1,117 students are enrolled in the College’s various doctoral and graduate programs for the 2018-19 academic year.
As the 2018-19 academic year is underway at Georgia Campus – Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (GA-PCOM), the campus has started the semester with the highest enrollment in its 13-year history.
As of October 1, 2018, the registrar has enrolled 1,117 students, including 126 biomedical sciences students, 540 osteopathic medicine (DO) students, 367 pharmacy students, 45 physician assistant (PA) studies students and 39 physical therapy students.
The campus’ enrollment has grown since 2005 when 86 osteopathic medicine students began their education. In the meantime, class sizes have increased and programs in biomedical sciences, pharmacy, PA studies and physical therapy have been added to the array of academic offerings.
Chief Campus Officer, Bryan Ginn said, “GA-PCOM continues to add great value and significant impact to the medical and health professions workforce(s) of Georgia and the southeastern United States, fully consistent with our lofty and focused mission.” He added, “The community of learners that is GA-PCOM remains quite proud of these students and the role they will play in serving the health needs of the future.”
In the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine program, close to 5,000 applications were received to fill 135 seats. Georgia colleges and universities with the most matriculants include the University of Georgia, Georgia State University, Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology and Kennesaw State University.
This year, 23 students from the campus’ biomedical sciences program matriculated into the DO program. Among the Georgia counties represented on campus this year by the DO class of 2022 are metro Atlanta counties including Gwinnett, DeKalb and Fulton, along with counties such as Bibb, Brooks, Columbia and Toombs counties. The students’ average age is 25.
About 91 pharmacy students from the class of 2022 began classes in August. Primarily from Georgia and with an average age of 27, these students hail from counties including Baldwin, Chatham, Coweta, Fayette, Habersham, Sumter and Ware. They graduated from colleges such as Georgia Southern University, the University of North Georgia, West Georgia College, the University of Georgia and Georgia State University, to name just a few.
The Doctor of Physical Therapy program began its inaugural class at GA-PCOM in June. Thirty-nine students, with an average age of 26, will advance through the three-year program toward their doctorate degrees.
Seventy-three students have entered the campus’ biomedical sciences program this fall. With an average age of 25, students are primarily from Georgia, but also represent the states of Florida, Virginia, Alabama and others. The Georgia entering students received their undergraduate degrees from colleges such as Emory University, Georgia Gwinnett College, Mercer University, Morehouse College, Valdosta State University and the US Naval Academy.
With undergraduate degrees in athletic training, biological sciences, nutrition, health sciences and many others, 26 physician assistant studies students began their curriculum in June. The students hail primarily from Georgia, but also from states such as Florida and Mississippi. With an average age of 26, they represent colleges such as Kennesaw State University, the University of Georgia, Shorter College and the University of North Georgia.
As the student population has grown, efforts have been made to create a diverse staff and faculty to reflect the student population. To recognize our work, the college received the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award in 2015, 2016 and 2017.
According to Aisha DeBerry, GA-PCOM director of diversity and community partnerships, “In order for a campus to be welcoming, we must look to the requests of the campus culture. We want to be intentional with our efforts to prepare students for communities in which they will practice and we strive to continue efforts of awareness for our staff and faculty who support the students and each other. ”
Established in 2005, PCOM Georgia is a private, not-for-profit, accredited institute of higher education dedicated to the healthcare professions. The Suwanee, Georgia, campus is affiliated with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine which has a storied history as a premier osteopathic medical school. PCOM Georgia offers doctoral degrees in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, and physical therapy and graduate degrees in biomedical sciences and physician assistant studies. Emphasizing "a whole person approach to care," PCOM Georgia focuses on educational excellence, interprofessional education and service to the wider community. The campus 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 pcom.edu or call 678-225-7500.
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