Physician Assistants are highly skilled health care providers who practice medicine with the supervision of licensed physicians. This collaborative program of CCBC and Towson University Graduate School is designed for students who hold a bachelor’s degree prior to admission and prepares individuals with strong academic science backgrounds and clinical experiences for careers as Physician Assistants. Full-time, continuous enrollment is required throughout the 26-month program. The curriculum is approved by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education of Physician Assistants (ARC-PA). Individuals who successfully complete the program are eligible for certification by the National Commission on the Certification of Physician Assistants.
Entry into the program requires admission to the Physician Assistant Program, CCBC, and the Towson University Graduate School.
Enrollees must successfully complete all requirements of the Physician Assistant (PA) program and the Towson University Graduate School. The PA Professional Certificate and the M.S. degree in PA Studies will be awarded upon successful completion of all 96 program credits which includes 36 graduate credits.
Tuition and fees for 200-level courses are paid to CCBC Essex. Tuition and fees for 600, 700 and 800 level courses are paid to Towson University. Applicants will pay appropriate application fees to both institutions.
All classes are taken at CCBC Essex. Students will register for 200 level courses with CCBC Essex and will register for 600, 700 and 800 level courses with the Towson University Graduate School.
Minimum Admission Requirements:
- Bachelor’s degree (science/biology discipline preferred)
- Acceptance to Towson University Graduate School (Submit CASPA Application before applying to Towson University)
- 3.0 GPA (last 60 undergraduate credits) – 3.2 GPA preferred (Applicants with a 2.75 GPA or above may be considered for conditional admissions)
- Four hundred (400) hours of patient contact or medical/health related experience or equivalent experience – 1400 hours preferred
- Completion of specific prerequisite courses with a minimum grade of “B”: Human Anatomy and Physiology, 8 credits; Microbiology, 4 credits; Essentials of Organic and Biochemistry, 4 credits; Statistics, 3 credits; Medical Terminology, 3 credits.
As the program requires full-time attendance (minimum 40 hours per week) throughout the 26-month program, students must complete financial preparation so that employment is not necessary during enrollment. No special consideration will be given to students who choose to ignore this warning.
Admission to this program is a separate process from admission to the college. Admission to the School of Health Professions programs is competitive and selective and is based on published criteria. Applications to the Physician Assistant program must be submitted to the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA), www.caspaonline.org.
School of Health Professions Policies: Students in the School of Health Professions are expected to conduct themselves according to an honor code, exhibit professional behavior, communicate effectively in English, provide proof of health insurance and immunizations, and will be asked to submit to a criminal background check and random urine drug testing. Students are expected to incur costs associated with these requirements.
Please log on to the Towson University Website (www.towson.edu/chp/pa) for complete PA Program and course information.
At its September 2013 meeting, the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) voted to place the Towson University CCBC Essex Physician Assistant Program on Accreditation - Probation until the next commission review in September 2015.
Probation is a temporary status of accreditation limited to two years and conferred when a program does not meet the Standards and when the capability of a program to provide an acceptable educational experience for its students is threatened. Once placed on probation, a program that still fails to comply with accreditation requirements in a timely manner, as specified by the ARC-PA, may be scheduled for a focused site visit and/or risk having their accreditation withdrawn.
Specific questions regarding the program and its plans should be directed to the program director and/or the appropriate institutional official(s).