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Academic Program Options
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The Physician Assistant program at NYIT is a 3-year graduate-level program which culminates in an MS degree in Physician Assistant Studies.  Applicants are required to have a BS or BA degree (preferably in a science or health-related field) before entering the program.

Academically-strong recent high school graduates have the option of a 6-year course of study which allows BS Life Sciences (PA Option) students to complete only 3 years of undergraduate-level coursework before admission into the 3-year MS in Physician Assistant Studies program, if they meet certain standards.

The descriptions and links below provide further information regarding these options.

M.S. Physician Assistant Studies

Combined B.S. Life Sciences/
M.S. Physician Assistant Studies

The M.S. degree in Physician Assistant Studies (MSPA) is a full-time, three-year (30 months onsite) program encompassing 98 credits that are spread over four semesters of didactic education and 48 weeks of intense clinical clerkships.

This rigorous program adheres to strict academic standards, therefore it is strongly recommended that students do not work while enrolled.

Students who graduate from the MSPA program are eligible to sit for the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE) in order to practice as Physician Assistants.

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

The combined Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences/ Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies is a six-year (3 + 3) program available only for exceptional high school students.

Students enter as freshmen and in the first 3 years must progress through a 92-credit Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences (PA Option) curriculum.

Minimum standards must be met to qualify for admission into the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program (MSPA), where the students will then be required to successfully complete a 3-year (98 credit) graduate level curriculum.

Students who graduate from the MSPA program are eligible to sit for the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE) in order to practice as Physician Assistants.

This program does not accept transfers. Applicants already possessing a bachelor's degree are not eligible to apply for the B.S./M.S. program, and must apply directly to the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program.

Please read this Fact Sheet before applying.