The Doctor of Medical Science (DMSc) offered by Lynchburg College has received accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC).
As health care becomes more complex, there is a need for Physician Assistants (PAs) with specialized clinical expertise, advanced skills, and top credentialing.
The Doctor of Medical Science at Lynchburg College is uniquely positioned to help you meet this incredible demand.
Lynchburg College is excited to offer the Doctor of Medical Science degree, which educates PAs in advanced clinical practice, scholarship, and health care leadership. Our curriculum is dedicated to providing PAs with the skills necessary for advanced clinical practice along with a foundation for future positions of executive leadership. This doctoral program strengthens PAs knowledge, not only in primary care but also within emergency medicine, cardiology, urgent care, neurology, hospitalist, intensive care and other specialities.
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 doctorate degree builds on the intensive, entry-level PA curriculum and will help students meet the changing demands of this nation’s complex healthcare environment and provide the highest level of scientific and medical knowledge and practice expertise to assure quality patient outcomes.
The program delivery will be a blend of distance learning and advanced clinical practice through a fellowship or a practicum. This 12-month distance (online) or 9-month residential program allows PAs the option of completing instruction online while incorporating their medical practice as a component of advancing medical knowledge. In residence, PAs are connected with our incredible local healthcare and hospital systems to complete advanced clinical practice.
Students receive competency-based training within medical specialties. This delivery model follows established physician training with residency and fellowships. Completion of the program will produce some of the most highly credentialed PAs in the nation.
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).