What is Degree Works?
Degree Works is a degree audit and advising system to help students, administrators, and advisors plan for academic success.
You will find useful information when you log-in such as classes you have completed along with the grade earned, diploma application status. any holds you may have, residency status, overall GPA and your degree progress.
Cultivate clinical, educational and leadership skills and knowledge, while earning qualifications and credentials to advance your career as a PA
The Doctor of Medical Science (DMSc) program for PAs is designed to build a depth of knowledge and skill in advanced practice of medicine. The goal of this program is to provide experienced PAs the flexibility to enhance their knowledge holistically, as well as study and focus in a topic of their choosing and interest.
The program curriculum features clinical and practical courses taught at UMB. Hands-on practicums will be conducted and supervised by UMB faculty with advanced training and focused on relevant clinical projects and improving health outcomes at the state, regional level within and beyond Maryland Health Systems.
Become more knowledgeable, skilled, technologically literate, and prepared to engage in leadership, research, clinical education, and clinical process improvement in the practice of medicine with the DMSc for PAs.
Employers are increasingly seeking doctoral-trained PAs to fill clinical and academic positions as well as certification of advanced qualifications (CAQ) based on specialty.
As a DMSc graduate, you will be prepared to provide intercultural leadership and clinical education, contribute meaningfully to strategic development, implementation, management, evaluation, and foster continuous improvement of clinical teams, practice, and systems. You may find employment in any of the following the in-demand positions:
- Advance practice provider directors
- Clinical practice team leaders
- Managers and clinic owners
- PA educators
- Healthcare leaders
The DMSc for PAs consists of 19 courses for a total of 60 credits.
The following coursework will be offered online. These courses are generally 8-weeks in length and delievered in sequential order. With asynchronous and select synchronous options, students may study anytime, or anywhere.
- 15 credits (6 courses) from the MS Health Science - PA curriculum
- 5 credits (2 courses) from elective based on student interest/need
The following coursework will take place in-person, under the supervision of PA faculty with clinical practice and leadership experience within the state and at UMB.
- 24 credits (8 courses) of didactic coursework
- 16 credits (3 courses) of clinical and impact labs and capstone
Program Completion Timeline
- The degree is designed for completion within three academic years of part-time study. Students will have up to six years to complete curriculum.
- Participants can start the program in the fall term only.
Upon the completion of the DMSc, graduates will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge about established and evolving biomedical and clinical sciences and the application of this knowledge to patient care.
- Demonstrate interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills that result in the effective exchange of information, advancing learning, and healthcare in collaboration with patients, families, and health professional team members.
- Demonstrate leadership ability to engage with a variety of other health care professionals in a manner to optimize safe, effective, patient- and population-centered care.
- Engage in reflection and critical analysis of one’s own practice experience, the medical literature, and other information resources for the purposes of self-evaluation, lifelong learning, practice improvement, and organizational health.
- Demonstrate a commitment to practicing medicine ethically and in legally appropriate ways and emphasizing professional maturity and accountability for delivering safe, quality, affordable health care to patients and populations.
- Provide person-centered care that includes patient- and setting-specific assessment, evaluation, and management and healthcare that is evidence-based, supports patient safety, and advances health equity.
- Recognize and understand the influences of the ecosystem of person, family, population, environment, and policy on the health of patients and integrate the knowledge of these determinants of health into patient care decisions.
- Utilize principles of intercultural leadership, health system science, implementation and dissemination science when dealing with complex problems to promote the strategic use of resources to improve care and operational effectiveness.
Admission requirements are listed below:
- An official application
- 75.00 application fee
- No GRE Required
- Official transcripts from all former institutions
- Statement detailing a practice based issue or problem you are interested in improving.
- 3 letters of recommendation
- Current CV/Resume
- NCCPA Certification, current and active
- Current Licensure in the US, preference for regional licensure- MD, DC,DE, PA
- 2 years minimum clinical experience or graduation from an accredited post graduate residency
The UMB Graduate School is committed to preparing generations of compentent healthcare leaders. On our campus, you'll find faculty with a wealth experience and PAs dedicated to educating students who will go on to positively impact the health of our diverse society. Leveraging both virtual and face-to-face teaching, advance your career with one of our professional development opportunities.
Health Professions Education (MS, PhD)
Gain the academic skills needed to conduct educational research, lead educational programs, institutions, curricula, and organizations in the health and medical professions with a PhD or MS in Health Professions Education. These programs aim to provide students with the necessary tools to further develop interprofessional health profession course and curricular design, research, and assessment skills.
Physician Assistant Leadership and Learning Academy
Consider a Faculty Fellowship program, which provides PA clinicians with experiences and training to prepare them to become part of the PA faculty workforce. The Physician Assistant Leadership and Learning Academy (PALLA) supports the development of PA education across the state of Maryland.
The Physician Assistant Leadership and Learning Academy (PALLA) is centrally located at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. PALLA aims to develop a Maryland Physician Assistant workforce and faculty capacity to educate the next generation of PA students while advancing Physician Assistant education, research, and policy. The vision of PALLA is to create an inclusive learning community dedicated to excellence in education.