Program Information

About The Program

The Physician Assistant Studies program is part of the College of Science, Health, and the Liberal Arts.  It is a comprehensive academic experience that stresses the practical application of current medical theory. The program faculty are actively practicing health care providers with a great depth of knowledge and experience. Students are exposed to the clinical environment throughout their education with patient contact even during the classroom or didactic portion of the program. The Physician Assistant Studies program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA).

During the didactic part of the program, students learn about basic sciences, behavioral sciences, clinical medicine and assessment as well as all aspects of clinical skills using interdisciplinary education.  We have our own cadaver lab on site for our gross anatomy class.

During the clinical phase of the program, students complete a series of rotations in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings including emergency medicine, internal medicine, primary care, surgery, women’s health, pediatrics, psychiatry and electives including dermatology, orthopedics, oncology, and many more.

This program is currently only available in the day for full-time students. The clinical or practical portion may involve some night and weekend hours. There are two available options for admission to and completion of the Physician Assistant Program:


ACCREDITATION

The Philadelphia University Physician Assistant Studies Program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission of Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA).  ARC-PA only accredits physician assistant programs.  The last accreditation site visit was March 2011.  The program received a five year reaccreditation.