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Butler University Doctor of Medical Science
Doctor of Medical Science

The DMS Program

A physician assistant student examining a young patient during her pediatric experience

Shape the Future of Healthcare

As the nation’s healthcare environment continues to evolve, PAs must possess the latest information to deliver safe, efficient, and effective care. Through the Doctor of Medical Science program at Butler University, PAs will build upon their previous education and experiences and gain a greater depth of medical knowledge focused within primary care.

A distinctive curriculum that includes business and leadership courses allows PAs to develop the business operation and management acumen to effectively make decisions, and lead within their places of work.

All courses are online allowing students to continue to work while taking classes to achieve an advanced degree in a way that best suits their schedule. Campus residency is not required.

The DMS program will help Physician Assistants:

  • Commit to life-long scholarship
  • Gain a broader understanding of medicine
  • Develop business operation and management acumen
  • Enhance leadership skills

Why a DMS from Butler University?

The Doctor of Medical Science program was created by faculty within Butler’s Physician Assistant program, the longest accredited PA program in the state of Indiana. Butler’s PA program has a successful record of accomplishment of graduating PAs that are respected in their field and valuable contributors within the communities they serve.

The Butler PA program is ranked 37th in U.S. News & World Report’s ratings of the Best Physician Assistant Programs. Since 2013, the program has climbed 60 spots. Other accolades include a 99 percent pass rate on the PA certification examination over the past five years, a 100 percent job-placement rate within six months of graduation over the past three years, and a championship in the Indiana Academy of PA Student Challenge Bowl for three of the past four years.