Doctor of Medical Science
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Expand Your Opportunities and Your Influence
As a practicing PA, you’re already a skilled clinician playing an integral role in patient care. With a DMS degree, you’ll enhance your evidence-based medical expertise and sharpen your leadership, scholarship and research skills needed to advance. You’ll graduate ready to meet the future of healthcare with confidence and compassion and take your seat at the healthcare leadership table.
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A Doctor of Medical Science Degree That's Flexible
In our DMS program, the High Point University experience is delivered fully online. You can choose from six start dates throughout the year and work at your own pace to earn a credential that puts you ahead of the industry curve. No master’s degree or GRE required—just bring your experience and motivation to lead the future of excellence in patient-centered healthcare.

High Point University’s Doctor of Medical Science degree is designed with a forward-thinking approach for the patient-centered practicing PA. Choose the HPU online DMS because we also offer:

  • Concentrations for future educators or administrators: HPU allows you to focus on one of two concentrations: health professional educator or health professions administrator.
  • An evidence-based and industry-forward curriculum: Build a marketable leadership skillset exploring topics such as patient safety and diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Doctorally-prepared faculty who share your passion: Learn from experienced faculty mentors in a rich environment centered on keeping patient outcomes first.

HPU’s fully online DMS degree is approved by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Dedicated faculty will lead you through a quality curriculum of practice and application to sharpen your communication, problem-solving and critical-thinking skills.

You will focus on patient care, but we won’t teach you what you already know. In addition to expanding your knowledge of the principles of evidence-based medicine, enhance your leadership expertise through core courses including:

  • Evidence-Based Medical Statistics
  • Healthcare Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Legal and Ethical Considerations in Healthcare
  • Quality and Patient Safety
  • Self-Leadership Theory and Practice

In the health profession educator concentration, you’ll further explore topics such as teaching theory, program assessment and adult learning principles to help lead the next generation of physician assistants.

For nearly a century, High Point University has offered its students an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people. Top-ranked and nationally recognized, HPU is proud to be the premier life skills university where mentorship matters.

In any High Point degree program, you’ll benefit from meaningful scholarship, evidence-based practice, and our dedication to achieving optimal outcomes for our students and the communities they serve.

Choose HPU’s fully online DMS program because we prioritize flexibility and accessibility that allows you to expand your impact as a leader without putting your life and career on hold.

You became a physician assistant because you had a desire to help people. Earning a Doctor of Medical Science degree allows you to extend that help more broadly through the PAs you educate or your service in healthcare leadership.

Because we respect the knowledge and skills you bring in as a licensed PA, our program does not require a master’s degree or GRE scores.

The High Point DMS has a rolling admissions process, so you can start earning a doctoral degree to advance your career whenever you’re ready. Start your education at any one of six entry points throughout the year and set your own pace to completion.

Learn more about High Point’s DMS degree admissions requirements and tuition.

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What Can You Do With a Doctor of Medical Science Degree?
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Earning a Doctor of Medical Science degree builds on your clinical training a physician assistant
This degree prepares you to step into leadership roles, help meet the growing need for well-trained PAs, and play a larger role in improving the healthcare system overall. With your DMS, you’ll also stand out with a credential that puts you ahead of the industry standard. Apply the management, decision-making and relationship-building skills you’ll earn to: • Build and lead teams as a senior PA or healthcare administrator. • Start or grow your own clinical practice. • Accept a faculty or chair appointment in a physician assistant studies program. • Consult or contribute to research in health policy or global health.
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