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Biological and Health Sciences Division (650) 725-6959
Primary Care Associate Program (2016-2017)
The Primary Care Associate Program, cooperatively administered by the Stanford University School of Medicine and Foothill College, educates Physician Assistants to provide primary health care services with physician supervision. Physician Assistants improve the quality of and access to health care for all populations.
The curriculum emphasizes the skills necessary to recognize and treat common primary care problems that include acute, chronic, emergent or surgical conditions in patients of all ages. Students are trained to: evaluate the health status of patients, diagnose and treat common illnesses, manage chronic diseases, deliver preventive care, counsel patients about family, psychosocial and health-related problems. The curriculum fulfills the program's mission to educate Physician Assistants to serve medically under-served populations.
The program is 21 months in length and leads to a Certificate of Achievement. Completion of these courses prepares the student for the Physician Assistant National Certification Examination (PANCE). The curriculum includes lectures, seminars, laboratory groups, technical skills workshops and clinical preceptorships. Didactic and clinical learning experiences are integrated throughout the whole program. Clinical placements emphasize primary care and include hospital and specialty rotations.
Graduates will be awarded a Certificate of Clinical Proficiency by the Stanford University School of Medicine and a Certificate of Achievement or an Associate in Science degree from Foothill College. The curriculum prepares graduates to pass the Physician Assistant Certifying Exam (PANCE) required for practice as a Physician Assistant.
Program Learning Outcomes
The student will demonstrate competency in skills required to provide primary care health services as a physician assistant, with physician supervision.
The student will demonstrate knowledge of national and state regulations for the practice of the physician assistant profession.
Career Opportunities
Physician Assistants practice in all health care settings, including clinics, private physician offices, hospitals, emergency departments and long-term care facilities. Physician Assistants can also participate in Physician Assistant education, academia and research. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the total number of physician assistant jobs in the U.S. will grow by 38% by 2022. Our program emphasizes employment in rural and inner-city medically under-served communities.
Units required for Major: 118
Units required for Certificate: 118
Degree Requirements:
English proficiency: ENGL 1A, 1AH, 1S & 1T, ESLL 26 or equivalent.
Mathematics proficiency: MATH 17, 105, 108 or equivalent (this doesn't replace the PCA algebra requirement).
A minimum of 90 units is required* to include:
Completion of one of the following general education patterns: Foothill General Education, CSU General Education Breadth Requirements or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC)
Core courses (118 units)

*Additional elective course work may be necessary to meet the 90-unit minimum requirement for the associate degree.

NOTE: All courses pertaining to the major must be taken for a letter grade. In addition, a GPA of 2.0 or higher is required in all core courses for the degree or certificate. All courses must be taken in sequence.
Program Type(s):
AS = Associate in Science Degree.
CA = Certificate of Achievement.
Additional Information:
Program Application:
Admittance to this program is through an application process. Program information, admission criteria and application to the program can be found at the Primary Care Associate Program website:
For additional information, you may contact the program office at:
Primary Care Associate Program
1215 Welch Road, Modular G
Stanford, CA 94305-5408
telephone: (650) 725-6959; fax: (650) 723-9692

Program Prerequisites:
All applicants must complete the following courses at an accredited college or university:
*BIOL 40A, 40B and 40C or equivalent with lab; must be completed with a 3.0 GPA or higher.
BIOL 41 or equivalent with lab; must be completed with a 3.0 GPA or higher.
CHEM 30A or equivalent.
MATH 105 or equivalent.
One of the following: ENGL 1A, 1AH, 1S & 1T or ESLL 26 or equivalent.
SOC 1 or ANTH 2A or equivalent.
PSYC 1 or equivalent.

* For combined Human Anatomy and Physiology (A & P) classes, a full academic year curriculum is required. All combined coursework for A & P must total at least 8 semester/12 quarter units.

NOTE: All courses except PCA 50 prepare the student for the Physician Assistant National Certification Examination (PANCE).
Core Courses: (118 units)
PCA 50 Orientation to Primary Care Associate Program (1 unit)

PCA 51A Basic Science/Microbiology/Infectious Disease (2 units)
PCA 52A Anatomy/Physiology/Pathophysiology I (4 units)
PCA 53A Pharmacology I (3 units)
PCA 54A Pre-Clinical I (3 units)
PCA 56A Core Medicine I (6 units)
PCA 61A Professionalism/Cultural Medicine I (1 unit)
PCA 62A Behavioral Medicine I (1 unit)

PCA 52B Anatomy/Physiology/Pathophysiology II (3.5 units)
PCA 53B Pharmacology II (3 units)
PCA 54B Pre-Clinical II (2.5 units)
PCA 56B Core Medicine II (8.5 units)
PCA 61B Professionalism/Cultural Medicine II (1 unit)
PCA 62B Behavioral Medicine II (1 unit)

PCA 53C Pharmacology III (1 unit)
PCA 54C Pre-Clinical III (2.5 units)
PCA 62C Behavioral Medicine III (1 unit)
PCA 56C Core Medicine III (10 units)
PCA 60A Preceptorship I (6 units)

PCA 56D Core Medicine IV (5 units)
PCA 60B Preceptorship II (11 units)

PCA 56E Core Medicine V (1.5 units)
PCA 60C Preceptorship III (11.5 units)

PCA 56F Core Medicine VI (1.5 units)
PCA 60D Preceptorship IV (11.5 units)

PCA 61C Professional/Cultural Medicine III (3 units)
PCA 56G Core Medicine VII (2 units)
PCA 60E Preceptorship V (10 units)
Certificate of Achievement in Primary Care Associate - (118 Units)
The certificate of achievement is awarded upon completion of the program prerequisites and core courses taken in sequence. General education courses are not required.

Academic Year: 2016-2017

Current status: Approved
Last update: 2016-05-12 09:36:26

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