PCAP Primary Care Associate Program

Stanford School of Medicine Primary Care Associate Program with Foothill College

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Important Admissions information

Important information:
Stanford University has approved the proposal to sponsor a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Physician Assistant Studies. Paperwork has been submitted to the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) for their review. Once our Program has approval from the ARC-PA, our website will be updated with information regarding admissions, prerequisites, and curriculum and the application cycle for our M.S. Degree program will be opened.

We expect to have more information available in the coming weeks, so please continue to check our website for updates.


The Stanford Primary Care Associate Program (PCAP) was created by Stanford University School of Medicine and Foothill College based on the need for more primary care practitioners in California.  The first students matriculated in 1971, and the ARC-PA has granted continuing accreditation since 1976. 

The program has a 21-month curriculum (seven quarters) which integrates classroom learning and clinical practice. The program’s mission is to:

The program's goals are to:

The program has a strong record of student/graduate outcomes that meet its mission and goals:

*data from the PAEA 29th Annual Report

The program has over 1400 graduates.  Of the 990 respondents to the most recent graduate survey, 58% practice in primary care specialties (Family Medicine, General Internal Medicine, OB/GYN and Pediatrics and undifferentiated primary care).  An additional 17% practice in Emergency Medicine and provide primary care services in those settings. 

Information and applications may be obtained online:http://pcap.stanford.eduor contact the office at:pcap-information@lists.stanford.edu

Website last updated: 05/26/16

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