Physician Assistant Studies Department
Master of Science - Physician Assistant Studies
Physician assistants (PAs) are licensed medical professionals who diagnose illness, develop and manage treatment plans, prescribe medications, and often serve as a patient’s principal healthcare provider. PAs practice with the supervision of a licensed physician. Within the physician-PA relationship, physician assistants exercise autonomy in medical decision making and provide a broad range of diagnostic and therapeutic services.
Bureau of Labor Statistics reports indicate that the nationwide median compensation for physician assistants is $108,610. 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.
About the Program
The Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies Program is a 24-month, full-time program designed to prepare students for clinical practice. The program consists of one 12-month didactic phase and one 12-month clinical phase. Students learn how to care for patients in a variety of settings such as in-patient, out-patient, in the operating room and emergency room. Students further learn to treat patients across the lifespan, from newborn to the elderly. Students learn technical skills such as suturing and counseling skills. Global health is also emphasized. The program offers seven required core rotations in the clinical year, as well as one elective.
The program is located in the Marist College Allied Health Building, which has a state-of-the-art gross anatomy laboratory, standardized patient suites, a trauma simulation room, and a skills laboratory. In total, the program occupies over 18,000 square feet in the 58,000 square feet building. The program shares resources and activities with other programs in the School of Science on campus, especially the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. The opportunity to develop inter-professional skills will increase as new clinical programs are added to the School of Science.
The success of the program’s design is measured, in part, in the first time pass rate of the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE). The first-time pass rate for the 2018 cohort is 100% , for the 2019 cohort is 98%, and for the 2020 cohort is 92%.
Marissa Jimenez, MS '19
Digestive Disease Center of the Hudson Valley
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.
About the Physician Assistant Program
*The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the Marist College Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Marist College. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.
Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be March 2030. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.
The program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website at http://www.arc-pa.org/accreditation-history-marist-college/.