DMS Degree

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 degree program at Butler University, PAs will build upon their previous education and experiences and gain a greater depth of medical knowledge.  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 degree program will help PAs:

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

Why a DMS degree from Butler University?

The Doctor of Medical Science degree was created by faculty within Butler’s PA 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.

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.

Alumni Perspective

The DMS Program Has Expanded My Knowledge

“As I think about my next 20 years of practice, and consider other opportunities, whether its academics or leadership, the Butler DMS program has expanded my knowledge of evidence-based medicine, organizational leadership, and operations management to improve the care we deliver to patients.”


Todd Osterbur PA-C
Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery, Riley Hospital
Butler DMS ’22