WILLIAMSPORT — The Pennsylvania College of Technology has become the third Penn State facility excluding main campus and its medical and law schools to offer an advanced degree.
The board of the Penn State affiliate Thursday approved a master of science degree in physician assistant studies. The college joins Penn State Harrisburg, Behrend and Great Valley in offering graduate degree programs.
Conferring that degree will fulfill requirements specified by the accreditation review committee on education for the physician assistant, it was explained.
The committee is requiring programs accredited prior to 2013 that do not currently offer a graduate degree to transition into conferring one for students who matriculate after 2020.
“In 1989, when we became Pennsylvania College of Technology, we celebrated our growth and maturity as a college of technology by moving into the awarding of baccalaureate degrees. That was a historic moment for us as a college,” said President Davie Jane Gilmour.
“Today marks the next historic day in our institutional evolution – the granting of a graduate degree. Our forefathers would be proud of our growth, our commitment to quality and our staying true to our mission.”
The college has had a physician assistant bachelor degree program since in 1996. It accepts an average of 30 students annually.
Its faculty includes three certified physician assistants, one physician and one doctorally-prepared biologist/ethicist.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports physician assistants earn a median annual salary of $98,180, the college says.