Currently we have no part-time option available.
When I graduate, what credentials do I have and where can I practice?
NYIT Physician Assistant program students who successfully complete the program graduate with a Master of Science (M.S.) in Physician Assistant Studies. Graduates are eligible to sit for the Physician Assistant National Certification Examination (PANCE) and after successfully completing the PANCE are eligible to apply for licensure and/or registration in all 50 states, the United States military, the federal government both domestically and internationally, some United States Territories, and some foreign countries that utilize physician assistants. Graduates may also be eligible to prescribe in all settings and be eligible to apply through the United States Department of Justice for a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) permit to prescribe controlled substances.
What type of academic background and/or degree is likely to optimize my potential for success in your program?
We want you to be successful in this Physician Assistant program. For applicants to our graduate program, we look for a bachelor's degree with a strong emphasis in the sciences, along with demonstrated strong performances in multiple math and science courses in the same semester. We have found that this is the best predictor of success.
Will I be able to work while going through your Physician Assistant program?
To give you the best possible chance of success, we urge you in the strongest possible terms not to work, except for the summer sessions when classes are not in session. It is almost impossible to work while classes are in session and even more difficult during the clinical clerkship year.
How do I apply?
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. Candidates who have already completed a CASPA application for other PA programs for this current cycle may add NYIT as a recipient of the same application.
Do you require a supplemental application?
A supplemental application is not required.
Have you received my application / all my material?
Please check the progress of your CASPA application on the CASPA portal. When your application is marked as "Mailed", that is an indication that it is now fully processed by CASPA and will be viewed by the admissions committee. An official "Application Received" email will be sent to you within 7 to 14 days after the "Mailed" date. Once you are the recipient of an Application Received email, it is safe to assume that all your materials have been received because CASPA will not mail your application to the program until it is complete. Please read that Application Received email very carefully. After reviewing your application, if the admissions committee feels that additional documents are needed in order to render a decision, you will be notified again by email. To ensure that you do not miss out on any of our emails, please enter firstname.lastname@example.org into your safe contact list. As an extra precaution, do check your spam folder on a regular basis.
How will my application be evaluated?
Initial phases of our evaluation will be based on comparisons of academic performance (particularly in the sciences) within a highly competitive pool of applicants. Subsequently, the narrowed down pool will be evaluated based on letters of recommendation, the quality and number of direct patient contact hours and your personal narrative. Based on the scores received, the top scoring candidates will be invited to interview. For these candidates, further scoring will be based on the candidate’s interview performance and onsite essay.
What is the status of my application? When will I be invited to interview?
Once decisions are available, notifications will be emailed, updating all candidates on their status. Top candidates will receive an invitation to attend an interview session in the months of October through February
. All other applicants will be informed that they have been placed on a waitlist or have been eliminated from further consideration, based on their rank. If any additional interview spots become available, applicants from the waitlist will be invited to interview. Each application will be given the fullest possible review in the time allowed and weighed in relation to the entire pool of applicants. For this reason, please note that you may not receive a decision until after the December 1 deadline
. However, please check your email regularly as the admissions committee may contact you to request further information.
Where can I send an updated transcript and/or additional letters of recommendation?
If you would like to send additional material that was not included with your CASPA application (such updated transcripts, or additional letters of recommendation), please mail them to the following address (the information will be attached to your application when viewed by the admissions committee):
Physician Assistant Studies, Riland Center, Room 352
New York Institute of Technology
Northern Boulevard PO Box 8000
Old Westbury NY 11568-8000
Please note that letters of recommendation from a PA or DO or MD must be on an offiicial letterhead.
How do I send you an update of my direct patient contact hours?
You may send the update by email to email@example.com
. Please include the following information:
CASPA ID number:
Title of position:
City & State:
Frequency: Part time/Full time
What is the typical interview and admissions timeline for the Physician Assistant program?
Applications are reviewed constantly beginning in the summer of each year for priority applications and in the fall for the balance of applications. Candidates are ranked based upon their cohort of applicants, and starting in September we begin to invite candidates for interviews. Interviews are scheduled on selected dates from September and October for priority applications and through January and February for non-priority applications. Candidates will usually be notified of admission decisions within two weeks of interviewing in most instances.
I meet your minimum requirements, but have not been invited for an interview. Why?
Our applicant pool is extremely competitive. From the pool, the highest scoring applicants are invited to interview. Therefore, the completion of minimum requirements does not guarantee admission or an interview.
I didn’t get accepted in NYIT’s PA program. Can you explain why and what I could do to improve my application?
There is rarely a single reason that a student is not accepted for admission to our program, or any program. Competition for seats is fierce in most PA programs and NYIT is no different. At NYIT, as many as 30 applicants are competing for each seat. To evaluate all the candidates, we examine a combination of factors, with an emphasis on strong performances in the math and biological sciences within a rigorous curriculum. We especially examine if applicants have a clear understanding of all of our pre-requisite courses, and we seek those candidates who have completed these courses with a consistently high level of performance. We carefully scrutinize letters of recommendation, which should be from individuals who know the applicant well and over a period of time that is adequate to provide a complete evaluation of the candidate. The recommendations should be detailed and comprehensive in their appraisal of the applicant. We seek unconditional positive recommendations without any reservations whatsoever. Lastly, we evaluate the depth and breadth of health care patient contact experiences, along with GRE scores which predict initial success in graduate level education. All the above-mentioned criteria are weighed as a whole, therefore it would be very difficult to point to a single factor – or even two or three factors – that could be identified as the reason behind the decision. With that said, applicants to our program are almost universally strong candidates and will likely achieve entry into one or more quality PA programs. We certainly wish you success in your education regardless of where that occurs.
I have an advanced degree and my prior coursework includes courses to be given within the program. Can I obtain advanced standing or challenge out of some courses?
No advanced standing or challenges to courses are allowed. Medicine changes rapidly and, as such, prior coursework or medical experience cannot be counted toward our master's degree program.
Can you give me advance standing in your program based on my credentials as a physician?
While we certainly acknowledge all graduate-level degrees, we cannot offer advanced standing to applicants, even for physicians. This is for many reasons, but primarily because medicine changes so rapidly; we need to insure that all graduates have received the most up-to-date training. This guarantees that our graduates have the highest possible chance of passing the certifying exam and, more importantly, of fully protecting patients.
Once an application is completed, CASPA refuses to recalculate the GPA and advises the applicants to contact the program directly. I believe the grades I received recently will enhance my GPA considerably. If I send my most recent transcript to you, will you recalculate my GPA to reflect my new grades?
While we simply do not have the staff and resources to recalculate every GPA for the numerous applications received each year, rest assured that we do take into consideration all courses taken and transcripts submitted, including those submitted after CASPA has calculated your GPA.
Do you give preference to specific applicants, as an example, residents of New York State?
All applicants are evaluated equally and without preference to any group.
I am already enrolled in another Physician Assistant program. Can I transfer into your program?
No. Regardless of prior education or experience, every student must complete the entire program after applying through the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA).
Is a criminal background check required of all applicants? What offenses will be reported when a background check is reported and what are the implications of something being reported?
When completing your CASPA application, you are required to self-report any felonies or misdemeanors. An actual background is check is only required after the candidate has been accepted into the program.
What is reported on background checks varies depending upon the state the offense and therefore disposition or conviction occurred in. As an example, all felonies will be reported regardless of the class felony or the state. Examples of felonies may include: murder, rape, aggravated assault or battery, arson, burglaries, fraud, manufacture, sale or possession with intent to distribute certain types and/or quantities of illegal drugs, perjury, and more. What is considered a felony may vary state by state but are all considered serious crimes. Contrast this with minor infractions such as parking tickets which are never reported, regardless of the state.
However, some states will report misdemeanors, while other states may not, and what rises to a felony versus a misdemeanor varies by state. Depending on the jurisdiction, examples of misdemeanors may include: petty theft, public intoxication, disorderly conduct, trespassing, vandalism and marijuana convictions.
All applicants should be aware that in spite of the fact that NYIT has accepted you, the final component of your education necessitates placement followed by successful completion of all clerkships. If you cannot be placed on clerkships because of a conviction, or there is an interval conviction while you are a student in the program, this may negatively impact your ability to be placed on clerkships and therefore complete your required education. Prospective students who are concerned about a criminal conviction are urged to contact an attorney and the relevant state and/or federal agencies to inquire whether their criminal record may adversely affect the issuance of the credentials needed to practice as a physician assistant.
Can I meet with a counselor to have my transcript evaluated and to ensure that I have the necessary prerequisites to apply?
All prerequisites are detailed on our admissions page. The program seeks strong candidates who demonstrate a great degree of maturity and self-sufficiency. By providing this website as a resource, the program expects candidates to be able to use the available information to evaluate their own transcripts and ensure that they have the required pre-requisites. While we attempt to accommodate reasonable requests, due to the high volume of applicants to the program it is simply impossible to evaluate prospective applicants' transcripts on an individual and line-by-line basis. We especially encourage anyone with questions to attend our information sessions, held periodically throughout the fall months. At these sessions, prospective applicants will get a chance to meet members of the department faculty and administration and learn more about the program. Please see our list of upcoming information session dates.
I have a bachelor's degree from a 4-year college, but I need to take additional courses to meet the prerequisites. Will you accept prerequisite courses completed at a 2-year community college?
Yes. The program accepts prerequisite courses completed at accredited 2-year colleges, as long as they are completed with a C+ or better within the last 10 years from the program start date.
Can I complete my prerequisites at NYIT?
Prerequisites can be completed at any regionally-accredited institution, including NYIT. However, please be aware your application will not be given special consideration over candidates who completed their prerequisites at other colleges. If you are interested in taking the courses at NYIT, please contact the Office of Admissions and indicate that you are interested is registering for courses as a 'non-matriculated student': 1.800.345.NYIT (1-800-345-6948).
I'm a senior completing my Bachelor's degree this year with a couple of prerequisites still outstanding. Can I apply with some outstanding courses and/or health care experience?
Yes, but please insure that all coursework in progress or planned is explicitly listed on your CASPA application. A maximum of two prerequisite courses may be in progress, one in the fall and one in the spring of your senior year of college. While a candidate can be interviewed, admission to the Physician Assistant program cannot be offered to a prospective applicant until all prerequisites -- including GRE and healthcare experience -- are completed.
I have taken all the required courses in my home country and have been working full time as a medical doctor prior to moving to the United States. Why do I have to do all the prerequisites again here in the United States?
There is tremendous variability from institution to institution and country to country in educational standards. We can fully assess prerequisites only from institutions regionally accredited within the United States and Canada, which will give candidates the greatest likelihood of successfully completing our intensive program.
Why are the courses I completed through a professional program not accepted as pre-requisites?
Professional degree courses typically cover a narrower scope of knowledge that is specifically applicable to a particular profession. The broad, comprehensive and non-specific core knowledge covered by undergraduate courses and some graduate level courses provides a better foundation for students entering our program. To appeal, please submit a course description by email, along with link to the source (an online college catalog), to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Health Care (Direct Patient Contact) Hours
Why does the department require that applicants have a minimum of 100 hours of direct patient health care experience?
This requirement exists to insure that becoming a physician assistant is the correct career choice for you. The program requires all applicants to have had an opportunity to experience the unique medical environment in the United States and be exposed to individuals with health problems. Direct patient health care experience can be in many forms, including, but not limited to, a paid or unpaid position as a health care provider in another profession, a paramedic or an EMT, a medical assistant, shadowing a Physician Assistant, a hospital volunteer, or any other circumstance where there is direct face-to-face contact in a patient care environment. Please note that positions that do not have regular and direct patient contact (e.g., clerical positions as well as work completed in a pharmacy or a lab) will not meet this requirement. The minimal amount of time to satisfy this requirement can be obtained in less than a month but still provides candidates with view of the United States healthcare system today. It is not required that you have worked in the healthcare field or that you hold any licenses or certifications.
What kind of experience would be accepted for completion of the 100 hours direct patient contact requirement? Where can I obtain that experience?
Direct patient care contact may be paid or volunteer and can be obtained through a number of avenues. This specifically requires direct personal contact with a patient while being treated in a healthcare setting within the United States. This is most commonly in a hospital or a private office setting (i.e., a private Family Practice), but may also be in other settings such as a Paramedic. Examples of what can be accepted are a volunteer EMT on an ambulance, a phlebotomist in a hospital, a medical assistant in a private office, a nurse in a hospital, a physical therapist in a private office, a hospital transporter, or a hospital volunteer or candy striper. Shadowing a physician assistant or physician in a practice or a hospital also qualifies. What cannot be accepted are things such as a receptionist in a private office, a pharmacy technician or a laboratory medical technician.
Have you received my GRE scores? How do I submit my GRE scores?
Please check your CASPA record to check whether your scores have been posted to your application. If you have not submitted your GRE scores, please contact the exam administrators, Educational Testing Service (ETS: http://www.ets.org/), to have your scores forwarded to the following Designated Institution (DI) Code: 0390
What is the deadline for sending in the GRE scores?
GRE exams should be completed no later than November 15. Scores should be submitted as soon as possible. While applicants may be interviewed not having GRE scores available, a final decision cannot be made until the exam has been taken and official scores submitted to NYIT.
What is the minimum GRE score?
We have no minimum GRE score for consideration of an application. GRE scores are one of many factors taken into consideration in accepting applicants. Higher the GRE scores enhance an application.
ETS will not be able to submit my GRE scores until after your December 1 application deadline. Will my application be disqualified?