The Physician Assistant program at NYIT is a full-time graduate-level program leading to an M.S. degree in Physician Assistant Studies. Applicants are required to have a B.S. or B.A. degree (preferably in a science or health-related field), along with other admission requirements, prior to entering the program.
The three-year (30 months onsite) curriculum encompasses 98 credits that are spread over four semesters of didactic education, followed by 48 weeks of intense clinical clerkships. This program is accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA).
Exceptional high school graduates may qualify for a 6-year Combined B.S. Life Sciences/M.S. Physician Assistant Studies option. This program begins with 3 years (92 credits) of undergraduate study in the B.S. Life Sciences (PA Option) program, and ends with 3 years (98 credits) of graduate study in the M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies program. Progression through the six-years depends on the student's ability to meet certain standards.
This combined program does not accept transfers, and candidates who have attended college are disqualified from applying. Candidates who have a B.S. or B.A. degree should apply directly to the M.S. Physician Assistant Studies program.
NYIT's Physician Assistant program participates in the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA). Applications must be completed online at https://portal.caspaonline.org. A supplemental application is not required.
A completed and fully processed application must be received by the program from CASPA no later than October 1 for the class entering the following Fall.
Prospective applicants are invited to attend one of our information sessions to meet with department faculty and learn more about the program.
A typical session includes a description of the facilities, an overview of the profession, a detailed explanation of program requirements, and a question-answer session.
Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.
Physician Assistant Studies
New York Institute of Technology
Riland Center, Room 352
Northern Boulevard, PO Box 8000
Old Westbury, NY 11568-8000
a bachelor's degree with a strong emphasis on science and mathematics
a minimum overall GPA of 3.00 on a 4.0 scale
a minimum of B- or better in the following prerequisites*:
two semesters of any biology. Labs are not required in these courses. **
one semester of psychology;
one semester of human anatomy and one semester of human physiology (may be substituted with the combination of Anatomy & Physiology I AND Anatomy & Physiology II);
two semesters of college chemistry with labs; and,
two semesters of college math (it is recommended but not required that one of these two math courses include one semester of statistics)
All pre-requisites should be completed within the previous 10 years at a regionally accredited institution in the United States or Canada
Candidates must have no more than two total outstanding pre-requisites by the application deadline; and only one of the two outstanding pre-requisites can be completed in the final spring semester
three professional letters of reference including one from a PA, D.O., or M.D.
a one-page personal narrative (completed as part of your CASPA application)
a minimum of 100 hours of verifiable direct patient care experience in the U.S. healthcare system
met the Technical Standards of the PA Program (Technical Standards are available in the PA Program office and on the Program Web site)
International applicants must also complete the additional requirements below.
* Candidates may take courses of any level to fulfill these pre-requisites, including coursework not designated for science majors. However, coursework that is specifically designated for healthcare providers or pre-medical classes are preferable (when available) as these will better prepare the student for the level of study encountered within our program.
** Microbiology and Genetics are highly recommended but not required. If taken, these courses can be applied towards the biology requirements.
The program accepts new students every September. The admission process is highly competitive. Applications are reviewed relative to undergraduate intensity of studies, cumulative and science GPA, patient care experience, personal narrative, and letters of reference. Personal interviews, required for admission, are offered to the most qualified individuals.
PLEASE NOTE: Applicants to the School of Health Professions should be aware that certain legal issues and/or convictions may preclude a student from being accepted by clerkships, internships and/or field work and impact the student’s ability to successfully complete the program and achieve certification and/or licensure.
Admission requirements listed above are also applicable to international applicants. Please note that all the prerequisites must be completed at a regionally accredited institution in the United States within the last 10 years.
In addition, international applicants (including those from English-speaking countries or applicants with non-US education) must provideTOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores. A waiver of this requirement will be considered on a case-by-case basis. In general, a minimum score of 575 (233 computer-based; 80 internet-based) is required for admission. TOEFL scores are valid for two years.
Candidates holding degrees from non-US institutions must provide notarized English translations and an official evaluation of their post-secondary records from an academic credential evaluation service.
International applicants are required to submit a copy of a passport or national ID.
Applications must be complete and all admissions materials and related documentation received from international applicants no later than November 1 of the year prior to the anticipated start date. This is to ensure ample time for the visa application process.
The six-year B.S. Life Sciences/M.S. Physician Assistant Studies combined program (BSMS.PA) is only open to recent high school graduates.
Applicants to this program are required to have a minimum SAT score of 1100 or an ACT of 24 and a high school minimum cumulative average grade of 90. This program does not accept transfers. Candidates who have attended college are disqualified from applying. Candidates who have a B.S. or B.A. degree should apply directly to the M.S. Physician Assistant Studies program.
Qualified candidates must enter as undergraduate freshmen. For the first 3 years, they will follow a 92-credit curriculum in the B.S. Life Sciences (PA Option) program. In their third year, students who have met qualifying standards will be allowed to apply to the M.S. Physician Assistant Studies (MSPA) program. For the following 3 years, students who are admitted to the MSPA program will be required to successfully complete the 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.
To apply for admission into the B.S./M.S. program, contact the NYIT Office of Admissions at 516.686.7520 or complete an online undergraduate admission form.
Please read this Fact Sheet before applying.
Physician Assistant Studies
Riland Academic Health Center, Room 352