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To apply to St. John's University’s Physician Assistant program you must fill out an application with CASPA (Central Application Service for Physician Assistant Programs). Click here to apply.
St. John’s University’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences offers a graduate program leading to a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Physician Assistant. Listed by Money Magazine as one of the “top 10 jobs in America” Physician Assistants (PA’s) are in high demand. These health professionals are licensed to practice medicine under the supervision of a licensed physician. The PA profession is expected to experience a 37% job growth rate in the next 10 years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Offered by our College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, the M.S. Degree in Physician Assistant program is a rigorous course of study, combining didactic and laboratory based academic instruction with clinical training at leading New York-area hospitals, medical centers and private medical practices.
The 84-credit graduate program incorporates two essential components: classroom/laboratory-based learning at the University and clinical training at various practice sites in NYC and beyond. The first two years integrate medical, behavioral and social sciences to develop a comprehensive approach to patient care. The third-year of the program is dedicated to clinical training, providing supervised, hands-on training by physicians and physician assistants at affiliated sites.
St. John’s University is Catholic, Vincentian, Metropolitan and Global. It is committed to the pursuit of academic excellence, religious values, ethics, professionalism and human experience.
Challenged by the belief that health care is a basic human right and driven by a similar mission, St. John’s University PA Program developed an educational program that would reach those most in need—“the poor, alienated and the aged.”
Conscious that culturally responsive healthcare is necessary to practice in diverse neighborhoods we strive to provide exceptional educational opportunities to men and women of varied races and socioeconomic backgrounds, so that our institution might continue its tradition of working as a partner with members of the local community. In this way, we will empower professionals to return to their own neighborhoods to promote preventive medicine and deliver affordable, high quality primary care.
Committed to excellence in education, we will collaborate with institutions of higher learning. By combining institutional expertise, the clinical and academic arms of the health care profession might further unite to embrace and support those individuals seeking to become Physician Assistants.
Confident that we have the resources and the resolve, we seek to create an educational program where individuals might learn the art of healing and use their gifts to promote a vision of health care that encompasses not only the treatment of disease, but also the avoidance of illness through education and the promotion of healthy life styles. Thus, St. John’s PA program will continue its tradition of developing caring and committed health care professionals dedicated to the alleviation of suffering in our midst.
The St. John’s University Physician Assistant program utilizes a student-centered approach to provide learners with the necessary academic, clinical, professional and interpersonal skills to function competently, confidently, compassionately and efficiently as primary care practitioners. Students are sensitized to the diversity of health care needs and the impact of socioeconomic factors on healthcare, to promote non-discrimination and inspire graduates to provide high quality, cost-effective, compassionate and accessible care to underserved patients in urban communities.
1.1 Demonstrate acquisition of a science and math knowledge based.
1.2 Demonstrate a core knowledge of biomedical and clinical sciences and the application of this knowledge to patient care and demonstrate an investigatory and analytical approach to clinical situation.
1.3 Explain the PA profession including history, definition, scope of practice, laws and its place in the health care system.
1.4 Demonstrate patient care across the life span, to include an understanding of human anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, patient presentation, patient management, surgical principles, and health promotion and disease prevention and be able to explain the pathology of disease, the essential nature, the causes and the development of abnormal conditions
2.1 Demonstrate a knowledge of professional responsibility
2.2 Explain the attributes of respect for self and others and the concepts of privilege, confidentiality, and informed patient consent
2.3 Demonstrate a commitment to patient welfare
2.4 Communicate and exchange information within a meaningful context and with appropriate delivery encompassing verbal, non-verbal and cohesive, written exchange of information, using appropriate medical terminology and anatomical landmarks in an organized, and grammatically
2.5 Demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that result in effective information exchange with patients, families, physicians, professional associates, and the health care system
3.1 Perform age-appropriate patient assessment, evaluation, and management
3.2 Demonstrate health care that is effective, patient centered, timely, efficient, and equitable for the treatment of health problems and the promotion of wellness
3.3 Demonstrate professionalism through a high level of responsibility, ethical practice, sensitivity to a diverse patient population, and adherence to legal and regulatory requirements
3.4 Demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively with other health care professionals and administrative personnel
View Aggregate Data Goals (PDF) here.
The PA Program requires the following minimum requirements for eligibility for admissions:
Applicants must submit the appropriate documentations to be considered for admission including: official transcripts, three letters of recommendation from professionals (academic or occupational – one must be from a healthcare professional) and a personal statement (500 word minimum) describing why the applicant wishes to become a physician assistant. A personal interview is required but not guaranteed. No advanced placement or credit for experiential learning will be considered. Relevant healthcare experience is strongly recommended.
Professional licensure and certification requirements often vary from state to state. St. John’s University has not determined requirements for individual states beyond New York. If you reside or plan to reside outside New York you are strongly encouraged to contact the appropriate state licensing agency in that state to seek information and guidance before beginning the program.
The PA program does not give preference to any major nor provide preference to or favor any specified individuals or groups.
To earn their Master of Science Degree in Physician Assistant, students complete 84 credits, including didactic and clinical requirements as outlined below.
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First YearFall Semester
Statistics for Medical Practice
Pharmacology for the Physician Assistant I
Advanced Anatomy & Physiology I
Intro to the PA Profession and Ethics
Pharmacology for the PA II
Advanced Anatomy & Physiology II
Comparative Effectiveness of Medical Treatment, Health &
Evidence Based Medicine
Current Topics in PA Practice
Second YearFall Semester
Clinical Medicine I
Clinical Medicine 2
Comprehensive Health History & Physical Diagnosis
Clinical Medicine 3
Clinical Medicine 4
Clinical Medicine 5
Clinical Rotation-Internal Medicine
Clinical Rotation- Primary Care I
Clinical Rotation- Primary Care 2
Clinical Rotation- General Surgery
PAE 305 Clinical Rotation-Emergency Medicine
PAE 306 Clinical Rotation- Women’s Health
PAE 307 Clinical Rotation- Long Term Care/Geriatrics
PAE 308 Clinical Rotation-Orthopedics
PAE 309 Clinical Rotation- Pediatrics
PAE 310 Clinical Rotation- Elective
Senior Competencies (PAE 311-0 credit, spring only)
*Sequence of rotations will vary based on availability. Each rotation consists of 5-weeks of clinical experience. See course descriptions for PAE 300 courses. A complete overview of this program and others can be obtained from the online bulletin.
The Physician Assistant (PA) profession defines the specific knowledge, skills, and attitudes required and provide educational experiences as needed in order for physician assistants to acquire and demonstrate these competencies.
Please see the link for the full list of the PA Program Competencies and (link provided below) for Core Competencies of New PA Graduate.https://paeaonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/core_competencies-new-pa-graduates-092018.pdf
Drawing upon the outstanding academic resources of the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at St. John's, the Master of Science Degree in Physician Assistant prepares students for success in this growing field. By the time they graduate, students will achieve the following:
When they graduate, students in the program are awarded a Master of Science degree (MSPA).
Graduates are eligible to take the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistant (NCCPA)-administered Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE) exam.
Program policies (for students-see Didactic Guidelines and Clinical Year Guidelines) apply to all students, principal faculty, and the program director regardless of location. (Standard A3.03).
Students are not required to provide or solicit clinical sites or preceptors. (Standard A3.03).
Students are not permitted to work for the program (outside of peer tutoring/graduate assistantship through the College's Academic Success Center). (Standard A3.04).
In addition to academic achievements, exam results, and recommendations, physician assistant students must possess the physical, emotional and behavioral capabilities requisite for the practice of medicine as a PA.
Physician Assistants must have the knowledge and skill to practice in a variety of clinical situations and to render a wide spectrum of care based on the patient’s needs. In order to successfully complete the PA clinical training program students must demonstrate proficiency in their academic and clinical education with regard to the competencies described below.
PA students must have sufficient sensory capacity to observe in the lecture hall, the laboratory, the outpatient setting, and at the patient’s bedside. Sensory skills adequate to perform a physical examination are required. This includes functional vision, hearing, smell, and tactile sensation.
Students must be able to:
Students should have sufficient motor function to:
In order to complete the Physician Assistant Program, candidates must be able to demonstrate mastery of these skills and the ability to use them together in a timely fashion in medical problem-solving and patient care.
A student must demonstrate the above competencies with or without reasonable accommodation. Whether or not a requested accommodation is reasonable will be determined on an individual basis.
Students enrolled in the Master of Science Degree Program in Physician Assistant benefit from outstanding academic, technological and professional resources.
St. Albert Hall features recently renovated, ultramodern science labs. In addition, Physician Assistant students gain hands-on experience at nearly 40 affiliated hospitals, clinics and private practices throughout metropolitan New York.
The Dr. Andrew J. Bartilucci Center is available to all students and faculty in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. More than 700 books are available on topics ranging from accreditation standards to world health, anatomy to pharmaceutics. Led by renowned experts, educational programs focus on contemporary healthcare issues. In addition, the Center provides outstanding placement opportunities, symposiums and seminars.
Students also gain an academic and professional edge by joining the this is going to change as we transition to Master’s degree-this association is for the undergraduate program BUT we will likely continue its existence with the MSPA program but call it the SAAAPA (Student Association of the American Academy of Physician Assistants) so you can call it this here..One of more than 180 student clubs and organizations at St. John's, the group holds meetings on issues such as fundraising events, job opportunities, and service-learning events.. Each class elects their SAAAPA class representatives.
Of course, Physician Assistant students also benefit from the outstanding resources all St. John's students enjoy. Campus facilities include high-tech classrooms, laboratories and our 1.7 million-volume Library. Our new D'Angelo Center is a five-story, 127,000-square-foot University and Student Center with classrooms, lecture halls, a Starbucks café and full-service food court.
Working while enrolled in the PA Program, even part-time, it is strongly discouraged due to the challenging nature of the curriculum.
The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the St. John's University Physician Assistant Program. 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 date for the next validation review of the program by ARC-PA will be March 2023. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.
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*Attrition rate calculation: Number of students who attritted from cohort divided by the entering class size.
**Graduation rate: Number of cohort graduates divided by the entering class size.
Comments: These data reflect undergraduate cohort-the first graduate level cohort data will be reported for Class of 2022.
Calculations used for graduation rate= #Graduates/#Entering class size Calculations used for attrition rate=Starting percentage (100%)-- Graduation rate.Attrition rate includes health-related leave of absences and decelerated students who retook one course
and were admitted into next cohort as well as academic dismissals.
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According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, employment of Physician Assistants is projected to grow 37 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Job Outlook
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