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Butler University Doctor of Medical Science
Doctor of Medical Science

The DMS Program

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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.  Additional areas of focus include patient population and safety as well as self and organizational leadership.

Within this distinctive curriculum students may choose between two areas of concentration. 

  • The Healthcare Practice and Administration Concentration includes business and leadership courses that provide the foundation for the development of business operation and management acumen to effectively make decisions, and lead within their places of work.  
  • The PA Educator Concentration is tailored to those individuals who would like to enhance their understanding of teaching and medical education for PAs. 

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 98 percent pass rate on the PA certification examination over the past five years and a 99 percent job-placement rate within six months of graduation over the past three years.


Earn Category I CME Credit

Earn AAPA Category 1 CME credit for a portion of a number of courses in the program. The course work was reviewed by the AAPA Review Panel and is compliant with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for a total of 108.00 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. PAs may only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation and successful completion of the post-test is required to earn  the credit. Category I CME credit is subject to approval by the AAPA Review Panel on a yearly basis.