Doctor of Medical Science (DMSc)

Doctor of Medical Science (DMSc)

At a Glance

36 Semester credit hours*
4 Months (in addition to the 24-month MMSc PA program)


In-person and online


$17,280 (excluding MMSc PA tuition and fees) - more

* includes 12 credit hours of advanced-standing credit from your first year of PA school

In response to an ever-growing demand for healthcare leaders – particularly in rural, underserved and international locations – George Fox launched a Doctor of Medical Science (DMSc) degree program in January of 2022.

Currently open only to students enrolled in the university’s Master of Medical Science (PA) program, the new offering interweaves the PA curriculum with additional course work that allows you to complete your doctorate in one semester (four months) beyond your two-year PA commitment. To enroll in the DMSc program, begin your journey by applying to the PA program.

Students working on digital cadaver

Professional Preparation

The program is designed to prepare leaders in clinical, administrative and disaster relief settings. Graduates of the program will be equipped to work as:

  • Public health professionals
  • Researchers
  • Policy advocates
  • Health administrators
  • Clinicians

Program Distinctives: Service and Leadership

Students serve in a clinical setting abroad

The new DMSc program aligns with George Fox’s mission to educate students who “serve with passion.” Our emphasis on global health and humanitarian service and leadership distinguishes us from programs that simply emphasize the clinical or educational aspects of the medical profession.

During your second year in the PA program, you'll take a service trip to a domestic or international location to serve in a public health and/or clinical setting. The trip takes place over a break during your PA clinical rotations in May.


Our 36-semester-credit-hour dual-enrollment format allows you to begin working toward your doctoral degree during your second year in the PA program. You’ll get 12 credit hours of advanced-standing credit from your first year of PA school, followed by nine credit hours of dual enrollment during your second year, allowing you to complete the degree with just one additional semester of three online classes (15 credit hours).

Though connected by overlapping course work, the MMSc PA and DMSc programs are separate degree offerings. The addition of a DMSc program aligns with national trends to offer terminal degrees in a broader range of healthcare professions (doctor of physical therapy, doctor of pharmacy, doctor of nursing practice, etc.).


Courses Credits Notes
Global Health and Humanitarian Service I 3 Already covered/taught (12 credits) in PA program
Global Health and Humanitarian Service II 3
Trauma I Emergency Response 3
Trauma II Surgical Response 3
Applied Research Project I (online) 2 Additional courses (9 credits) taken during Year 2 of PA program (3 semesters)
Applied Research Project II (online) 2
Applied Research Project III (online) 2
Applied Research Project Practicum (in-person) 3
Disaster Medicine (online) 3 Additional courses (15 credits) taken after graduating from PA program (one semester)
Tropical Medicine (online) 3
Doctoral Practicum (online) 9

Job Prospects

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for physician assistants is expected to grow 31% between 2019 and 2029, primarily because of the increasing demand for healthcare professionals in rural and underserved areas.

Curt Stilp

Curt Stilp, EdD, PA-C

Program Director, PA and DMSc Programs

The DMSc degree sets the graduate up to be a leader in disaster medicine relief and health care delivery to communities in high need. It brings the mission of humanitarianism and service to fulfillment through advanced knowledge, research and experience.


Cristina Schmitt

Cristina Schmitt

Admissions Counselor, College of Medical Science