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 Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the Stanford Primary Care Associate Program Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Stanford University. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.

Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be September 2019. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.

ARC-PA web site

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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