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Are you interested in being part of a team with physicians, surgeons and others in health care to provide competent, ethical and compassionate care? As a Physician Assistant, you’ll help examine, diagnose and treat patients in a variety of health care settings.

Anne Arundel Community College is proud to offer a collaborative Physician Assistant program in conjunction with University of Maryland Baltimore (UMB). Our full-time, 25-month credit program includes subjects in applied medical and behavioral sciences, patient assessment, clinical medicine, procedural skills, health policy, professional practice issues and supervised clinical practice.

Note for Applicants: The CASPA GRE code for Anne Arundel Community College is 0517.

Professional Certificate

Physician Assistant Studies

Students in the PHA program will earn a Master of Science (M.S.) in Health Science from UMB and a Certificate of Physician Assistant Studies from AACC. Graduates will be eligible to sit for the national certification exam for physician assistants.


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What can you do with a physician assistant certificate and M.S. in Health Science degree?

It is our vision that our graduates will be among the best physician assistants in the nation. Graduates of the AACC/UMB program work in primary care (with opportunities in family and internal medicine, as well as pediatrician’s offices), emergency medicine, surgery, residencies and other medical subspecialties. In short, there are a number of options for employment in many environments.

For outlook information about specific careers, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook (sponsored by the Bureau of Labor Statistics), and check out AACC’s Career Coach to discover the perfect career for you.


The Physician Assistant (PHA) program at AACC has Continued Accreditation through the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA).

The ARC-PA has granted Continued Accreditation to the Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Anne Arundel Community College. Continued Accreditation is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.

Continued Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next comprehensive review of the program by the ARC-PA will be September 2019.


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