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Classes starting on Monday for Georgia PCOM

Staff Photos: Jonathan Phillips. Oka Jargal, left, and Jehan Feroz walk around the Georgia campus of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine during orientation Thursday. PCOM begins its fall semester Monday, and the new School of Pharmacy is opening this year.

Staff Photos: Jonathan Phillips. Oka Jargal, left, and Jehan Feroz walk around the Georgia campus of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine during orientation Thursday. PCOM begins its fall semester Monday, and the new School of Pharmacy is opening this year.

SUWANEE — Class starts Monday for 331 new students at Georgia Campus — Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

In total, enrollment at the college is projected at 687 for the 2011-12 academic year, compared to 86 students in attendance when the campus first opened in 2005.

New students of the college will be joined by 188 returning students in on-campus studies, while another 168 third- and fourth-year medical students will be involved in clinical experiences in doctors’ offices and medical centers in Georgia and the southeast.

The college started six years ago offering one program: doctor of osteopathic medicine. Academic offerings have since expanded to include a four-year doctor of pharmacy degree, a biomedical science master’s degree and a master’s degree in organizational development and leadership.

In addition, Brenau University in Gainesville partners with PCOM to offer a master’s degree in business administration with a health care emphasis for interested medical and pharmacy students and a master’s degree in physician assistant studies.

Georgia Campus — Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine has 91 faculty and staff members, most of whom live in Gwinnett County. A majority of the student population also resides in Gwinnett County.