Medical Science (DMSc) | Springfield College

Medical Science (DMSc)

Doctor of Medical Science
About This Program
Admissions Contact

Danielle Clough
Associate Director of Graduate Admissions
(413) 748-3729
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Program Contact

Joshua Merson, DMSc, MS-HPEd, PA-C
Program Director and Associate Professor

Curriculum and Delivery
  • 37-credit program
  • 100% online courses held asynchronously to meet the needs of PAs working full time
  • Program is made up of four 12-week semesters
  • Taught by accomplished doctoral faculty who are at the forefront of their fields, gaining insights that will shape your expertise
  • Two program concentrations: Healthcare Administration or Education
  • Program curriculum
  • DMSc Handbook
Start Dates and Duration
  • Start in July (summer/fall semester) or December (winter/spring semester) 
  • Program can be completed in 12-15 months while working full time
  • Courses are offered full time or part time 
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Wednesday, July 24 at 6 p.m.

Doctor of Medical Science Virtual Information Session
Tuesday, August 27 at noon

Resources for Military & Veteran Students Information Session
Tuesday, September 17 at 1 p.m.

Doctor of Medical Science Virtual Information Session
Monday, October 21 at noon

Doctor of Medical Science Virtual Information Session
Tuesday, December 3 at noon

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Revolutionize Health Care.

Embark on a transformative journey in health care by enrolling in the Doctor of Medical Science (DMSc) at Springfield College. Our DMSc program was created by PAs, offering an unparalleled opportunity for PAs to elevate their careers and impact patient care. 

The DMSc at Springfield College will cultivate your leadership skills, enabling graduates to contribute to health care policy decisions, medical education, and interdisciplinary collaboration. By fostering a deep integration of clinical expertise and leadership skills, the program plays a pivotal role in shaping the future of medicine, driving innovation, and addressing complex health care challenges. 

The DMSc at Springfield College offers two concentrations:

Healthcare Administration Concentration: Developed with a curriculum meticulously designed to blend advanced clinical knowledge, scholarship, and leadership skills. You will be equipped to bridge the gap between healthcare leadership and evidence based medicine, ultimately enhancing patient outcomes and advancing medical knowledge. 

Education Concentration: Whether you’re currently working in PA education or aspire to do so, this concentration is your key to professional success. Through focused courses in curriculum design and development, program development and upkeep, and the intricacies of accreditation, you will acquire the expertise needed to complement your existing medical skills. You’ll graduate fully equipped to not only elevate your own clinical aptitude but also to shape the education of future generations of health care providers. 

Student Learning Outcomes:

Healthcare Administration Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Doctor of Medical Science: Healthcare Administration Concentration graduates will be able to:

  1. Provide advanced and/or specialized care to patients by demonstrating enhanced competency, exceeding the requirements for entry-level competencies for PAs as defined by the NCCPA:
    • Knowledge for practice
    • Interpersonal and communication skills
    • Person centered care
    • Interprofessional Collaboration
    • Professionalism and Ethics
    • Practice-Based Learning and Quality Improvement
    • Society and Population health
  2. Develop the skills needed to take on leadership roles at local, national and/or global levels. 
  3. Review, critique and develop plans/projects for improving patient safety and outcomes.
  4. Develop professional writing skills
  5. Create an evidence-based article for publication.

Education Concentration Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Doctor of Medical Science: Education Concentration, graduates will be able to:

  1. Apply medical education literature and learning theory to advance student learning and  program effectiveness through application of the PAEA PA educator competencies: 
    • Teaching 
    • Learner-Centeredness 
    • Interpersonal and Communication Skills 
    • Professionalism and Role-Modeling 
    • Program and Curriculum Design and Implementation 
    • Program Evaluation 
    • Scholarship Development 
    • Leadership 
    • Mentorship 
  2. Develop projects that improve student learning outcomes, program curriculum, program  assessment and accreditation maintenance. 
  3. Develop professional writing skills 
  4. Create an evidence-based article for publication

How to Apply:

Admissions Requirements

  1. Complete the FREE online application: Once your application form is processed you will receive an email with your application portal login credentials and instructions for submitting supplemental materials as listed below.
  2. Essay: In one page or less, double-spaced, please convey your professional aspirations that this degree will help you to achieve. 
  3. Resume: Please include personal, educational, and professional achievements. 
  4. One letter of recommendation: Recommenders will receive an email when you submit your application and will be able to upload your letter to your application.
  5. Proof of licensure: Submit documentation showing proof of active licensure or certification as a PA professional
  6. Transcripts: An official transcript from each college/university you have attended is required. In order to be considered official, transcripts must be received directly from the original source, by email to or mailed to the college address: 

Springfield College
Office of Graduate Admissions
263 Alden Street
​​​​​​​Springfield, MA 01109

International Applicants

All international applicants from non-English speaking countries are required, in addition to the items listed above, to submit:

  • Proof of English language proficiency by way of the TOEFL or IELTS. Other tests may be accepted on a case-by-case basis. Please refer to our language requirements for more information on acceptable tests, minimum scores, exemptions, and conditional acceptance. If your undergraduate degree was earned in the United States and you successfully completed college-level English, we will consider English language proficiency met.
  • Please note: Transcripts must be in English. If the transcript is not in English you will be required to submit a professional credential evaluation completed by any member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). For this we recommend SpanTran, with its customized portal for Springfield College applicants. World Education Services or Josef Silny & Associates, Inc. are also recommended for your credential evaluations.

The staff in the Office of International Admissions can assist you with questions you may have about enrolling at Springfield College as an international student by emailing

Application Deadlines

Domestic Students:

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis for July (summer/fall semester) and December (winter/spring semester).

International Students:

Summer Semester

  • Application and Supporting Materials Deadline: February 1

Spring Semester

  • Application and Supporting Materials Deadline: October 1
Luanne A. McCloskey, DMSc PA-C

"I decided to enter into a Doctor of Medical Science (DMSc) program after being in clinical practice for about 13 years. I felt it was important at that point in my practice to take the next step in advancing my career. Continued learning is an important part of making sure we, as physician assistants, are practicing at the top of our scope of practice and advancing our profession.

Enrolling in a DMSc program has proven to be a pivotal decision that has significantly accelerated my professional and personal growth and opened doors to diverse opportunities. This kind of program offers a comprehensive curriculum that equips PAs with a level of expertise that is both current and relevant to their practice. In-depth coursework, ranging from global medicine to health care leadership, expands knowledge and hones critical thinking and problem-solving abilities.

One of the most transformative aspects of a DMSc program is its emphasis on practical application. My improved critical thinking and problem-solving skills have allowed me to take on more of a leadership role in my practice as well as positioning me as a dynamic and adaptable healthcare professional, capable of navigating complex scenarios with poise and expertise. A DMSc program also prepares PAs to take on other non-clinical roles such as teaching and administration with confidence and enhanced knowledge and skill.

I am grateful for the profound impact a DMSc program has had on my career. The program's comprehensive curriculum, practical approach, and extensive network collectively propels PAs toward achieving their professional aspirations. Without a doubt, a DMSc program can empower PAs to explore specialized areas of interest within the medical field and open new opportunities outside of clinical medicine. I am confident that it will continue to propel me to even greater heights within the medical field."

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