WILLIAMSPORT — The Pennsylvania College of Technology is set to accept students into its Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies for fall 2023.
The new stand-alone master’s degree replaces the college’s current combined bachelor’s/master’s degree in physician assistant studies.
The Master of Science is designed to be completed in two years, including summer sessions. The first year is devoted to intensive laboratory studies in the on-campus Physician Assistant Center, which was renovated in the summer of 2022. The center is equipped with a cadaver laboratory, as well as a variety of simulation labs, including a simulated emergency room. , operating room, labor and delivery room, inpatient unit, and pediatric and family medicine suites.
The second year is devoted to eight supervised clinical practice experiences throughout Pennsylvania and beyond, including an option to study in Peru.
To apply, a student must have earned a bachelor’s degree with prerequisite science courses at Penn College or another college or university. Penn College’s ideal master’s pathways include its Bachelor of Science in Prehospital Medicine and its Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science (also launching in fall 2023).
Graduates will be eligible to take the National Physician Assistant Certification Examination. To practice medicine as a physician assistant, students must graduate from a PA program accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Physician Assistant Education, pass the national exam certification and obtain state-specific licensure.
Offering a stand-alone master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies simplifies the path to degree for those who have already earned a bachelor’s degree at another institution and are seeking a direct path to a master’s degree.
Physician assistants are medical professionals licensed by their state to practice medicine under the supervision of a licensed physician. Physician assistants exercise autonomy in medical decision-making and provide a wide range of services. Physician assistants can write prescriptions in all 50 states, most U.S. territories, and uniformed services, and they enjoy many of the same responsibilities as physicians, including the ability to choose an area of specialty.
They find employment in hospitals, outpatient clinics, doctor’s offices, and surgical offices in a wide range of health care fields.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for PA in the workforce is expected to continue to rise, with employment growing by 31% – or 40,100 additional positions – from 2020 to 2030.
The Penn College Physician Assistant Program maintains its continuing accreditation status with the Accreditation Review Commission on Physician Assistant Education, with an approximate date of September 2027 for the next validation exam of accreditation.
To learn more about the Physician Assistant program at Penn College, call 570-327-4519 or visit www.pct.edu/pa.
For more information about Penn College, a national leader in applied technology education, visit www.pct.edu, email email@example.com, or call toll-free 800-367-9222.