Whether you’re an incoming first-year student looking to take our combined Bachelor of Science in Biology Health Professions concentration and Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies, or if you already hold a bachelor’s degree and are just looking to complete your master’s degree, our Physician Assistant (PA) program is flexible to suit your needs.
2 Pathways, 1 Program:
What does a Physician Assistant do?
- Ordering diagnostic tests including laboratory and x-ray studies.
- Performing medical procedures such as preparing casts or splints and suturing small wounds.
- Interpreting medical results, diagnosing illnesses and preparing treatment plans, including prescribing medications.
- Assisting doctors and surgeons with advanced medical techniques and procedures.
PA’s are highly-trained medical professionals who work across the country in all medical settings and specialties. In rural or underserved areas, PA’s are typically the first line of medical care and will often refer patients to physicians or arrange transfer to clinics and hospitals to continue their treatment plan.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics ©
Why study in the Physician Assistant program at Etown?
Two Pathways, One Outcome
- Accelerated - First-year entry or direct entry as a student into the Physician Assistant bachelor/master’s degree program. Students will complete their bachelor’s degree in Biology Allied Health and a master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies in a total of five years, culminating in sitting for the Physician Assistant National Certification Exam.
- Graduate - Students who have completed a bachelor’s degree (either at Etown or another institution) and meet the required course prerequisites can apply for the stand alone master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies through CASPA (Central Application Service for Physician Assistants). The master’s program will be completed in 26 months and students are then eligible to sit for the Physician Assistant National Certification Exam.
Physician Assistant Program Classes
A didactic year of classroom and laboratory experience. Laboratory facilities will include cadaver, assessment and simulation labs.
Students will complete eight clinical rotations, in the fields of:
- family practice
- internal medicine
- women’s health
- behavioral health
- an elective
Elizabethtown College Physician Assistant Advisory Board
- Luke Bingaman, MPAS, PA-C, Penn Medicine Lancaster General Hospital
- Mrs. Barbara Blouch, PA-C, Retired
- Kelly Bonneville, MHS, PA-C, Penn Medicine Lancaster General Hospital
- Christina Broomell, MS, PA-C, Penn Medicine Lancaster General Hospital
- Madison Carey, PA-C, Penn Medicine Lancaster General Hospital
- Erin Colello, MHS, PA-C, UPMC Pinnacle
- Kevin Hickman, MJ Health Law, MHA, PA-C, Neurosurgery
- Sarah Pelletier, MHS, PA-C, UPMC Pinnacle
- Victor Pupo, MPAS, PA-C, Geisinger Health System
- Chase Schaeffer, MSPAS, PA-C, Penn Medicine Lancaster General Hospital
- Dr. Christopher Wenger, DO, FACC, FNLA, Penn Medicine Lancaster General Hospital