The New York Institute of Technology physician assistant program receives continued accreditation from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc.
New York Institute of Technology is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. (267-284-5000) The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
All full-time program faculty are licensed by the University of the State of New York Education Department to practice as physician assistants in the state of New York.
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.
Our aim is in educating physician assistant students to:
New York Institute of Technology's (NYIT) physician assistant (PA) program offers students an opportunity to earn a master's degree in physician assistant studies and be eligible to sit for the Physician Assistant National Certification Examination (PANCE). There is also a six-year combined B.S.-M.S. program for students entering directly from high school.
Students entering the NYIT Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program are required to have a bachelor's degree with a strong emphasis in science and mathematics or have successfully completed the pre-professional phase of the B.S.-M.S. combined program. All students entering the master's degree program must show evidence of proficiency in the sciences and have completed prerequisite courses in biology, chemistry, anatomy, physiology, math, and psychology.
The three-year (30 months onsite) master's program is divided into two didactic years over four (4) traditional college semesters and one intense clinical year. The design and sequencing of the didactic coursework is structured to provide students with incremental steps toward the development of their cognitive and psychomotor abilities. The program curriculum is designed to provide a basis for the study of clinical medicine. The key basic and behavioral science courses are Gross Anatomy and Physiology, Clinical Pathophysiology, the PA Profession, Behavioral Medicine, and Epidemiology and Interpretation of the Medical Literature.
The fall and spring semesters of the first year introduce the student to the actual practice of medicine by providing lectures in clinical medicine. Students are introduced to Pharmacology I, Clinical Skills I and II, and Clinical Lab Medicine in an escalating manner. This serves to enhance and reinforce student learning of the presented materials. The Clinical Skills I and II and Clinical Laboratory Medicine courses provide students with the acquisition of physical diagnosis skills and the use of laboratory procedures needed for formulating a diagnosis and monitoring a patient's status.
The second-year didactic courses are specifically designed to provide students with skills that are essential for transitioning to the clinical clerkship phase. These courses include Pharmacology II, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Emergency Medicine, Clinical Decision Making, Clinical Skills III, and Family Practice. In Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, students learn to further apply behavior modification skills first learned in Behavioral Medicine so as to deliver appropriate patient education. The course in Emergency Medicine is delivered after all of the Clinical Medicine lectures have been presented. Students learn to deal specifically with medical and surgical emergencies and receive certification in basic and advanced cardiac life support. Family Practice focuses upon preventable diseases and the chronic disease model.
Throughout the third-year clinical phase, students will attend clerkships designed to expose them to the different disciplinary areas of clinical care. One four-week clerkship in an elective rotation allow students to enhance their knowledge in a disciplinary area of their interest. Students may opt to repeat a core rotation or branch into another medical or surgical specialty. During their clinical year, students also receive instruction on strategies that will prepare them for employment and sit for the PANCE.
The NYIT physician assistant program wants our students to be successful. First we want them to be successful in completing the program, recognizing that excellence is the expected goal. This is followed by their success on the Physician Assistant National Certification Examination (PANCE). But perhaps most importantly, we want our graduates to have a successful and rewarding career as a PA in taking care of patients for many years to come. To ensure that this is accomplished, we continuously assess our ability to provide the necessary tools to promote achievement at each and every level of the PA program.
The didactic phase of the program allows a regular and continuous basis to assess program success as students demonstrate an escalating ability to analyze and synthesize divergent and original source medical information, an escalating ability to reason independently, and over time manage increasingly complex cases in arriving at clinical decisions to achieve entry-level proficiency in practicing medicine and/or surgery.
The clinical phase of the program provides an opportunity to assess program success at providing sufficient didactic instruction that results in a high level student learning and core clinical competencies. The feedback the program receives from students and clinical preceptors alike provides assurance that this is the case and that the program and its students are performing in an outstanding manner.
The NCCPA PANCE first-time and overall pass rate, along with median scores, allow an annual assessment of program success of its educational goals and of following its mission of “educating physician assistant students to provide high quality healthcare services to all segments of the population throughout the country.” The pass rate and median scores have consistently improved over the most recent five years and provides evidence that the program is successful at achieving its goal of providing students with the necessary academic and clinical skills to function competently as graduate PAs.
Lastly, an annual assessment of the NYIT program graduates has indicated the program’s success at providing the necessary clinical competencies needed to practice as PAs. The program assessment of the graduates’ annual survey responses is that they demonstrate the successful education the program has provided that includes a culmination of the necessary clinical skills; and a confirmation of their ability to carry out the complex responsibilities as graduate PAs.
The NYIT physician assistant program educates qualified individuals to be highly skilled members of a health care team who provide diagnostic and therapeutic patient care with physician supervision. Graduates of this program are able to:
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