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Physician Assistant Department

Steeping in History, Committed to the Future

While our program is one of the oldest in the nation, we are continually looking forward to cutting-edge research and advancements within this exciting field so that our graduates excel in the quickly growing PA job sector.

Physician Assistant Department

The Physician Assistant Department’s PA program, one of the nation’s oldest and largest, is pledged to providing students with the most current and finest preparatory training available. Employing continuous curricular analysis, assessment of the best clinical practices, and utilization of state-of-the art in educational technologies, program graduates are eminently prepared to undertake their roles as professional health care practitioners.
The Physician Assistant profession is one of the fastest growing and highly regarded professions in the country. The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has consistently ranked the profession among the 30 fastest growing occupations. We are committed to providing the education and training needed to enter this exciting job sector.
We offer a Physician Assistant Master’s (PA) Program and a PA Post-Professional Master’s Program. Please explore our web pages for a wealth of information about our programs, students, faculty, research and clinical practice.


Master of Health Science - Physician Assistant
As a PA, you will complement the practice style of the supervising physician or physicians.

The PA Post-Professional Master's Program
Receive personalized professional development through an adult learner model.

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News & Events



Sara Bunyaratapan, MHS, Physician Assistant, was hired at SouthEast Lancaster Health Services as a certified physician assistant.

Chad Gavitt, BS, Physician Assistant ’99 joined IMPRES Technology Solutions Inc. where he leads IMPRES' Civilian Agency Team, including DHS and their FirstSource II contract. Mr. Gavitt previously worked for various federal contractors and consultants.

Susan M. Kammerle, PT, MPT, Physical Therapy ‘88 was named director of the Phoenix Rehabilitation and Health Services facility in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. Her clinical expertise includes manual techniques/mobilization for the treatment of general orthopedic conditions, including low back and neck pain, sprains/strains/tears, balance issues, post-operative care as well as sports-related and workers' compensation injuries.


Adrian Banning, MMS, BA, PA-C, an assistant clinical professor in the Physician Assistant Department, was named section editor of the Case of the Month in the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. 

Megan E. Schneider, MAMS, MSPH, a clinical instructor, and Catherine Nowak, MS, PA-C, director of rotations, both in the Physician Assistant Department, were named Region 4 Representatives of the Greater Philadelphia Region Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistants. 


On April 18th, the students from the Drexel University Physician Assistant Program participated in the 13th Annual Physician Assistant Olympics, which was founded on the principle of philanthropy.  The event served two purposes; to allow for Physician Assistant students from different programs in the Philadelphia region to get together and engage with each other, and to raise money for a worthy cause by combining resources to make a greater difference in our community.  Each year the participating programs choose a different charity.  The Marfan Foundation was chosen as our charity this year by the seven universities that participated in this year's event: 

  • Drexel University
  • Arcadia University
  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • DeSales University
  • University of the Sciences
  • Philadelphia University
  • Salus University

PA OlympicsThe Drexel University Physician Assistant students raised $2133.83 for the charity.  The collective fundraising goal of $5000 was easily surpassed this year with the total donations crushing all twelve previous years’ donations. The combined donations raised by the seven Physician Assistant Programs totaled over $11,000.

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