Having been a physician assistant since 1983, I have witnessed a steady growth in both the number and professional stature of PA providers through the years. As a PA educator since 1996, I have served as both a professor and administrator and have been involved with the development of several PA programs, including High Point University’s. As such, I fully understand the rigor of PA education and the significance of our role in healthcare. I consider myself fortunate each day to be a proud member of this profession.
At High Point University, we have taken a thoughtful approach in the development of a new program for experienced PAs that is forward thinking and consistent with the values inherent in the mission of our university. The proposed Doctor of Medical Science degree, which is currently under review by SACSCOC, will provide an avenue for licensed PAs who are interested in expanding their understanding of medical knowledge, developing their leadership and business skills, and promoting lifelong learning. I firmly believe that HPU’s D.M.S. program will be second to none and will have a significant impact on professional growth and PA practice across the country!!
We fully understand that PAs are already highly skilled clinicians and play integral roles in building successful clinical practices across the country. We won’t teach you what you already know! The D.M.S. degree is designed for you to learn how to interpret and evaluate medical literature and apply it to individualized care with a focus on the leadership skills you need to move into the positions you want to hold in your career. We’ve made the D.M.S. degree as accessible and flexible as we possibly could. Stay tuned for more details.
Linda Sekhon, DHSc, PA-C| Professor,
Department of Medical Sciences – Founding Chair
One University Parkway, High Point, NC 27268
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The proposed Doctor of Medical Science program, currently pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) is for PAs who already have their Master of Physician Assistant degree. A natural evolution of the rigorous PA curriculum offered in entry level PA degree programs, the D.M.S. degree is a professional degree designed to supplement the knowledge base of PAs and improve clinical skills, communication, and leadership
At High Point University, we recognize that flexibility is a priority for practicing PAs. Our curriculum is designed for the working PA with 100% online courses that allows you to attain a post-professional degree while balancing work and life. Choose between six start dates throughout the year and study at your own pace.
Our intentional design builds upon the intensive entry-level PA curriculum to help you meet the changing demands of the nations’ complex healthcare environment and evolving PA profession. You can expand your knowledge of core topics while focusing on one of two concentrations: Health Professional Educator concentration, Health Professions Administrator concentration. We won’t teach you what you already know—we acknowledge the clinical experience of the most seasoned PAs and don’t require a master’s degree.
WHY A DMS DEGREE?
THIS PROGRAM CONSISTS OF:
You will participate in scholarly activities through a required programmatic capstone and work with a faculty advisor to target a novel problem or current issue in clinical practice, leadership, or research. Your capstone will focus on discovery, teaching, applications in clinical practice, or integration of ideas—areas that support the values of a profession committed to both social relevance and scientific advancement.
The High Point University DMS program acknowledges the clinical experience of seasoned PAs and does not require a master’s degree. Individuals are eligible to apply if they have earned a PA degree from an accredited program and have either one of the following:
18 courses Totaling 50 Credit Hours
Core (34 credits)
Concentrations (12 credits)
Doctoral Capstone (4 credits)
Proposed DMS – Bridge Option
What is the advantage for Bridge Option?
Traditional curriculum consists of 18 courses totaling 50 credit hours.
HPU D.M.S. Graduates:
Two areas of Concentration (Certificate for both PAs and non-PAs)
Average Time to Complete Degree:
Tuition and fee charges anticipated for 2022–2023 academic year: $819.00 per credit hour. Tuition increase is set at 3% annually. At the expected standard pace of 9 semesters the total cost is estimated to be between $40,958 – $43,458 for 50 credit hours.
Enrollment cycle and admission deadlines:
The proposed D.M.S. program is currently under review and pending approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).