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Physician Assistant Studies

NYIT students performing mock surgery Located at the Old Westbury campus on Long Island, the Physician Assistant Studies program at NYIT has been highly successful in preparing students for the rigors of the physician assistant profession.

The program is accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA).

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Lawrence Herman

Chair's Message

On behalf of the entire faculty and staff, thank you for visiting our website.

Allow me to take this opportunity to express our commitment to providing our students with a successful educational experience in physician assistant studies.

The program is extremely challenging and challenges our students' academic abilities and motivations. Unquestionably, the rewards of completing the program are well worth the effort.

The focus of physician assistant education at NYIT is primary care; however, the curriculum and clinical clerkships cover the entire spectrum of medicine. In the process, students learn much about themselves, their strengths, and their ability to overcome what previously had been weaknesses.

Our students' success is the faculty's highest priority and we look forward to the day when program graduates become our colleagues.

Once again, we welcome you.

Lawrence Herman, PA-C, MPA, DFAAPA
Associate Professor and Chairperson
Department of Physician Assistant Studies


An overview

The physician assistant program is based on the fundamental principles of NYIT, the physician assistant profession, and the belief that access to quality health care for all persons is a fundamental right.

These principles guide our three-year (30 months onsite) master's degree curriculum encompassing 98 credits that are spread over four semesters of didactic education and 48 weeks of intense clinical clerkships. 
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Recently, the program was awarded a U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant of more than $850,000 -- the largest grant ever awarded to the School of Health Professions. NYIT's PA program was one of only four colleges located in urban settings that were awarded a grant; the other 42 awardees are based in rural settings. The five-year grant will support a national effort to increase the number of primary care physician assistants to supplement the dwindling number of primary care physicians in the U.S.


How we have been successful together

The NYIT physician assistant program has had a very successful partnership with our students. Our track record demonstrates our ability to help you complete the program and go out into the world as a PA who understands that excellence is the expected goal for this profession. Of course, a necessary step in achieving this goal involves guiding you towards success on the Physician Assistant National Certification Examination (PANCE); the program’s strong PANCE pass rates are a testament to our efforts in that direction.

But perhaps most importantly, the training you receive here lays a solid foundation for your successful and rewarding career as a PA, benefitting patients and medical teams for many years to come. To ensure that all this is continuously accomplished, we never stop assessing our ability to provide the necessary tools that promote your achievement at each and every level of the PA program. We're glad to report that our graduates have so far achieved greatly measurable success, putting their skills to practice in leadership and integral positions in large hospital systems and small practices alike.  Read more about how the NYIT MSPA program has been successful in promoting your success »


What is a PA?

A physician assistant (or PA) is a nationally certified and state-licensed medical professional. PAs practice medicine on healthcare teams with physicians and other providers. They practice and prescribe medication in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and all U.S. territories, with the exception of Puerto Rico.  PAs can take your medical history, conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, develop treatment plans, counsel on preventive care, assist in surgery, make rounds in hospitals and nursing homes, and write prescriptions.  (Source:

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Physician Assistants: An Overview Physician Assistants: A Fast Growing Profession


Contact Us

Mailing Address:
Physician Assistant Studies
New York Institute of Technology
Riland Center, Room 352
Northern Blvd, PO Box 8000
Old Westbury, NY 11568-8000


Phone Numbers:
Phone (Admissions): 800.345.6948
Phone (Administrative): 516.686.3881
Fax: 516.686.3795 (Attn: PA)

GPS coordinates to the Riland Building:
40 48.535 - 073 36.306


Physician Assistant Studies News
May 28 2014

PAs and Physicians Discuss Lessons Learned from Treating Boston Marathon Bombing Victims

AAPA Annual Conference

AAPA President and NYIT PA Program Chair Professor Larry Herman moderates the closing CME session at the AAPA Annual Conference with PAs and physicians from Brigham and Women’s Hospital who treated the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing victims. Here they are seen discussing disaster preparedness, multiple casualty incidents, and the effects post-traumatic stress debriefing.

May 27 2014

PA students dine with former US Surgeon General, Dr. Ken Moritsugu

American Academy of Physician Assistants Annual Conference

More than 7,500 people attended the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) annual conference in Boston May 24-28, 2014. Pictured here are NYIT students and their guests along with Dr. Ken Moritsugu (center with green sash) the former Surgeon General of the United States, and AAPA President and PA Program Chair Larry Herman (center) along with Dr. David Jackson (far right), who attended a PA Foundation dinner during that event.

Apr 22 2013

Physician Assistant Studies Class of 2015 Runs for a Cure in Pineapple 5K Classic

Pineapple Run

On Sunday April 21, 2013, members of the NYIT Physician Assistant Studies Class of 2015 participated in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) 2nd Annual Pineapple 5K Classic. The race, which was held on the NYIT campus in Old Westbury and concluded at the NYIT de Seversky Mansion, consisted of obstacles that the runners had to climb, crawl, and maneuver through along the way.

Team members raised over $6,600.00 for the LLS in just under 3 weeks! The team finished 3rd overall in fundraising and 3rd overall for the fastest race time for teams of 10 or more members. The Physician Assistant Class of 2015 ran in honor of Audrey DeMarco, who recently completed treatment, and Eugene Davoli, who is currently undergoing treatments.

Members of the team included: Cory Bazany, Pat Cazilas, Kyle Colquhoun, Colbie Cross, Kristen D'Altorio, Eric Daniels, Kate DeMarco, Katie O'Brien, Jordan Roberts, Allyson Ross, Steven Savery, Alissa Silverstein, Brittni Silvestri, Heather Tabolt, Jonathan Tan, Joelle Tanguy and Kristine Prazak, an assistant professor in the NYIT Department of Physician Assistant Studies.