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Doctor of Physician Assistant

The Doctorate of Physician Assistant (DPA) is a terminal doctoral degree for graduate PAs offered at Touro University Nevada. The clinical doctorate is designed to complement the core clinical and professional foundation of the graduate Physician Assistant. The DPA curriculum prepares graduates to utilize their specialized area of medical/surgical practice to expand on key professional attributes including clinical expertise, scholarly endeavors, and leadership skills to practice in a contemporary healthcare field.

DPA Program Features


The DPA curriculum is a comprehensive academic program designed to prepare the graduate PA for participation in various roles in healthcare.  


Touro University Nevada is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) as a branch campus of the California school.

Job Opportunities

DPA graduates will be prepared to participate in leadership roles as advanced clinical practitioners, medical educators, healthcare policy experts, industry experts, and researchers.

Goals and Outcomes

The program is designed to advance your career with a focus on your clinical specialty.

  • Develop in-depth, accurate, evidence-based knowledge of the field.
  • Understand central issues and current research in health care.
  • Critically appraise and apply theoretical information to solve practical problems.
  • Design, conduct, and interpret research.
  • Prepare and communicate scholarly information in written and oral forms to scientific and lay audiences.

Program Highlights

Start Dates Per Year
Semester Credits
Semesters to Complete the Program

Admission Requirements

Touro Nevada was established to help address critical needs in healthcare and education, and as a resource for community service in the state of Nevada. Come be a part of our family.

Requirements Overview

  • Bachelor's or master’s degree in physician assistant studies or a similar program
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • NCCPA certification or Emeritus status
  • Submit two letters of recommendation

Primary Application

All applicants must complete a Touro application and submit a $75 nonrefundable application fee.

Application & Requirements

Meet Our Director

Michael Clark

Hello, and welcome to the Touro University Nevada Doctor of Physician Assistant Program.

Expanding your knowledge base as a PA is a critical investment in yourself, your patients, and to the profession. The DPA Program is a clinical doctorate designed for the graduate PA.  The curriculum is designed to expand on the entry-level foundational graduate-level PA education in a curriculum that employs your clinical experiences while exposing you to scholarly activity and healthcare leadership skills.

Tailored for the graduate PA working in any clinical or surgical specialty, our diverse program will prepare you for advanced clinical practice, leadership, education, research, and industry.

Our program is 100% online and faculty are always accessible. Faculty support is paramount to your success in the DPA Program, and we take pride in our student-centered approach taught by our highly respected faculty.

Thank you for considering Touro Nevada’s DPA Program.

Michael G. Clark, DMSc, PhD, PA, FACC, DFAAPA
Director, Doctor of Physician Assistant Program

Mission Statement

The mission of the Touro University Nevada DPA Program is to advance graduate Physician Assistants in their professional growth by providing a comprehensive, structured Doctoral level study. 

Here For You

Your goals are supported at Touro Nevada. You can receive academic and personal support, get involved in clubs and organizations, and enjoy life in southern Nevada.

Life at Touro Nevada

Technology & Facilities

Touro Nevada understands that innovation in technology and our facilities are vital component to your success. Investment into equipment, technology, classrooms are on-going and part of Touro Nevada's commitment to students.

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Your Faculty

Your Touro Nevada faculty are more than professors. They are leaders in their respective fields. You will also be supported by staff who are dedicated to students and the university.

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