Physician Assistant Studies

Philadelphia and Georgia Campuses

MS in Health Sciences
Physician Assistant Studies

Physician Assistants (PAs) are health professionals who practice medicine with supervision by licensed physicians. PAs deliver a broad range of medical and surgical services in a variety of clinical settings.

PCOM's PA program provides a comprehensive academic and clinical medical education to prepare students for their professional roles as Physician Assistants. Students may enroll at either our Suwanee, Georgia campus, or our main campus in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. PCOM offers students a holistic view of health care—one that considers all areas of well being and provides the opportunity to study and collaborate with students from a variety of medical-related disciplines.

PCOM offers a dynamic learning environment where students and educators constantly interact and collaborate with one another. All full-time PA program faculty are, or have been, practicing physician assistants, and thus they bring a broad range of perspectives and experience.

PA students also benefit from extensive hands-on experiences—starting early in the course of their studies. They work with patient-actors who assume the roles of patients with specific medical histories, train in modern medical facilities for clinical rotations, and benefit from clinician-patient encounters in supervised clinical practice experiences.

As a result of all this training, our graduates are exceptionally prepared and highly sought after. First-time pass rate for our graduates on the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam is exceptionally high. Our graduates are so highly valued by employers that half pursue active job leads before graduation.



Career Options

  • Physician Assistants deliver a broad range of medical and surgical services to diverse populations in both rural and urban settings throughout the world.
  • PAs work in a variety of settings, including private practice, hospitals, nursing homes, student health services, and rural and urban clinics.
  • Look in nearly any specialty within medicine and you'll find a physician assistant at work. With fast growth in the field predicted until 2022 and beyond, there's never been a better time to investigate the profession.


Program Highlights

Physician Assistant Studies


Program consists of five consecutive terms (14 continuous months) of classroom instruction and four consecutive terms (12 continuous months) of clinical rotations in multiple medical disciplines.


PCOM offers six-week rotations in the following disciplines: emergency medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, prenatal care/gynecology, general surgery, pediatrics and behavioral medicine. In addition to those seven core rotations, we offer the opportunity to students to select their own four-week elective rotation.

Success Rate

Over the last five years, PCOM graduates achieved a 98 percent first-time pass rate on the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam, above the national average every year.


The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine Physician Assistant Program in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and approved a distant campus in Suwanee, Georgia. Both the main campus and distant campus programs are 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.

Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be March 2018. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.