DMS Program Details

HPU DMS Graduates:

  • Will be more marketable in a field where doctorates are just starting to grow.
  • Will hold the degree decision-makers often look for when filling administrative and leadership positions.
  • Doctoral degree holders could teach future providers as part of a university’s faculty.
  • Will build the business acumen and leadership skills needed for today’s healthcare delivery approaches.

Student Goals:

  • Develop skills to critically evaluate the medical literature to advance patient care.
  • Become more marketable in a field where doctorates are just starting to grow.
  • Hold the degree decision-makers often look for when filling administrative and leadership positions.
  • Develop the necessary skills to teach future providers as part of a university’s faculty.
  • Build the business acumen and leadership skills needed for today’s healthcare delivery approaches

Innovation:

  • First fully-online academic degree program on campus
  • Start program at any one of the six starting points in the academic calendar
  • While must maintain forward academic progress, students can choose the number of modules they take at a time
  • First post professional doctoral program in the state of North Carolina specifically for PAs

Specializations/Tracks:

Two areas of Concentration (Certificate for both PAs and non-PAs)

  • Health Professions Education Concentration
  • Health Professions Administration Concentration (Clinic Owners/Healthcare Administration)

 Average Time to Complete Degree:

  • Standard Pace (2 courses/semester):  9 semesters (3 years)
  • The curriculum is self-paced for students to enter into the program at any one of six starting points in the academic calendar.

 Program Cost:

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:

  • Rolling Admissions: Admission decisions will be made on an ongoing basis. Applicants must have successfully graduated from a PA program accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on the Education of a Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) and must currently hold either a National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) certification/recertification or a state license to practice as a Physician Assistant. A previously earned master’s degree is not required.

Accreditation/Rankings:

The D.M.S. program is accredited by the  Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).