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Physician Assistant Studies Department

Faculty and Staff

Program Director:  Theresa Horvath, PA-C, MPH, DFAAPA

  • M.P.H. - CUNY-Hunter College
  • B.S., Physician Assistant Studies - CCNY
  • B.A., Sociology - Ramapo College of New Jersey

Medical Director:  Stephen A. Katz, MB ChB, CPE, FACP

  • C.P.E. - American College of Physician Executives
  • MBChB - University of Birmingham (England)
  • B.A., Biology - University of Pennsylvania

Clinical Coordinator:  Erin Mc Laughlin, MD, MPH

  • MPH, Environmental Health Sciences, U.C., Berkeley
  • M.D., New York Medical College
  • B.S., Biology – Syracuse University

Clinical Coordinator:  Michael Smith, MS, PA-C

  • M.S., Physician Assistant Studies, Northeastern University
  • B.A., Political Science, UMass-Boston

Clinical Assistant Professor:  Rocchina Pugliese, MS, PA-C

  • M.S., Physician Assistant Studies - New York Institute of Technology
  • B.S., Biology - Manhattan College

Clinical Assistant Professor:  Jeffrey Midgley, MS, PA-C

  • M.S., Physician Assistant Studies  - Touro College
  • B.S., Health Science, Physician Assistant - Long Island University
  • B.A., Psychology - SUNY Binghamton

Clinical Assistant Professor:  Elizabeth Young, MS, PA-C

  • M.S., Advanced Physician Assistant Studies - A.T. Still University
  • B.S.,  Biology - Franciscan University of Steubenville

Business Manager: Melissa McCarthy

  • M.A., Educational Psychology – Marist College
  • B.A., Communications, Marist College 


Program's Contact Information

Address:  3399 North Road, Allied Health Building, Poughkeepsie, NY  12601
Phone:  845-575-3308
Fax:  845-575-3586

All questions regarding program requirements and other admission related queries (e.g. Info Sessions) should be directed to Graduate Admissions at 845-575-3800.


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Accreditation Status

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remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards.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

Updated: 4/3/2020