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About the Program

The Master of Science-Physician Assistant Studies is a 24-month, full-time program designed to prepare students for the Physician Assistant National Certification Examination and for a successful career as a physician assistant.  The program consists of two phases: didactic and clinical.  Students will learn about and experience healthcare in a variety of settings and across the lifespan.  In addition, the ethical responsibilities of the profession, behavioral aspects of health, roles and responsibilities of the physician assistant, and global aspects of health are covered.  The program is designed to graduate highly trained, ethical and problem-solving healthcare providers.

By design, the program offers seven required core rotations in the clinical year, and two electives which focus on students' specific interests.  An additional strength of the program is the tremendous support the Program has received from the healthcare community, as our students will be hosted at a wide variety of clinical sites within a 50-60 mile radius of campus. 

Furthermore, the physical space for the program in the new Science and Allied Health Building has been designed to host a gross anatomy laboratory, standardized patient suites, trauma simulation room, skills laboratory and a dedicated classroom.  In total, the program will have over 18,000 square feet assigned to it of the new 58,000 square feet building.  The program is also designed to have working relationships with other programs on campus, including biomedical sciences, medical technology and athletic training.  As potential future allied health programs will share use of the gross anatomy laboratory and standardized patient suite, we believe this will provide an excellent opportunity to foster the development of inter-professional skills.

In summary, this program has been designed carefully to graduate highly skilled, ethical, and problem solving healthcare providers who will be capable not only of assessing and treating patients but also of assessing and improving their patients’ outcomes. 


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The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the Marist College Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Marist College.
Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding Accreditation-Provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students.
Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status.  It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class.