Mission, Goals, Outcomes


The DMSc program aims to promote the physician assistant profession through the enhancement of knowledge in leadership, healthcare policy, quality medical delivery improvement, and research.



  • Graduates will demonstrate a commitment to scholarship and lifelong learning;
  • Graduates will demonstrate leadership in medicine appropriate to a physician assistant;
  • Graduates will demonstrate competency in clinical medicine appropriate to a physician assistant.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • 1. Demonstrate the importance of evidence-based medicine in clinical practice;
  • 2. Contribute to the body of medical literature;
  • 3. Recognize and describe aspects of quality in patient care;
  • 4. Employ techniques and protocols that lead to safe patient care;
  • 5. Promote patient safety;
  • 6. Communicate effectively in clinical and other medical settings;
  • 7. Acknowledge the importance of ethical behavior in medical settings;
  • 8. Describe key differences between rural and urban medical practice;
  • 9. Identify and manage legal, regulatory, economic, and organizational factors that affect medical practice.

Program News

February 10, 2020

RMC to launch new Doctor of Medical Science program

The Rocky Mountain College Board of Trustees and faculty have approved a new Doctor of Medical Science (DMSc) program designed for practicing physician assistants who already have their master of physician assistant degrees.
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September 10, 2020

New Doctor of Medical Science Program officially accredited

Dr. Heather Heggem, Program Director for Rocky Mountain College’s new online Doctor of Medical Science (DMSc) program, is pleased to begin welcoming practicing physician assistants (PA’s) into the program.
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