The Physician Assistant program is designed to prepare the student for comprehensive
practice in a variety of clinical settings following completion of the second year
of the program. The goals and objectives of our program are guided by the criteria
set forth in the Accreditation Standards for Physician Assistant Education as established
by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc.
(ARC-PA). The PCOM program has received accreditation from the ARC-PA and our graduates
are eligible to sit for the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants
(NCCPA) Examination. This certification is required by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
and most states to practice as a Physician Assistant. Students receive a Master of
Science from PCOM after successful completion of their second year.
The graduate phase of the program at PCOM, leading to a Master of Science degree at
PCOM, is approximately 26 months in duration. It provides comprehensive academic and
clinical medical education to prepare students for their professional roles as Physician
The program consists of five consecutive terms (14 continuous months) of classroom
instruction and four consecutive terms (12 continuous months) of clinical preceptorships
in multiple medical disciplines. The didactic component provides a solid foundation for the clinical component.