Physician Assistant Studies

NYIT students performing mock surgery Located at the Old Westbury campus on Long Island, the Physician Assistant Studies program at NYIT has been highly successful in preparing students for the rigors of the physician assistant profession.

The program is accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA).

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Lawrence Herman

Chair's Message

On behalf of the entire faculty and staff, thank you for visiting our website.

Allow me to take this opportunity to express our commitment to providing our students with a successful educational experience in physician assistant studies.

The program is extremely challenging and challenges our students' academic abilities and motivations. Unquestionably, the rewards of completing the program are well worth the effort.

The focus of physician assistant education at NYIT is primary care; however, the curriculum and clinical clerkships cover the entire spectrum of medicine. In the process, students learn much about themselves, their strengths, and their ability to overcome what previously had been weaknesses.

Our students' success is the faculty's highest priority and we look forward to the day when program graduates become our colleagues.

Once again, we welcome you.

Lawrence Herman, PA-C, MPA, DFAAPA
Associate Professor and Chairperson
Department of Physician Assistant Studies

An overview

The physician assistant program is based on the fundamental principles of NYIT, the physician assistant profession, and the belief that access to quality health care for all persons is a fundamental right.

These principles guide our three-year (30 months onsite) master's degree curriculum encompassing 98 credits that are spread over four semesters of didactic education and 48 weeks of intense clinical clerkships.

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Recently, the program was awarded a U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant of more than $850,000 -- the largest grant ever awarded to the School of Health Professions. NYIT's PA program was one of only four colleges located in urban settings that were awarded a grant; the other 42 awardees are based in rural settings. The five-year grant will support a national effort to increase the number of primary care physician assistants to supplement the dwindling number of primary care physicians in the U.S.

Program Goals and Success

The New York Institute of Technology Physician Assistant Program is deeply committed to developing within each student a strong foundation in the basic medical, clinical and psychosocial sciences. This provides our graduates with the education to treat patients and enable them to meet the life-long challenges inherent in the practice of medicine. We believe the program and as a result our graduates have been successful on many levels. This is demonstrated by:

  • Our successful employment rate: our most recent graduate survey indicates an aggregate 100% employment rate;
  • Our graduation rates: since the inception of our Master’s program in 2007 95% of the matriculated students have successfully completed the program;
  • Our graduate satisfaction rate: our most recent graduate survey indicates that 96% of our graduates would recommend the NYIT PA program to others;
  • Our PANCE Pass Rates: the first-time test taker pass rates on the NCCPA certifying examinations (PANCE) have been approximately that of the national pass rate. Our current five-year aggregate first-time pass rate is 92.4% and the national average for this period is 93.4%. Click here to learn more;
  • Our level of student preparation to enter practice: our most recent graduate survey indicates that 98% of our graduates reported that they felt mostly or fully prepared to enter clinical practice upon graduation; and,
  • Student research and multiple presentations at conferences and symposia sponsored by the American Academy of Physician Assistants, the Association of Family Practice Physician Assistants and the New York State Society of Physician Assistants where 21 (40%) of the students in the Class of 2014 had posters accepted for presentation at one of these national or state conferences.

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What is a PA?

A physician assistant (or PA) is a nationally certified and state-licensed medical professional. PAs practice medicine on healthcare teams with physicians and other providers. They practice and prescribe medication in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and all U.S. territories, with the exception of Puerto Rico.  PAs can take your medical history, conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, develop treatment plans, counsel on preventive care, assist in surgery, make rounds in hospitals and nursing homes, and write prescriptions.  (Source:

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Mailing Address:
Physician Assistant Studies
New York Institute of Technology
Riland Center, Room 352
Northern Blvd, PO Box 8000
Old Westbury, NY 11568-8000

GPS coordinates to the Riland Building:
40 48.535 - 073 36.306

Phone Numbers:

  • Phone (Admissions): 800.345.6948
  • Phone (Administrative): 516.686.3881
  • Fax: 516.686.3795 (Attn: PA)

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