About Physician Assistant Studies

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 is designed for students who hold a bachelor’s or master’s degree prior to admission. The program prepares individuals with strong academic backgrounds and clinical experiences for careers as physician assistants. Full-time continuous enrollment is required throughout the 98-credit 26-month program. The program is accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant Inc. (ARC-PA).

Individuals who successfully complete the program are eligible for certification by the National Commission on the Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).

Graduates receive a Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree from Towson University and a professional certificate from CCBC Essex.

Entry into the program requires both admission to the CCBC Essex Physician Assistant Professional Certificate component and the Towson University Master of Physician Assistant Studies component. Enrollees are simultaneously enrolled each semester into CCBC and Towson University courses and must successfully complete all requirements of both components to receive either credential. The program of study is 98 credits — 59 graduate credits taken through Towson University and 39 undergraduate credits provided through CCBC Essex. All courses are provided on the CCBC Essex campus. Enrollees enjoy full student privileges on both campuses.

The physician assistant curriculum (CCBC Essex and Towson University courses) integrates a large volume of technically detailed information. Successful completion of the program requires strong science, clinical skill development and medical experience preparation, as well as intense study and commitment throughout the 26-month program. The first year of study is didactic in nature. Students will attend classes for 35 to 40 hours per week. In the second year, students complete clinical rotations in medicine, family practice, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, emergency medicine, community medicine, and surgery, as well as an elective rotation and an eight-week primary care preceptorship. Students return to campus between rotations for seminar classes during their clinical year.