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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

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 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

For more information, contact:
Barbara Myers
Senior Public Relations Manager
Office: 678-225-7532 | Cell: 770-309-0613

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