PCOM Ranks as a Top Degree Producer for MinoritiesAugust 27, 2018
The College had an impressive showing, ranking first in the categories of “Health
Professions and Related Programs” and “All Disciplines Combined” among students of
two or more races, among other high marks.
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) ranked first for the number of
doctor of osteopathic medicine degrees awarded to African American students and to students of two or more races,
according to the 2018 Diverse: Issues in Higher Education list of “Top 100 Degree Producers” for minority students.
The College also had an impressive showing in other areas, ranking first in the categories
of “Health Professions and Related Programs” and “All Disciplines Combined” among
students of two or more races. The College also placed fourth for the number of master’s degrees awarded to students of two or more races in the discipline of “Homeland Security,
Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services” (for its Forensic Medicine program), and sixth for the number of clinical, counseling and applied psychology degrees awarded to African Americans.
PCOM also ranked in the top 20 for the following:
- 11th in master’s degrees in health professions and related programs for students of
two or more races
- 14th for doctor of osteopathic medicine degrees for Hispanic students
- 16th for doctor of osteopathic medicine degrees for Asian American students
- 17th for total number of graduate-level degrees for all disciplines among students
of two or more races
“PCOM continues to strive to create a diverse and inclusive campus that celebrates our differences and encourages the sharing of new viewpoints and
experiences,” said Marcine Pickron-Davis, PhD, chief diversity and community relations officer. “Creating this type of environment
for future health professionals ensures they will be better prepared to provide excellent
care to each and every patient.”
“Our Admissions team recruits the best possible candidates from all backgrounds who have the drive and
passion to become caring and competent health professionals,” said Deborah Benvenger,
MBA, chief admissions officer.
“We work closely with community partners to grow that drive and passion through our various programs targeting pre-college
students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds,” added Marsha Williams,
MSEd., associate director of admission for diversity initiatives and recruitment.
PCOM also placed within the top 100 for professional doctorate degrees awarded to
minority students in clinical, counseling and applied psychology, and for all disciplines combined among African American students.
The “Top 100 Degree Producers” list, released annually by Diverse: Issues in Higher
Education, is the only national report of graduate degrees earned by African American,
Hispanic, Asian American and Native American students by U.S. colleges and universities.
It is compiled through an analysis done by that publication of reports submitted by
institutions to the U.S. Department of Education. The sample of 2,718 institutions
comprises participating Title IV institutions in the US that are open to the public.
The full list can be found in the August 23 issue of Diverse: Issues in Higher Education
or at diverseeducation.com.
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About Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Founded in 1899, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) has trained thousands
of highly competent, caring physicians, health practitioners and behavioral scientists
who practice a “whole person” approach to care—treating people, not just symptoms.
PCOM operates three campuses (PCOM, PCOM Georgia and PCOM South Georgia) and offers doctoral degrees in clinical psychology, osteopathic medicine, pharmacy,
physical therapy and school psychology, and graduate degrees in biomedical sciences,
forensic medicine, mental health counseling, organizational development and leadership,
physician assistant studies, school psychology, and public health management and administration.
PCOM students learn the importance of health promotion, research, education and service
to the community. Through its community-based Healthcare Centers, PCOM provides care
to medically underserved populations. For more information, visit pcom.edu or call 215-871-6100.
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