Program Information

About The Program


The Physician Assistant Studies program 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.

U. S. News and World Report ranks the program in the top 20 in the United States. We are proud of our reputation and have created an excellent curriculum that integrates knowledge, skills, patient advocacy and an understanding of team-based practice. Our graduates are sought after, compassionate and competent professionals delivering high-quality, cost-effective health care in a variety of settings.

Students exploring the PA Profession have 2 paths to completing a degree at Philadelphia University: 

Undergraduate entry is for students who are preparing to complete high school or who have less than 16 hours of college credits completed. These students will gain a B.S. in Health Sciences and an M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies in 5 years.

Graduate entry is for students who are planning to enroll in a master’s degree program after the completion of a bachelor’s degree. These students will earn an M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies in 25 months.

Philadelphia Campus offers both an undergraduate entry and a graduate entry option. New Jersey offers a graduate entry only.

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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.

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted “Accreditation – Continued” to the Philadelphia University Physician Assistant Program in Atlantic City, New Jersey, sponsored by Philadelphia University. Continued accreditation is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards. Continued 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 comprehensive review of the program by the ARC-PA will be 2017.