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About the Program

Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University (LKSOM) will build on a history of excellence in medical education to deliver a Physician Assistant (PA) Training Program which will lead to a Master of Medical Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies.  Predictions of growing physician workforce shortages have led to innovation in medical practice design and the call for expert physician extenders. This need is most pressing in our historically underserved urban community.  When coupled with the Institute of Medicine’s call for patient-centered, interprofessional education and care, we see an intuitive link between the education of the trainees who will practice in these teams and the eventual practice setting.

It is our strong impression that a PA training program housed in our School of Medicine, with a reputation for excellence in medical science, clinical education and unparalleled commitment to the urban, underserved community will be a unique, highly desirable option for PA program candidates. This new Masters in Medical Science program will serve to: train outstanding PAs who will enhance patient care in our North Philadelphia community and beyond; facilitate innovative curriculum with the use of interprofessional exercises; and utilize existing School of Medicine faculty, clinical training and physical plant resources. The details provided on our website will frame the rationale and mission for this program, as well as provide an overview of the innovation in the curricular design that will bring physician assistants and medical students together to learn side-by-side, just as they will practice.

The Master of Medical Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies is designed to be completed in approximately 26 months. It is divided into two major sections:  the Preclinical Curriculum (over 14 months) and the Clinical Curriculum (over 12 months). The ARC-PA site visit took place in July 2015; decision regarding provisional accreditation status will be made by April 1, 2016. Approval of this program by the University was obtained in November 2014.  

LKSOM Physician Assistant Program has been granted Accreditation-Provisional status by the Accreditation Revision Commission on Education for Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). Our first group of students will enter the program in June 2016 and will graduate in August 2018. The LKSOM PA program will matriculate 20 students in the first year, with the ultimate capacity for 50 students per year.

For more information about the Physician Assistant Program's accreditation status, please view the Accreditation Statement.