Department of Medical Science Programs
Students gain the foundation for professional growth through a course of study focused on personal attention, quality instruction, diverse clinical experience, and a commitment to excellence. Graduates are prepared to deliver high-quality, cost-effective health care in a wide variety of settings, including hospitals, clinics, physicians’ offices, and other community settings.
Public Health and Physician Assistant
In this dual degree program, students prepare for leadership roles, which meet community health care needs. To pursue this dual degree, candidates must be accepted into the Master of Public Health Program and Master of Medical Science—Physician Assistant Program.
This 4+2 program prepares you with four years of undergraduate study followed by two years of graduate study in the Physician Assistant program. If you are interested in entering the Physician Assistant program you must first earn a bachelor’s degree in a major such as Biology, Chemistry or Psychology that enables you to complete the prerequisite courses.
Physician Assistant Service and Global Opportunities
Arcadia’s Physician Assistant program can broaden the perspective of a traditional medical education through service opportunities and international clinical experiences, which students often find to be an illuminating piece of their medical education. These experiences can offer unique perspectives on how medical care differs in various communities, both domestically and internationally. Availability varies and capacity may limit the number of students able to participate.
International Clinical Rotations: Participating students spend four weeks internationally with a supervising physician providing health care in clinical settings. Our students have studied in more than 20 countries around the world, including South Africa, Bolivia, England, Belize, Costa Rica, Guatemala, India, and Scotland.
Medical Service Trip Abroad: The Physician Assistant program typically organizes a one-week medical service trip in late spring to bring our students, alumni, and faculty to communities in need: Appalachia, Belize, Panama, Nicaragua, and Guatemala to name a few. These experiences give students the opportunity to provide care to local populations while gaining a new perspective on clinical work.
Medical Science Faculty
The faculty at Arcadia's physician assistant program will serve as your mentors and advisors through your academic journey to becoming a physician assistant. As members of the both the academic and healthcare communities, we are dedicated and committed to your success and growth as you become leaders in the PA profession and your communities.
- Irwin Wolfert, MD, Medical Director
- Erin G. Wolf, Interim Program Director, Physician Assistant Program
- Michael "Mike" Huber MMS, PA-C, DFAAPA, Assistant Professor / Director of Clinical Education - Residential PA Program
- Lisa D. Akselrad, PA-C, Assistant Professor Academic Coordinator
- Kevin BasilePT, MD, Assistant Professor/Director of Didactic Education
- Diana Hawthorne, PA-C, Assistant Professor/Academic Coordinator
- Kimberly Erikson PA-C, Clinical Director of Assessments & Remediation - Department of Medical Science
- Sophie M. Farley MMS, PA-C, Assistant Professor/Academic Coordinator
- Sharonda Felton, PA-C, Assistant Professor/Academic Coordinator
- Kaitlyn Gamber, PA-C, Assistant Professor / Academic Coordinator
- Elizabeth "Liz" Masten, PA-C, Assistant Professor / Assistant Director of Clinical Education
- Lisa Marie Murphy, PA-C, Assistant Professor/Clinical Coordinator
- Stephanie Pillai, PA-C, Assistant Professor/ Assistant Director of Didactic Education
- Zachary T. Weik, PA-C, Assistant Professor / Clinical Coordinator
- Erin G. Wolf, PA-C, Assistant Professor / Director of Admissions
- Timothy "Timo" Besse, PA-C, Assistant Professor/Academic Coordinator
- Gina Montefusco, PA-C, Assistant Professor/Academic Coordinator