Physician Assistant Studies

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MS in Health Sciences Physician Assistant Studies (PA) Program

PCOM's Physician Assistant (PA) Studies program provides a comprehensive academic and clinical medical education to prepare students for their professional roles as healthcare providers.

Students may enroll at either our Suwanee, Georgia location, or our main campus in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. PCOM's PA Studies program offers students a holistic view of health care—one that considers all areas of well being and provides the opportunity to study and collaborate with students from a variety of medical-related disciplines.


About PCOM's Physician Assistant (PA) Studies program

PCOM offers a dynamic learning environment where students and educators constantly interact and collaborate with one another. All full-time PA program faculty are, or have been, practicing physician assistants, and thus they bring a broad range of perspectives and experience.

PA students also benefit from extensive hands-on experiences—starting early in the course of their studies. They work with patient-actors who assume the roles of patients with specific medical histories, train in modern medical facilities for clinical rotations, and benefit from clinician-patient encounters in supervised clinical practice experiences.

As a result of all this training, our PA Studies program graduates are exceptionally prepared and highly sought after. First-time pass rate for our graduates on the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam is exceptionally high. Our graduates are so highly valued by employers that half pursue active job leads before graduation.

How long is PCOM’s PA Studies program?

PCOM's PA Studies program is a 26-month program consisting of five consecutive terms of instruction and four consecutive terms of clinical rotations.


What is a Physician Assistant?

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

Career options for PCOM Physician Assistant Studies program graduates

  • Physician Assistants deliver a broad range of medical and surgical services to diverse populations in both rural and urban settings throughout the world.
  • PAs work in a variety of settings, including private practice, hospitals, nursing homes, student health services, and rural and urban clinics.
  • Look in nearly any specialty within medicine and you'll find a physician assistant at work. With fast growth in the field predicted until 2022 and beyond, there's never been a better time to investigate the profession.
Can a physician assistant become a doctor?

The knowledge, skills and experience acquired as a physician assistant can be applicable to many related careers including physicians. PAs must still complete medical school and a residency program in order to become fully licensed doctors.

What are the prerequisites for becoming a physician assistant?

Applicants should have a baccalaureate degree in science or a health-related field. Direct patient experience, academic ability, problem-solving skills, maturity and commitment to the profession are among the factors considered for admission to PCOM's PA program. Visit our "How to Become a Physician Assistant" guide for more information.

Can you become a PA without a bachelor's degree?

A bachelor's degree—preferably in science or a health-related field, from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States, Canada or the United Kingdom—is required for admission to PCOM's PA program. For more information, visit the application requirements page.


How do you apply for PCOM's PA Studies program?

Visit our application requirements page to learn about degree requirements, the application process, prerequisite coursework and other considerations for PCOM's Physician Assistant Studies program. Ready to apply? PCOM is a participant in the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA), an online application service.


Cost of attendance and financial aid

PCOM is committed to helping students maximize funding sources and minimize student debt. Visit our Office of Financial Aid section to learn about cost of attendance, types of aid available and how to apply for financial aid.

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Program Highlights

Physician Assistant Studies

Success Rate

PCOM graduates exceed the national average first time pass rate for the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE). 

Hands-on Learning

Our program consists of five consecutive terms (14 continuous months) of classroom instruction and four consecutive terms (12 continuous months) of clinical rotations in multiple medical disciplines including emergency medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, prenatal care/gynecology, general surgery, pediatrics and behavioral medicine.

Expert Faculty

Our faculty use their professional knowledge and varied experience as practicing PAs to help students develop the critical thinking and problem-solving skills needed to succeed in clinical practice.


The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine 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 ARC-PA Standards.

Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be March 2028. The program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine Accreditation History.