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Thank you for your interest in the AACC/UMB Collaborative Physician Assistant Program. This is a unique partnership between Anne Arundel Community College and the University of Maryland Baltimore (UMB) Graduate School in which students complete a Master of Science in Health Science from UMB and a Certificate of Physician Assistant Studies from AACC. This program prepares students to become competent, ethical and compassionate health care providers who are ready to fulfill the roles and duties of the primary care physician assistant, recognize and promote the value of diversity and are committed to lifelong learning. Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree or higher from a nationally recognized institution. Students who graduate from this program will be eligible to sit for the national certification exam for physician assistants.


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. It is accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA).

Learn more about this professional certificate and its accreditation.

Faculty and Staff

Program Director

Cherilyn (Cheri) Hendrix, DHEd, MSBME, PA-C, DFAAPA

Kimberlee Bizzell, MD
Medical Director 

Full-time Faculty

Kerry Birney, MSHS, PA-C
Senior Lecturer

Theresa Neumann, MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA
Academic Coordinator 

Nicole Wooten, MSHS, PA-C
Senior Lecturer


Mystee Jennings
Clinical Coordinator/Academic Services Specialist 

Piper Watkins, MA
Academic Program Specialist

Additional Program Faculty

Shani Fleming, MS, MPH, PA-C
Senior Lecturer

Robert C. Cook, MD
Senior Lecturer 

Larisa Odessky, PharmD

Resources for Students

Admission Requirements

The 2019-2020 application cycle is now closed. The 2020-2021 application cycle will open through CASPA April 2020. Please visit our web page in early 2020 for updated admissions and program information.

Equipment and Textbooks

All students should have their equipment purchased by the third week of their first summer semester.

Prices on equipment, textbooks, supplies, fees and tuition are approximate and subject to change without notice. In your new role as a physician assistant student, you will be working with a wide variety of patients. Part of that process will require the use of traditional medical instruments and devices, the "tools of the trade." Each student will be required to have, at their disposal, the following basic set of equipment and supplies.

Approximate Equipment Costs



White jacket

short, finger-tip length (1 required, 2 Recommended)

$20.00 - $40.00

AACC student PA patch

(1 patch required for each jacket)

$5.00 each

PA program identification badge (required)


Percussion hammer (required)

$2.00 - $10.00

Pocket pen light (required)


Smart Phone or Personal Digital Device (PDA) (required)

$90.00 - $400.00

Stethoscope (required)

$100.00 - $150.00

Visual acuity card (required)


Bag (optional)

$50.00 - $100.00

Otoscope Insufflator (optional)


Rechargeable diagnostic set (optional)

$360.00 - $750.00

Sphygmomanometer (optional)

$42.00 - $200.00

Tuning forks (optional)

$7.00 each

Changes in textbooks may occur from year to year as more applicable books become available.

Recommended texts are to be considered useful but not required. Students are held accountable for material in required texts, assigned readings online, and in references.

Approximate Textbook Costs

Summer term – year 1


Fall term – year 1


Winter term – year 1


Spring term – year 1


Summer term – year 2


Fall term – year 2


Winter term – year 2


Medical Dictionary $50.00

Standard College Dictionary $35.00

Recommended Software $ 250.00 - $350.00

Additional Program Costs

Certification Prior to Year 1 Cost

American Heart Association (AHA) Basic Life Support (BLS)

$50-$100/each year
Certification Prior to Year 2 Cost

American Heart Association (AHA) Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) & Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)



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