Doctor of Medical Science, DMSc

Developed specifically for Physician Assistants, our Doctor of Medical Science degree will prepare you for the next level in your career, including advanced positions in clinical care, healthcare leadership, public health, education and more. Now enrolling for January 2025.

Doctor of Medical Science
Open to bachelor-level and master-level Physician Assistants
100% Online
Full-time: 12 months
Part-time: 24 months
Available Concentrations
Healthcare Education,
Healthcare Leadership and Administration, Business Leadership and Administration, Public Health

Why Earn a DMSc?

As the country endures a critical shortage of primary care physicians, PAs play an increasingly prominent role. In addition to filling the gaps in patient care, they are needed to lead and define the future of healthcare.

A doctorate in medical science will expand your knowledge, skill set and career opportunities into the areas of clinical medicine, medical education, healthcare leadership and public health.

Why Earn your DMSc at Saint Francis?

Quality. Our DMSc program is built upon the university’s long-established reputation for quality and success in the health sciences. You’ll be taught and inspired by professional faculty, all of whom have advanced degrees, extensive professional experience, and a passion for education.

Learning at Saint Francis is personalized, active and engaging—even when it’s online! You’ll network with other professionals through discussion boards and optional synchronous meetings with faculty.

Convenience. Our program was built by and for professionals and is structured so you can work full-time while enrolled. The 36-credit curriculum includes seven core courses and five courses per Concentration. All courses are eight weeks long and taught by caring and committed professionals. We offer three start dates per year: Fall, Spring and Summer semesters.

Coming soon: Pending approval, students will be able to earn Category 1 CME for each of the 12 courses completed.

Affordability. Our program was created with cost in mind. While most programs charge up to $810 per credit and $2,000 in fees, our tuition is $750 per credit and no additional fees.

A tentative curriculum overview for the new Doctor of Medical Science (DMSc) program is available:

Added Value

The University’s Franciscan Values—which teach respect, service, peace and justice—are embedded within the Saint Francis experience. As a result, our graduates are known to be highly ethical and compassionate healthcare professionals.

Learn more about what makes life at Saint Francis so special.