The physician assistant program at PCOM, leading to a Master of Science degree is 26 months in duration. The program is offered at both our main campus in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and at our campus in Suwanee, Georgia.
It provides comprehensive academic and clinical medical education to prepare students for their professional roles as Physician Assistants. 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. Core didactic courses such as clinical medicine, pharmacology, pathology, and history taking and physical examination provide a thorough theoretical and practical background in basic medical education and clinical diagnostic skills.
Students will develop a solid grounding as a generalist with a focus on patient communication skills and advanced clinical problem-solving skills. They will acquire technical proficiency in areas related to professional practice and will learn to use the latest in educational and medical technology. All didactic phase requirements must be successfully completed to be eligible to progress to the clinical phase. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 is required for progression from the didactic phase to the clinical preceptorship phase. During their clinical preceptorships student refine their medical knowledge and clinical skills by participating in supervised patient care, teaching rounds and clinical procedures as they rotate through various preceptorships at out-patient and in-patient clinical facilities. In keeping with the mission of the program, students are exposed to a variety of practice settings and patient populations. Following completion of preceptorships, students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better to graduate. All requirements for graduation must be completed within 4.5 calendar years from the first date of matriculation.