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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.

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*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remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards.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

Updated: 10/1/2020