Physician Assistant Studies Student Handbook
Introduction to the Physician Assistant Studies Handbook
The production of this document is the result of the considerable efforts of the faculty and staff of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies at the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT).
The purpose of the student handbook is to inform students of program policies and procedures. The program updates the student handbook periodically. The college also publishes an NYIT Student Handbook that covers college-wide policies and procedures along with other resources.
The PA Studies program at NYIT reserves the right to make changes to this document at any time. Changes are anticipated, and students will be notified of all updates through their NYIT email. A form will be distributed requiring students to sign off that they have read and understand the contents of the updated handbook.
Greetings from the Chair
Welcome to the Department of Physician Assistant Studies in the School of Health Professions at New York Institute of Technology (NYIT). You have decided to embark on a journey that is exciting, transformative and will often be challenging.
Your acceptance into the NYIT 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.
Competencies are defined as measurable or observable knowledge, skills, abilities, and behaviors critical to successful job performance. Competencies for physician assistant graduates have been developed by four physician assistant national organizations: the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA), the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) and the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA). The NYIT program is known and respected for the very high standard of education and professionalism it expects of its students and graduates, and achievement of these expectations are evidenced by the following: preceptor evaluations of our students preparedness for clinical rotations as well as their academic and professional performance during clerkships; our graduates first time taker PANCE scores which have been above the national mean over the last several years, to name a few.
The program's goals are to educate and train highly skilled health care professionals who provide quality health care while keeping patient safety as a paramount goal. To this end we offer a robust curriculum that prepares PA graduates to successfully enter the healthcare profession. One of the many important skills you need to develop to be an effective PA is the ability to communicate with your patients, their families and the healthcare team. We provide you with opportunities to develop these skills, through written and oral exercises. Cultivating your empathy and cultural competence is an ongoing lifelong lesson. You will be given opportunities to build these skills through clinical case scenarios, role-playing, working with standardized patients and finally being exposed to a diverse patient population during your clinical rotations in various different settings. You will continue to build on your cognitive, professional and technical skills throughout your time with us at NYIT and well after you graduate.
The next three years are full of learning to prepare you to be a competent PA to enter the healthcare workforce and to pass your PANCE certification exam. However, learning does not end there, especially in the ever-changing world of medicine. Proficiency in research is an essential skill that you require as you progress through your career, and a strong foundation will be laid down in the program as you develop an original research question for your Master's capstone project. Through this process, you will learn to analyze the medical literature and base your management of patients on evidence based medicine. As a practicing PA, you are required to be up to date on the latest information, and to assess its accuracy and relevance to your patients. Throughout the program, you will develop skills to be an independent self-directed learner, to assess your own abilities and to work as an integral member of the healthcare team.
This journey will test you physically and mentally and push you to your limits. You will discover your strengths and weaknesses. The faculty and staff understand these challenges and are there to guide and support you in any way they can. You enter the program with a solid science foundation, health care experiences, and many other abilities. You also bring with you the life experiences that will help you cope with the extremely rigorous and demanding work that lies ahead of you in these next three years. This may be more than adequate, but there will be times you are truly tested. Therefore, I want to stress on one important thing—reach out for help and support as soon as possible. Often, a quick chat with one of us can be all it takes. At other times, it may be more involved. No matter the circumstance, the faculty and staff are here to support you on this journey. If we ourselves are unable to help, we will direct you to someone who can. Your success is ours and we are in it with you for the long haul.
As an integral part of the health care team, we as PA's have an enormous responsibility to our patients, their families and our colleagues. As a program, we in turn have been given the responsibility to make certain that we educate and graduate PA's who are competent and do no harm when they enter the workforce. We take this extremely seriously. The program will provide you with guidance, skills, and tools you require to succeed. Finally, it is up to you to make sure you live up to the responsibilities and standards of the profession.
This handbook is one of the many resources available to you, for referring to the competencies you are expected to achieve, as well as a guide to the responsibilities and expectations of the faculty and the student body.
The faculty and staff welcome you, and are delighted to be a part of your exciting journey.
Anoma Zehra Ahmed, PA-C, MBBS
Assistant Professor and Chair
Message from Faculty and Staff
The faculty and staff of the New York Institute of Technology Department of PA Studies welcome you. The entire faculty is committed to your successful educational experience in PA Studies.
The program will challenge and test your personal and academic limits. You will find the rewards of completing the program to be well worth your efforts. Graduation from the program will help to prepare you for the Physician Assistant National Certification Examination (PANCE) and to practice as a knowledgeable, skillful, and caring health care provider.
The focus of your education will be primary care; however, the curriculum and clinical clerkships cover the entire spectrum of medicine. In the process of your education, you will learn much about yourself, both your strengths and areas requiring improvement.
This handbook is designed to provide help to you in understanding the policies of the program. Changes in this document are anticipated and you will be provided with updates as they occur. Feel free to discuss any issues or concerns you have regarding this document with the chair of the program or a PA program faculty member or your program faculty advisor, who will be assigned to you soon.
The faculty and staff of the NYIT PA program have your success as our highest priority and we look forward to the day when you will become our colleagues. Once again we welcome you.
The Faculty and Staff of the NYIT PA Program
Faculty and Staff Listing
Anoma Zehra Ahmed, PA-C, M.B.B.S.
Assistant Professor and Chair
Timothy Robinson, DO, M.B.A.
Frank Acevedo, PA-C, M.S., DFAAPA
Yennie Armand, PA-C, M.S.
Assistant Professor and Clinical Coordinator
Barbara Piccirillo, PA-C, M.S., DFAAPA
Kristine A. Prazak-Davoli, PA-C, M.S.
Associate Professor and Director of PA Admissions
Sara Winter, PA-C, M.S.
Assistant Professor and Director of Student Activities and Community Outreach
Corri Wolf, PA-C, R.D., M.S.
Associate Professor and Academic Coordinator
Elizabeth A. DiNapoli, M.Ed.
Manager of Clerkship Education
Brittany McKeith, B.A.
Suzana Rebecca, M.A.
Senior Specialist and Associate Director of PA Admissions
Program Accreditation Status
The NYIT Department of PA Studies was awarded full re-accreditation by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. in September 2012, the maximum number of years granted at that time. The program's next accreditation review is in April 2019.
Overview of the PA Program
The Department of Physician Assistant Studies is one of five NYIT departments in the School of Health Professions. The PA program was established in September 1997 when the first students were admitted to what was then a Bachelor of Science degree program in Physician Assistant Studies. The first class began in August 1999 and 20 students graduated in August 2001. On February 15, 2005 the New York State Education Department recognized two modes of entry into the PA program—a three-year Master of Science (M.S.) degree program in Physician Assistant Studies, and a combined Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences/Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program (B.S./M.S.). The PA M.S. degree program completion requirements include four traditional semesters of didactic studies followed by 48 weeks of supervised full-time clinical clerkships at selected clinical settings.
Students entering the NYIT Master of Science in PA Studies program are required to have a bachelor's degree with a strong emphasis in science and mathematics or be matriculated from the NYIT B.S. to M.S. program. All students entering the master's degree PA program must show evidence of proficiency in the sciences and have completed prerequisite courses in anatomy, physiology, biology, chemistry, mathematics, and psychology.
The three-year (30 month) professional program is divided into two didactic years and one clinical year. The design and sequencing of the didactic coursework is structured in such a manner as to provide students with carefully crafted incremental steps toward the development of their cognitive and psychomotor abilities. The curriculum is designed to provide a basis for the study and practice of clinical medicine. The key basic and behavioral science courses are Advanced Anatomy, Advanced Physiology, Clinical Laboratory Medicine, Clinical Skills, Pharmacology, Advanced Clinical Pathology, PA Professional Issues, Behavioral Medicine, and Pharmacology, all administered in the didactic years. Informatics and Diagnostic Imaging covers the integration of Informational Technology into medicine, identifying and ordering appropriate imaging studies, interpreting them and using them in the management of patients.
The fall and spring semesters of the first year introduce the students to professional issues and patient communication through the PA Professional Issues, Clinical Skills, and Behavioral Medicine courses. Students are introduced to the practice of medicine in the first year through lectures in Clinical Medicine. These courses introduce pathology in the various organ systems through case-based discussion, which begins to build the critical thinking processes that are essential for diagnoses and management. Two semesters of Pharmacology cover the ever-expanding repertoire of medications that are at the disposal of clinicians. 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 that are further needed for formulating a diagnosis and monitoring a patient's status. The following courses have also been sequenced to assist students in the development of their master's thesis project: Epidemiology & Interpretation of the Medical Literature, and Research I to IV courses, with these latter courses extending into the clinical year.
The second year didactic courses escalate the concepts and higher order thinking that provide students with skills that are essential for the transition to clinical clerkships in the third year. These courses include Health Promotion & Disease Prevention, Emergency Medicine, General Surgery, Clinical Decision Making, Clinical Skills III, Family Practice, Orthopedics & Rheumatology, Pediatrics, and Women's Health. In Health Promotion & Disease Prevention students learn to further apply behavior modification skills learned first in Behavioral Medicine so as to motivate patients in taking responsibility for their own health and to deliver appropriate patient education. The course in Emergency Medicine is delivered after the Clinical Medicine I and II courses have been completed, and concurrently with Clinical Skills III.
Clinical Skills III provides students with the necessary psychomotor skills to perform the various basic medical/surgical procedures that will be required of them while on clerkships. It introduces the student to skills from sterile techniques, blood draws, IV placements, and the use of ultrasound to mention a few. Surgery introduces the student to preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative care issues in general surgery, orthopedics, thoracic, cardiovascular and ophthalmology. Students learn to deal specifically with medical and surgical emergencies and receive certification in basic and advanced cardiac life support (BCLS and ACLS). Building on the knowledge, skills, and analytical approach they have developed thus far, the Clinical Decision Making course culminates in a purely problem-based learning format. The Family Practice course provides students with opportunities to enhance the Clinical Medicine courses already mastered and focus upon the chronic care model to best prepare for the Affordable Care Act. Pediatrics and Women's Health cover further sub-specialties that often do stand on their own but are also a significant part of primary care.
During the didactic phase the students receive simulated patient (SP) contact experience in the Institute for Cultural Competence (ICC). This includes patient examination rooms and simulation labs where they will practice history and physical examination skills; assessment and planning with the SPs; hone their communication skills; and work in interprofessional health care teams with other health care students from Nursing, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine. Standardized patients are hired from the community and have received training in simulating a medical condition and documenting student performance. The cases chosen are selected to reflect the objectives and learning outcomes in both didactic and the clinical years. The assessments evaluate the students' clinical knowledge, patient care skills, and interpersonal skills. An internet-based streaming digital audio-video system is utilized, allowing the students to observe and review their interactions. This technology can also be utilized by faculty to assess student performance and recommend remediation if needed.
The clinical clerkships in the final year will be completed at world renowned facilities located throughout the greater metropolitan New York area, rural and urban distant sites, either in New York State or beyond, when desirable. A global health elective rotation opportunity is also available. The number of outstanding affiliated clinical sites is a significant strength for the program and we continue to increase the number of clinical affiliations.
The PA program is a constituent part of the School of Health Professions. The departmental collegiality that exists within the school provides an exceptional academic environment that benefits both the faculty and students. NYIT PA students are presented with the opportunity to be part of an Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) and train with osteopathic medical students as well as students in Nursing, Occupational Therapy, and Physical Therapy. The PA students learn the team concept of medicine early in their academic careers.
The New York Institute of Technology PA program is committed to the admission and matriculation of highly qualified students and follows NYIT's policy on non-discrimination. Regarding disabled individuals, the college will not discriminate against such individuals who are otherwise qualified, but the college will expect that minimal technical standards be met by all applicants and students as set forth herein. These standards reflect what has been determined as reasonable expectations for PA students and graduate PAs in performing common and important functions, keeping in mind the safety and welfare of patients. The following technical standards are to be used for admission and matriculation of PA students as well as granting of a PA degree.
A candidate for the PA degree signifies that the holder is prepared for entry into the practice of medicine and surgery. Therefore, a PA must have the knowledge and skills to function in a broad variety of clinical situations and to render a wide spectrum of quality, cost-effective patient care. In order to perform the activities described below, candidates for a PA degree must be able to quickly, accurately, and consistently learn, integrate, analyze, and synthesize data.
The graduate PA must have multiple skills and abilities including: observation, communication, motor, conceptual, integrative, quantitative, behavioral, and social skills. Technological compensation can be made for handicaps in some of these areas, but a candidate must be able to perform continuously and without interruption in a reasonably independent and timely manner.
Candidates for the PA program must have functional use of the senses of vision, hearing, and equilibrium. Their exteroceptor (touch, pain, and temperature) and proprioceptor (position, pressure, movement, stereognosis, and vibratory) senses must be sufficiently intact to enable them to carry out all the activities required continuously and without interruption to complete the activities described below in a timely manner to account for emergent patient circumstances.
Candidates must have sufficient motor function capabilities to meet the demands of the PA program and the demands of total patient care without presenting a danger to themselves, coworkers or patients.
Candidates and all PA students must have sufficient vision to be able to observe demonstrations, experiments, and laboratory exercises. They must be able to observe a patient accurately at a distance and nearby. It is essential to have adequate visual capabilities to assess structural asymmetries, and abnormalities of the musculoskeletal and integumentary systems.
Candidates and all PA students should be able to speak clearly, and to hear and observe patients in order to elicit information, examine patients, describe findings, and understand nonverbal behaviors. They must be able to communicate effectively and sensitively with fellow students, faculty, patients, and other health care providers in a culturally competent manner. This includes the ability to read and communicate, both verbally and in writing, in English, using appropriate grammar and vocabulary.
Candidates and all PA students must have sufficient motor function to execute those movements required in the general and emergency care of patients and to elicit information from patients by palpation, auscultation, percussion, and other diagnostic maneuvers. PAs are required to be able to perform cardiovascular resuscitation, insert catheters, open obstructed airways, perform obstetrical maneuvers and operate various diagnostic and therapeutic devices, as well as perform other procedures including emergency procedures, all in a timely manner. All of these require both gross and fine muscular movements, equilibrium, and use of touch and vision promptly, continuously and without interruption in a manner that does not present a danger to the student, co-worker or patient.
Candidates and all PA students need enhanced tactile abilities and should a candidate have significant tactile, sensory or proprioceptive disabilities, he or she would have to be carefully evaluated to determine if a reasonable accommodation can be made prior to matriculation. Problems might be present in individuals who have had previous burns, loss of sensation, scar formation, or malformations of the upper extremities.
Strength and Mobility
Candidates and all PA students should have upright posture with sufficient extremity and body strength to carry out various manipulative techniques. Mobility is required when attending to emergency resuscitation and performing basic and advanced life support skills.
Behavior and Social
Candidates and PA students must possess the emotional health required for full utilization of their intellectual abilities, the exercise of good judgment, the prompt completion of responsibilities, and development of mature, sensitive and effective relationships with patients. PA education requires the ability to tolerate physically taxing workloads and adapting to changing environments.
Candidates and students must display flexibility and spirit of cooperation with faculty, classmates and colleagues.
Certain personal characteristics are expected of a PA. These include ethics, morals, integrity, compassion, interpersonal skills, and motivation.
The NYIT PA program will attempt to develop creative ways of opening its curriculum to competitive, qualified disabled individuals. In so doing, however, the program must maintain the integrity of its curriculum and preserve those elements deemed essential to the education of a PA.
PA students must have the ability to touch and be touched during the process of learning and practicing the art and science of medicine and physical examination.
Students will be partnered with another student regardless of age, gender, nationality, religion, or race. For the purpose of learning diagnostic and physical examination skills, students must dress in a prescribed manner:
- Males are to wear gym or bathing shorts.
- Females are to wear gym shorts or swim shorts and any of the following: bikini bathing suit top or sports bra.
All students may wear T-shirts, scrub wear, or sweat shirt/pants when not the subject of examination or treatment. The wearing of street clothes, unless otherwise notified, is not permitted during physical diagnosis sessions.
The wearing of hats or sunglasses during lectures, examinations, laboratory sessions, except for religious and/or health reasons, is not permitted. The clinical skills courses, as well as other courses, require hand contact by a partner with the student's body, including the head.
The standards for performance and behavior will be noted in documents such as the NYIT Student Handbook. Other more detailed documents such as course outlines, syllabi, and/or memorandums may supersede these.
Academic, Professional, and Disciplinary Policies
Academic Standing Committee
The Academic Standing Committee (ASC) provides assistance to the PA program in dealing with student academic and disciplinary problems and makes recommendations and provides guidance to the chair of the PA program regarding these matters. These recommendations may include recommendation for dismissal, deceleration, or various forms of remediation. The ASC is composed of representatives of the program's principal faculty, faculty from other departments within the School of Health Professions and other members as deemed appropriate by the chair. A student in jeopardy due to professional behavioral issues or academic dismissal or disciplinary action will be given an opportunity to present their case or any mitigating circumstances in person to the committee. The date and time of the ASC meeting will be communicated to the student.
Professional Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures
Professional behavior refers to the characteristic conduct that reflects the commonly held values and beliefs of the PA profession and the college. At all times, students are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and abide by the highest standards of academic honesty, ethics and professional conduct.
The following are considered essential requirements for PA students and are part of students' academic review:
Personal Hygiene, Grooming, and Timeliness
- The protection of the patients and students necessitates a high standard of personal and professional hygiene and cleanliness.
- Dress codes and grooming requirements must be followed.
- The student must be punctual and perform work in a reliable and timely manner.
Interpersonal Relations and Collegiality
- The student must be able to maintain mature, sensitive, and effective relationships with patients, student peers, faculty, staff, and other professionals under all circumstances including highly stressful situations.
- The student must be able and willing to examine and modify his or her behavior when it interferes with productive individual or team relationships.
- The student must be able to manage patients with a range of moods and behaviors in a tactful, congenial, personal manner so as not to alienate or antagonize them.
- The student must be able to interact productively, cooperatively, and in a collegial manner with individuals of differing personalities and backgrounds, and be an active contributor to the process of providing health care by demonstrating the ability to engage in teamwork and team building.
- The well-being of the patient requires that the student be able to accept direction and supervision.
- The student must possess skills and experience necessary for effective and harmonious relationships in diverse academic and working environments.
- The student must maintain at all times patient confidentiality as well as comply with all HIPAA requirements.
Handling Stress, Setting Priorities, and Time Management
- The student must be able to handle the stress inherent in a health care career.
- The student must be able to use good judgment in the course of his or her health care educational experience.
- The student must be able to demonstrate the ability to set priorities in the course of his or her health care educational experience.
- The student must possess the emotional maturity and stability to function effectively under stress that is inherent in medicine and to adapt to circumstances that are unpredictable or that change rapidly.
- The student must possess attributes that include compassion, empathy, altruism, and tolerance.
- The student must possess the emotional health required for full utilization of his or her intellectual abilities, the exercise of good judgment and the prompt completion of all responsibilities attendant to the diagnosis and care of patients.
- The student must demonstrate the ability to identify and set priorities in patient management and in all aspects of his or her professional work. The student must demonstrate time management skill by consistently meeting all deadlines.
Honesty and Integrity
- The student must possess attributes that include integrity, honesty, and responsibility.
- The student must be forthright concerning errors or uncertainty.
Maturity and Dedication
- The student must be dedicated to the pursuit of excellence and to the acquisition of knowledge and skills required for practice.
- The student must have the maturity and discipline required for the competent delivery of health care services.
- When a student denies that there is a problem, professes that he/she is not responsible for the problem, or fails to engage in any behavior that reflects that he/she cares, is concerned, or intends to try to improve his/her performance, the faculty may use this information to come to a more expeditious decision to dismiss.
A PA student should consistently demonstrate the following:
- Ethical conduct, integrity and honesty
- Concern for others, self and the rights of privacy
- Responsibility to duty
- An appearance appropriate to the clinical professional
- Ability to recognize one's limitations and accept constructive criticism
- Punctual attendance at all program and clinical activities
- Adherence to all deadlines
- Respect for interpersonal relationships with patients, their families, faculty, staff, and peers
- Maintain patient confidentiality at all times
Any program faculty, staff, or preceptor can initiate a discussion regarding professional behavior and escalate the issue upwards. The program chair will then initially handle matters involving professional behavior and discuss the infraction directly with the student. If the matter cannot be resolved, then the matter will be referred to the Academic Standing Committee. If the charges against the student are supported, the Committee will refer the issue back to the program chair for appropriate action. All recommendations for action by the Committee will be submitted to the program chair, academic and clinical coordinators. Procedures outlined in the NYIT Student Code of Conduct may be followed as applicable.
The program chair, in consultation with the Academic Standing Committee reserves the right to dismiss students from the program for reasons that include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Inability to remain in good academic standing
- Academic dishonesty
- Behavior endangering others' safety or well-being
- Disrespectful behavior towards patients, faculty, staff, other students
- Excessive unexcused absences/lateness
- Unprofessional behavior, includes but is not limited to the following:
- Violation of patient confidentiality
- Violation of AAPA Guidelines for Ethical Conduct
- Violation of clinical clerkship policy and procedure
- Violation of State and Federal regulations
Alternatively, violations of professional conduct may also be handled in accordance with the Academic Integrity Policy.
Criminal Background Check and Drug Testing
Students will be required to successfully complete a criminal background check prior to matriculation in the program, and periodically thereafter. This will be done at the student's expense. Additionally, students will be required to successfully pass a urine drug screen (UDS) and periodically thereafter. This will also be at the student's expense, and may include random UDS. Failure to comply may be interpreted by the program as equivalent to failing a UDS and result in disciplinary action including expulsion from the program.
Certain legal issues, professional reprimands and/or criminal convictions may preclude a student from being accepted by clerkships and thus may impact the student's ability to successfully complete the program, could delay their program completion date and impede their ability to achieve certification and/or licensure.
Appeals Involving Dismissals
A student will be notified by the chair of recommendations for dismissal, either for academic, professional, or disciplinary reasons. The student may appeal the chair's decision in writing to the dean, outlining the reason for the appeal. The appeal must be submitted to the Dean of the School of Health Professions, within 5 business days of the chair's initial notification of dismissal.
The PA program honor code will be presented to each class at the beginning of the program, and students will be asked to sign the Student Honor Code Pledge (see Appendix B). The honor code is presented to the student at the beginning of each exam on Examplify. The word "exam/examination" refers to any type of assessment in any course; for example quizzes, midterms, finals, etc. In addition, the following directions must also be followed by every student during an examination. Both these notices need to be acknowledged by clicking on the button provided within the application (on laptops, tablets, or iPads):
- The only items permitted on the table in front of you are the device you will use for Examplify and the provided mini-whiteboard/scrap paper.
- You may only use scrap paper that is given to you by the faculty or proctor. Please write your name on each scrap paper. All paper, used or unused, must be handed to the faculty/proctor at the end of the assessment. You are required to turn this in once you have completed the exam and prior to any exam review.
- Put all personal belongings (including but not limited to: backpack/bookbag, handbag, phones, water bottles, coffee mugs/cups) on the side or at the front of the classroom.
- All phones must be turned off (not merely placed on vibrate). Any sound or vibration from a phone may result in a zero score on the quiz or exam for the phone's owner.
- You may not wear any electronic/digital watches or equipment (e.g. Apple watch, Fitbit, etc.)
- Other than religious headwear, you are not allowed to wear any hats, caps, etc.
- You may only use scrap paper that is given to you by the faculty or proctor. Please write your name on each scrap paper. All paper, used or unused, must be handed to the faculty/proctor at the end of the assessment.
- During test-taking, please refrain from the habit of "mouthing" the words as you read. It will be considered suspicious behavior.
Institution and Program Mission, Goals, and Outcomes
The mission of the PA program is based on the fundamental principles of New York Institute of Technology, the PA profession, and the belief that access for all persons to quality health care is a right.
See NYIT's mission, vision and goals.
The NYIT PA program's:
Graduate Competencies and Educational Goals
The NYIT PA program is designed to provide students with the necessary academic and clinical skills to function competently, confidently, compassionately, and efficiently as graduate PAs.
Through a critical, continuous, and dynamic self-assessment, the program will identify and implement changes necessary to meet the standards as outlined in the most recent version of Accreditation Standards for Physician Assistant Education (Fourth Edition) published by ARC-PA and as amended in July, 2010; October, 2011; September, 2012; December, 2012; September, 2013; September, 2014; March, 2016; and March, 2018.
As mentioned previously, competencies for PA graduates have been developed by four prominent PA national organizations: the American Academy of PAs (AAPA), the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA), the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) and the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA).
The NYIT PA Studies program educates qualified individuals to be highly skilled members of a health care team who provide diagnostic and therapeutic patient care with physician supervision. The program's educational goals for its graduates conform to the competencies laid out by the above organizations that oversee the PA profession.
Competencies for the PA Profession
The program curriculum and goals are guided by the Competencies for the Physician Assistant Profession, which serves as a map for PAs in developing and maintaining professional competencies.
National PA organization websites:
Note: The didactic schedule below applies to the class of 2019 and later.
The first two years (didactic phase) of the PA program are presented as an integrated curriculum over the course of four semesters, consisting of the following:
|Fall Semester First Year|
|PHAS 601||Advanced Anatomy||3|
|PHAS 602||Advanced Physiology||3|
|PHAS 610||Clinical Medicine I||5|
|PHAS 635||Behavioral Medicine||1|
|PHAS 660||PA Professional Issues||1|
|Spring Semester First Year|
|PHAS 611||Clinical Medicine II||5|
|PHAS 620||Pharmacology I||3|
|PHAS 622||Clinical Skills I||1|
|PHAS 630||Clinical Laboratory Medicine||3|
|PHAS 655||Epidemiology &Interpret of Med Literature||2|
|PHAS 675||Medical Informatics &Diagnostic Imaging||1|
|Fall Semester Second Year|
|PHAS 606||Advanced Clinical Pathology||2|
|PHAS 613||Clinical Medicine III||4|
|PHAS 621||Pharmacology II||3|
|PHAS 623||Clinical Skills II||1|
|PHAS 650||Research I||1|
|PHAS 690||Health Promotion &Disease Prevention||2|
|Spring Semester Second Year|
|PHAS 614||Orthopedics & Rheumatology||2|
|PHAS 627||Clinical Skills III||2|
|PHAS 651||Research II||1|
|PHAS 665||Emergency Medicine||3|
|PHAS 670||Family Practice||2|
|PHAS 680||Clinical Decision Making||2|
|PHAS 695||Women's Health||2|
Administrative Policies and Procedures
Testing and Grading Policies
The courses offered in the didactic year include grading by written quizzes and examinations, oral and written case presentations, and performance of lab and physical diagnostic skills. Syllabi will provide the students with the criteria that will evaluate their performance within each course. It is the student's responsibility to review the course syllabus and grading policies and ask for clarification of any points of concern during the first week of the course. Grades are also impacted by attendance and lateness as detailed in course syllabi. Please view Appendix H for the grading scale.
Implicitly, program syllabi also include the following statements:
- Any student who does not understand and/or accept the contents and terms of this syllabus must notify the course professor in writing within one (1) week after receiving this syllabus.
- Any student in this course who, because of a disability, needs an accommodation in order to complete the course requirements should contact the staff at the Counseling and Wellness Center who will then determine if an accommodation can be made. Counseling and Wellness staff will notify, when appropriate, the program chair, academic coordinator, and course professor(s). It is up to the student to notify the center of any examination schedules.
- Attendance, examinations, tests, and assignments are all requirements for successful completion of this course.
Examinations will be administered as indicated by each course syllabus. Date changes may occur, and students will be notified of the change(s) as soon as possible. Quizzes may be announced or unannounced. The course instructor may administer one or more quizzes as listed in the course syllabus. Quizzes are used as a formative evaluation tool to provide both students and faculty with information regarding students' understanding of course material and cognitive knowledge to date. These results are used to provide guidance to students on areas of weakness in a particular topic and for them to adjust their study methods.
The course instructor will schedule the time allotted for each exam. NYIT's Office of Academic Affairs requires that all final examinations be offered in the last week of the semester, with the exception of courses consisting of multiple modules or sub-courses. The final examinations for multi-module courses will be held at the end of each module.
Information regarding the exam format will be made available to the students. All students who have been deemed to require extended time as per the American Disabilities Act, on examinations and quizzes will take these assessments at the Counseling and Wellness Center located in the Student Activity Center. It is the student's responsibility to inform the Counseling and Wellness Center of their exam schedule and keep the course instructor apprised of this communication.
Assigned seating during tests is at the discretion of the proctor or instructor. Once an instructor has announced that the time allotted for an examination, quiz or practical exam is over, all students must cease any exam activities immediately. Failure to do so may result in the student receiving a grade of 0.
The following should be adhered to when taking an examination:
- The only items permitted on the table in front of you are the device you will use for Examplify and the provided mini-whiteboard/scrap paper.
- Put all personal belongings (including but not limited to: backpack/book bag; handbag; phones, water bottles, coffee mugs/cups) on the side or at the front of the classroom.
- All phones must be turned off (not merely placed on vibrate). Any sound or vibration from a phone will result in a zero score on the quiz or exam for the phone's owner.
- You may not wear any electronic/digital watches (e.g. Apple watch, Fitbit etc.)
- Other than religious headwear, you are not allowed to wear any hats, caps etc.
- You may only use scrap paper that is given to you by the faculty or proctor. Please write your name on each scrap paper. All paper, used or unused, must be handed to the faculty/proctor at the end of the assessment.
- During test-taking, please refrain from the habit of "mouthing" the words as you read. It will be considered suspicious behavior.
Students may not leave the room during an examination. If a student leaves the room he/she must hand in/log out of their examination before leaving and it will be considered completed. Whiteboards should be completely erased before returning to the cabinet.
If Scantrons are used it is the student's responsibility to put their names on the Scantron and exam papers, if these are used. Students are also required to indicate the exam version on the Scantron, if one exists. Failure to do either may result in the student receiving an exam grade of 0.
It is the student's responsibility to follow the correct procedure when completing the answer sheet to assure all information is accurately recorded for grading. Failure to follow the correct procedure may affect how the scanning machine reads and records the information, thereby affecting the student's grade. Student scores are determined solely by the marks read by the scanning equipment. Marks made by a writing instrument other than a No. 2 or an HB pencil may not be read by the scanning equipment. Marks that do not fill an oval completely may not be read by the scanning equipment. Random marks and marks that are not erased completely may be read as the intended answer.
Scantrons and all other answer sheets must be completed within the allotted exam time. Answers not marked onto the Scantron within the allotted exam time will not be accepted. Failure to comply with the time restriction is considered unprofessional behavior and will result in a penalty including a score of "0" on the quiz or exam. Any unprofessional behavior will result in a professional conduct report describing the incident being added to the student's file.
All of the above rules of conduct apply whether an examination is given on paper or electronically. Students are responsible for installing the software on their laptops/iPad, and for ensuring that their computer is fully charged and updated as needed. Training will be provided but students are responsible for understanding the exam-taking and exam-submitting procedures for both their own laptop and a department iPad. A practice quiz is available on Examplify at all times for the student to practice/refresh the steps required to login and submit the test. The password for the practice quiz will emailed to the students.
Any irregularities during an examination will be noted and recorded by the instructor and brought to the attention of the student(s) and chair. The student may be referred to the PA Academic Standing Committee (ASC) for possible dismissal and/or a professional conduct report describing the incident may be added to the student's file.
Review of Examinations
Quizzes and examinations will be reviewed with the entire class as soon as feasible following administration of the exam. It is the responsibility of the student to attend these sessions. The review is not mandatory. If a student who attended the original review session requests an additional review, or if a student was unable to attend due to an excused absence, s/he will make arrangements with the course instructor within five business days of distribution of the grades. If the college is officially closed, the time period will be extended once the college has re-opened. During this review, due to exam security, only questions or topics that were incorrect will be reviewed. End of rotation examinations will not be reviewed. Students will not be allowed to keep copies of the examination or their test answer forms. Students are not allowed to have any pen/pencil, recording or photographic equipment during the review. Students may not remove, copy or make any notes of examinations at this or any other time. Doing so, including distributing examination questions in any format, is unprofessional and unethical, and can result in dismissal from the program. All exam-scoring sheets are kept in each student's file for seven years.
If a student is absent from an examination or on the day before an examination due to illness or personal event, an email or phone call must be sent/made to the program chair and course instructor within 24 hours, documenting the cause of the absence. If the absence is due to an illness, a note from the student's primary care provider is required. Allowing the student to take a missed exam or quiz is at the discretion of the course instructor. The student will be given sufficient written notice as to the date and time of the makeup.
An excused absence is granted only for one of the following reasons, or at the discretion of the program chair (acceptable written documentation should be provided):
- A personal illness requiring medical attention. A signed medical note from a health care provider is required.
- An illness of an immediate family member. A signed medical note from a health care provider is required.
- A death in the immediate family. A signed medical note or obituary notice may be required.
- Religious observance. Refer to the NYIT policy regarding religious observances.
See Absences below for further details.
Should a student not have an appropriate reason for an absence the day before or the day of an examination, or has not documented the absence to the satisfaction of the instructor and program chair, the student may not be given the option to take the exam, and a grade of "0" (zero) will be averaged into the final grade for the course.
Failure of Examinations and Remediation Process
Any student receiving a failing grade on an examination must schedule a meeting with both their course instructor and faculty advisor. The purpose of this meeting is to remediate the student and provide her or him with feedback on how their performance may be improved, identify any areas of weakness, and guide the student towards resources to improve their performance. An academic contract that includes method(s) of improvement is to be documented on the program's student advisement form and the student is expected to demonstrate proficiency of the material in a manner in which the course instructor has indicated.
Failure of Courses
If a student fails a single course, the student will be given instructor-led, student-performed remediation followed by the opportunity to take a cumulative comprehensive examination (exceptions exist – see below). The exam will be developed and administered by the instructor of the course. Such exam arrangements will be administered within two weeks after the student has been notified of the final grade for the course unless the college is closed. Suitable arrangements will be made for this comprehensive exam to be taken as soon as possible. If the student passes the examination, the minimum passing grade of a C will be awarded for the course, regardless of the actual numerical grade achieved on the exam. The student may then continue to the next semester. Regardless of the student's GPA, the student will be placed on academic probation until the completion of the next semester. If the student fails another course s/he will not have the opportunity to take a comprehensive exam and will be automatically dismissed.
Clinical Medicine I, II, and III consist of sub-courses/modules. A student that fails a sub-course (grade below a C) will be required to remediate the sub-course. If the sub-course occurs at the end of the semester a grade of incomplete may need to be submitted. Remediation will consist of an instructor-directed and student-performed remediation. This will be followed by an examination developed and administered by the sub-course instructor. However, the final exam grade will not be changed. If the student fails the re-examination, s/he may be referred to the ASC with a recommendation for dismissal.
To maintain satisfactory academic standing as a PA student, a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 must be maintained. The college identifies students that fall below a 3.0 GPA and places them on academic probation until the GPA reaches 3.0 or above. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required for graduation. Any student falling below 3.0 GPA must meet with their faculty advisor and academic coordinator for counseling and the development of a plan for success, as needed.
- A student with a first semester GPA of less than 2.7 will be dismissed from the program.
- A student with less than a 3.0 semester GPA will be placed on academic probation.
- A student on probation for a semester GPA below 3.0 who receives 3.0 or higher in the subsequent semester will no longer be on probation as long as their cumulative GPA is equal to or greater than 3.0.
- A student receiving a semester GPA less than a 3.0 for two consecutive semesters, with a cumulative GPA of less than 3.0, will be dismissed from the program.
- Any student who has received a grade of C during a previous semester as a result of completing a cumulative comprehensive examination will be placed on academic probation regardless of cumulative GPA.
- A student on academic probation is not eligible for a comprehensive exam and is dismissed from the program if they fail a course.
- A student failing a second course at any point in the program will not be eligible to take the cumulative comprehensive exam in the second course/rotation s/he failed and is automatically dismissed from the program.
- A student failing two courses and/or Clinical Medicine sub-courses (and any combination thereof) in a single semester is not eligible to take a cumulative comprehensive exam and is automatically dismissed from the program.
- Students are required to achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.0 to progress to the clinical phase. If this is not achieved they will be referred to the ASC to be considered for dismissal.
- Students are required to maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 throughout the clinical year. If this is not maintained they will be referred to the ASC to be considered for dismissal.. (See Clinical Year manual for policies.)
- A student must achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 to graduate from NYIT.
- Failure is deemed any grade less than a C.
Note: All courses must be passed before a student may continue in the program or progress to the next semester.
See the School of Health Profession's Grade Appeals Procedure.
Change of Grade
Attendance at all lectures, laboratories, medical facility assignments, and clinical clerkships is mandatory unless the student receives written permission from the course instructor or chair of the program. Student attendance during the didactic and clinical years will be recorded. Please refer to each syllabus for specific details on attendance.
Postponement of Jury Duty
Students who are current residents of New York and are allowed to postpone jury duty until graduation. Upon being summoned, the program administrative staff must be contacted immediately to provide a letter requesting postponement. For further information, please refer to your current residence county's website:
If you are summoned to jury duty in your home state, it is your responsibility to inform them that you are currently residing in New York.
Vacations and time off are published in advance and students are expected to utilize this time for personal commitments. All absences for any other reason, regardless of length of time, must have the prior written approval of the course instructor(s) and program chair. Requests will be considered on an individual basis and the student must receive documentation from the course instructor(s) and chair for the absence to be considered excused.
An excused absence is granted only for one of the following reasons or at the discretion of the program chair (acceptable written documentation should be provided):
- A personal illness requiring medical attention. Requires a signed medical note from a health care provider is required.
- Illness of an immediate family member. Requires a signed medical note from a health care provider is required.
- Death in the immediate family. Requires a signed medical note or obituary notice may be required.
- Religious observance. Refer to the NYIT policy regarding religious observances.
Any unreported absence or absence which does not fall into the above categories or is not otherwise excused at the chair's discretion, will be considered unexcused and will be recorded in the student's file.
Absences due to emergencies or illness must be reported within 24 hours in a detailed email to the instructor(s). The following must be copied on the email: the program chair, administrative assistant, and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Absences on the first or last day of a clerkship, course, lecture series, or before a scheduled examination, break, vacation or weekend are considered unexcused unless prior written approval has been granted or fall into the categories listed above. Should such an absence occur as a result of a sudden unavoidable event, the program chair, clinical coordinator and the manager of Clinical Education must be notified as soon as possible and provided with an explanation for the absence.
A student whose absence is determined to be unexcused will be required to provide a written explanation documenting the reason(s) for the absence, as well as why s/he did not report the absence to the program. The written explanation must be given to the instructor of the course and the program chair, who will discuss the situation with the student. The instructor and chair will then determine if there is sufficient cause for the matter to be referred to the Academic Standing Committee (ASC). The ASC will deliberate on what action should be taken in this matter and if the student should be placed on probation. Any subsequent unexcused absence may be grounds for dismissal from the program.
Students are responsible for all materials covered during class regardless of the reason for their absence or lateness.
If a student anticipates a future period in which they may be late to class, the student is obligated to provide a written request to the program chair and instructor for the anticipated lateness. The anticipated lateness will not be considered excused unless the student receives written or emailed permission from the course instructor or program chair.
Lateness is both a disturbance to the class and discourteous to the instructor and classmates and should be avoided whenever possible. The chair or his/her designee will be informed of the student's lateness, and a letter will be put in the student's file.
In all circumstances, it is the student's responsibility to make up any work that was covered during his/her absence. A student who is late more than eight times during the three years of the program will be subject to probation and subsequent lateness may be reason for dismissal from the program. Individual faculty will report students that are late to the program office. Please refer to each individual syllabus for more detailed information on the consequences of lateness.
Absenteeism or Tardiness for Examinations
Should a student be late or absent on the day of any examination, the course instructor will decide upon the timing of and make-up format for that examination, if the student is eligible to do so. The student must submit a written explanation to the course instructor and chair within 24 hours whenever the student is absent from an examination.
Depending on the nature of the absence, it is at the discretion of the course instructor if the student will be allowed to take the examination. If a make-up examination is not administered, the student will receive a grade of "0" (zero) which will be averaged into the student's grade for that course. The instructor will include a note in the student's office file regarding this action.
If a student arrives late for a quiz or an examination, the ending time for the examination will not be extended and the student will not receive any additional time to complete the examination. The student will be required to stop all exam-taking activities at the same time as the rest of the class. This will also apply for quizzes or examinations on Examplify.
Leave of Absence from the Program
Absences resulting from an unanticipated illness, accident or death in the immediate family will be excused provided the student informs the program chair soon as possible after the event. It is the student's responsibility to inform the clinical preceptor and the clinical site of his or her absence during the third year of the program after speaking with the clinical coordinator and manager of Clerkship Education.
A student may miss no more than a cumulative total of two weeks during the professional phase of the program. Absences in excess of two consecutive classes must be discussed with the instructor and chair.
Should a student miss two or more weeks from a clinical clerkship, due to an excused absence, they will have to repeat that clerkship prior to graduation. Students who need to be away from the program for longer than a two- week period (even if non-consecutive) may not be allowed to continue the didactic or clinical year and whether they will be allowed to decelerate to the following academic year, will be decided, space permitting. Deceleration granted only if the student is in good academic and professional standing at the time of the request. Any student who is decelerated must complete all coursework pertaining to the semester curriculum on their return.
All examinations and coursework missed during a leave of absence must be satisfactorily made up by the student to remain in good academic standing with the program.
In the event a leave of absence becomes necessary and is granted to the student, any tuition refund will be based on NYIT's refund policy and the student providing all necessary paperwork and notifications in a timely manner.
A student may withdraw from the program for medical or personal reasons. It is strongly recommended for the student to consult with the Registrar, Financial Aid, and the Bursar's Office prior to initiating a withdrawal. Questions regarding financial liability should be explored before submitting paperwork to the PA program office. A student requesting a withdrawal from the program should notify the program chair in writing, stating the reason(s) for his/her request. If a student in good standing withdraws from the program, the student must complete a Withdrawal Form and have it signed by the program chair or his designee. Further information regarding withdrawing can be found in the instructions of the Request To Withdraw From College form.
Students should not assume that filing a Leave of Absence or Withdrawal Form implies that the request has been granted. They must receive official notification of approval from the Registrar and the PA program.
The date of withdrawal is computed from the date that both signatures are affixed to the withdrawal form. Dependent upon the date of withdrawal, a student may be entitled to a refund of tuition. The refund policy is subject to change by the institution. Please see academic catalog for the current policy.
Students in good academic and professional standing who have withdrawn from the program may apply for reinstatement. They will be readmitted if the chair concludes that the reasons for withdrawal have been satisfactorily resolved. Students who are failing one or more courses at the time of the withdrawal and receive a WF are not considered in good academic standing. Students who have been in breach of professional conduct will not be considered to be in good standing. This may result in their request for reinstatement being denied. Reinstatement may only occur if the student's last attended program course has been less than 12 months before his/her expected reinstatement date and the initial withdrawal was not for academic or professional misconduct reasons.
Students returning from the withdrawal period must return at the start of the semester and register for all courses for that semester. No more than one approved withdrawal and deceleration is granted by the program. Students who are reinstated will be subject to those rules and regulations in effect as published in the Student Handbook at the time of their reinstatement.
- Computers, tablets and other electronic devices: Computers in the classroom environment should be used for exams, note taking or instructor approved activities only. Web surfing, instant messaging, shopping etc. are not allowed and will result in loss of computer and other electronic devices privileges for the student(s) involved and potentially the entire class.
- Breaks: Students should take advantage of formal breaks offered during lengthy classes. Only in rare instances should it be necessary for a student to leave and return to the classroom during a non-designated break time.
- Punctuality: Students should be on time for class and stay the entire session. If the student is going to be late or needs to leave early, arrangements should be made with the instructor prior to class. See absentee and lateness sections for more information.
- Cell Phones and other electronic devices: All electronic devices must either be switched off, or kept on vibrate or silent mode during class sessions. Text messaging or taking calls during class or clerkship assignment is prohibited. Certain apps are useful on clerkships but these should be used with the permission of the preceptor.
- Visitors: The program has a no guest policy. This is in keeping with the NYIT policy that states that students who are not enrolled in the course may not audit or attend classes.
- Conversations: If students have questions, they should ask them at appropriate times, and should avoid talking and participating in other conversations during classes.
- Recording: Recording any class or lecture is an exceptional event and should not be undertaken without prior and written permission of the professor. (See Appendix I, Permission to Record Lectures Form) Permission to record must be sought from the professor well in advance. Sufficient reason and documentation should be presented at the time of the request. Recording and transmission of classroom lectures and discussions by students is therefore not permitted unless written permission from the class instructor has been obtained. Recording of lectures or class presentations is solely authorized for the purposes of individual or group study with other students enrolled in the same class. Permission to allow the recording is not a transfer of any copyrights in the recording. The recording may not be reproduced or uploaded to publicly accessible web environments. Recordings, course materials, and lecture notes may not be exchanged or distributed for commercial purposes, for compensation, or for any other purpose other than study by students enrolled in the class. Public distribution of such materials may constitute copyright infringement in violation of federal or state law. Violation of these laws may subject a student to disciplinary action under the university's standards of conduct.
- Exceptions: It is not a violation of this policy for a student determined by the Office of Accessibility Services to be entitled to educational accommodations, to exercise any rights protected under section 504 of the rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with disabilities Act of 1990, including needed recording or adaptations of classroom lectures or materials for personal research and study. If you have a disability that necessitates recording of a class, please contact the Office of Accessibility Services for further help and assistance. The restrictions on third party web and commercial distribution apply in such cases.
The program utilizes the college's Blackboard system, Camtasia, Zoom, VoiceThread, Poll Everywhere, ExamSoft, Examplify and other technologies for many of the courses. Posting of PowerPoint lectures and other resources are provided at the instructor's discretion and are for student use only. Unauthorized use of course materials is prohibited.
ExamSoft's customer support line for the Examplify software provides assistance with their software platform for exam taking. Issues pertaining to their software should be referred to them first.
Academic Computing Services supports NYIT students in all campus technology. You can visit the computing lab for assistance or call the Service Central line:
Harry Schure Hall, 2nd Floor
New York City
Edward Guiliano Global Center
1855 Broadway, Room 701C
For Internet connection problems on campus, the Service Central helpline must be called during the time and from the location that the problem is occurring. This will allow the technician to employ on-the-spot diagnostics in solving the issue.
The successful completion of an approved capstone graduate-level research project is a requirement of the Master of Science degree in PA Studies. Research courses, linked to a capstone project, provide students with the necessary foundation for identifying research topics, develop critical thinking, and avoid logical fallacies to enable students to present and defend an argument; to employ relevant examples in illustrating key points; to use citations appropriately; and to comply with APA format guidelines. The research courses will provide an avenue for faculty mentorship of research projects and a forum for presentation of the completed projects with other students and faculty. The projects are original research questions that includes a group project involving a small team of students that identifies a health-related problem and develops a resolution plan for the problem, and the result is a traditional thesis that covers the health-related question with sufficient depth and breadth, and provides an up-to-date analysis of the data collected.
Professional Enhancement Program (PEP)
The School of Health Professions believes in the importance of socializing the student into the role of a professional. As such, there is an expectation that students will participate in relevant extracurricular activities. The School requires all students enrolled in the graduate professional programs to participate in six (6) professional activities throughout the course of their three years of professional phase studies and undergraduate students in SHP to participate in one activity/year*. A list of appropriate activities will be available in each department and students will be notified as new activities arise.
* This statement applies to the undergraduate nursing and health sciences programs that are a part of SHP.
Rationale/Reason for Change(s):
There is a need for students to recognize that being a professional encompasses more than just becoming licensed and practicing as a healthcare worker. There is a need for well-rounded, informed practitioners who are aware of philanthropy, giving back to the community, having an increased awareness of, and participation in, their professional governing body, performing community outreach, and attending seminars and presentations outside their immediate profession. By requiring students to attend these activities, we hope to raise social awareness of, and activism in, their adjunctive professional activities.
What Qualifies as a PEP Credit?
Specifically, what qualifies for PEP credit will be determined by each department, as opportunities differ depending on discipline. However, general NYIT activities such as Dean's Speaker series; Center for Sports Medicine Presentations; attendance at Aletheia and/or SOURCE; presentations by Career Services; participation in Relay for Life; NYIT and NYITCOM seminars and presentations etc. would all qualify. Specific to each discipline are activities such as continuing education, participation in professional association meetings, presentations at conferences, participation in fundraisers (MS Walk, etc), and participation in community health fairs. There are more than enough activities available on campus and in the professions that a student can meet the 1–2 required PEP activities/year (see PA PEP credit requirements below). Lists of acceptable activities would be kept in each office or on Google Drive; students are also able to bring an event to the department chair, or his/her designee, for approval.
Certain activities may need more than one day of volunteering. For example, the NYITCOM Academic Health Center has a program for their Parkinson's patients, called Rock Steady Kick Boxing. This takes place three times a week in the Wellness Center at NYIT de Seversky Mansion. Participation in this requires that you are trained (30 minutes session) and that you volunteer at least on two other occasions. This would count as one PEP credit.
Which course will these PEP credits be applied to in the PA program?
You will be required to complete the PEP credits for your cohort as detailed below. This requirement will be included as part of your clinical elective rotation course (PHAS 710) requirement and will be listed in the syllabus. It will receive a Pass/Fail grade. You will NOT be able to complete the total number of PEP credits in one single semester. That is to say—if your cohort requires six (6) PEP credits for graduation, you cannot complete all of these in one semester.
Tracking in the PA Department
Regarding tracking, the mechanism will differ depending on activity. If it is a SHP on-campus event, a sign- in sheet is always available. If off-campus, it is expected that the burden of proof would be minimal, such as copy of program, photo of student at event, signed letter from event sponsor, etc. Often, faculty in each discipline are also present at many of these events and can confirm student participation.
The Director of Student Activities and Community Outreach will be in charge of this requirement. Proof of participation as described above will be required. These need to be handed in to the NYIT PA Department and will be included in the student's file. The student must keep a copy of their participation for their own records.
Requirement for the Class of 2019
- Spring 2018: at least one event
- Clinical Rotations (June 2018 to March 2019): you will need to complete at least two events over this time. This will be a total of three events till you graduate.
Requirement for the Class of 2020
- Spring 2018: at least one event
- 2018–2019 Academic Year: at least one event each semester.
- Clinical Rotations: Two events over the course of the year (June 2019 to March 2020). This will be a total of five events till you graduate.
Requirement for all future cohorts
- A total of six PEP credit activities must be completed over the three years of the program. A minimum of one must be completed each semester with two (2) being completed over the final and clinical year. A student can complete more than the minimum required credits if they wish.
General Objectives/Clerkship Courses
The NYIT PA program clinical clerkships are designed to provide students with educational and clinical training in the core areas of medicine. It is organized to permit the greatest degree of educational exposure in practical, clinical environments as a means to develop general knowledge and critical thinking processes in areas of patient diagnosis and management. Students receive supervised clinical practice experiences (SCPEs) in the following settings: outpatient, emergency department, inpatient and the operating room. Supervised clinical practice experiences also provide students with patients seeking medical care across the life span to include, neonates, infants, children, adolescents, adults and the elderly; women's health to include prenatal and gynecologic care; care for conditions requiring surgical management, including preoperative, intraoperative, and post-operative care; and care for behavioral and mental health conditions. The Clinical Year Team, directed by the clinical coordinator(s), and assisted by the manager of Clerkship Education, and/or faculty will conduct one or more clinical clerkship orientation workshop(s) for students prior to the start of clinical clerkships.
The final year of the PA program consists of 48 weeks of clinical rotations. Students are assigned to designated preceptors at various clinical sites so that they may further their didactic knowledge with practical hands-on clinical exposure. Students must notify the clinical coordinator, manager of Clerkship Education and preceptor of any absences as per the Clinical Year Handbook. The clinical component requires the student to complete their training in the following areas:
|Course Number||Clinical Clerkships||No. of Weeks|
|PHAS 700||Family Practice||8|
|PHAS 701||Internal Medicine/Geriatrics||8|
|PHAS 703||Emergency Medicine||4|
|PHAS 704||Obstetrics & Gynecology||4|
Clinical rotations for the final year commence shortly after completing the second year of the didactic phase of the program. Each student takes the same core eight- and four-week rotations at various program affiliated medical facilities, along with a single four-week elective selected by the student with advisement by the faculty. In addition, on-campus education programs and evaluations occur monthly during the clerkship year, following the completion of each rotation. The clinical team will meet with students at clerkship sites periodically during the year.
Additional educational and professional activities may also be scheduled. If students are given the option of attending professional activities during clerkships, they may not miss clerkships unless they are attending and fully participating in the professional activity. Doing so may result in failing the clerkship for unprofessional behavior.
The NYIT PA program Clinical Year Handbook will be provided to students entering the clinical phase. Please refer to the Clinical Year Handbook for other clerkship year policies.
Summative Evaluations in the Clinical Year
The summative evaluation is an assessment of the learner conducted by the program to ensure that the learner has the knowledge, interpersonal skills, patient care skills and professionalism required for entry into the profession. Summative evaluations are administered to each student within four months of program completion. These evaluations assess clinical knowledge, patient care skills, interpersonal skills, and professionalism in order to determine minimal competencies for clinical practice. The procedure for the summative examination is as follows:
- An objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) is carried out for each student consisting of case scenarios using standardized patients in the ICC and multiple stations that will assess the student's clinical competency.
- A comprehensive multiple choice examination is given to the students for the written component of the summative evaluation. The questions provided will reflect the courses completed during the didactic phase as well as the required clinical clerkships. Questions will be selected to reasonably represent the NCCPA blueprint exam content.
A student must receive a grade of 70% in each of these areas of assessment in order to pass the summative evaluation.
If a student receives a score below this passing grade, they will meet with the clinical coordinator and a remediation process will be discussed. The student will be given resources from which to study and a remediation assessment will be administered. If a student fails a second time, they will be referred to the ASC for possible dismissal.
Tuition, Fees, and Financial Aid Policies
Tuition and Fees
The tuition and fees are as listed on Cost of Attendance on our program website. The following should be noted, when viewing the costs:
- NYIT reserves the right to change tuition and fees at any time without notice.
- Professionalism and advocacy are key components to successful students and graduates. Students are required to become members of the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) and the New York State Society of PAs (NYSSPA), both for professional reasons as well as to allow opportunity for significant scholarships otherwise not available.
- While on clinical clerkship, students are covered under clinical site-specific professional liability insurance provided by the college, with minimums of $1,300,000/$3,900,000.
- Each student is required to have a cell phone for clinical clerkships.
- Students must enter the program with a valid AHA Basic Cardiac Life Support or American Red Cross for the Professional Rescuer card. Students will be required to successfully complete both Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification and Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) recertification during their second didactic year. The program will attempt to get a discounted fee charged to students for the certification and re-certification courses.
Refer to the Financial Aid section of the website for information about government sources of financial aid. Further advice may be obtained from counselors in the Financial Aid Office.
Information regarding various scholarships available to qualifying students can be found on the NYIT website. Contact the Financial Aid Office for further information.
Also refer to these guidelines regarding other sources of scholarships.
NYIT holds its commencement exercises in May of each academic year and PA students are scheduled to complete the program prior to commencement. Students who do not complete the program until after commencement will be eligible for a subsequent graduation date. Graduation is dependent upon the successful completion of all the program course work. It is the student's responsibility to review their degree audits each semester to ensure that all courses completed and the appropriate grades have been documented on the degree audit. Degree audits, also referred to as Student Advisement Reports (STAR), can be accessed online through each student's my.NYIT Student Center page. Students are required to meet with their faculty mentor each semester to review their STAR reports. Each student must keep a hardcopy of this report for each semester. Refer to these instructions for further guidance.
The program and the Registrar review all student records prior to notifying the State Education Department of the student's graduation. Any deficiencies must be reconciled with NYIT before any student records are forwarded to the State Education Department. The Registrar will not process any licensing/certification documents or confirm your graduation if there are outstanding coursework, fees or bills in your bursar account.
In order to graduate, students must fulfill the following requirements:
- A cumulative minimum GPA of 3.0
- Successful completion of all didactic courses
- Successful completion of all clinical clerkships
- Completion and approval of master's project
- Satisfactory standard of professional conduct
- Successful completion of Summative Evaluation
- Successful completion of their PEP requirements
- An application for graduation must be completed on NYIT Connect
- Bursar account clearance
The Registrar provides further information regarding graduation procedures and policies.
State Licensing and NCCPA Exam
After students have successfully completed all course requirements of the program, the program will assist in completing the required state(s) licensing paperwork for the student's state(s) of choice. It is the student's responsibility to provide such licensing paperwork to the program, in a timely manner that takes into consideration the necessary processing time. It is also the student's responsibility to fully investigate their state licensing requirements (as outlined by that state(s)' licensing board), and to complete such requirements. Most state licensing boards provide guidelines on their websites.
Licensing requires obtaining a passing score on the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) Physician Assistant National Certification Examination (PANCE). The NCCPA examination is the current examination accepted by the NYSED and all other jurisdictions within the United States. To register for the PANCE, students must provide the following information to the program chair: the student's name (exactly as indicated on the picture ID the student will be using for the board exam); and birthdate. Students will be notified if additional information is needed. Using the information provided, an account will be created by NCCPA that will allow the student to register for the PANCE.
Job Placement Information
The program provides continuous and ongoing professional development. Prior to graduation and during the final year the PA program will provide information to the students on career development including items such as resume writing, job hunting, interviewing skills, contract negotiations, and other issues impacting successful employment as a PA. NYIT Career Services office works closely with the department to offer their services
The PA program also maintains a job listing for PA student and graduate use, with postings received from employers and recruiters.
Letters of Recommendation for Employment Prospects
The following constitutes general guidelines for Letters of Recommendation:
- Commonly a total of two (2) letters including the program chairperson's letter are sufficient.
- Letters of recommendation are provided at the discretion and permission of the faculty and program chair.
- Letters from clinical site preceptors, section heads, and well-known attending physicians or PAs carry more weight. These should be pursued wherever possible.
Student Health Information
Annual Physician Examination and Immunization Documentation
All PA students are required to have the following documents on file at the program office:
- Annual Health Assessment Form (Appendix C) – This document must be updated annually.
- Titers and Vaccination Form (Appendix D) – This document must be submitted upon entering the program.
- Titers providing proof of protection and/or non-responder status for Hepatitis B, MMR Varicella, Meningitis and others, may be required by clinical clerkships from time to time. If the necessary titers are below the acceptable threshold, the student will be required to consult with their primary care provider and receive a booster or the vaccine series (if applicable) once again. The cost for these are the sole responsibility of the student. Not demonstrating adequate immunization may prevent a student from being able to attend rotations at specific sites, depending on the sites requirements.
- Annual Flu vaccination (Appendix E) – It is strongly recommended that each student receive a flu vaccine annually, unless contraindicated. The student is to discuss this with their primary care provider. Students beginning their clinical clerkships are required by all institutions to show proof of vaccination on an annual basis. This may be waived if there are extenuating circumstances (e.g. contraindications, etc.) but it will be dependent on each institution.
It is recommended that all students get a personal health care provider in the area to provide basic medical needs. The principal faculty, program chair and the medical director must not participate as health care providers for students in the program except in the case of emergencies.
All student health forms will be kept on file by the program, but each student must retain a copy for their own records. It is strongly recommended that a digital copy be also saved. Additionally, some clinical affiliate sites require written health records, titers, and immunization documentation for a student to utilize that site. Some clinical affiliate sites may have additional requirements beyond those of NYIT or the program. For both the students' and patients' health protection, students are required to provide adequate evidence of their current immunization status. Health records provided will be kept strictly confidential. However, clinical affiliate sites may require this information as a requirement for participation in clinical clerkships.
Students must carry a health insurance policy for the full period of time that they are enrolled in the three years of the program. Verification of health insurance must be provided to the program annually. A copy of the health insurance card will be kept on file in the student's office record.
Should a student be exposed to a blood borne pathogen, students are responsible for any and all of the costs associated with exposure. Students should, of course, utilize their health insurance for this purpose. However, students may elect to purchase health insurance that would not necessarily cover any or all of these costs and would then be responsible for all costs personally.
All NYIT health science students must have health insurance beyond accidental coverage. The cost of the NYIT Student Health Insurance policy will automatically be charged to your student account each semester. If you already have health insurance, you may waive out of the NYIT Student Health Insurance. Only new incoming students are able to waive out of the insurance in the spring semester. In order to waive your insurance, you must be registered for classes, have a confirmed room assignment and/or be registered as an NYIT intercollegiate athlete. For further information and the deadline for waiving, please view How To Waive Your Health Insurance.
Questions regarding the NYIT health insurance should be directed to the Office of Counseling and Wellness.
If you are waiving the NYIT health insurance, other options include obtaining coverage independently through plans available in the marketplace, through your parents, or through Medicaid. Students are encouraged to explore their options to find the best fit.
While on clinical clerkship, students are covered under clinical site-specific professional liability insurance provided by NYIT, with minimums of $1,300,000/$3,900,000.
Dress Code/Uniform Policies
Personal appearance is extremely important in facilitating acceptance by patients, their families, and other health professionals. A professional appearance is proven to aid in establishing patient confidence and trust, even for a clinician with limited experience. The poor appearance of one individual is often generalized to the entire group. Students are expected to appear well groomed at all times and observe customary standards of hygiene and professional attire. The program designates mandatory dress as follows for both the didactic and clinical years.
White Jackets and Identification Badges
- A clean, short, white consultation jacket.
- The NYIT PA program arm patch will be affixed to the left sleeve of the jacket, centered and 1 1/2 inch below the shoulder/sleeve stitching seam. Two patches are initially supplied by the program, but additional patches can be provided at the student's expense.
- NYIT photo identification badges will be worn at all times while on NYIT’s campus and clinical clerkships. Some clerkship site policies may supersede these requirements and the student is expected to follow the sites policy.
- Facilities may require additional site- or facility-specific identification to be worn.
- A program name badges will be provided and must be worn while on campus and while on clinical clerkships. Additional or replacement name badges are provided at the student's expense. Students are to wear, prominently displayed, identification badges/cards in accordance with the program and facility rules.
- Shoes must be clean and in good condition. Women's heels should be no higher than three inches. Open toed shoes, sandals, or shoes that will slip off the feet and pose a safety problem are not acceptable in any setting. Male students must wear dress socks with shoes. Athletic shoes and socks are prohibited.
- Prescription glasses, protective eyewear, reading glasses, and contact lenses are the only eyewear permitted while in class or on rotation. Novelty contacts and sunglasses are not permitted.
- Hats, scarves, or head coverings of any type are not permitted unless necessary for medical or religious reasons.
- Extremely brief or revealing clothing is not permitted and proper undergarments should be worn. Pants should be worn at the natural waistline, and undergarments should not be visible. Shirts, tops, blouses, and dresses should have a collar and sleeves. The length of skirts, dresses, etc. must not be shorter than three inches above the top of the knee. All shirts, tops, and blouses must either overlap the bottom garment or be tucked inside the bottom garment. Jeans, sweat pants, leggings, Crocs™, or sneakers are not permitted at any time. Scrubs may be worn during lab as permitted by course instructor.
- Male students will wear ties with collared shirts.
- Female students may wear slacks or skirts. Modesty with regard to necklines and hemlines should be considered at all times and cleavage should not be shown.
- All students should consider the image projected to patients and others with regard to hairstyle and length. Beards and moustaches may be worn trimmed. Long hair should be tied back neatly during practical classes and on clerkships.
- Excessive or loose jewelry including piercings are a safety risk for students and the patient, and their use is discouraged during any clinical site participation.
- Scrubs may be provided by the clinical facilities on services that require such attire.
- Fingernails should be kept clean and trimmed, and not exceed 1/4 inch past the end of the finger, as appropriate for health care professionals. Artificial nails/wraps or acrylic overlays are not permitted. Polish may be worn if neat and not chipped unless otherwise noted on syllabi. Multicolored nail polish and designer paintings/decals are inappropriate.
- Tattoos, body piercings, and body markings must be concealed at all times.
- Students should not wear excessive perfume, cologne, aftershave or powder.
- Hair longer than shoulder length (male and female) must be pulled back and contained in a suitable manner. Hair should be clean and always arranged so as not to interfere with patient care activities.
- Students should have good daily hygiene that includes clean teeth, hair, clothes, and body, including use of deodorant. Clothing should be clean, pressed, and in good condition.
The following types of apparel are not permissible:
Ripped or torn jeans/dungarees, leggings, yoga pants, sweat pants, shorts, culottes, knit pants, miniskirts, Crocs™, sneakers, tank tops, halters, T-shirts, tennis shoes, open toed shoes, sandals. Scrubs are not to be worn outside of designated hospital areas. Scrubs and special clothing are permitted in the cadaver lab and during other labs when specified by program faculty.
Dress-down days may be granted from time-to-time at the discretion of the program chair. Dress-down implies neat, clean, appropriate, business casual attire. This would include golf shirts and khaki slacks for men and women. Items such as T-shirts, jeans, sweat pants, yoga pants, etc. are not appropriate.
Students who do not comply with the dress code may face dismissal from the class or clerkship site. They will be expected to return the same day with proper attire. All missed time must be made up.
Enforcement of the dress code is at the sole discretion of the faculty and/or the chair.
NOTE: The faculty and clinical preceptors can dismiss students from clinic sites for failure to comply with this dress code.
Student Academic and Personal Counseling Services
The PA program faculty and staff have a vested interest in the success of each student's educational process. To ensure that all students reach their greatest professional and academic potential, the program personnel and students have the responsibility to communicate regularly with each other. Whenever a student has a concern, s/he should contact a staff or faculty member or the chair to resolve any problems as soon as possible.
Students who require advice and mentoring should make appointments with the assigned faculty mentor. Students are expected to have good study habits and time management skills. The program in conjunction with the Learning Center will support student study skills and time management skill development by offering seminars as well as tutoring support if feasible for all students. There may, however, be instances in which students do require additional help to understand various concepts, and additional guidance may be necessary. Should this be the case, students are advised to speak to instructors and/or faculty when the need for assistance arises, and not wait until the time of the examination.
Each student will be assigned a faculty mentor, who will be available for guidance. Degree audits, also referred to as Student Advisement Reports (STAR), can be accessed online through each student's my.NYIT Student Center page. Students are required to meet with their faculty mentor each semester to review their STAR reports. Each student must keep a hard copy of this report for each semester. Refer to this these instructions for further guidance.
The student should meet with their faculty mentor periodically during each semester to discuss the student's progress, but especially when the student's progress is in question or in jeopardy. Students are strongly encouraged to speak with their faculty mentor should the student be encountering any academic or personal difficulties. The program chair is also available at all times for counsel.
Should a student fail an examination, test, or quiz, the student must contact the instructor of the course and his/her advisor to schedule an individual appointment to review the student's performance on the exam and identify problem areas in test-taking or study habits. An advisement form will be completed and signed by the faculty mentor at the end of the counseling session. These forms will become part of the student's file kept in the PA Offices.
The PA program has developed a proactive student mentoring process that requires students to meet at least once per semester with a faculty mentor to discuss students' strengths and weaknesses and overall progress in the program. Areas for student improvement will be identified and a summary of suggested actions recorded on the Student Advisement Form.
In addition to educational counseling, the chair and the faculty of the PA program has the ability to provide students with individual information in the areas of career counseling and personal problems. Advisors who assess that a student is in need of professional or personal counseling or special services (such as testing for learning disabilities), will make this concern known to the program chair immediately. The program chair will then make recommendations and referrals to the appropriate institutional services.
The faculty is usually available before and after classes, during office hours and by appointment. Unless a course instructor provides his/her telephone number, it is inappropriate for a student to call him or her at home. If a student must reach an instructor on the instructor's personal phone, the department staff will serve as an intermediary.
Problems in a student's personal life can impinge upon studies and affect the student's ability to reach their professional and academic goals. The student, however, must confront their problems, and not ignore them. Students may, at times, have difficulty recognizing when professional counseling is in order. To that end, the following is a partial listing of behaviors students should recognize which may indicate the need for counseling:
- Becoming unusually demanding or dependent on others.
- Unable to concentrate, study, sleep.
- Becoming unnecessarily preoccupied with external affairs (money, housing, personal relationships).
- Resorting to inappropriate behaviors such as outbursts, continuous daydreaming, crying, and inappropriate speech.
- Resorting to drug use and/or alcohol usage as coping strategies.
- Developing speech impediments, or becoming disorganized.
- Excessive lateness or absences from school.
- Losing interest in personal grooming or personal hygiene.
- Developing inconsistencies between classroom performance and test performance, showing marked decline in performance.
- Exhibiting limited participation in class, with marked inhibition and withdrawal from social circumstances.
Students are advised to meet with their faculty mentor as soon as possible in the event they face any academic or personal problems. It is only when there is good communication between the faculty and student that problems can be swiftly and effectively resolved, enabling the student to reach their goal of becoming a successful PA.
The Learning Center
You're always welcome at the Learning Center, located on both the Long Island and New York City campuses, for one-on-one or small group peer-tutoring in a variety of academic subjects. The center also offers skill-building workshops and test preparation sessions, as well as a lending library of calculators, tablets, and other equipment that help with your studies.
Counseling and Wellness Services
NYIT's Counseling and Wellness Services office takes a holistic approach to helping you stay healthy. Contact the center for counseling, accessibility services, a schedule of workshops, lectures, outreach activities, and other programs open to the NYIT community.
Office of Career Services
The Office of Career Services is a resource for educational and employment services. Career counseling, vocational testing and individual resume assistance is also available. Visit Career Services for more information.
Long Island, Salten Hall, Room 3
New York City, 26 W. 61st St., Room 211
The PA program also maintains a listing of jobs forwarded by employers and recruiters.
Student Safety, Gender-based Misconduct, and Discrimination Policies
No form of Gender-Based Misconduct will be tolerated at NYIT. Please refer to NYIT's Student Handbook for definitions and reporting procedures pertaining to gender-based misconduct, as well contact information for Title IX coordinators.
Please see NYIT's Statement on Non-discrimination. Any incidents of discrimination should be brought to the immediate attention of the program chair, who will initiate an investigation that may result in appropriate disciplinary actions.
On All NYIT Campuses
NYIT is committed to the safety of our entire campus community. Professional security teams are ready to protect you in any emergency. Visit Campus Safety and Security to familiarize yourself with the steps to take when encountering campus emergencies.
On Clinical Rotation Sites
Each clinical rotation site follows their protocol and policies of safety. This information is included in the orientation of students when they first report to the site. If the student should feel unsafe at any time while on their clinical site, they must notify the preceptor, the security at the site and the clinical coordinator and program immediately.
Student Identification Badges
A college photo identification (ID) card must be obtained from the Office of Campus Security as soon as possible after registration and arrival on campus. The ID card must be worn at all times while on campus and at clinical sites and must be presented on demand to any college official. The card can be used to check out library materials, enables the holder to a discount or free entry to campus events, and is needed to gain entry to all computer laboratories, the program classroom, the anatomy laboratory, residence halls and some buildings after hours. Funds can be added to the card for food, copy services, and on-campus purchases. Visit NYIT OneCard for more information.
Students are required to wear these ID badges conspicuously at all times while at clinical clerkship sites. Some clerkship site policies may supersede these requirements, and the student is expected to follow the site's policy. Loss of the identification badge is to be reported as soon as possible, so that a new one may be issued.
Our students' NYIT ID should indicate that they are a PA student. Please contact the program administrative staff if this is not indicated.
The college provides notification of emergencies via cell phone text messaging. This is the preferred method for receiving important alerts, including on-campus emergencies. To receive access to the emergency notification service, please visit NYIT Alerts.
Student and Professional Organizations
The PA program highly recommends that students become involved in the PA Student Society (PASS) at NYIT. Students are also encouraged to become actively involved in the Student Academy of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (SAAAPA) and the New York State Society of Physician Assistants (NYSSPA).
Students are literally the future of the profession, and it is through these organizations that students can remain currently apprised of the progress and current issues of their profession. Professional associations set standards for the profession and work for the practitioner in a number of ways: attendance at professional meetings, advocacy, lobby activities, continuing education, information, consultation, publications, product discounts, grants, loans, and scholarships and the opportunity for professional growth and recognition. Students also benefit from receiving the various professional publications such as the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants as a result of their membership.
Scholarships are also available, on a competitive basis, through the New York State Society of Physician Assistants and the American Academy of Physician Assistants, as well as a myriad of other professional organizations.
NYIT Physician Assistant Student Society (PASS)
The purpose of the Student Society is multifold. It exists to create a pre-professional organization to enhance professional growth. It serves to act as a forum for students to express their views and ideas. It supports active participation of PA students at both the state and national levels, the New State Society of Physician Assistants (NYSSPA) and the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA). Participation in the society provides an opportunity to develop solutions to problems that are broad based on a student level and motivate students to further promote their medical education and experience. It seeks to cultivate and promote leadership qualities in the PA community. It provides the opportunity to establish the beginnings of a network of contacts to be taken to the professional arena after graduation.
The society stresses the importance of giving back at the community level by improving health care in the local community. This takes on many forms such as fundraising, blood drives, and others. The society honors the academic traditions of medicine as well as affirms the sound and ethical responsibilities and practices of the PA profession.
Student Society Officers:
- President: Carly Cavagnaro (CO2019)
- Vice President: Mazhar Baker (CO2020)
- Secretary: Nicole Driscoll (CO2020)
- Treasurer: Caroline Herrera (CO2020)
- NYSSPA Student Representative: Emily Hunter (CO2019)
- Director of External Affairs: Alex Shaw (CO2019)
- AOR Representative: Justin Harricharran (CO2020)
Class of 2020 Representatives:
- Alexandra Arnieri
- Lauren Schmitt
Class of 2019 Representatives:
- Paul Oppido
- Tiffany Guglielmi
American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA)
Founded in 1968, the American Academy of Physician Assistants is the national professional society for PAs. It represents all medical and surgical specialties in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the majority of the U.S. territories and within the uniformed services. AAPA advocates and educates on behalf of the profession and the patients PAs serve. It works to ensure the professional growth, personal excellence and recognition of PAs and to enhance their ability to improve the quality, accessibility and cost-effectiveness of patient centered healthcare. Visit AAPA to learn more about the profession.
AAPA maintains survival guides on their Student Resources page and you are encouraged to take advantage of the guides to assist you in your education:
AAPA's mission is to provide quality, cost-effective and accessible health care as well as to support the professional and personal development of PAs. The AAPA pursues these goals through government relations and public education programs, research and data collection efforts and continuing education activities.
The Academy's policies are set by the House of Delegates, which meets once a year, and implemented by the Board of Directors. The House of Delegates is made up of representatives from the chartered chapters, the Medical and Surgical Congresses, and the Association of PA programs.
For membership information or further information regarding the PA profession, contact:
Contact AAPA for membership information or further information regarding the PA profession.
New York State Society of PAs (NYSSPA)
Student membership, and subsequently graduated membership, in The New York State Society of PAs (NYSSPA) is strongly recommended to keep you informed of New York State legislative issues regarding the PA profession.
For membership information and an application go to the NYSSPA web site.
Free parking is available on the NYIT Long Island (Old Westbury, N.Y.) campus. An NYIT parking permit is required and must be obtained at the security office. When students are required to participate in activities at hospital or clinical sites, the parking policies of the individual facilities will prevail. It is the student's responsibility to ask about the facility parking policies prior to going to the site, so that they will be prepared and not late for their site rotation.
For important information regarding parking, refer to Parking and Vehicle Policies.
While on rotation, students may have access to libraries located at the clinical sites. Students are personally financially responsible for all borrowed materials. Any outstanding library materials must be returned or reconciled with the library before a student is allowed to receive a grade for that clerkship or progress to the next semester or graduate.
PA Books and Journals
Both online and in hard copy, the NYITCOM and Wisser Libraries contain numerous medical and health care professional books and journals that provide current, valuable medical information. Your valid NYIT ID card is necessary for admittance. A list of texts for each course is provided in the course syllabi.
Required and recommended course books are listed in the course syllabi. The program provides the medical library with a listing of course books prior to the start of each semester.
Student Work Policy
Students are not required to work for the program and do not replace regular part-time or full-time employees of the college. PA students will not be coerced into doing staff or faculty work for the program. If a student feels that program faculty or staff is violating this policy, the student should contact the chair of the PA Department or the dean as appropriate.
Student Tutoring Program
Each semester the principal faculty of the program identify students who have performed exceptionally well in the previous semester or year. They are offered an opportunity to tutor students in the following cohort. This is strictly on a voluntary basis and the tutors are strongly advised to discontinue their participation in this activity, at any time, without repercussions, if they feel their own progress in the program is in jeopardy or for any other reason. The number of hours and the subject areas they tutor in will be discussed with the academic coordinator and chair.
PA students will not substitute for or function as clinical preceptors (instructional faculty or clinical or administrative staff) during supervised clinical practical experiences. Students act under the supervision of clinical preceptors and are expected to gain experiential learning during their clerkships. A student who believes that he or she is being asked to do the work of an employee in violation of this policy should report this to the program manager of Clerkship Education, clinical coordinator, or program chair.
It is strongly recommended that PA students not engage in employment during any phase of the program. Because of the intense nature of studies during all phases of the program, there is significant likelihood that those who work will find themselves in academic jeopardy. No allowances will be made in the academic or clinical schedules for students who are employed.
Please refer to the NYIT Accessibility Policy. For further information regarding disability-related services, contact:
Alcohol and Other Drug Policy
Please refer to NYIT's alcohol and other drug policy.
Please refer to the NYIT smoking policy.
The classroom must be kept neat and clean at all times. Please make sure you clean up after yourselves and each other. Eating is strictly prohibited in the classroom. Beverages are allowed. The classroom is a "nut-free zone" as there are students with severe allergies in the class.
The laboratory courses provide a venue in which to practice clinical skills. Students are expected to practice with each other in a professional manner by providing comfort, dignity and respect.
There will be faculty to supervise the lab practice times. Students are responsible for the equipment and materials in terms of safety, maintenance and cost. Students may only use equipment that has been previously covered in the classroom lecture and lab. Students are responsible for reporting any program equipment in need of repair to either a faculty member or to the lab supervisor. No one other than NYIT students are allowed in the classroom or lab. Students are responsible for putting equipment away after use and cleaning their work areas. The PA classroom/lab must be kept clean and orderly. No food, drinks, trash or clothing should be left on the desks, chairs or counters. Storage areas must be periodically cleaned. These are all student responsibilities. Students are not permitted to take photos, videos or any recordings during lab practice times.
The gross anatomy lab experience creates a body of knowledge that permeates the basic foundation of education that is universal to all patient care. The faculty and staff of the Anatomy Lab are dedicated to serving the needs of authorized users within the PA program. The cadavers are under strict control of The State of New York. Cadavers are donated and the remains of cadavers are cremated, and the remains are either returned to the family or scattered at sea as requested. No cadaver is deemed acceptable for the anatomy laboratory if death was due to a major communicable disease. All cadavers are embalmed and there is no special risk of infectious disease.
The gross anatomy laboratory is available to authorized users only and strictly enforced. Access to the lab is through a magnetic lock, which your ID badge will be programmed to open. Guests are not allowed. The Anatomy Lab door and windows are never to be propped open.
Students are not permitted to take photos, videos or any recordings of cadavers. Cadavers are to be treated with the utmost respect and dignity. Verbal or written communications, including social media posts of any kind that makes reference to a cadaver in an insensitive or dehumanizing manner will not be tolerated, and may be justification for automatic and immediate dismissal from the program.
Student Course/Faculty Evaluations
You are given the opportunity to provide ongoing feedback regarding your coursework and the faculty. Near the end of each didactic semester, you will receive electronic notifications from the Office of Institutional Research, with instructions on how to complete end-of-semester anonymous faculty evaluations. During the clinical year, students are required to electronically complete a Student Evaluation of Clinical Site (SECS) at the end of each clinical rotation.
Office of PA Studies
The Department of PA Studies suite is located in Room 352 on the third floor of the Riland Center.
Messages for the PA faculty, advisors or members of the PA society should primarily be transmitted by email, phone, and voicemail. Contact information can be found on your course syllabi and in the faculty directory.
As an added measure, phone messages may be left with the PA department administrative assistant or senior specialist. You may also call 516.686.3881 to leave a message or to schedule an appointment with the chair.
Non-urgent and non-confidential documents may also be left in faculty and staff mail slots located in Room 334 on the third floor of Riland Center.
Student Record Confidentiality
Student records are securely stored in the PA office. Only program faculty and staff with a legitimate educational interest to such records have access to the records. Students may have access to their personal records by scheduling an appointment with their faculty advisor. Students are prohibited from access to academic records or other confidential information of other students or faculty. The content of student files include evidence the student has met published admission criteria, institution and program health screening and immunization requirements; documents related to student performance while enrolled; remediation efforts and outcomes; summaries of any formal academic/behavioral disciplinary action taken; and documentation that the student has met requirements for program completion.
Students are prohibited from viewing letters of recommendation in their CASPA application and other sources in which they have previously signed a letter of release.
Only the required student health records that include the Annual Health Assessment and Titers/Vaccination forms (Appendix C and Appendix D) are kept by the program and are securely stored in the PA office. No other student medical records are kept by the program.
Appendix A. Guidelines for Ethical Conduct for the PA Profession
Download the Guidelines for Ethical Conduct for the PA Profession.
Appendix B. Student Honor Code Pledge
Download the Student Honor Code Pledge.
Appendix C. Annual Health Assessment Form
Download the Annual Health Assessment Form.
Appendix D. Titers/Vaccination and Meningitis Response Forms
Download the Titers/Vaccination Form.
Download the Meningococcal Meningitis Immunization Response Form.
Appendix E. Influenza Vaccination Form
Download the Influenza Vaccination Form.
Appendix G. Waiver of Mandatory Attendance Form
Download the Waiver of Mandatory Attendance Form.
Appendix H. Grading Scale
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|C+||75 to 79|
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Appendix I. Permission to Record Lectures
Download the Permission to Record Lectures.