Preparing Patient-Centered PAs
Learn the skills you need for a successful career as a physician assistant. After graduating from Penn State College of Medicine’s Physician Assistant (PA) Program you will:
- be academically, clinically, professionally, and culturally prepared to deliver health care services;
- develop critical thinking and application skills; and
- be ready to provide compassionate and comprehensive care to the patients.
Our graduates will improve the health of their patients and the populations they serve in an efficient and cost-conscious manner.
About the Program
The Physician Assistant program at Penn State College of Medicine is a 24-month, 101-credit full-time graduate program that enrolls 30 students each May.
Students graduating from the PA Program will be awarded a Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree. Our first class graduated in May 2016.
Each year, Penn State College of Medicine's Physician Assistant Program reports results of the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination, or PANCE.
Through 2020, 100 percent of our students passed the test on their first try.
More About Penn State College of Medicine
What's New in the PA Program
Incoming physician assistant students begin training with orientation, white coat ceremony
Penn State College of Medicine strives to create the best culture of respect and inclusion for our students. A number of programs, services and facilities are available.
- Cognitive Skills Program
- Disability Services
- Diverse student groups
- Harrell Health Sciences Library
- Office for Culturally Responsive Health Care Education
- Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
- Office for Professional Mental Health
- Office for a Respectful Learning Environment
- Simulation Center
- Student Health
Penn State College of Medicine offers housing in its University Manor East or University Manor West apartments to full-time students, residents, postdoctoral scholars and visiting scholars.
Life in Hershey, PA
Penn State College of Medicine's primary campus is located in Hershey, Pa. The area provides numerous diverse and delicious dining experiences, sports, concerts and entertainment, and is a short drive away from the Baltimore, Philadelphia and Washington, DC, metro areas.