Doctor of Science in Physician Assistant Studies Next Steps


Congratulations on accepting your admission offer into our Doctor of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (DScPAS) online program at MCPHS.

We’re excited to provide you with a world-class online healthcare education experience. Before you begin your online program, review the information and resources below to prepare you as you begin your MCPHS online education. We will continue to post specific information on this page, so be sure to check back often.

Message from Program Coordinator

Read a welcome letter from Helen Ewing, DHSc, MN, RN, Program Coordinator. Learn more about the DScPAS online program and how Helen, along with faculty and staff, support you during your time as an MCPHS student.

Doctoral Evidence-Based Healthcare Capstone Project

The DScPAS online program is an innovative and new program, designed by an interprofessional team to meet the demands of collaborative practice in today’s integrative healthcare field. It prepares graduates to take on leadership roles in areas like healthcare administration, public health, education, research, and more.

The program culminates with an Evidence-Based Healthcare Capstone Project, offering students the opportunity to acquire the skills and knowledge to advocate for best practices and promote the translation of existing evidence in their practice.

The capstone project encompasses 12 credits of the 24-credit curriculum and consists of four courses taken consecutively that focus on research methodology and evidence-based practice theory. Students may choose to perform a needs assessment, draft a policy manual, write a research proposal, design a curriculum, and more.

Download our project guidelines PDF to learn more about the capstone project.

View successful examples of past capstone project presentations below:

  • Mayra Martinez: What are the health beliefs and behaviors of Mexican American caregivers of young children, and how do these characteristics influence their child’s health status?
  • Kristy Altongy-Magee: In the U.S. veteran population with mental health conditions, how does the use of telemedicine care compared to not using telemedicine care affect patient access to care?