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
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 admissions.pcom.edu/events.
About PCOM Georgia
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, a premier osteopathic medical school with a storied
history. PCOM Georgia offers doctoral degrees in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, and
physical therapy and graduate degrees in biomedical sciences, medical laboratory science,
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. For more information, visit pcom.edu/georgia or call 678-225-7500. 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 pcomgeorgiahealth.org.
For more information, contact: Barbara Myers Senior Public Relations Manager Email: BarbaraMy@pcom.edu Office: 678-225-7532 | Cell: