PCAP Primary Care Associate Program


Clinical Prerequisite

A minimum of 3,000 hours of direct patient care experience must be completed in the USA and by the application deadline.  Hours accrued as a student in a training program or idle time cannot be used towards this total. This requirement can be met with 18 months of full-time work experience or equivalent part-time hours.  This requirement is meant to help the applicant achieve a knowledge base and skill set needed for the successful completion of our program; not all health care positions can or will provide the appropriate experience.  Both paid and volunteer hours are acceptable.

Examples of Acceptable Medical Backgrounds

Clinical experiences involving direct patient care are evaluated on an individual basis.  Students have entered training from a variety of clinical backgrounds, including, but not limited to:

Other clinical experiences involving direct patient care are evaluated on an individual basis.

Due to the accelerated nature of the program, competitive applicants generally have many years of experience working in clinical settings which involve various levels of patient responsibility and involve a high level of critical thinking. Additionally, some or all of their clinical experience has been in the US where they have interacted with a PA or NP and gained insight to the US medical system.

Clinical experiences which are not acceptable would consist mainly of, but not limited to the following duties: administrative, massage therapy, home care and "shadowing a doctor".  Although valuable to the practice of medicine, clinical experiences which lack direct patient care responsibilities are not competitive and do not prepare students for successful completion of our accelerated program.

Academic Prerequisites

All required coursework must be documented as being completed on an official transcript from a United States school, college or university possessing "institutional accreditation" by one of the following six regional associations: Western Association (WASC-Junior and Senior), Middle States Association (MSA), Northwest Association (NASC), North Central Association (NCA), Southern Association (SACS-CC), and New England Association (NEASC-CIHE and CTCI) of Schools and Colleges. The institution's accreditation must be awarded at the time the coursework was taken. All prior coursework will be considered regardless of the year in which the course was taken.

Institutions that have specialized, professional or single mission types of accreditation (often held by trade, technical, vocational, occupational or military schools) will need to be reviewed by Foothill College to determine whether such credits will be acceptable. Candidates with chiropractic and naturopathic degrees often need to fulfill Foothill College's General Education (GE) requirements, unless they possess a degree from an accredited institution. Courses offered through the United States military must be credited by a regionally accredited institution. Official transcripts from all regionally accredited institutions attended must be included in the application packet; therefore, request them at least a month in advance.

Applicants who expect to receive their Associate's degree or higher before October 1, 2015 of the application year must include a letter from a school evaluator or counselor verifying degree candidacy in the application packet. Applicants expecting to receive their first academic degree are strongly encouraged to complete these requirements by October 1, 2015 of the application year. Applicants who expect to obtain the Associate of Science degree from Foothill College upon completion of our program are required to complete the General Education requirements, unless they have a Bachelor's degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution.

All Pre-requisite coursework must be completed by the time of application deadline of October 1st of the application year.

The PCA Program does not offer advanced placement.

Program Academic Prerequisites

All applicants must complete the following courses at an accredited for higher education college or university .

Human Anatomy with lab, Human Physiology with lab and Microbiology with lab must equal a 3.0 GPA or higher.

Grades for all courses must be completed by the time of the application deadline of October 1st of the application year. No exception! Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements or who completed A&P and Microbiology more than 5 years ago are encouraged to retake the full year curriculum of A&P or Microbiology. It is recommended that applicants complete beyond the minimum requirements for English and Math because of the need for strong analytical and communication skills. For example, we encourage applicants to complete a general statistics course and take English 1B. Class substitutions that do not cover the scope or information covered in the above classes will not be accepted. If you have any questions regarding academic prerequisites, please contact our admissions office.

General Education Prerequisites

Applicants who have a foreign degree or who have not received an Associate's degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution and who do not expect to receive one by October 1st of the application year, or who have received a degree outside of California, you must have your GE requirements evaluated or have an Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) completed:

The College Level Examination Program (CLEP), high school and upper-division coursework are not acceptable for the General Education prerequisites. Class description of the courses that satisfy General Education requirements can be found in the Foothill College General Catalog, which is available online. Any concerns about these requirements should be directed to Foothill College's Counseling office.

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