Physician Assistant Studies

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

About this program

Pursue your master’s in Physician Assistant Studies at Penn College and join a tight-knit community determined to make tomorrow better than they found it. As rigorous as it is rewarding, this program will challenge you to solve complex problems, provide care with compassion, and communicate with clarity. Beginning your very first semester, you’ll get hands-on experience in the cadaver lab—dissecting and evaluating the complexities of the human body. From there, you’ll explore everything from pharmacology and cardiology to women’s and children’s health. And thanks to a series of supervised clinical practice experiences in diverse disciplines, you’ll get a preview of possibilities to consider post-graduation.

Students who are interested in the Physician Assistant Studies program but haven't completed a bachelor's program should consider the Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences.

A limited number of seats are available in this program. That’s why we rely on selective admission criteria to select applicants with the highest potential for success. Entry into the program is competitive.

Read more about the selection criteria →

Next steps...

You're on your way to becoming a tomorrow maker.

COVID-19 Vaccination Information

On November 4, 2021, an emergency regulation was issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requiring the COVID-19 vaccination for healthcare workers. Individuals considering applying to this program should be aware that the COVID-19 vaccination will be required to participate in clinical experiences for Spring 2022 and beyond. For the most up-to-date information about our clinical partners’ vaccination requirements, please contact the program office.

99%

Graduate Placement Rate

Newly Renovated Labs for Fall 2022

5:1

Student-to-Cadaver Ratio

Careers

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

License/Certification Disclosure Information →

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.

  • Pathophysiology I (PAS525)
  • Pharmacology I (PAS530)
  • Patient History & Physical Assessment I (PAS542)
  • Clinical Medicine I (PAS550)
  • Diagnostic & Procedural Practices I (PAS565)
  • Human Cadaver Anatomy (PAS575)
  • Pathophysiology II (PAS526)
  • Laboratory Medicine (PAS528)
  • Cardiology (PAS529)
  • Pharmacology II (PAS531)
  • Patient History & Physical Assessment II (PAS543)
  • Clinical Medicine II (PAS551)
  • Professionalism & Ethics in Physician Assistant Practice (PAS560)
  • Diagnostic & Procedural Practices II (PAS566)
  • Pharmacology III (PAS532)
  • Patient History & Physical Assessment III (PAS544)
  • Clinical Medicine III (PAS552)
  • Diagnostic & Procedural Practices III (PAS567)
  • Medical Decision Making (PAS571)
  • Women & Children's Health (PAS573)
  • Principles of Emergency Medicine & General Surgery (PAS574)
  • Physician Assistant Internship Seminar I (PAS609)
  • Internal Medicine Internship (PAS631)
  • Elective Internship (PAS635)
  • Pediatrics Internship (PAS637)
  • Physician Assistant Internship Seminar II (PAS622)
  • Emergency Medicine Internship (PAS632)
  • Behavioral & Mental Healthcare Internship (PAS633)
  • Women's Health Internship (PAS636)
  • Family Medicine Internship (PAS630)
  • Surgery Internship (PAS634)
  • Concepts in Physician Assistant Practice (PAS672)
  • Capstone (PAS696)

​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.

​​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.

Facilities

Renovations in Progress

Our learning labs are currently undergoing renovations for Fall 2022. Check back soon for new photos!

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

Tour Schedule

Seeing is believing.

Think Penn College might be a good fit for you? Make plans to visit! Due to ongoing renovations, academic tours of the physician assistant facilities are currently not being offered; however, you may schedule an on-campus information session to learn more about the program.

Visit Penn College

We're working on tours specifically for the Physician Assistant Studies program. Check back soon for more information.

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
Student Life

Lead and put your skills to the test

Physician Assistant Club (PA Club)

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

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
01.05.2023

Recent grad receives award from state professional society

Bryan M. Bilbao, who earned a combined bachelor’s/master’s degree in physician assistant studies from Pennsylvania College of ...

11.13.2022

Trailblazing PA grad leads weeklong ‘Give Thanks’ lineup

As part of Penn College’s “Give Thanks, Paw It Forward” campaign, an annual expression of deep and widespread ...

09.08.2022

Penn College launches master’s in physician assistant studies

Pennsylvania College of Technology is set to accept students into its Master of Science in physician assistant studies for Fall ...

Gain global experience
Study Abroad

Gain global experience

Physician Assistant students recently completed clinical rotations in Peru.

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Clinical Experience

Your knowledge in practice

Students will spend their last year of study on clinical rotation, completing seven core rotations (family medicine, internal medicine, emergency medicine, behavioral and mental health care, surgery, women's health, and pediatrics) as well as an elective rotation, allowing students to explore a sub-specialty that aligns with their interests. Clinical rotations are coordinated by the PA program, and students are never required to provide or solicit clinical sites or preceptors.

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. The program's accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website at http://www.arc-pa.org/accreditation-history-penn-college-of-tech/.

More Information

The 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-Continued 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 program's Accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website at http://www.arcpa.org/accreditation-history-penn-college-of-tech/

National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) Pass Rates
The "NCCPA Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) Exam Performance Summary Report Last 5 Years" compares the PANCE pass rates for the five most recent cohorts of Penn College PA Program graduates to the respective national average.
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Anyone desiring entrance into this major must first gain admission to Penn College by applying through the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA). Acceptance into this selective admission major is based upon additional requirements beyond College admission. Details are available on the Selective Admission Criteria and Process webpage.

The grading scale in this program for all PAS courses 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

Please refer to the Physician Assistant Studies program manual for additional in-program academic progression requirements.

The transfer of graduate-level physician assistant studies credits is not accepted into this major.

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.

The Penn College PA Program does not award advanced standing for any physician assistant professional phase coursework completed at another PA program.

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

 

The physician assistant program at Pennsylvania College of Technology has determined that its curriculum meets the state educational requirements for licensure in all 50 states secondary to its accreditation by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). This determination is based on the following statement from the Physician Assistant Education Association (https://paeaonline.org/alerts/department-of-education-professional-licensure-disclosure-regulation/): "As of July 2020, all 50 states require graduation from an ARC-PA accredited program and certification following successful completion of the PANCE as conditions for initial PA licensure. By virtue of ARC accreditation, PA programs offer a curriculum necessary for licensure in all 50 states....For a complete summary of initial licensure requirements in all 50 states, please click here https://www.aapa.org/download/19739/."