Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMUoHP) today announced a new degree program for physician assistants (PA). The new Doctor of Medical Science (DMSc) program is designed to expand PAs’ careers focused on skills, contributions, and leadership.

“The DMSc program will allow students to make an increased positive impact on individuals, communities and organizations,” said Dr. Bartley Rust, DMSc Program Director at RMUoHP. “Even if a PA has no plans to seek leadership positions, the DMSc program allows students to increase knowledge, skills and leadership qualities.”

The DMSc program prepares PAs for leadership roles in clinical, administrative, and academic settings. PAs with active and unencumbered state licensure or NCCPA certification and a master or doctoral degree from a regionally-accredited institution are eligible for the DMSc program. The DMSc credential is valuable to all PAs, whether new graduates or seasoned practitioners looking for career advancement.

As a practicing physician assistant since 2001, Dr. Rust has been involved in PA education since 2006.  He has also been actively involved in scholarly activity, having served on item writing committees and workgroups for the Physician Assistant Education Association PACKRAT and End of Rotation exams since 2012. He also serves on the review board for The Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice.

The DMSc program is designed to accommodate working professionals who cannot leave their practice and relocate. The program can be completed in about four semesters and is entirely online allowing students to further their education while still continuing to meet personal and professional obligations.

The DMSc curriculum is evidence-based and has been developed by PAs with clinical, academic, and administrative experience and focuses on the knowledge and skills most applicable to advancing PAs’ career.

RMUoHP is accepting applications now through April 15, 2019 for the summer semester beginning May 6; and through August 12, 2019 for fall semester beginning Sept. 3. Each class size is 45.

Dr. Bartley Rust, RMUoHP Doctor of Medical Science Program Director