PAs should be given the opportunity to complete a doctoral degree while being given credit for the intense investment of PA school.
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).
- 9-12 months additional academic and clinical preparation post-master’s degree
- Coursework will focus on leadership and organizational behavior, healthcare management and law, disaster medicine, and global health
- Clinical fellowship in any area of medicine
The program offering is contingent upon the approval of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).