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Aug 26 2014

PA Grads Attain High Pass Rate on National Exam

Old Westbury, New York  (August 26, 2014)  -- Recent graduates of NYIT’s physician assistant studies program notched one of the highest pass rates in 15 years on the field’s professional licensing exam.

Department Chair Lawrence Herman, PA-C,  said the recent pass rate for the Physician Assistant National Certification Examination was 96% - the second time in six years that rate was achieved.

Herman said he is encouraged by the continued growth and success of the PA program nationwide and at NYIT School of Health Professions.

“Our students are getting more job offers than they have ever gotten,” said Herman. “It’s common for them to get three to five job offers by the time they graduate.”

Herman recently assumed the chair of the profession’s national organization, the American Academy of Physician Assistants. He served last year as AAPA’s president. Associate Professor David Jackson, PA-C, is a member of the AAPA board. Herman’s new role as chair means he will continue to serve as a public voice for the profession and work with medical groups to promote the role of PAs in the changing health care landscape.

“The Affordable Care Act is reducing disparities across the country in states that have adopted its provisions, and hospitals and practices continue to hire advanced clinicians, like PAs, left and right,” said Herman. “PAs are trained as generalists and they have the ability to be nimble and move into those positions.”

NYIT’s PA program received nearly 1,400 applicants for 56 seats.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 38% growth rate for employment for physician assistants from 2012 to 2022. The average growth rate for all occupations is 11 percent. The median pay for physician assistants was nearly $91,000 in 2012.

“The outlook for the profession is positive -- there are more than 70 new programs in the pipeline and in the next few years, we will graduate more than 10,000 PAs a year nationwide,” said Herman. “Demand for graduate PAs is increasing. The need is there.”

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