Admission Requirements: Physician Assistant Studies, M.S.

Thanks for your interest in the Physician Assistant Studies, M.S. degree.

The degree program, which begins in the fall semester of each year, includes a three-year (30 months onsite) curriculum encompassing 98 credits spread over four semesters of didactic education, followed by 48 weeks of intense clinical clerkships.

The admission process is highly competitive. Applications are reviewed relative to undergraduate intensity of studies, cumulative and science GPA, patient care experience, personal narrative, and letters of reference. Personal interviews are offered to the most qualified individuals and are required for admission.

Students who successfully graduate from New York Institute of Technology’s Physician Assistant program are eligible to take the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) for certification. Upon passing the PANCE, graduates are eligible to apply for New York State Licensure.

Each of the other 49 US States and Territories may have specific educational requirements for a certified PA to be eligible for licensure in that location. Although many states have similar requirements, the New York Tech PA Department is unable to determine whether graduates are eligible for licensure in states other than New York. A student seeking to practice in a state other than New York should review the educational requirements set by the state’s licensing board.


  • Bachelor's degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university (preferably in a science or health-related field).
  • Minimum overall GPA of 3.0
  • Minimum science GPA of 3.2
  • Academic record that includes a strong emphasis on science and math.
  • Minimum grade of B in all prerequisite courses, which may be taken up to two times to achieve the required score.
    • The minimum prerequisite courses must be completed within the previous 10 years at a regionally accredited institution in the U.S. or Canada.
    • You must have no more than four outstanding prerequisites by the application deadline; and only two of the four outstanding courses may be completed in the final spring semester.
    • Prerequisite courses include:
      • Two semesters of biology with laboratory; Genetics is highly recommended
      • Two semesters of general chemistry with laboratory
      • One semester of organic chemistry
      • One semester of biochemistry
      • One semester of microbiology (in addition to the two biology courses)
      • One semester of psychology
      • One semester of human anatomy AND one semester of human physiology OR a combination of Anatomy and Physiology I and II
      • Two semesters of college math; one of these courses must be statistics
  • Minimum of 250 hours of verifiable patient care experience in the U.S. healthcare system.
  • Three professional letters of recommendation, including one from a physician assistant, osteopathic doctor, or medical doctor.
  • Meet the Technical Standards for the physician assistant program.

NOTE: The Physician Assistant Studies program does not award or grant advanced standing under any circumstances. All courses in the curriculum must be completed within the program.


International Students

In addition to all of the above requirements, international applicants will need to provide:

  • Proof of English proficiency. A minimum TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 575 (233 computer-based; 80 internet-based) is generally required for admission for all international applicants, including those from English-speaking countries or non-U.S. education. Waivers of this requirement will be considered on an individual basis. TOEFL scores are valid for two years.
  • Notarized English translations and an official evaluation of post-secondary records from an academic credential evaluation service for all candidates holding degrees from non-US institutions.
  • A copy of a passport or national ID.

Please note that all course prerequisites must be completed at a regionally accredited institution in the United States within the last 10 years.



In order to be considered for admission, candidates must e-Submit their applications through CASPA no later than October 1 for the class entering the following fall.


Submit your application through the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA). Specific instructions related to the application process can be found on the CASPA website. A supplemental application is not required.

Application Materials

The following documents must be submitted directly to CASPA:

  • Three professional letters of recommendation, including one from a physician assistant, osteopathic doctor, or medical doctor.
  • One-page personal narrative (completed as part of the CASPA application).
  • Copies of undergraduate transcripts for all schools attended. All final, official transcripts must be received prior to the start of your first semester.
  • Please do not submit any GRE or MCAT scores as they will not be part of our evaluation process.

NOTE: Certain legal issues and/or convictions may preclude you from being accepted for clerkships, internships, and/or field work and may impact your ability to successfully complete the program and achieve certification and/or licensure.


Physician Assistant Studies
New York Institute of Technology
Riland Center, room 352
Northern Boulevard, PO Box 8000
Old Westbury, NY 11568-8000

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