About Physician Assistant Studies

What is a Physician Assistant?

A physician assistant (or PA) is a nationally certified and state-licensed medical professional.They practice and prescribe medication in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and all U.S. territories, with the exception of Puerto Rico. Physician assistants work in a variety of healthcare settings, from private clinics to major hospitals, with physicians and other providers on healthcare teams. Besides primary care, a major focus of the profession, they also specialize in areas such as emergency and internal medicine, pediatrics, surgery, dermatology, and many other fields. These well-paid, in-demand practitioners serve as valuable members of an integrated, multidisciplinary medical team.


Mission Statement

The mission of the New York Institute of Technology Department of Physician Assistant Studies is based on the belief that access for all persons to quality healthcare is a right. Thus, the mission of the program is to:

  • Educate qualified students to graduate as physician assistant students to provide high quality, compassionate, patient-centered healthcare as competent members of an interdisciplinary team to all populations seeking healthcare.
  • Educate physician assistant students to become life-long learners & critical thinkers who apply their medical knowledge and skills in practice with the highest levels of professionalism that governs the profession
  • Seek and encourage diversity in the recruitment of representatives of underserved populations within its faculty, staff, and student body, to serve a diverse population.

New York Tech PA Goals

  • Goal I: To train qualified PA graduates to successfully enter the healthcare profession to practice at entry-level proficiency.
  • Goal II: To provide opportunities for students to collaborate and develop effective oral and written communication skills so that they can work efficiently within the healthcare team.
  • Goal III: To offer opportunities to cultivate graduates to be compassionate and culturally competent professionals who will continue to contribute to society and the PA profession.
  • Goal IV: To promote a lifelong career of continuous self-directed learning, self-assessment, professional development and build a foundation for competence in research.

Patient-centered Approach

A patient-centered approach means caring for people holistically while respecting their personal beliefs, experiences, and values. This is essential when treating patients in today’s world, which is more globally and culturally diverse than ever. Here, you’ll adopt a holistic attitude learning in our classrooms, working in our high-tech labs, and applying this in clinical clerkships available in a wide variety of settings. Upon graduation, you’ll be able to treat patients from a wide spectrum of clinical populations and practice settings.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the program are eligible to take the Physician Assistant National Certification Examination (PANCE), administered by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

See our PANCE Pass Rates

See our Program Goals and Outcomes


The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistance (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the New York Institute of Technology Physician Assistant Program sponsored by the New York Institute of Technology. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.

Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be September 2029. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.

The program's accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website at http://www.arc-pa.org/accreditation-history-new-york-institute-of-technology/.