MMS-PhD Dual Degree
The MMS-PhD is
a 5- to 7-year sequential degree program that is offered in conjunction with the Wake Forest University Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. The student earns a Master of Medical Science in
Physician Assistant Studies after completing a PhD in Molecular Medicine and Translational
Science (MMTS). This degree program targets students interested in clinical research, community
research, and the translation of knowledge into improved human health. Graduates
with the MMS-PhD will be
basic scientists trained to function successfully in clinical environments and
will have considerable professional flexibility. They can work as clinician
scientists on teams conducting clinical trials, for example, or they can teach
and do research within academic health centers.
for the MMS-PhD dual degree program must be accepted first into the
PhD program through a separate admissions process to the Graduate School.
The student can apply for admission to the PA program during the first, second, or third year of study in the PhD program and will begin the preclinical year
in the PA program after completing the final thesis defense. Students interested in the MMS-PhD dual degree program
must meet the PA program course prerequisites to be eligible for admission the
dual degree program.
applicants should note the following:
- Students with the MMTS PhD who were involved with translational research and
attached to a physician mentor are considered to have met the PA program admission requirement of 1,000 patient/clinical contact hours.
- Because students with the MMTS PhD have completed a doctoral thesis, they are also considered to have met the PA program requirement to complete a Graduate Project.
A change to the
curriculum pathway was approved by the university and implemented in June 2014.
For more information, students may contact PA
Studies Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org