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Online Doctorate of Physician Assistant

Earn the Highest Degree for Physician Assistant.

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

Tuition Information

  • TUW’s tuition for the Entire Doctorate of Physician Assistant is $29,400, There are no additional fees such as e-text.
  • TUW’s tuition for the Doctorate of Physician Assistant is $700 per semester credit unit.
  • Your employer may offer a tuition assistance program so speak with your human resource representative to find out if financial support is available to you. A TUW Tuition Assistance Counselor is available to you in order to determine your eligibility for financial aid and other tuition assistance programs.
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Program Requirements

The program includes several phases. The first phase includes required courses in the scholar-practitioner model, associated topics in the healthcare and medical fields, and applicable research methods for healthcare professionals.

Upon completion of the required courses, the student begins the first phase of the research project with each student working closely with a faculty chair and committee in completion of the research project phase proposal. In this phase, students personalize their academic journey for greater outcomes, by selecting a topic of interest to codify lessons learned in their field and or developing skills applicable to a research area of interest.

In the final phase, students finalize their research area of interest with a product that lends to real-world solutions while simultaneously achieving their desired goal in the program as a Doctor in the Doctorate of Physician Assistant Program.

For additional information, please visit the TUW Catalog.

Admission Requirements

Students seeking to enroll in Touro University Worldwide’s Doctoral program must meet the following criteria to be considered for admission:

  1. Have earned a Master’s degree from an accredited institution. If the degree was awarded oversees, it must be from an institution that is approved by the Ministry of Education.
  2. Cumulative GPA of 3.4 in the accredited Master’s Program.
  3. Current licensure or possess an Emeritus status.
  4. NCCPA certification or Emeritus status
  5. Minimum 2 years clinical practice / experience

Students, who meet the above criteria, will be required to complete the following steps in order to be admitted and enrolled at TUW:

  1. Submit an application to the University. There is a non-refundable $25 application fee. (Click here to apply)
  2. Submit official transcripts from all institutions attended. Transcripts must come directly from the issuing institutions. Students who completed college coursework outside the United States must have their transcripts translated and evaluated. (See Foreign Credit for additional information.)
  3. Submit two letters of recommendation from Physicians and or Administrators who can verify clinical experience and provide a recommendation for the candidate.
  4. Submit a verification of NCCPA certification or Emeritus status.
  5. Submit a Curriculum Vitae that demonstrates the minimum of 2 years of clinical experience as a Physician Assistant or a Physician Assistant Educator.
  6. Submit a Doctoral Entrance Essay. The entrance essay is an essential part of the Doctoral Program and serves as the way the Doctoral selection committee become familiar with the candidate. The entrance essay is the means by which the candidate presents oneself to the committee, which include the following:

    1. Brief Biography;
    2. Career plan; and
    3. Goals in pursuing the doctorate at Touro University Worldwide.

The Doctoral Admissions Committee will evaluate the essay. Committee members seek evidence regarding critical qualities and abilities including:

  • Motivation, maturity of judgment, and creativity;
  • Evidence of a sound personal agenda that includes achievable personal and professional objectives;
  • Awareness of intellectual strengths as well as skills needing development;
  • Awareness of program requirements;
  • Proficiency with standard written English including the ability to express concepts and communicate meaning in concise writing.

The Doctoral Entrance Essay components should include the following:

  1. Biographical Component Earlier learning experiences, both formal and informal, should be described. Characterize in terms of the nature and general outcome prior study, related work experience, and participation in scholarly research (if any).
  2. Career Plan Component Explain how a doctoral-level education fits with stated career plan and goals. How will doctoral study, in conjunction with background and interests, further those goals?
  3. Goals in Pursuing the Doctorate Briefly discuss the reasons for enrolling in doctoral study at Touro University Worldwide, including but not limited to:

    1. The reasons for selecting the TUW program rather than another doctoral program;
    2. The particular goals anticipated to be attained through completion of the doctoral curriculum;

Proposed topics being considered for the dissertation.