Physician Assistant Studies Department
Marist completed construction of a new Science and Allied Health building in January 2016. It is located on the east campus, just north of the campus walkway linking the east and west sides of campus.
This building cost $33 million and established a home for the PA program, as well as the School of Science's existing undergraduate programs in Athletic Training and Medical Technology. In addition, the building contains all laboratories for the department of Biology.
The four-story building has approximately 58,000 square feet, of which the PA program occupies over 18,000 square feet. The key elements of the PA program space include a gross anatomy laboratory, a 10-bed skills laboratory, and a technologically advanced clinical simulation suite with a twin trauma bay and five traditional exam rooms. An additional 1,425 square feet of space is dedicated to a single classroom for didactic lectures. The assigned space also contains faculty and support offices, a student lounge, and a conference room, with the remaining space allocated for study areas.
The simulation suite incorporates the use of both standardized patients and high-tech manikins. Students use the lab for basic instruction and patient interaction, history taking and physical exam skills, diagnosis and documentation, clinical skills, and Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs). Technology supports student learning by digitally capturing data, both voice and video, and students have access to this data when appropriate for self-evaluation. Faculty are able to access data to assist in both formative and summative evaluations of the student.
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.