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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.

Applicants 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.

Potential 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 or 336-716-4356.

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PA Studies

Phone 336-716-4356
Fax 336-716-4432

Mailing Address:
Wake Forest School of Medicine
Department of PA Studies
Medical Center Boulevard
Winston-Salem, NC 27157-1006 

525 Vine Street, Suite 540
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

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