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Doctor of Medical Science Programs
Doctor of Medical Science Programs

DMS Program Certificates Curriculum

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The Healthcare Practice and Administration Certificate and PA Educator Certificate each include four, three-credit modules for a total of 12 hours, which can be completed in just two semesters.

Healthcare Practice and Administration Curriculum

  • DMS710, Advanced Clinical Immunology and Genetics: This module covers clinical immunology, focusing on the physiology/pathophysiology of the immune system and its implications for disease state as related to allergy and rheumatology medicine, and the treatment of such states. Additionally, the module includes basic principles of human genetics and their application to clinical medicine, including pharmacogenetics. Prerequisite: Admission to the DMS degree or certificate program.
  • DMS712, Biochemical Basis of Disease States and Drug Action: This module emphasizes the fundamentals of modern molecular biology and biochemistry as applied to medicine. This module will enhance the student's understanding of proteins, nucleic acids, macromolecular machines, and their regulation on a molecular level. Further, it delves into the fundamentals of carbohydrate, amino acid and lipid metabolism with applications given to major disease states and their treatments. Prerequisite: Admission to the DMS degree or certificate program.
  • DMS762, Business of Medicine: This module examines how market dynamics and government reforms are driving changes in revenue models. The module will analyze different types of integrated delivery models and address how PAs and non-PA providers are reimbursed within these models. Prerequisite: Admission to the DMS degree or certificate program.
  • DMS764, Operations Management: This module explores quality management concepts and tools with a focus on healthcare. It provides an understanding of how operations management concepts and tools can produce better quality, lower costs, and improve revenue. Examines how to improve productivity, maximize asset utilization, reduce waiting lines, shorten throughput times, and enhance the overall patient experience. Prerequisite: Admission to the DMS degree or certificate program.

PA Educator Certificate Curriculum

  • DMS770, Program and Leader Development: This module identifies and investigates required areas of PA program sponsorship including characteristics such as institution responsibilities, resources, personnel, operations, fair practice and admission processes, and record keeping required for PA programs to establish and maintain accreditation. Prerequisite: Admission to the DMS degree or certificate program.    
  • DMS772, Curricular Theory and Practice: This module identifies required areas of curriculum and instruction to establish and maintain accreditation. Additionally, it provides fundamentals in teaching and learning that can be applied to instruction in didactic and supervised clinical practice experiences. Prerequisite: Admission to the DMS degree or certificate program.
  • DMS774, Technology and Simulation: This module focuses on instructional design and the impact of technology on learning. This module emphasizes development of knowledge, skills and disposition to effectively select and use technology to enhance learning in PA programs. Prerequisite: Admission to the DMS degree or certificate program.
  • DMS776, Assessment and Evaluation: This module identifies best practices associated of performing an ongoing self-assessment to review the quality and effectiveness of educational practices, policies and outcomes using the Accreditation Standards for PA programs as the point of reference. Prerequisite: Admission to the DMS degree or certificate program.