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Doctor of Medical Science

Leaders. Scholarship. Compassion.

Rocky Mountain College is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The Doctor of Medical Science (DMSc) Program is included in that accreditation as of September 9, 2020. The Rocky Mountain College (RMC) Doctor of Medical Science (DMSc) Program promotes the Physician Assistant profession through the enhancement of knowledge in leadership, healthcare policy, quality medical delivery improvement, and research. This cutting-edge Program is facilitated by excellent faculty who are subject-matter experts. All courses are taught by PA-C, DMSc, PhD, MD’s with extensive experience in academia as well as clinical practice.

An engaged faculty with small class sizes ensures quality feedback and student growth. The versatility of a DMSc provides opportunities in leadership, academic positions and promotion, enhanced ability to provide quality care, and professional development. Scholarly work provides the confidence to move forward in the PA profession, advancing clinical practice through healthcare practicums and support from colleagues.


  • Approved for 36 AAPA Category 1 CME
  • 100% online format, designed to complete in 12 months
  • Opens opportunities for leadership positions in the PA profession
  • Focus on rural and underserved patient populations
  • Innovative approach that advances the PA profession

Compassionate Care

"Designed for practicing PA's, the RMC DMSc focuses on patient safety, communication, and meeting the needs of our rural and underserved populations."
Dr. Heggem

Flexible Learning Model

The online delivery for this program allows flexibility for students to earn their doctorate in 12 months while practicing full-time. Students will have the ability to apply cases they see in their day-to-day practice to the subject matter throughout the program. The DMSc promotes the value of lifelong learning which is essential to remain a highly-qualified healthcare professional.

Rural and Underserved Healthcare Access

Much of the United States is considered rural, with many of those residents qualifying as part of an underserved population. Physician Assistants play a crucial role in providing access to these populations. RMC’s DMSc is designed with a focus on rural and underserved populations to help bridge the gap and provide more quality healthcare access to those who need it most.

Program News

RMC to launch new Doctor of Medical Science program

February 10, 2020 - The Rocky Mountain College Board of Trustees and faculty have approved a new Doctor of Medical Science (DMSc) program designed for practicing physician assistants who already have their master of physician assistant degrees. Read more


September 10, 2020 – Dr. Heather Heggem, Program Director for Rocky Mountain College’s new online Doctor of Medical Science (DMSc) program, is pleased to begin welcoming practicing physician assistants (PA’s) into the program. Read more

Elevate the PA Profession

Advocacy for the PA profession is essential as the role PA’s play in healthcare continues to grow. The DMSc uses an innovative approach in providing students with the necessary tools to advocate for their profession through leadership and scholarly work.