Master of Science - Physician Assistant Studies
Welcome and thank you for your interest in Marist’s
proposed Physician Assistant program!
Physician assistants are licensed healthcare professionals qualified through academic and clinical experience to practice medicine or deliver medical services with the supervision and direction of a licensed physician who is responsible for the performance of that physician assistant (PA). It is part of a PA’s comprehensive responsibilities to: conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, counsel on preventive health care, assist in surgery, and write prescriptions. Within the physician-PA relationship, physician assistants exercise autonomy in medical decision making and provide a broad range of diagnostic and therapeutic services.
Recent research from the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) shows that the nationwide median compensation is $90,000 for PAs who are paid only a salary, and $100,000 when PAs earn a base salary plus a bonus. Since 2006, the PA profession has grown by 34 percent, with more than 6,000 new PAs graduating and entering the workforce each year. Today, PAs can be found practicing medicine in every medical and surgical specialty and setting throughout the U.S. Of the approximately 100,000 PAs in the nation, 1 in 10 is licensed in New York.