The Hybrid Physician
Assistant Program

Expand Access to Health Care in Your Community

The hybrid physician assistant (PA) program enables our distinctive PA curriculum to reach the next generation of health care providers across the country.

PA Program Admissions

Arcadia’ s hybrid PA program enrolls ambitious students who are passionate about delivering high-quality, cost-effective health care to diverse patient populations. Our admissions team considers applicants holistically.

For program-specific admission requirements, visit our application requirements page.

The Program has established the following goals, for which our effectiveness will be published when data becomes available.

Application Deadlines

Final Application Deadline: April 1, 2022
Program Start Date: August 29, 2022

Hybrid PA Program Mission Statement

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.

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Physician Assistant Curriculum

24

Months

116

Credits

3

On-Campus Immersions

11

Clinical Rotations

Delivered through a combination of live, online classes, on-campus immersive experiences, and clinical rotations, the hybrid program prepares students to confidently diagnose and treat illness.

Find out more about the Arcadia hybrid program’s competencies.

Didactic Phase

Through lectures, demonstrations and practical instruction, you will develop a broad understanding of the physician assistant profession.

  • Complete didactic coursework in the basic and clinical sciences that is informed by the PANCE blueprint.
  • Study a modular curriculum that teaches you to approach problems from every angle, from pharmacology to diagnosis, including physical and technical skills such as point of care ultrasound.
  • Attend immersions where you will engage in activities such as mental health first aid, physical diagnosis, anatomy, and more.

Clinical Year

You will engage in hands-on, supervised practice treating patients with a range of medical needs.

  • Complete 11 four-week rotations spent with active healthcare practitioners in a range of settings.
  • Engage in hands-on practice, interacting with patients who have a range of medical needs.
  • Explore popular PA subspecialties such as dermatology, radiology, and infectious disease in your three elective clinical rotations.
  • 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.

Course Sequence

Didactic Year

Semester One

Professional Practice I (1)
Medical Interview & Counseling Skills (2)
Human Gross Anatomy (5)
Biomedical Sciences (3)
Mechanisms of Disease (6)
Pharmacology & Therapeutics I (1)

Semester Two

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)

Semester Three

Professional Practice III (1)
Pharmacology & Therapeutics III (3)
Physical Diagnosis II (3)
Diagnostics & Clinical Procedures II (3)
Medicine II (6)
Emergency Medicine (3)
Surgery (3)
Clinical Decision Making in Primary Care (3)

Clinical Year

Emergency Medicine (4)
Family Practice (4)
Internal Medicine (4)
Women’s Health (4)
Pediatrics (4)
Surgery (4)
Behavioral Medicine (4)
Core Elective (4)
Electives (12)
Clinical Year Seminar (4)

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can prepare you for a career in today’s rapidly changing medical field.

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The Hybrid Experience

The hybrid PA 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.

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.

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Physician Assistant Program Faculty

Our faculty are nationally recognized and respected clinicians and educators who take their responsibility of shaping the next generation of health care providers seriously. They are highly accomplished, having been published in peer-reviewed journals and receiving awards for teaching and service.

Preparing students to succeed in their own careers is a top priority that motivates faculty both in and outside of the online classroom. Our faculty support PA students by: 

  • Facilitating meaningful interactions inside of the classroom and one-on-one as needed
  • Working alongside them during immersions to reinforce collaboration skills
  • Modeling essential skills for effective patient care, empowering students to treat patients with respect and dignity

To learn more about our instructors’ academic and clinical achievements, visit our faculty page.

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ARC-PA Accreditation Status

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 275, 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.

Earn Your Degree with the Hybrid PA Program

Your community needs PAs, and compassionate patient care
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