Arcadia’s hybrid physician assistant (PA) program enables our distinctive PA curriculum to reach the next generation of health care providers across the country. For the last five years, our on-campus students have maintained an average first-time test-taker pass rate of 99 percent on the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE), exceeding the 96 percent national average.1
Arcadia’s hybrid program is delivered through a blend of self-guided coursework, live online classes, and in-person clinical rotation experiences. Students in the on-campus and hybrid PA program progress through courses on the same schedule. Find out more about the Arcadia hybrid program’s competencies.
Live weekly classes led by Arcadia’s distinguished faculty are designed to promote collaboration and discussion in real time.
Self-guided coursework that’s accessible from your tablet and computer enables you to plan your assignments and cover material at your own pace.
Clinical rotations allow you to learn from respected health care practitioners and interact with patients in your own community.
Dedicated student support from our teams—admissions, student success, and technical support—is available at every phase of the program.
Your community needs PAs, and compassionate patient care starts at Arcadia. Take the first step—request information to get in touch with our admissions team today.
The Arcadia University Department of Medical Science has a history of success in educating compassionate and highly qualified medical professionals who are lifelong learners. We are invested in creating a diverse, learner-centered, collaborative environment.
Our Physician Assistant Programs are committed to fostering resilience in an increasingly complex and interrelated global society. We prepare our students to excel in professionalism, leadership, and service.
The Arcadia University Hybrid Physician Assistant Program offers a progressive learning experience that combines an online blended learning curriculum with in-person experiential learning that is facilitated by experienced principal faculty. This platform increases access to individuals across the country and offers a level of flexibility to those who need it. We recognize the changing landscape of medicine and prepare our students with skills that will help them to be valued stewards of the physician assistant profession for years to come.
The Program has established the following goals, for which our effectiveness will be published when data becomes available.
Arcadia’s hybrid Physician Assistant (PA) program has one cohort per year that begins in August.
Arcadia University’s College of Health Sciences seeks curious students who are dedicated to expanding access to high-quality health care. Through collaborative research and service learning experiences, our hybrid online programs prepare the next generation of health care providers to serve patients across the country.
To qualify for the program, you must;
Hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution, ideally with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Complete prerequisite courses in Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Psychology, and Statistics.
Submit a GRE score that is no more than five years old.
A completed application consists of the following:
All matriculated students are strongly discouraged from obtaining or continuing outside employment because of the intensive nature of the program. Students who are involved in volunteer or paid work during their course of study in the PA program cannot use their affiliation with the program in any aspect of that job. Students are prohibited from applying compensated clinical experience toward academic credit. In addition, students may not provide services within a preceptor’s practice apart from those rendered as part of the clinical year of the program. Work outside the PA Program undertaken by the student, independent of the program, is not covered by the liability insurance required for clinical work associated with the educational experience of the Program. Students may not receive compensation for any work performed within the preceptor’s site or practice. Students are not permitted to have clerical or teaching responsibilities to the program, nor will they ever be required to work for the PA program.
Our curriculum takes 24 months to complete and is divided into two distinct sections: the didactic phase and the clinical year.
Over the course of three semesters, you will attend live, online classes and complete didactic and laboratory coursework in the basic and clinical sciences. Topics covered include:
The role of the physician assistant in the U.S. healthcare system
How to deliver compassionate, culturally competent care to all patients
Diagnosing illness through physical examination
How to care for patients with emergent conditions
Our curriculum is evidence-based and informed by the latest standards set by PANCE. By gradually building upon the level of critical thinking and understanding required as you revisit each concept, you will learn how to approach diagnosis, treatment, and patient care from a variety of angles.
You will complete 11 four-week, full-time clinical rotations during your second year as an student. The clinical year consists of seven required rotations—in Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Behavioral Medicine, Internal Medicine, Women’s Health, Pediatrics, and Surgery—and three electives designed to introduce you to various PA subspecialties.
Your clinical rotations will take place in or near your community, and will be supervised by experienced, active healthcare practitioners who will support you and offer feedback as you interact with patients.
The Program does not require prospective or enrolled students to provide or solicit clinical sites or preceptors. Students may suggest clinical sites or preceptors for consideration, however the Program cannot guarantee that these clinical sites or preceptors will be approved and/or meet all program requirements.
You will attend three immersions on Arcadia’s campus in Pennsylvania. Immersions are an opportunity to practice your hands-on and interpersonal skills, and network with your peers and Arcadia’s faculty. You will also complete a service learning activity designed to promote the importance of giving back to your community through healthcare.
Professional Practice I (1)
Medical Interview & Counseling Skills (2)
Human Gross Anatomy (5)
Biomedical Sciences (3)
Mechanisms of Disease (6)
Pharmacology & Therapeutics I (1)
Evidence-Based Practice (2)
Professional Practice II (1)
Physical Diagnosis I (5)
Pharmacology & Therapeutics II (3)
Behavioral Health (3)
Diagnostics & Clinical Procedures I (3)
Medicine I (8)
Professional Practice III (1)
Pharmacology & Therapeutics III (3)
Physical Diagnosis II (3)
Diagnostics & Clinical Procedures II (3)
Medicine II (6)
Emergency Medicine (3)
Clinical Decision Making in Primary Care (3)
Emergency Medicine (4)
Family Practice (4)
Internal Medicine (4)
Women’s Health (4)
Behavioral Medicine (4)
Core Elective (4)
Clinical Year Seminar (4)
Classes Start in August 2022
Learn how Arcadia’s hybrid physician assistant program can prepare you for a career in today’s rapidly changing medical field.
The Arcadia University Hybrid Physician Assistant Program has applied for Accreditation – Provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). The Arcadia University Hybrid Physician Assistant Program anticipates matriculating its first class in August 2022, pending achieving Accreditation – Provisional status at the March 2022 ARC-PA meeting. Accreditation – Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding accreditation-provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first cohort of students.
If the ARC-PA does not approve Accreditation – Provisional status for the Arcadia University Hybrid Physician Assistant Program, a class will not matriculate in August 2022. For more information regarding accreditation, please visit the ARC-PA website or contact ARC-PA at 12000 Findley Road, Suite 150, Johns Creek, GA 30097, or 770-476-1224.
The PA Program does not grant students advanced placement upon admission.
NCCPA PANCE Exam data will be published when data becomes available.