Online Doctorate of Physician Assistant

42
Credit Hours
1.5
Avg. Completion
Years

Class Type

100% online, 8-week courses

Transfer Credits

Transfer in up to 6 credits

Accreditation

WSCUC

Doctorate of Physician Assistant Curriculum (DPA)

The curriculum is comprised of 42 credits (14 courses). The completed doctoral research project serves as evidence of program mastery and achievement of the Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs).

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DPA Required Core Courses (30 Semester Credits)

Course Description

This course provides students an orientation to the Doctorate of Physician Assistant Program and the scholar-practitioner model. This course is designed to provide an overview of the scholar-practitioner perspective in professional settings. Students will learn about the process of the Scholar-Practitioner model to apply theory to practice that lend to their Doctoral Research Project in their area of clinical practice/specialty.

Credits

3

Course Description

This course aims to allow candidates to implement the principles of evidence-based practice and policy, practice guidelines, and information utilization for practice modeling.

Credits

3

Course Description

This is the first of 3 courses that focus on pharmacology and therapeutics used in the treatment of the disease process. Students will use this first course to select a specialized area of interest that will be utilized in the doctoral project proposal and research processes.

Credits

3

Course Description

This course is designed to provide the student with both fundamental and complex legal and policy issues surrounding the financing and delivery of healthcare in the United States.

Credits

3

Course Description

This course will enhance the student’s awareness of the current dynamics of management and delivery systems as they relate to population medicine.

Credits

3

Course Description

This is course is the second of 3 courses and is a continuation of DPA 702, which expands upon the pharmacology and therapeutics used in the treatment of the disease process. Students will build upon the specialized area of interest that will be utilized in the Doctoral Research Project proposal and research processes.

Credits

3

Course Description

This is course is the last of 3 courses and is a continuation of DPA 705, which expands upon the pharmacology and therapeutics used in the treatment of the disease process. Students will refine their specialized area of interest that will be utilized in the Doctoral Research Project proposal and research processes.

Credits

3

Course Description

This course is designed to allow the student to examine and understand the contemporary issues they are faced with in the clinical practice of medicine.

Credits

3

Course Description

In this first of two courses in research methods, students learn the fundamentals of the research process, underlying theories in healthcare, and the relationship of conceptual models to perform scientific investigations.

Credits

3

Course Description

In this second course of research methods, students expand on concepts learned in DPA 708. Students evaluate research findings in the field of medicine. Quantitative reasoning, and statistical analysis and are introduced as applicable to performing scientific investigations in contemporary medicine.

Credits

3

Doctoral Research Project Proposal Phase (6 Semester Credits)

Course Description

In this course, with the assistance of a selected Chair and committee, students prepare a selected clinical research project or thesis that contributes to their area of interest. In this phase, students conduct external research of clinical practices to codify lessons learned and propose fundamental methods to collect data/content, which may contribute to but not limited to scholarly publications, field specialty publications, professional conferences and more. Additionally, students are introduced to the Doctoral Management System (DMS), which serves as the primary learning platform throughout the entire Doctoral Research Project process.

Credits

3

Course Description

In this course, students continue to work with the Chair and Committee to finalize their selected clinical research project or thesis proposal. By the conclusion, students present their oral and written culminating proposal to the Chair and committee.

Credits

3

Doctoral Research Project Phase (6 Semester Credits)

Course Description

In this course, students continue to work with the Chair and Committee on their selected doctoral research project or thesis that contributes to their selected area of interest. Students gather evidence for the research project or thesis as applicable with pre-approval from TUW’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) including but not limited to data collection/content, permissions to use previous and/or concurrent clinical studies, interviews, etc.

Credits

3

Course Description

In this course, students work with Chair and committee members to finalize the doctoral research project or thesis compiling findings, results, and or implications. Students will integrate and synthesize all components of the doctoral research project or thesis and submit to the Chair in preparation of the final oral and written presentation of the doctoral research project or thesis.

Credits

3

WSCUC Accreditation

Touro University Worldwide is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). Touro College Los Angeles (Lander Campus) is a division of Touro University Worldwide.

For more information on WSCUC, visit www.wascsenior.org or write WSCUC at 985 Atlantic Ave., Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501.