Master of Science - Physician Assistant Studies

Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies

Welcome and thank you for your interest in

Marist’s 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.  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 primary care as well as medical and surgical subspecialties throughout the U.S.  Of the approximately 100,000 PAs in the nation, 1 in 10 is licensed in New York.  


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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.