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About Doctor of Medical Science

The Doctor of Medical Science degree (DMSc) is an advanced degree created for physician assistants (PAs) by PAs. This degree is designed to enhance the PA’s abilities to become a more effective member and leader of the profession and the health care field. The courses are designed to result in PAs who are prepared to take on high-level administrative, leadership and clinical roles within their organizations and beyond. PAs who complete the DMSc will be more prepared, adaptable, competitive, and marketable in an ever-evolving health care landscape. DMSc-trained PAs can become outstanding leaders, health care providers and educators in their communities and trusted resources during disaster situations.

The DMSc at SIU is designed for working PAs. Its core courses can be completed online in one year. The PA’s current working position, whether clinical or in education, will serve as the basis of the practicum courses, along with flexible assignments tailored to the PA’s situation.

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