What sets PCOM's Physician Assistant program apart from others in the region—or nation
for that matter? It might be that the first-time pass rate for our graduates on the
Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam is exceptionally high. Or perhaps it
is the fact that program graduates are so highly valued by employers that half pursue
active job leads before graduation. Then again it could be that PCOM has the most
up-to-date labs and learning environment and that the program is the only one in Pennsylvania
housed within an osteopathic medical school.
The reality is that all of these factors set us apart. In addition, expert faculty,
many of whom work as physician assistants on the front lines, keep their skills current
and stay relevant within the field. Frankly, there isn’t a richer learning environment
than PCOM—where students and educators interact and collaborate with one another.
In the PA program, students get hands-on experiences early in the course of their
studies. They work with standardized patient-actors who play the role of patients
with specific medical histories, train in modern medical facilities for clinical rotations
and benefit from clinician-patient encounters in PCOM's community Healthcare Centers.
Leaders from facilities where PCOM PA students complete rotations confirm that they
have solid grounding as generalists and are highly skilled, compassionate medical
professionals who are well prepared and eager for the work at hand.
Graduates of the Physician Assistant program go on to careers in hospital and emergency
department settings, surgical centers, rural and urban clinics, private medical practices
and nursing homes. Look in nearly any specialty within medicine and you'll find a
physician assistant at work. With fast growth in the field predicted until 2018 and
beyond, there's never been a better time to investigate the profession.