Message from the Chair: Physician Assistant Studies
Welcome to the Department of Physician Assistant Studies at NYIT School of Health Professions.
Physician Assistants (PAs) are medical professionals, educated in the medical model at the master’s degree level. PAs diagnose illness, develop and manage treatment plans, prescribe medications, do procedures, assist in surgery, and work in all specialties of medicine. Their clinical job responsibilities vary depending on the discipline they work in, the scope of practice of the supervising physician they work with, the setting and by state laws. Besides clinical practice, PAs also work in education, research and may hold administrative positions.
The program was founded in 1999 by Dr. Salvatore Barese who guided us through several continued accreditation processes before retiring in 2013. Under his stewardship, we received our first accreditation from The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) in 1999 and have maintained accreditation-continued ever since. The most recent accreditation review was in March 2019 and the program was granted accreditation-continued status, the maximun granted at that time. The program's next ARC-PA review will be in September 2029. We graduated our first class of 20 students in August 2001. In 2005, the program transitioned from a Bachelor of Science degree to a Master of Science degree program, the terminal degree for the profession. To date, we have graduated 669 PAs since the inception of the program.
We are a 3-year (30-month) program and accept 56 students into each new cohort. The program starts in Fall and for the first two years follows the traditional college semester schedule, with winter and spring breaks and the first summer off. The third year spans the final summer, fall and spring sessions and encompasses nine clinical rotations. These rotations are completed at world-renowned hospitals in the New York Metropolitan area and private clinics and include opportunities to rotate at various out of state locations. New York Tech also boasts a Center for Global Health that offers students the chance to travel abroad for medical service learning trips and to earn a Certificate in Global Health.
The New York Tech PA program gives you an opportunity to acquire an excellent medical education leading to a profession that is held to specific high standards and levels of competencies. The program is known and respected for the high-quality education and professionalism it expects of its students and graduates. One of our goals is that our graduates pass the Physician Assistant National Certification Examination (PANCE) at or higher than the national mean. We are therefore proud to highlight our graduates’ first time taker PANCE pass rate for the last five graduating classes.
Thank you for your interest in our program. The faculty and staff encourage you to further explore our Physician Assistant Studies, M.S. program.
Corri Wolf, PA-C, R.D., M.S.
Associate Professor and Interim Chair
Corri Wolf, Interim Chair
Riland, room 351
Lisa Safon, Administrative Assistant