PA Studies Program Receives Approval

September 28, 2015
PA facultyPhysician Assistant Studies faculty members on the Georgia Campus include (L-R):
Carrie Smith, MPA, PA-C, Assistant Professor; Nancy McLaughlin, MHA, DHSc, PA-C, Assistant Professor, Assistant Program Director and Georgia Campus Site Director; Rebekah Thomas, PharmD, PA-C, BCPS, BC-ADM, Assistant Professor; and Tia Solh, MPAS, PA-C, Assistant Professor, Didactic Coordinator.


Today, the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has approved Georgia Campus – Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (GA-PCOM) as a site for a Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies. 

Twenty students will be admitted to the two year program which will begin in June 2016. Prospective students may apply through the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA).

The PCOM Physician Assistant Studies program in Pennsylvania sought approval for the distant campus location at its branch campus in Georgia. The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the PCOM Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.

According to its website, the ARC-PA is the accrediting agency that protects the interests of the public and physician assistant profession by defining the standards for physician assistant education and evaluating physician assistant educational programs within the territorial United States to ensure compliance with those standards.

Physician Assistants are health professionals who practice medicine with supervision by licensed physicians. They deliver a broad range of medical and surgical services in a variety of clinical settings.

GA-PCOM offers students a holistic view of healthcare – one that considers all areas of well-being and provides the opportunity to learn with students from a variety of healthcare disciplines. The 20-acre campus, located in Gwinnett County in Suwanee, features pharmacy research and teaching laboratories, a large anatomy lab, a clinical learning center, research and multi-use basic science laboratories, three pharmacy practice labs and a large osteopathic manipulative medicine practice suite.

In addition to the Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies, the campus offers Doctorate degrees in Osteopathic Medicine and Pharmacy, as well as the Master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences. The campus will host an Open House this Friday, October 2 from 5:30 – 8 p.m. where prospective students can meet faculty, staff and students, learn about programs and tour the campus. To register for the Open House, visit



Georgia Campus – Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (GA-PCOM) is a private, not-for-profit branch campus of the fully accredited Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, a multi-program institution of educational excellence founded in 1899. GA-PCOM offers the doctor of osteopathic medicine degree, the doctor of pharmacy degree, as well as graduate degrees in biomedical sciences and physician assistant studies. The campus, located in Suwanee, Georgia, is also home to the Georgia Osteopathic Care Center, an osteopathic manipulative medicine clinic, which is open to the public by appointment. For more information, visit or call 678-225-7500.


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