PCAP Primary Care Associate Program

General Information

Description of the Program

Students undergo 7 quarters of education whose objectives are based on competencies expected of physician assistants, as well as fulfilling the PCA program mission. The training addresses 5 broad areas:

Accreditation Status

The PCA program was first accredited in 1976, and has been continuously accredited since then. The most recent decision of the Accreditation Review Commission on Education of the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) was in September 2012, and the program was awarded seven years of continuing accreditation. The next accreditation site visit will be in 2019.

Community Satellites

The PCA program continues its community mission by identifying target areas, recruiting students from these areas, and implementing clinical training through a network of local PA coordinators and physician preceptors. The current target communities are:

Academic Credit

The PCA Program is a 21-month (seven quarters) PA program and leads to a Certificate of Clinical Proficiency from the Stanford University School of Medicine. Foothill College provides academic credit for all courses. Completion of the PCA program courses qualifies the student for an AS degree through Foothill College.

Master of Medical Science - Saint Francis University

The PCA program offers an articulation with St. Francis University’s Physician Assistant Program for a Masters of Medical Science (MMS) degree.


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