Message from the Chair: Physician Assistant Studies
Welcome to the New York Tech Department of Physician Assistant Studies and our premier physician assistant program. Our mission is to “Educate qualified students to graduate as physician assistants to provide high quality, compassionate, patient-centered healthcare as competent members of an interdisciplinary team to all populations seeking healthcare.” To meet our mission, we offer a high-quality, evidence-based didactic education taught by a faculty of skilled providers with over 100 years of combined clinical experience, supplemented by clinical training at some of the premier academic medical centers in the northeastern United States—and the world!
We are dedicated to providing you with the skills and drive to succeed in the healthcare workforce and function as providers who, in the words of our school credo, will “Do, Make, Innovate, and Reinvent the Future” of healthcare in a caring, compassionate, and interdisciplinary manner.
- Thanks to your unwavering commitment to excellence in the provision of care, you will know what you DO makes a difference to patients, particularly those who need it the most. You will be taught what matters is not a patient’s age, gender, sexual orientation, race, nationality, or immigration status, but only that they are a fellow human being in-need of your compassion, care, and commitment.
- You will MAKE a difference through your involvement as a healthcare team member, participating on rounds and providing input on quality and patient safety issues, and your overall dedication to making your patients feel special and cared for.
- Throughout the program and after graduation, you will INNOVATE and experience the innovations of others as you problem-solve complex patient issues requiring a synthesis of often disparate data points to arrive at innovative and complex diagnoses. During the COVID-19 pandemic, many of our students and graduates were placed in positions where innovation was the key to providing care for a new disease where treatment was often learned on the fly.
- Lastly, you will graduate prepared to Reinvent the Future of healthcare by participating in exciting simulations through the Institute for Clinical Competence, where you’ll apply learned skills without risk of patient harm. These repeated simulations and encounters with standardized patients allow for improved patient care and are reshaping how medical arts are learned. Upon graduation, some of you will continue to reinvent the future of medicine by participating as leaders in local, state, and international professional organizations, making decisions that will lead our profession into the next century where optimal team practice will be a centerpiece of physician assistant practice. Others will participate in cutting-edge research trials where potential cancer cures are applied, new surgical procedures are researched, and technological advances are applied to daily patient care.
Your choice to explore a career as a graduate of New York Tech’s physician assistant program comes at an exciting time for the profession. U.S. News & World Report currently ranks the physician assistant profession as the “Best Overall Job in 2021.” Not surprisingly, this ranking has caused an explosion of applications, as interest in the profession has reached an all-time high. Although competition for acceptance to our program has increased, we encourage you to look at our admission requirements and check our FAQ section if you have any questions, or call us for further clarification.
We are proud to bring excellence to physician assistant education at New York Tech and are particularly proud of our recent 10-year accreditation from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistance (ARC-PA), with our next planned accreditation site visit scheduled for September 2029. Pride in our educational program further extends to student performance, where our students have exceeded the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination® (PANCE) national examination pass rate every year since 2016!
We welcome your interest, encourage your application, and promise you will receive the best education possible in an environment that is rigorous and challenging, yet compassionate and caring. Our program is committed to providing you with a path to reach your career goals while helping strengthen our profession by graduating the best physician assistants in New York State. Contact us for help in starting your journey to becoming a physician assistant.
Yours for a stronger profession,
Frank A. Acevedo, MS, PA-C, DFAAPA
Department of Physician Assistant Studies
Frank A. Acevedo, Chair
Riland, room 351
Lisa Safon, Administrative Assistant