Physician Assistant Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.)

Fall 2019 will be the final semester start date for the professional phase (didactic and clinical years) of the B.S. in Physician Assistant major, as this program transitions to a five-year combined B.S./M.S. degree. Entrance to this program is no longer available for new (high school) students. High school students, as well as transfer students who will not have all pre-requisites completed for selection into the major by Fall 2019, should refer to the Bachelor/Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies.

Physician assistants (PAs) are health professionals licensed to practice medicine with physician supervision. PAs exercise autonomy in medical decision making and provide a broad range of diagnostic and therapeutic services. The clinical role of physician assistants includes primary and specialty care in medical and surgical settings in rural and urban areas. Students will learn to work successfully in the health care environment, provide treatment for patients, problem solve, and value their professionalism.

The role of the physician assistant demands intelligence, sound judgment, intellectual honesty, appropriate interpersonal skills and the capacity to react to emergencies in a calm and reasoned manner. An attitude of respect for others, adherence to the concepts of privilege and confidentiality in communicating with patients, and a commitment to the patient's welfare are essential attributes. Individuals who can meet those requirements and become physician assistants will be able to provide the following services:

  • Evaluation
  • Monitoring
  • Therapeutics
  • Patient Education
  • Referral
During Health Careers Camp, Physician Assistant students practice casting techniques with high school students as 'patient campers'. A Physician Assistant student examines a patient’s ear to look for signs of infection. A Physician Assistant student removing a cast during Health Careers Camp.

After Graduation

Career Opportunities

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for physician assistants was $108,610 in May 2018. The top 10 percent earned more than $151,850.

Industries with the highest published employment for this occupation are:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Offices of Physicians64,540$52.01$108,180
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals28,050$52.47$109,140
Outpatient Care Centers8,910$56.15$116,780
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools2,620$49.21$102,370
Employment Services2,240$52.13$108,420

Statistics reported in May 2018

Program Accreditation

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the Pennsylvania College of Technology Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Pennsylvania College of Technology. 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 September 2027. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.

Program Goals

NCCPA Pass Rates

The NCCPA 5-year pass rate summary compares the pass rate of Penn College first time takers (PANCE) to the national average. Read More

Special Admissions Requirements

Transfer Procedures

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Estimate of Expenses

Special Equipment Needs

Students accepted into the Physician Assistant major will incur expenses for tools/instruments, uniforms, malpractice insurance, clearances and certifications, etc. See the complete list.

Clubs & Activities

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Notice of Conviction

Child-abuse clearances, criminal background checks, and drug screens are required. Students desiring entrance into the Physician Assistant major should be aware that clinical institutions could bar them from their sites if a criminal record exists or if a positive drug test is noted. (By virtue of contract for Penn College students to be at clinical sites, agencies have the right to ask for drug testing and background checks.)

Inability to gain clinical education experience results in inability to meet program objectives and outcomes. The presence of a criminal record can result in agencies refusing to issue credentials necessary for employment.

Work Study

Students enrolled in the Pre-PA Program or the PA Program cannot apply for work study jobs in the program.

Physician Assistant Advisory Committee

  • Ms. Beth Baylor, PA-C, '03, Physician Assistant, Geisinger Medical Center Department of Orthopedics
  • Praful U Bhatt, M.D., F.A.A.P, Physician Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, Lock Haven
  • Mr. Ricardo C Calla, PA-C, '00, Physician Assistant, PA Neurosurgery & Neuroscience
  • Dr. Robert A Donato, DO, Physician OB/GYN, A Woman's Health Center
  • Dr. Duane R Donmoyer, Physician, Miller Family Health Center
  • Dr. Gregory R Frailey, FACOEP, Medical Director, Prehospital Services, Susquehanna Regional EMS
  • Gary D Kanouse, M.D., Physician, Medical Administrator, Kanouse Medical Group PC
  • Mr. Ronald Mezick, PA-C, Physician Assistant/Partner, Lycoming Medical Associates
  • Stephen Paolucci, M.D., Chairman, Division of Psychiatry, Geisinger Medical Center
  • John F Turner, MD, FACS, Physician, Central Susquehanna Surgical Specialists
  • Mr. Donald Wieder, PA-C, '15, Physician Assistant, Geisinger Medical Center

Advisory committees, which act as recommending bodies to the faculty and administration, consist of in-field professionals who act as partners in the development of curriculum. Their curricular and equipment advice as well as their industry connections and internship opportunities are invaluable to our students and to the growth of our institution.

Contact information

Pennsylvania College of Technology
DIF 119

One College Avenue
Williamsport, PA 17701

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