Fall 2019 will be the final semester start date for the professional phase (didactic and clinical years) of the B.S. in Physician Assistant major, as this program transitions to a five-year combined B.S./M.S. degree. Entrance to this program is no longer available for new (high school) students. High school students, as well as transfer students who will not have all pre-requisites completed for selection into the major by Fall 2019, should refer to the Bachelor/Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies.
Physician assistants (PAs) are health professionals licensed to practice medicine with physician supervision. PAs exercise autonomy in medical decision making and provide a broad range of diagnostic and therapeutic services. The clinical role of physician assistants includes primary and specialty care in medical and surgical settings in rural and urban areas. Students will learn to work successfully in the health care environment, provide treatment for patients, problem solve, and value their professionalism.
The role of the physician assistant demands intelligence, sound judgment, intellectual honesty, appropriate interpersonal skills and the capacity to react to emergencies in a calm and reasoned manner. An attitude of respect for others, adherence to the concepts of privilege and confidentiality in communicating with patients, and a commitment to the patient's welfare are essential attributes. Individuals who can meet those requirements and become physician assistants will be able to provide the following services:
- Patient Education
About the curriculum
View the classes you will be attending in the College Catalog.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for physician assistants was $108,610 in May 2018. The top 10 percent earned more than $151,850.
Industries with the highest published employment for this occupation are:
|Industry||Employment||Hourly mean wage||Annual mean wage|
|Offices of Physicians||64,540||$52.01||$108,180|
|General Medical and Surgical Hospitals||28,050||$52.47||$109,140|
|Outpatient Care Centers||8,910||$56.15||$116,780|
|Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools||2,620||$49.21||$102,370|
Statistics reported in May 2018
- View the Physician Assistant program goals.
NCCPA Pass Rates
The NCCPA 5-year pass rate summary compares the pass rate of Penn College first time takers (PANCE) to the national average. Read More
Special Admissions Requirements
Estimate of Expenses
Special Equipment Needs
Students accepted into the Physician Assistant major will incur expenses for tools/instruments, uniforms, malpractice insurance, clearances and certifications, etc. See the complete list.
Clubs & Activities
Notice of Conviction
Students enrolled in the Pre-PA Program or the PA Program cannot apply for work study jobs in the program.
Physician Assistant Advisory Committee
- Ms. Beth Baylor, PA-C, '03, Physician Assistant, Geisinger Medical Center Department of Orthopedics
- Praful U Bhatt, M.D., F.A.A.P, Physician Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, Lock Haven
- Mr. Ricardo C Calla, PA-C, '00, Physician Assistant, PA Neurosurgery & Neuroscience
- Dr. Robert A Donato, DO, Physician OB/GYN, A Woman's Health Center
- Dr. Duane R Donmoyer, Physician, Miller Family Health Center
- Dr. Gregory R Frailey, FACOEP, Medical Director, Prehospital Services, Susquehanna Regional EMS
- Gary D Kanouse, M.D., Physician, Medical Administrator, Kanouse Medical Group PC
- Mr. Ronald Mezick, PA-C, Physician Assistant/Partner, Lycoming Medical Associates
- Stephen Paolucci, M.D., Chairman, Division of Psychiatry, Geisinger Medical Center
- John F Turner, MD, FACS, Physician, Central Susquehanna Surgical Specialists
- Mr. Donald Wieder, PA-C, '15, Physician Assistant, Geisinger Medical Center
Advisory committees, which act as recommending bodies to the faculty and administration, consist of in-field professionals who act as partners in the development of curriculum. Their curricular and equipment advice as well as their industry connections and internship opportunities are invaluable to our students and to the growth of our institution.