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The Doctor of PA Studies (DPAS) program is specifically for PAs and housed in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies. It is a post-professional degree program during which learners achieve competence in the domains of Practice-Based Learning and Quality Improvement. It is designed to enhance career opportunities for practicing PAs.

Program Summary
42 credits (plus 30 required transfer credits from a health-related graduate program of study) Classes start in May 2022 
Completed in as little as one year Competitive tuition compared to other doctoral degrees for PAs

About the Program

The DPAS Program coursework, based on the competencies for the PA Profession, consists of online courses that culminate in a Scholarly Practice Capstone Project and defense. The DPAS program allows PAs to pursue a doctorate after completion of their master’s degree while remaining in their place of practice. 

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Mission and Goals

Pitt's Doctor of PA Studies sets its goals high.  

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Policies and Procedures

View the Doctor of PA Studies handbook: (Link is coming soon.)

School resources: 

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