Physician Assistant (M.M.S.)
1 Program, 2 Campuses!
Arcadia University operates two campuses, one in Glenside, Pennsylvania and one in Christiana, Delaware. More.
About the Physician Assistant Program
- The PA program is within the College of Health Sciences which also includes the departments and programs in Physical Therapy, Genetic Counseling and Public Community and Global Health
- Two campuses: Glenside, Pa., and Christiana, Del.
- Dual Degree program with Public Health at Glenside Campus
- Strong ties with regional medical communities
- Global health experiences
- Clinical simulation training
- Full cadaver dissection
- Electronic note service and podcasting of lectures
- Attendance at National PA Conference included in tuition
Personal Attention and Diverse Clinical Experiences
Arcadia’s Physician Assistant (PA) program provides students from across the country with the foundation for professional growth through personal attention, diverse clinical experience, and a commitment to excellence. With quality instruction and clinical opportunities, the program continues to enjoy an overall exceptional pass rate on the National Commission on the Certification of PAs board examinations. View Program Outcomes.
In the last decade, the number of programs designed to educate physician assistants (PAs) has grown substantially. This profession began in the 1960s with the formal training of medical corpsmen who wished to use the experience they gained in the military to further their careers in civilian life. According to the 1994 National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) reports on programs, the number of certified physician assistants reached 1,998 by 1975, and today there are greater than 80,000 PAs in the United States. Many of these positions are found in rural or urban communities.
The physician assistant is trained to take medical histories, perform physical examinations, diagnose common illnesses, order laboratory tests and determine treatment including prescribing appropriate medication, as well as counseling and educating patients concerning their medical problems.