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Physician Assistant Studies Department

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Master of Science - Physician Assistant Studies

Mission:  The Marist's Physician Assistant Studies program is committed to graduating entry-level, competent healthcare providers trained to practice ethically and culturally sensitive medicine in a team environment, and who will be lifelong learners with a commitment to community service and the overall success of the profession.

The program goals are to:

  • Graduate entry-level, competent healthcare providers
  • Promote ethically & culturally sensitive PAs
  • Develop healthcare providers capable of functioning successfully within interprofessional teams
  • Encourage engagement in community service
  • Develop lifelong learners
  • Foster commitment to the advancement of the profession
  • Meet or exceed national pass rate for first-time Physician Assistant National Certification Examination (PANCE) takers

About the Program

The Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies Program is a 24-month, full-time program designed to prepare students for the Physician Assistant National Certification Examination (PANCE) and for a successful career as a physician assistant. The program consists of two 12-month phases: didactic and clinical. Students will learn about 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.

By design, the program offers seven required core rotations in the clinical year, as well as two electives focusing on students' specific interests. A notable strength of the program is the tremendous support it has received from the regional healthcare community, with our students being hosted at a wide variety of clinical sites within a 50-60 mile radius of campus.

Furthermore, the program has superior physical space in the new Science and Allied Health Building, which was designed to host a gross anatomy laboratory, standardized patient suites, trauma simulation room, skills laboratory, and a dedicated classroom. In total, the program has over 18,000 square feet assigned to it in the 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 carefully designed to graduate highly skilled, ethical, and problem-solving healthcare providers who will be capable not only of assessing and treating patients but also improving their patients' outcomes.

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Marissa Jimenez, MS '19

Marissa Jimenez, MS '19Digestive Disease Center of the Hudson Valley
Medical Assistant

I grew up in the Hudson Valley and wanted to attend a program that would allow me to give back to the community. When I heard Marist was starting a Physician Assistant program I was immediately excited, because the heart of Marist College is the dedication to the service of others. With the college’s outstanding academic record and prominent reputation, I knew Marist would best equip me to serve as a Physician Assistant. 

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Accreditation Status

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.

Updated: 1/16/18