DMS Program Course Requirements

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:

  • a license to practice medicine or
  • a national certification from the NCCPA


  • Must be a PA that successfully graduated from an entry-level PA program accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on the Education of Physician Assistant.
  • National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants certification/recertification OR a state license to practice as a PA.
  • High degree of professionalism expected
  • A master’s degree not required.
  • GRE not required.


  • Provides an avenue for PAs interested in expanding their understanding of medical knowledge and research, while advancing their personal and professional leadership skills.
  • With a focus on patient care, the curriculum is designed to build upon the intensive, entry-level PA curriculum It is not designed to “teach you what you already know”
  • All courses will be offered online allowing students to continue to work within their communities while taking classes and achieve an advanced degree in a way that best suits their schedule.
  • Traditional DMS, Bridge Program (students who graduated within 6 months of matriculation), and Certificates

 18 courses Totaling 50 Credit Hours

Core (34 credits)

  • EBM in Medical Sciences (6 courses)
  • Healthcare Leadership (2 courses) with a focus on Diversity, Equity and inclusion
  • Patient Safety (2 courses)
  • Research Methods (2 courses)

Concentrations (12 credits)

  • Health Professions Educator Concentration
  • Health Professions Administration Concentration

 Doctoral Capstone (4 credits)

  • Proposal Development – 2 cr.
  • Capstone completion – 2 cr.
  • Capstone Extension – 1 cr. Optional

DMS – Bridge Option

  • Provides an avenue for current PA students and/or recent PA graduates interested in expanding their understanding of issues involving clinical practice and development of research and leadership skills that would result in a Doctor of Medical Science degree.
  • The Bridge curriculum differs from the standard DMS Program by focusing on the development of targeted leadership and research skills for clinically focused PAs and allowing options to explore and achieve additional skillsets to enhance success and movement toward future career endeavors.
  • This option is designed for PAs who have graduated within the past 6 months from an ARC-PA accredited PA program.
  • As a graduate from an ARC-PA accredited programs may initiate the admission process near the end of the didactic portion of their PA education.
  • Matriculants must earn certification from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants after graduating from their PA program and results must be received prior to matriculating.

 What is the advantage for Bridge Option? 

Traditional curriculum consists of 18 courses totaling 50 credit hours.

  • Bridge Option: Eight courses (22 credit hours) will be transferred from the supervised clinical practice experiences in the accredited PA program and will be credited toward completion of the EBM in Medical Sciences courses and Patient Safety Courses.