Physician Assistant Studies

Bachelor/Master of Science Degree (B.S./M.S.)
Physician Assistant Studies student

About this program

Highly selective and rigorous, the Physician Assistant Studies program at Penn College is home to an elite group of individuals. Determined and dedicated to make a difference in the lives of others, our PA students are among the best and brightest. This five-year combined bachelor/master of science degree program begins with three years of pre-professional education and is followed by a year of intensive lab-based study and a year of clinical experience in a variety of medical settings. This intensive progression prepares graduates with the knowledge and confidence to evaluate, diagnose, and treat medical conditions. 

Acceptance in this major is based upon additional requirements beyond College admission.

100%

Graduate Placement Rate

PA-C

Board-Certified Faculty

5:1

Student-to-Cadaver Ratio

Careers

  • Primary care medicine
  • Emergency medicine
  • Family practice
  • Orthopedics
  • Cardiovascular surgery
Courses

At Penn College, we believe your educational experience should go beyond specialized skills. Real-world ready means taking a broader approach that builds communication skills, inspires collaboration, and encourages exploration of arts, history, and science.

​​Specialization requires in-depth knowledge and high-level proficiency. Students learn and apply major-specific concepts, skills, and methods.

  • Principles of Biology I (BIO108)
  • General Chemistry I (CHM111)
  • Principles of Biology II (BIO109)
  • General Chemistry II (CHM121)
  • Math Elective (MTH180 or Higher) (MTD)
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I (BIO115)
  • Elementary Statistics with Computer Applications (MTH160)
  • Organic Chemistry I (CHM210)
  • Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (CHM211)
  • College Physics I (PHS115)
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology II (BIO125)
  • Microbiology (BIO201)
  • Biochemistry (CHM370)
  • Genetics (BIO310)
  • Basics of Medical Terminology (MTR104)
  • Pathophysiology I (PHA516)
  • Pharmacology I (PHA522)
  • Human Cadaver Anatomy (PHA575)
  • Principles of Clinical Medicine I (PHA547)
  • Diagnostic and Procedural Methods I (PHA505)
  • History and Physical Assessment I (PHA539)
  • Principles of Dermatology (PHA583)
  • Diagnostic and Procedural Methods II (PHA506)
  • Pathophysiology II (PHA517)
  • Pharmacology II (PHA523)
  • History and Physical Assessment II (PHA540)
  • Principles of Clinical Medicine II (PHA548)
  • Human Cadaver Anatomy II (PHA576)
  • Principles of Emergency Medicine (PHA580)
  • Psychopathology (PHA584)
  • Diagnostic and Procedural Methods III (PHA507)
  • Pharmacology III (PHA524)
  • History and Physical Assessment III (PHA541)
  • Principles of Clinical Medicine III (PHA549)
  • Pediatrics (PHA558)
  • Professionalism and Ethics in Physician Assistant Practice (PHA560)
  • Principles of Surgery (PHA581)
  • Principles of Obstetrics and Gynecology (PHA582)
  • Physician Assistant Internship Seminar I (PHA609)
  • Internal Medicine Internship (PHA612)
  • Elective Internship I (PHA618)
  • Pediatrics Internship (PHA621)
  • Emergency Medicine Internship (PHA615)
  • Psychiatry Internship (PHA616)
  • Obstetrics & Gynecology Internship (PHA619)
  • Physician Internship Seminar II (PHA622)
  • Family Practice Internship (PHA611)
  • Surgery Internship (PHA617)
  • Elective Internship II (PHA623)
  • Senior Capstone (PHA696)
  • PA Completion Requirement (PHA)

​Perspectives are points of view, offering a variety of ways of understanding, interacting, and influencing the world. Students identify, explain, and utilize the approaches used by academics and professionals to study, analyze, or understand problems, and offer solutions.

  • Humanities Elective (HUM) or
  • Art Elective (ART) or
  • Social Science Elective (SSE) or
  • Foreign Language Elective (FOR) or
  • Applied Arts Elective (AAE) or
  • International Field Experience Elective (IFE)
  • Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective (FIT)
  • Speech Elective (SPC)
  • Open Elective (OEA)

​​Foundations are the practical, intellectual, and social skills: communication, collaboration, critical and ethical thinking, quantitative thinking, and technological literacy that are crucial to every student at every stage of education and at every stage of life.

  • First Year Experience (FYE101)
  • English Composition I (ENL111)
  • Information, Technology, and Society (CSC124)
  • English Composition II (ENL121) or
  • Technical and Professional Communication (ENL201)
  • General Psychology (PSY111)
Facilities

Modern Fully-Equipped Lab

Gain hands-on experience in state-of-the-art labs, including the on-site cadaver lab with a 5:1 student to cadaver ratio.

Student Experience

“My current experience, is in part, a credit and tribute to the foundation I received as a student of the Physician Assistant Program at Penn College. This credit includes the program director and faculty, along with my classmates, who were gracious and understanding in relation to my experience as an Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran, and my continued service in the Army National Guard. I have built a career I will forever cherish.”

Terry Cropf

Chief Advanced Practitioner, Neuroscience Institute, Geisinger Health System

Industry Partners

Work with experts to become an expert

Penn College's strong partnerships impact every step of your journey – from your first day in the classroom and labs, to career placement (oftentimes before graduation) and beyond.

UPMC Susquehanna
Geisinger
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Student Life

Lead and put your skills to the test

Physician Assistant Club (PA Club)

Pre-PA students are encouraged to join the PA Club. All PA major students are expected to participate in PA Club activities and strongly encouraged to join the state and national PA societies – PSPA and SAAAPA.

Student Organizations at Penn College

Your college experience is about more than the classroom. Join one of 65+ clubs and organizations, or create your own.

News
08.08.2019

Simulated medical cases guide students toward real-life care

Physician assistant students recently visited the surgical technology lab for the last of three simulated patient cases that ...

07.31.2019

Students’ service to LLWS players, fans featured on newscast

Eyewitness News reporter Morgan Parrish talked Wednesday with students in Penn College’s physician assistant and emergency ...

07.30.2019

PA Class of ’20 makes milestone move

The physician assistant Class of 2020 celebrated its transition from classroom study to clinical rotations during the program’s ...

Study Abroad

Gain global experience

Physician Assistant students recently completed clinical rotations in Peru.

Read Their Story

Clinical Experience

Your knowledge in practice

Students will spend their last year of study completing clinical rotation. The program offers two elective rotations allowing you to explore sub-specialties that align with your interests. Clinical rotations include: family practice, pediatrics, psychiatry, emergency medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, internal medicine, surgery, and two electives.

Student Experience

The community as their classroom

Students take action with mock crisis drill

Students from Penn College’s School of Nursing & Health Sciences and School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications joined area law enforcement, emergency management and health care professionals in a recent simulation at UPMC Susquehanna Williamsport Regional Medical Center and a variety of other locations.

Read more

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.

More Information

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.

The grading scale in this program will be as follows:
A = 90-100
B = 80-89.99
C = 75-79.99
F = 74.99 and below – student has not met minimal requirements to pass
Grades are not rounded. Students must maintain a minimum graduation GPA of 2.0.

Child-abuse clearance, 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.

View general transfer information

Alternative Credit refers to academic credits earned through means other than traditional college course completion, including: credit by exam, articulation, proof of competency gained in high school, work/life experience, and advanced placement.

Visit the Alternative Credit Options page for requirements and procedures and for information on credit through Advanced Placement.

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

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.

National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (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

 

  • 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
Contact

Admissions Counselor

Lorenzo Marefka

SASC, Rm. 1088
800.367.9222 ext. 7111
lmarefka@pct.edu