The Combined Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences/Master of Science in Physician Assistant (PA) Studies is a six- year program: three years of undergraduate courses within the BS Life Science curriculum, followed by a three year professional phase in the MS Physician Assistant Studies program. The master's degree in Physician Assistant Studies program provides an entry-level physician assistant professional education.
This combined B.S.-M.S. program is specifically designed for exceptional high school students entering directly from high school who wish to be admitted to the Master of Science program in PA Studies after completing a 3-year undergraduate curriculum. 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 progress to the professional phase of the PA program, all students must submit a Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) application. Students may qualify for admission into the Master of Science in PA Studies (professional phase) upon satisfying the following qualifying criteria:
completion of all prerequisite undergraduate courses with a minimum 3.0 overall cumulative GPA
received no math or science grade lower than C+
had an in-person progression evaluation and recommendation by the program director,
met the Technical Standards of the PA Program (Technical Standards are available in the PA Program office and on the program website).
In addition, the following qualifying criteria must be submitted through the CASPA application:
completion of a minimum of 100 hours of verifiable direct patient health care experience,
two professional letters of recommendation, at least one from a D.O., M.D., or PA
The Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences will be conferred after successful completion of the first professional year of the physician assistant master's degree program. See NYIT's graduate catalog for details on the Master of Science in PA Studies. Students who are not accepted into the professional phase of the PA program must complete the requirements for another life science option in order to receive a baccalaureate degree.
Graduates of the master's degree program are eligible to sit for the Physician Assistant National Certification Examination (PANCE) administered by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). Almost all states require applicants for physician assistant licensure to pass the certification examination. The physician assistant program is accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA).