College of Health Sciences

Physician Assistant Global Programs

International Study and Service Opportunities

Arcadia’s Physician Assistant program offers a variety of international clinical opportunities to interested students. Many of our students find the experience of practice in another country to be a valuable and illuminating piece of their clinical education. The experience often allows students to gain a unique perspective on how medical care differs in various global climates. 

Student costs for clinical opportunities typically range between $2,500 to $4,000, depending on the location of the experience. We offer limited scholarships of $1,500 and $3,000 to eligible students toward the cost of international experiences. To-date, Arcadia Physician Assistant students have studied in over twenty countries around the world, including South Africa, Costa Rica, Guatemala, India, Scotland, England and Belize.

The Physician Assistant program has also organized one-week medical trips to bring our PA students and faculty to communities in need. These trips to Appalachia, Panama and Nicaragua have given students a new perspective on clinical experience while providing essential care to local populations. Read about our 2016 spring break medical trip to Nicaragua or watch our video.

Global Partners in Better Health Services

Since 2011, Arcadia University’s PA Program has partnered with the University of Pretoria’s (South Africa) Department of Family Medicine, through the American International Health Alliance’s AIHA) HIV/AIDS Twinning Center Program.

The purpose of the partnership is to assist in development and strengthening of the Clinical Associate Training Program. The Clinical Associate (ClinA) is a new mid-level healthcare professional in South Africa modeled after the physician assistant in the U.S.

Clinical Associates are playing a critical role in the provision of primary care services, as well as specialized HIV prevention, care, and treatment services in rural, under-served parts of the country.

Arcadia's PA program faculty have shared expertise on teaching methods, assessments techniques and curriculum development to the Bachelor of Clinical Medicine Program faculty (BCMP) at Pretoria.

Faculty and student exchanges have occurred annually over the course of the partnership. Assistance with the development of the professional organization for Clinical Associates has also been a focus of the partnership. To date, 6 Arcadia faculty and 11 PA students have traveled to South Africa while 6 Pretoria faculty members and 6 Clinical associate students have traveled to the US.

Linda Brasel, Assistant Professor and Academic Coordinator in our department of Medical Science, is a valued contributor to the program.

Dr. Linda Brasel, guiding a Physician Assistant student in knot-tying during class.