Physician Assistant Studies Program Graduate and Professional Programs Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Physician Assistant Studies Program Graduate and Professional Programs Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Philadelphia , PA
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
December 1
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
1 Degree Offered
degrees offered


Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine's Rich Tradition of Education and Leadership Produces Confident Caregivers

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has been teaching students osteopathic medical traditions and practices for over 100 years. Many graduates of PCOM go on to become holistic, primary-care oriented osteopathic physicians, often serving populations who have insufficient medical access. Other graduates of PCOM go on to become forensic specialists, organizational leaders, psychologists, and physician assistants -- all of whom are professionals playing key roles in the comprehensive healthcare teams of the modern world.

Osteopathic medicine has a rich tradition of focusing on the entire body, and PCOM has a rich tradition of education and leadership. The programs at PCOM revolve around a multi-accredited environment with academic offerings that provide every student with the resources to become a competent, confident, and caring professional. The osteopathic philosophy focuses on the unity of all body parts, yet only 29 schools of osteopathic medicine currently exist in the country.

PCOM Offers a Strong Physician Assistant Curriculum to Prepare Students for the Challenges of Today's Compassionate Care

Physician assistants (PAs) are nationally certified and state-licensed medical professionals who practice medicine under the supervision of licensed physicians, delivering a broad range of medical services and patient care to diverse populations in a variety of settings.

The Physician Assistant Studies Program at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) offers a Master of Science degree in Health Sciences after successful completion of the 26 month program. The Physician Assistant Program at PCOM is the only program offered by an osteopathic medical school in Pennsylvania. PA students immediately receive hands-on medical education early in the professional training, working with physician assistants, osteopathic physicians, and other healthcare professionals.

The faculty at PCOM provides constant evaluation of students as future health care professionals. Students receive a comprehensive foundation in medical education, developing patient communication, technical proficiency, and clinical problem-solving skills. Students are well-prepared to start a career as a high-quality physician assistant.

Extensive Clinical Experiences Give PCOM Students Hands-On Experience, Extending the Continuum of Learning from Class to Community

In the PA program, students get hands-on experiences early in the course of their studies. They work with standardized patient-actors who play the role of patients with specific medical histories, train in modern medical facilities for clinical rotations and benefit from clinician-patient encounters in PCOM's community Healthcare Centers. PCOM offers 6 week rotations in the following disciplines: emergency medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, prenatal/gynecology, general surgery, pediatrics and behavioral medicine/long term care. In addition to those 7 core rotations we offer the opportunity to students to select their own 4 week elective rotation. PCOM has established affiliations across the country with hospitals, clinics and private practices.

PCOM emphasizes the continuum of learning for the individual physician assistant through the years of school, the preceptorships, and his or her professional life. To assure the quality and continuity of the physician assistant program, PCOM had made sure that the program has accreditation from the ARC-PA (Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc.) and that its graduates are eligible to sit for the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCA) administered by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).

PCOM Offers a Well-Equipped Activities Center, Right in Philadelphia, Close to Restaurants, Galleries, and Entertainment

Being located right in Philadelphia, PCOM offers many living options for students. Students living in apartments or sharing houses can live in Center City, Wynnefield, Overbrook, Manyunk, or numerous other nearby suburbs. Many of the housing options are within walking distance of the main PCOM campus, and many more are close to public transportation, to campus, and elsewhere. Students are encouraged to explore the opportunities afforded them by Philadelphia, including museums, shopping, restaurants, galleries, and thriving social scenes. Students who prefer to stay on campus will find plenty to do at the Activities Center, the hub of the PCOM community. The Activities Center is the center for fitness on campus, and includes a weight room with free weights, cardiovascular equipment, and plenty of other strength and conditioning machines. There are also a fitness studio, racquetball courts, and even an NBA regulation-size basketball court. Various athletic competitions and recreational events take place at the Activity Center, enriching the well-being, morale, and enjoyment of both students and staff. Fitness classes are available, and other recreational activities and events ensure that students will form interpersonal connections. Many of PCOM's student clubs are actively involved with community service, and PCOM students frequently volunteer in the community in various ways, such as providing health services at local events or clinics.

Location & Contact

Physician Assistant Studies Program

Graduate and Professional Programs
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

4170 City Avenue
Philadelphia , PA 19131-1694
United States

Office of Admissions

Phone: 215-871-6700

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Health Sciences Master of Science (MS)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 51
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? No
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


3% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 2,410
    • Accepted 94
    • Acceptance Rate 3
    • Enrolled 57
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $50
    • Application Fee - International $50
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline December 1st Not Reported Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's Degreesminimum GPA of 3.0; 200 hours of patient contact
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, TOEFL iBT

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsMarch 15
    • Types of financial support availableFederal Work-Study, Institutionally-sponsored Loans, Scholarship and/or loans

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students111
    • Female Percentage77%
    • Male Percentage23%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students111
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Full-time Percentage100%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino2%
    • Black / African American3%
    • White / Caucasian75%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native1%
    • Asian1%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races16%
    • Unknown2%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty43
    • Full-time Percentage21%
    • Part-time Percentage79%
    • Female Percentage40%
    • Male Percentage60%