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Doctor of Science in Physician Assistant Studies

Location: Online
Start Terms: Fall, Spring

As a PA, you positively impact the lives of patients every day. Now, you have the opportunity to advance your career through the part-time, online Doctor of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (DScPAS) program. This doctoral-level degree prepares you to meet the evolving demands of today’s healthcare field while allowing you to balance your professional workload.

By earning a DScPAS degree, you'll gain the experience and knowledge needed to excel in a competitive and growing field. In the United States alone, more than 120,000 certified PAs deliver professional and flexible care across many practice structures. It’s an exciting time to be a PA—and at MCPHS, we understand how much the profession has evolved, covering more specialties and affording practitioners increased responsibility. We're proud to match the growing field and stand as one of the first universities to offer a doctoral-level physician assistant studies program.

As a student in the DScPAS program, you'll develop skills that are directly applicable to your role as a PA. You'll dive into a curriculum designed by an interprofessional team, one that will prepare you to collaborate effectively with other providers and practitioners. You'll hone in on your professional interests by pursuing a concentration in health system administration, educational leadership, or clinical management. And during the final half of the program, you'll be guided through a hands-on, research-based capstone project, during which you'll apply the knowledge you acquired in the classroom to your real-world practice.

The DScPAS program is a collaborative, immersive, and innovative experience—one that allows you to gain the insight needed to make significant, influential contributions to your community, the lives of patients, and the greater healthcare delivery system.

Applicants to the Doctor of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program should use the MCPHS Graduate Application to apply.


Innovation in Education: The DScPAS Program

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Discover how we are empowering PAs to meet the evolving needs of today’s healthcare field through one of the first programs of its kind.