College ranks among top five DO degree producers for minority students and is ranked in the top 10 for psychology degrees.
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) ranked first among more than 2,700 institutions across the U.S. for the number of doctor of osteopathic medicine degrees awarded to students of two or more races, according to the 2017 Diverse: Issues in Higher Education list of “Top 100 Degree Producers” for minority students.
The College also ranked third for the number of doctor of osteopathic medicine degrees awarded to African-Americans, and fourth for the number of those degrees awarded to individuals in the “Total Minority” category.
“These rankings serve as a testament to our commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive environment at PCOM, one that promotes discovery and celebration of our differences,” said Marcine Pickron-Davis, PhD, chief diversity officer. “Diversity in the health care fields is incredibly important as our population continues to grow and change. Exposing our future health care providers to those with differing viewpoints and experiences better prepares them to serve their patients and clients in a competent and caring manner.”
PCOM also ranked in the following areas:
The College also rounded out the top 100 for doctoral degrees in all disciplines, in the “Total Minority” category.
“The Office of Admissions strives to reach potential students from all backgrounds who have an interest in science and the health professions, and it is our hope to increase the number of underrepresented minorities in those fields,” said Deborah Benvenger, MBA, chief admissions officer. “And through our various programs targeting pre-college students, we are able to provide exceptional learning opportunities and engender an interest in those fields as early as possible.”
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 US 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 24 issue of Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.
Founded in 1899, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine 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 offers doctorate degrees in educational psychology, osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy and psychology, and graduate degrees in aging and long-term care administration, biomedical sciences, forensic medicine, mental health counseling, organizational development and leadership, physician assistant studies and school psychology. Our 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 in inner-city and rural locations. For more information, visit pcom.edu.
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