(Effective Fall 2020)
- School of Nursing & Health Sciences
- Combined Bachelor/Master of Science (B.S./M.S.)
- More Information about Physician Assistant Studies
Physician assistants (PAs) are health professionals authorized by the state to practice medicine with the supervision of a licensed physician. Physician assistants exercise autonomy in medical decision making and provide a broad range of 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, an understanding of the inter-professional nature of modern health care and a commitment to the patient's welfare are essential attributes.
Graduates of the combined Bachelor/Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies will be eligible to sit for the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE). To practice medicine as a PA, students must graduate from a program accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA), pass the PANCE, and obtain state-specific authorization to practice through state licensure, registration, or certification processes.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for physician assistants during the time frame of 2014-2024 is projected to increase by 30% (much faster than the average of 7% growth rate for all occupations). Physician assistant was added to the high priority occupations in Pennsylvania and by the Central Workforce Investment Board in 2015. Pennsylvania is listed as one of the states with the highest number of employed physician assistants. Certified physician assistants (PA-C) are employed in a variety of settings nationwide, including (but not limited to): family practice, obstetrics and gynecology, internal medicine, gastroenterology, plastic surgery, neurology, neurosurgery, psychiatry, oncology and hematology, emergency medicine, orthopedic surgery, general surgery, cardiovascular surgery, correctional medicine, urology, and pediatrics.
Recommended High School Subjects
Because of the strong emphasis on science and math in this major, applicants are encouraged to complete and have a strong academic performance in three high school math courses and three high school science courses, which include at least one biology
Special Admissions Requirements
To view acceptance criteria, testing requirements, performance expectations, and the admissions ranking system, consult the Physician Assistant selective admissions information for Fall 2020 or the Physician Assistant selective admissions information starting Fall 2021.
Special Equipment Needs
Students accepted into the didactic year of the combined Bachelor/Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program are required to have a laptop and will incur expenses for medical instruments, uniforms, malpractice insurance, clearances and certifications, etc. See the complete list on the program website.
All incoming students must meet placement requirements in English, math, and reading. All developmental course remediation must be completed during the pre-PA curriculum to be considered for selection.
This major is subject to the transfer standards established by the College (see http://www.pct.edu/catalog/TransferringCredits). Exceptions must be approved by the school dean.
International health credentials/licensure, sciences courses, and most math courses will not be accepted to satisfy requirements of this major. Please see additional information for international students applying to the School of Nursing & Health Sciences majors.
Program GoalsA graduate of this major should be able to:
- use the skills necessary to become a certified physician assistant;
- work as a compassionate, ethical, and culturally competent health care provider;
- communicate professionally with patients, families and other members of the health care team;
- demonstrate the technical skills for patient-centered care, including aspects of evidenced-based medicine, patient education resources, accessibility, and cost effectiveness; and
- demonstrate critical thinking, analysis, scientific inquiry and problem-solving abilities.
The grading scale in this program for all PHA 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.
|FYE101||First Year Experience||1||.50||1.50||S||REQ|
|BIO108||Principles of Biology I||4||3||3||M||REQ|
|CHM111||General Chemistry I||4||3||3||M||REQ|
|ENL111||English Composition I||3||3||S||REQ|
|BIO109||Principles of Biology II||4||3||3||M||REQ|
|CHM121||General Chemistry II||4||3||3||M||REQ|
|MTD||Math Elective (MTH180 or Higher)||3||M||MTD|
|MTR104||Basics of Medical Terminology||3||3||M||REQ|
|BIO115||Human Anatomy and Physiology I||4||3||3||M||REQ|
|ENL121||English Composition II||3||3||S||REQ|
|ENL201||Technical and Professional Communication||3||3||S||REQ|
|CHM210||Organic Chemistry I||3||3||M||REQ|
|CHM211||Organic Chemistry I Laboratory||1||3||M||REQ|
|SOC111||Introduction to Sociology||3||3||S||REQ|
|PHS115||College Physics I||4||3||3||M||REQ|
|BIO125||Human Anatomy and Physiology II||4||3||3||M||REQ|
|MTH159||Statistics for Health & Behavioral Sciences||3||3||M||REQ|
|ARP||Core Arts Perspective||3||S||ARP|
|CSC124||Information, Technology, and Society||3||3||S||REQ|
|FIT||Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective||2||S||FIT|
|HIP||Core Historical Perspective||3||S||HIP|
|PHA475||Human Cadaver Anatomy||4||3||3||M||REQ|
|PHA450||Clinical Medicine I||5||5||M||REQ|
|PHA465||Diagnostic and Procedural Practices I||2||1||3||M||REQ|
|PHA442||Patient History & Physical Assessment I||2||1.50||1.50||M||REQ|
|PHA466||Diagnostic and Procedural Practices II||3||2||3||M||REQ|
|PHA443||Patient History & Physical Assessment II||2||1||3||M||REQ|
|PHA451||Clinical Medicine II||4||3||3||M||REQ|
|PHA460||Professional and Ethics in Physician Assistant Practice||3||3||M||REQ|
|PHA467||Diagnostic and Procedural Practices III||2||1||3||M||REQ|
|PHA444||Patient History & Physical Assessment III||2||1||3||M||REQ|
|PHA452||Clinical Medicine III||4||3||3||M||REQ|
|PHA471||Medical Decision Making||1||3||M||REQ|
|PHA473||Women and Children's Health||2||1.50||1.50||M||REQ|
|PHA474||Principles of Emergency Medicine and General Surgery||2||1.50||1.50||M||REQ|
|PHA609||Physician Assistant Internship Seminar I||1||1||M||REQ|
|PHA631||Internal Medicine Internship||4||1||M||REQ|
|PHA632||Emergency Medicine Internship||4||1||M||REQ|
|PHA633||Behavioral and Mental Health Care Internship||4||1||M||REQ|
|PHA636||Women's Health Internship||4||1||M||REQ|
|PHA622||Physician Assistant Internship Seminar II||1||1||M||REQ|
|PHA630||Family Medicine Internship||4||1||M||REQ|
|PHA672||Concepts in Physician Assistant Practice||3||3||M||REQ|
|PHA696||Senior Capstone||3||Writing Enriched Requirement||3||M||REQ|
Notice of Conviction
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.
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.