This six-year program includes three years of undergraduate courses in the B.S. in Life Sciences curriculum, followed by three years in the M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies program, which provides professional education for an entry-level position in the field of study.
The program is designed for exceptional high school students who wish to be admitted to the master's program. High school students applying to the undergraduate phase are required to have a minimum SAT score of 1100 or an ACT of 24 and a high school minimum cumulative average grade of 90
To advance to the master's-level professional phase, students must submit a Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) application. Admissions criteria includes:
In addition, the following qualifying criteria must be submitted via the CASPA application:
Completion of at least 100 hours of verifiable direct patient health care experience.
Three professional letters of recommendation, including at least one from a health care practitioner with D.O., M.D., or P.A. credentials.
The Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences is conferred upon successful completion of the first year of the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program. Students not accepted into the program's professional phase must complete the requirements for another life sciences option to receive a baccalaureate degree.
Graduates of the master's degree program are eligible to take the Physician Assistant National Certification Examination administered by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. All states require applicants for physician assistant licensure to pass the certification examination. NYIT's program is accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant.