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Education Update: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM)

The only branch of the 112 year-old Pennsylvania-based Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) is more than “just” a medical school, as the name might imply.# Just one mile east of I-85 at Exit 109, the campus offers a four-year Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree, as well as both a certificate of graduate study and master”s degree in the biomedical sciences.# Through unique arrangements with Brenau University in Gainesville and Thomas University in Thomasville, GA-PCOM offers a master”s degree in Physician Assistant Studies.# Apart from the medical science emphasis, a master”s degree program in Organizational Development and Leadership (ODL) is under consideration and expected to enroll its inaugural class in August 2011.

The Osteopathic Medical program was the first offered when the campus opened in 2005, followed the next year by the Master of Science degree in biomedical sciences program and then, in August 2010, by the PharmD program.# In all, the student body has grown from 86 students in the first medical school class #” which graduated in 2009 – to more than 500 students for the 2010-11 academic year.# Enrollment for the 2011-12 academic year is expected to grow by more than 55 students, with nearly 40 students in the medical school and an additional 15-18 students in the PharmD program.# The potential for growth next year is even greater with the ODL master”s program.

All programs are under a single roof at the Old Peachtree Road campus in a building once used as an electronics distribution center.# The college bought the 19.8 acre parcel, on which the 150,000-square-foot building sits, and refurbished it as a medical school branch campus using about 40 percent of the space.# Preparing for the expansion of both professional programs, the addition of research facilities and faculty offices has left little room for growth within the original building.

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