Doctor of Medical Science (Online)

The online Doctor of Medical Science program at CBU will enhance the clinical, professional and research skills of working PAs. Students will complete a doctoral project based on their professional interests.

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Program Intro

Students in CBU's online Doctor of Medical Science program will complete 38 units of coursework over a 1-year or 2-year plan based on what best fits their schedule. Courses are taught by full-time CBU faculty members from the PA Studies Department as well as adjunct instructors who are also healthcare practitioners.

Mission Statement

CBU’s Doctor of Medical Science (DMSc) program’s mission is to further the healing ministry of Christ by equipping physician assistants to be thoughtful leaders and lifelong learners of scientific and practical knowledge to improve the health, quality of life, and education of communities. The DMSc program will provide the highest doctoral level practitioner-based medical science education in support of the University’s mission to prepare graduates who are globally minded, academically prepared, equipped to serve, and biblically rooted.

DMSc Program Goals

39 Units

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1 Year

*1-2 years

$795 Cost Per Unit*

*Based on current academic year. Subject to change.

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Why Earn a Doctor of Medical Science From CBU?

What You'll Learn

Students in CBU's Doctor of Medical Science program will learn to:

Program Details

PAS 710: US Healthcare Delivery

This course will explore how US Healthcare system has evolved and how the US confronts emerging issues in healthcare. 

PAS 730: Evidence Based Medicine

This course provides doctorate students with a foundation for accessing, assessing, and utilizing evidence-based medicine in their research, scholarly work, and workplace in medicine.

PAS 750: Advanced Clinical Medicine I

This course is in a series designed to provide intensive professional exposure in chosen clinical specialties to further the student's clinical medicine proficiency and professional competencies.

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Heather Ontiveros, PA-C, DHSc, ATC

Associate Professor of Physician Assistant Studies
Chair, Department of Physician Assistant Studies
Program Director, Physician Assistant Studies

Office Phone: 951-552-8504
Office Location: Health Science Campus G112

James Zapata, D.M.Sc.

Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Studies
Director of Assessment for Physician Assistant Studies
Faculty of Emergency Medicine, Behavioral Health, and Correctional Medicine

Office Location: G119

As you make decisions about graduate school, keep in mind the full social, spiritual and educational experience awaiting you at CBU. Here, you will be supported by professors, staff and fellow students who will help you discover your strengths and challenge you to do more than you ever thought you could. Let us equip you with the education, training and opportunities you'll need to start making a unique difference doing what you love. 

The ideal student has completed a Master of Science in PA Studies, successfully passed certification exams and holds a current license to practice as a PA within one or more of the 50 states.

Application Deadline Fall
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The Doctor of Medical Science prepares working PAs to take leadership roles in the healthcare industry and in academia settings.

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