PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT STUDIES

MS in Physician Assistant Studies

Physician assistants (PAs) provide medical care to patients under the supervision of physicians and surgeons. In practice, PAs perform a large percentage of the same care patients receive when they visit a doctor, including taking histories, performing physical exams, ordering labs and diagnostic studies, making initial diagnoses and formulating treatment plans, prescribing medication, performing procedures, and assisting in surgery. PAs may specialize in any area of medicine or surgery and enjoy lateral mobility, meaning that they may move from specialty to specialty without additional formal training.

LIU Brooklyn's Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program was the first in the region to be approved by the New York State Education Department. Successful completion of the program enables the candidate to register as a physician assistant and to sit for the National Certifying Examination administered by the National Commission on the Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).

The program is a member of the Physician Assistant Education Association. The accrediting body for the program is the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) (www.arc-pa.org).


The M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies is an intense, 28-month professional program that prepares health practitioners to work in a wide variety of clinical settings. Physician assistants take medical histories and perform physical examinations, select and interpret diagnostic tests and manage the health problems of patients under the supervision of a physician.

During the didactic year, medical courses are augmented with weekly clinical experiences. During the clinical year, students are assigned to clinical rotations for fifteen months on a full-time basis, returning to the program once every five weeks.

After meeting all Campus and degree requirements, the Master of Science degree is conferred upon the candidate. This enables the candidate to register as a physician assistant and to sit for the National Certifying Examination administered by the National Commission on the Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).

The highest ethical and professional standards are expected to be upheld throughout the physician assistant course of study. The program is challenging and requires dedication, a high ethical standard, and professionalism in addition to intelligence, skill and medical knowledge.

Please see the program's Student Handbook for further policies and procedures of the program.

PDF of Student Handbook


Accreditation

At its June 2023 meeting, the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA) placed the Long Island University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Long Island University on Accreditation-Probation status until its next review in June 2025. 

Probation accreditation is a temporary accreditation status initially of not less than two years. However, that period may be extended by the ARC-PA for up to an additional two years if the ARC-PA finds that the program is making substantial progress toward meeting all applicable standards but requires additional time to come into full compliance. Probation accreditation status is granted, at the sole discretion of the ARC-PA, when a program holding an accreditation status of Accreditation - Provisional or Accreditation - Continued does not, in the judgment of the ARC-PA, meet the Standards or when the capability of the program to provide an acceptable educational experience for its students is threatened. 

Once placed on probation, a program that fails to comply with accreditation requirements in a timely manner, as specified by the ARC-PA, may be scheduled for a focused site visit and is subject to having its accreditation withdrawn. 

Specific questions regarding the Program and its plans should be directed to the Program Director and/or the appropriate institutional official(s). 

The program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website at http://www.arc-pa.org/accreditation-history-long-island-university/

LIU PA Program Attrition Table

 

Graduated Classes

Class of 2020

Class of 2021

Class of 2022

Maximum entering class size (as approved by ARC-PA)

42

42

42

Entering class size

42

42

40

Graduates

39

38

34

* Attrition rate

7.1

9.5

15.0

**Graduation rate

92.9

90.5

85.0

*Attrition rate calculation: Number of students who attritted from cohort divided by the entering class size.​

**Graduation rate: Number of cohort graduates divided by the entering class size.​

Mission

The Division of Physician Assistant Studies supports Long Island University’s mission through the education of men and women of all ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds in the art and science of medicine in order that they may become competent, compassionate, high quality healthcare providers.  

Goals and Outcomes

Goal 1: Medical Knowledge: The LIU PA Program strives to prepare students and graduates to be knowledgeable, clinically competent providers of high quality medical and surgical care via the completion of a rigorous 28-month curriculum.

Benchmarks:

  • Graduates are expected to meet or exceed the national mean first time pass rate on the PANCE.
  • 90% of students and graduates from each cohort are expected to be eligible for academic scholarship and professional excellence recognition via induction into national honor societies.
  • Clinical preceptors of second year students are expected to score clinical year students as above average or excellent in their medical fund of knowledge and critical thinking skills.

Rationale for Benchmarks:

  • PAs must pass a PA National Certification Exam (PANCE) in order to gain employment to practice medicine or surgery.  A strong foundation in medicine and professional development must be built in order for graduates to pass the PANCE and pursue a rewarding PA career. 
  • With 90% of students from each cohort performing well enough to earn scholarships and/or entrance into national honor societies, the program ensures that the substantial majority of PA students exceed academic expectations and thus are well-equipped for professional success upon graduation. The benchmark is based on the program requirement that students maintain a 3.0 GPA to move from the didactic to the clinical year.
  • With 90% of clinical students earning above average or excellent scores in their clinical rotations, the program ensures that its graduates are exceptionally prepared to serve as highly competent PAs immediately upon graduation.

Goal 2: Community service: The LIU PA Program encourages PA students to serve the community and to embrace compassionate service as a fundamental cornerstone of Physician Assistant practice.

Benchmark: PA students will participate in at least two PA-related community service experiences during the program.

Rationale for Benchmark: In order to practice compassionate care, healthcare providers must place the patient’s needs before their own and care for all who are in need, without regard to those issues that divide us.  Community service activities and interprofessional educational experiences contribute to the development of a well-rounded, compassionate, competent future clinician.

Goal 3: Professionalism: Development of the PA Profession. The LIU PA Program strives to generate national and regional awareness, appreciation, and promotion of the value and key role of the physician assistant (PA) on the health care team. The LIU PA Program strives to engender a sense of pride in the profession, service to the profession, and leadership in its students and alumni.

Benchmark: 100% of PA students will become members of an organization associated with the physician assistant profession (AAPA, NYSSPA).

Rationale for Benchmark: To advance their careers, successful PAs must remain current in their knowledge in the field and seek professional development that guides them in managing their professions. PA students who become part of a professional PA organization will begin their careers with a supportive network and diverse opportunities to increase their competencies.

Goal 4: Interprofessional Education: In promoting patient centered care, the LIU PA Program strives to educate students to successfully collaborate with colleagues and work in interdisciplinary teams to promote patient centered care and ensure the best possible outcome for the patient.

Benchmark: PA students will participate in at least two interdisciplinary patient care experiences during the program.

Rationale for Benchmark: Experience with the coordination of care among healthcare professionals enables PA students to develop their professional identities and develop teamwork skills that increase patient access to medical care.

Goal 5: Employment and career satisfaction of new graduates:

Benchmark: The LIU PA Program’s goal is to find that new graduates have secured gainful employment within 8 months of graduation of the PA Program and are happy with their careers as Physician Assistants.

Rationale for Benchmark: The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 28% job outlook growth for physician assistants through 2031. The PA program identifies 8 months as the target for employment of graduates within the profession because it allows for a transition period after program completion and full employment in a satisfactory professional situation.

Program Competencies

The program’s defined competencies are based on the Competencies for the Physician Assistant Profession as developed jointly by the National Commission on Accreditation of Physician Assistants (NCCPA), the Accreditation Review Commission for Education of the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA), the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA), and the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA).

Student success in achieving program competencies are monitored throughout all phases of the program. For example, but not limited to, the program’s faculty and clinical preceptors evaluation of students through a variety of assessment tools, including but not limited to multiple choice examinations, collaborative group projects, objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs), reflection papers, and clinical performance evaluations.

Our graduates will demonstrate entry-level proficiency as PAs in the following program competencies:

Medical Knowledge

- Demonstrate core knowledge about established and evolving biomedical and clinical sciences and the application of this knowledge to patient care
- Demonstrate an investigative and analytic thinking approach to clinical situations
- Understand, evaluate, and apply the following to common emergent and non-emergent medical, surgical, and behavioral scenarios:

• History and physical findings and diagnostic studies to formulate differential diagnoses

• Management of general medical and surgical conditions to include pharmacologic and other treatment modalities

• Interventions for prevention of disease and health promotion/maintenance

Interpersonal and Communication Skills
- Demonstrate interpersonal and communication (verbal, nonverbal, written, and electronic) skills that result in effective information exchange with patients, patients’ families, physicians, professional associates, and other individuals within the health care system
- Accurately and adequately document information regarding care for medical, legal, quality, and financial purposes

Patient Care
- Obtain an accurate history and perform a comprehensive physical exam
- Perform medical and surgical procedures common to primary care
- Provide health care services and education aimed at disease prevention and health maintenance

Professionalism
- Demonstrate a high level of responsibility, ethical practice, and adherence to legal and regulatory requirements
- Demonstrate sensitivity to a diverse patient population by identifying the socio-cultural, familial, psychological, economic, environmental, and spiritual factors impacting health care and health care delivery; and responding to these factors by planning and advocating the appropriate course of action at both the individual and the community level

Practice-based Learning & Improvement
- Critically evaluate the medical literature in order to use current practice guidelines and apply the principles of evidence-based medicine to patient care

Systems-based Practice
- Provide advocacy and support to assist patients in obtaining quality care and in dealing with the complexities of health care delivery systems
- Demonstrate an awareness of and responsiveness to the larger system of health care to provide patient care that balances quality and cost, while maintaining the primacy of the individual patient


Admissions

Students may attend LIU Brooklyn on a part-time or full-time basis while completing their prerequisite courses. During this phase students are expected to:

Direct Care Experience

Complete a minimum of 500 hours of direct patient care experience by no later than at the time of matriculation to the Division of Physician Assistant Studies. Of these 500 hours, a minimum of 400 hours must be completed by the time of submission of CASPA application. Acceptable types of direct patient care experience include:

— Medical assistant
— Surgical technologist
— Licensed practical or registered nurse
— Dental assistant
— Dental hygienist
— Certified nursing assistant
— Home health aide
— Residential aide
— Emergency medical technician
— Paramedic
— Physical therapist
— Occupational therapist
— Physical therapy assistant
— Physical therapy aide
— Occupational therapy assistant
— Occupational therapy aide
— Respiratory therapist
— Perfusionist
— Electrocardiographic (EKG) technician
— Phlebotomist
— Ophthalmologic technician
— Volunteer work involving direct patient care
— Shadowing a physician, physician assistant or dentist
— Athletic Trainer
— Scribe

Academics

  • Obtain at least a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university no later than at the time of matriculation to the Division of Physician Assistant Studies.
  • Maintain a required grade-point average of 3.0 or above (overall and science) in courses taken at an accredited college or university.
  • Demonstrate acceptable academic performance.
  • Complete all prerequisite coursework, which includes the courses listed below.
  • All such courses must be taken at an accredited college or university. The student must receive a grade of no less than C. All prerequisite courses must be completed no later than at the time of matriculation to the Division of Physician Assistant Studies.
  • One year (two courses) of not less than 4 credits each in general biology, with laboratory;
  • One year (two courses) of not less than 4 credits each in general chemistry, with laboratory;
  • One semester (one course) of not less than 4 credits in human anatomy, with laboratory;
  • One semester (one course) of not less than 3 credits in human physiology, with or without laboratory;
  • One semester of microbiology (at least 3 credits);
  • One semester of statistics (at least 3 credits)

All prerequisite coursework must be college-level courses (AP courses will not be accepted). Any prerequisite courses listed above taken more than 10 years prior to matriculation will not be accepted.

Application

Initial application to the Professional Phase of the program for transfer students should be made through the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) by visiting www.caspaonline.org. CASPA will collect and summarize all of the applicant's data (application form, transcripts, and recommendations) which will be forwarded to the Physician Assistant Program. When all materials have been collected and reviewed, selected applicants will be invited for a personal interview. If the candidate is accepted to the program, a deposit of $1500 is required to hold a seat in the incoming class.

The application to the Division of Physician Assistant Studies is evaluated on the following criteria:

  1. A cumulative grade-point average of 3.0.
  2. A cumulative science grade-point average of 3.0.
  3. A personal statement as to why the applicant wishes to become a physician assistant.
  4. Breadth and amount of patient care experience.
  5. Three satisfactory recommendations included in the CASPA application.
  6. Completion of course work and above criteria within a specified time limit.
  7. Completion of the GRE by CASPA APPLICATION DEADLINE (January 15). There is not currently a minimum score set by the Division of Physician Assistant Studies for this examination. Our GRE Code is 2369.
  8. A recommendation for acceptance from the Division of Physician Assistant Studies Admissions Committee, based upon all entities as described above.

All applications will be screened and reviewed. Some applicants are selected for personal interviews based on the strength of the written application. If an applicant is invited for a personal interview, the interview itself is evaluated on the criteria of satisfactory performance based on assessment of qualities such as interpersonal relations, concern for others, integrity, and an ability to communicate effectively and maturely. Applicant personal statements will be evaluated for intangible qualifications that strengthen their candidacy. 

The Division of Physician Assistant Studies does not offer advanced standing to any applicants, including those who have prior experience as a medical student or physician assistant student or who are foreign medical graduates. 

International Students

Applications are welcome from international graduate students who hold the equivalent of a four-year bachelor’s degree. All international and non-native applicants must take the TOEFL examination. The minimum total score accepted is 79 on the Internet-based test, 213 on the computer-based test, or 550 for the paper-based test. All international students who attended colleges and universities outside of the United States will need to submit a course-by-course evaluation of their transcript(s) by an accepted international credential evaluation agency.

The Division is accredited to have 42 students enrolled in the curriculum. Please apply online at My LIU. For more information on the admissions process, visit the Office of Admissions website.

Advanced Standing Policy

The Division of Physician Assistant Studies does not offer advanced standing to any applicants, including those who have prior experience as a medical student or physician assistant student or who are foreign medical graduates.

Technical Standards

Observation - The ability to observe is required for demonstrations, visual presentations in lectures and laboratories, laboratory evidence and microbiological cultures, microscopic studies of microorganisms and tissues in normal and pathological states. A candidate must be able to observe patients accurately and completely, both closely and from a distance. Observation requires functional vision and somatic sensation and is enhanced by a sense of smell.

Communication - A candidate should be able to speak, hear and observe patients in order to elicit information, perceive non-verbal communications and describe changes in mood, activity and posture. The candidate must be able to communicate effectively and sensitively with patients through speech, and through reading and writing. Communication in oral and written form with the health care team must be effective and efficient.

Motor - A candidate should have sufficient motor function to elicit information from patients by palpation, auscultation and percussion, as well as to carry out diagnostic maneuvers. A candidate should have motor function sufficient to execute movements reasonably required to provide general care and emergency treatment to patients. Such skills require coordination of gross and fine muscular movements, equilibrium and sensation.

Intellectual-Conceptual, Integrative and Quantitative Abilities - Problem solving is a critical skill demanded of physician assistants; this skill requires all of these abilities. The candidate must also be able to comprehend three-dimensional relationships as well as the spatial relationship of structures.

Behavioral and Social Attributes - A candidate must have sufficient emotional health to fully use his or her intellectual ability, to exercise good judgment, to complete all responsibilities, and to attend to the diagnosis and care of patients. A candidate must be able to develop mature, sensitive and effective relationships with patients and colleagues. A candidate must be able to tolerate physical and emotional stress and continue to function effectively. A candidate must possess qualities of adaptability, flexibility and be able to function in the face of uncertainty. He/she must have a high level of compassion for others, motivation to serve, integrity and a consciousness of social values. A candidate must possess sufficient interpersonal skills to interact positively with people from all levels of society, all ethnic backgrounds and all belief systems.

The administration of the Physician Assistant program recognizes its responsibility to present candidates who have the knowledge and skills to function in a broad variety of clinical situations and to render a wide spectrum of patient care. The responsibility for these technical standards is primarily placed on the Physician Assistant Admissions Committee to select entering Physician Assistant students who will be the candidates for the degree.

Health Requirements

All students entering or re-entering the M.S. degree in Physician Assistant Studies must complete and submit a Health Examinations/Vaccinations form located in the Forms & Documents section of the University's Admissions website, as well as the Division’s health forms. The Division’s health forms will be sent along with the package of materials that is mailed out once a student is accepted into the program and sends in the deposit to hold the seat. Additional health forms are required for entry into the clinical year of the Division’s curriculum.

Didactic Year Curriculum

Fall Semester

Course Credits
MS 500 Anatomy 3
MS 501 Physiology and Pathophysiology 1
MS 502A Pharmacology I
MS 504A Clinical Medicine I 4    
MS 503A Art & Science of Medicine I 2
MS 505 Psychosocial Aspects of Medicine 1
MS 506 Pathology 2
TOTAL 16

Spring Semester


Course Credits
MS 502B Pharmacology II 3
MS 503B Art & Science of Medicine II 2
MS 504B Clinical Medicine II
MS 507 Role Socialization 1
MS 508A Research Methods I
1
MS 509 Preventive Medicine 1
MS 510 Clinical Laboratory Science 1
TOTAL 15

Summer Semester


Course Credits
MS 504C Clinical Medicine III 3
MS 508B Research Methods II 1
MS 511 Introduction to Medical Literature 1
MS 512 Medical Informatics 1
MS 513 Surgery 2
MS 514 Emergency Medicine 1
TOTAL 9

TOTAL CREDITS: 40

Clinical Year Curriculum

Each clinical year student completes ten (10) clerkships of five (5) weeks in length. The faculty creates an individual rotation schedule for each clinical year student. The student must return to the LIU campus at the end of each clerkship for a two-day End-of-Rotation Meeting with the faculty.

Students must rotate in each of the following clerkships during the clinical year:

FALL, SPRING, SUMMER (3 courses per term)
Course Credits
MS 601 Internal Medicine 4
MS 602 Surgery 4
MS 603 Pediatrics
4
MS 604 Family Medicine
4
MS 605 Emergency Medicine 4
MS 606 Obstretrics & Gynecology 4
MS 607 Behavioral Medicine
4
MS 608 Internal Medicine Elective 4
MS 609 Surgical Elective 4
MS 610 Clinical Elective 4
FALL 2 (following the Clinical Year)
Course Credits
Remaining MS 601-610
4
MS 611 Clinical Seminar I 1
MS 612 Clinical Seminar II 1
MS 613 Clinical Seminar III 1
MS 614 Summative Evaluation 1
MS 615 Capstone Project 2

TOTAL: 46 Credits

Student Employment Policy

Student Employment Policy

In compliance with the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA), PA program students must not be required to work for the PA program in any capacity and must not substitute for or function as instructional faculty. Students must notify the PA program immediately if they are put in such a position, or if they have any questions or other concerns regarding this policy.

Student employment is not recommended for the PA student due to its rigorous curriculum. However, any student engaging in gainful employment during their time at the PA Program must notify the Program Director.


Background Checks and Drug Testing

Many of our clinical/field experience affiliates now require the completion of criminal background checks and/or drug testing for employees, volunteers and students affiliated with the site. Therefore, students may be asked to undergo a criminal background check, and/or a drug screen. A criminal conviction and/or the use of illegal drugs may impede or bar your entry into your chosen field of study. Students desiring entrance into the School of Health Professions should be aware that our clinical/field affiliates can reject or remove a student from the site if a criminal record is discovered or if a drug test is positive. In the event that a student is rejected from a clinical/field site due to information contained in the criminal background check, or drug screen, you may be unable to complete a required clinical/field experience. If you are unable to complete program requirements, you may be advised to withdraw from the program.

In addition, students seeking entrance into health and human service professions should be aware that the presence of a criminal record can result in the refusal of licensing/certification/registration agencies to issue the credential needed to practice in that field of study. Prospective students are urged to contact the pertinent state and/or federal licensing board to inquire whether a criminal record will have an impact on your eligibility to obtain licensure or certification.

 

Student Grievances

In a matter in which students feel that their rights have been violated, the PA students may avail themselves of the following formal grievance procedure:

1. The student will notify their academic advisor in person or via electronic mail within ten (10) days of the event and will include a written statement that clearly describes the event and grievance.

2. The student will receive a response from their academic advisor within a reasonable amount of time. This will include a time and date during which the academic advisor will meet with the student. Following this meeting, the academic advisor will render a decision regarding the event within a reasonable amount of time via electronic mail and via overnight courier (Federal Express, UPS, or similar courier).

3. If the academic advisor is on vacation or is otherwise on leave from the University, the student will be made aware of their absence via electronic mail. In this case, the student will then notify the Program Director of the event and grievance via electronic mail.

4. If the student is not satisfied with the response received from the Academic Advisor, the student may appeal the decision to the Program Director. The student will notify the Program Director in person or via electronic mail within ten (10) days of the meeting with the Academic Advisor and will include a written statement that clearly describes the event and grievance.

5.  The student will receive a response from the Program Director within a reasonable amount of time. This will include a time and date during which the Program Director will meet with the student. Following this meeting, the Program Director will render a decision regarding the event within a reasonable amount of time via electronic mail and via overnight courier (Federal Express, UPS, or similar courier).

6. If the student is not satisfied with the response received from the Program Director, the student may appeal the decision to the Appeals Committee of the Physician Assistant Program.

This committee is made up of the Program Director, Academic Coordinator, and Director of Clinical Education. If necessary, additional members may serve ad hoc any of these people are unable to do so.

7. If the student is still not satisfied with the decision of the Appeals Committee of the PA Program, the student may appeal through the Associate Dean of the School of Health Professions. The Associate Dean will review the matter and will follow the following procedure:

Dean’s Office Appeal Process, School of Health Professions

The following process will be used for all appeals that students choose to bring to the Dean as part of the University appeal process:

The student MUST have first followed PA departmental appeal processes including, but not limited to, the appeal to the Academic Advisor, Program Director, and Appeals Committee of the PA program.

Appeals to the Dean of Health Professions must be submitted in writing and must be submitted within ten (10) business days of receipt of the decision letter from the PA Program. This written appeal will be transmitted to the Appeal Board for review and will be a factor in the final decision made by the Dean of Health Professions. The appeal must be accompanied by a completed Appeal Checklist.

If deemed necessary by the Dean of Health Professions, the Associate Dean will serve as a hearing officer and will appoint an ad hoc Appeal Board. The Appeal Board will consist of three faculty members from the School of Health Professions, who may be tenure track, non-tenure track, or have administrative roles. One of these faculty members will be from the program from which the appeal has originated. The Dean will be present at the hearing but will not contribute to the discussion.

The hearing will be scheduled as expeditiously as possible.

At the hearing (with all parties present):

The hearing may be recorded for future reference.

The student will present his/her appeal including justifications, circumstances, and anything they wish the Board to consider. The maximum time allowed is 30 minutes.

The course instructor, or other appropriate faculty member, will present the circumstances and evidence leading to the decision being appealed. The maximum time allowed is 30 minutes.

Student and faculty will not engage in debate of the circumstances with each other but will answer questions posed by the Board for the purpose of clarification.

Upon completion of the presentations and any questioning by the Board, the student, and faculty will be excused.

The Board will discuss the facts of the appeal and reach consensus, or vote, on a recommendation to the Dean. If a vote is taken, the Associate Dean will not vote.

Within 24 hours of the hearing, the Associate Dean will prepare a written report that contains:

A summary of the information presented by both sides at the hearing.

A summary of the discussion of the Board after the parties were dismissed.

A recommendation for action by the Dean.

The Dean will then reach a decision based upon the report from the Board, the written appeal submitted by the student, and any other information relevant to the case. The Dean will then notify the student by certified mail. This decision will normally be made within 48 hours unless further investigation is necessary, or the Dean is unavailable within that time frame. If the decision will be delayed longer than 48 hours, the student will be notified by the Dean’s office of that delay.

**The foregoing procedure shall be a formal grievance procedure for the resolution of all student grievances, including those alleging actions prohibited by legislation.

For university policies on the appeal process for grade changes, course drop/add, involuntary call to military duty, death in the family, etc., visit the university’s weblink:

 https://www.liu.edu/enrollment-services/registration/policies


Tuition and Fees

LIU PA Students and prospective PA students are encouraged to visit the LIU website for details regarding tuition and fees as well as policies regarding tuition and fees at:

http://liu.edu/Brooklyn/Enrollment-Services/Tuition

Projected Expenses for the PA Program

Tuition and fees listed below are at the projected prevailing rates:

• Tuition per credit for PA students: $1,377

• Number of credits in the curriculum: 86

• Fees: $1017 per semester (x 7 semesters): $7,119

Projected Expenses for the Didactic Year

Didactic year: 40 credits @ $1,377 per credit: $ 55,080

Fees: $1017 per semester @ 3 semesters: $ 3,051

Total: $58,131

Projected Expenses for the Clinical Year

Clinical year: 46 credits @ $1,377 per credit: $63,342

Fees: $1017 per semester @ 4 semesters: $ 4,068

Total: $67,410

Subtotal for Tuition & Fees * $125,541

Estimate of additional expenses per year $3,733

Grand total for all expenses: ** $ 129,274

* Tuition and fees subject to change yearly

**Does not include housing and other personal expenses

Additional Expenses include (but are not limited to):

Textbooks, software or other educational supplies  $650

Medical equipment $700

Laptop computer with service plan  $1000

Two short lab coats (approx. $25 each) $50

Criminal Background Check $132

Castlebranch Drug Screening  $76

American Heart Association BCLS certification $90

American Heart Association ACLS Certification  $270

Infection Control Certificate  $35

HIPPA  $30

American Academy of PAs Student Membership $75

New York State Society of PAs Student Membership $75

Registration fee for the PA National Certifying Exam $550

Total = $3,733









Faculty and Staff

Amanda Kulesza, MPAS, PA-C | Interim Program Director | Assistant Professor | amanda.kulesza@liu.edu

Camille Kiefer, PA-C | Director of Clinical Education | camille.kiefer@liu.edu

Brittany O'Gara, MPAS, PA-C | Director of Admissions | Assistant Professor | brittany.ogara@liu.edu 

Stephen DeRoux, MD | Medical Director | stephen.deroux@liu.edu

Sherry Shaker, MS, PA-C | Assistant Professor | sherry.shaker@liu.edu

Laura Goshko, MS, RPH | Assistant Professor | laura.goshko@liu.edu

Jaclyn Rizzo, MPAS | Assistant Professor | jaclyn.rizzo@liu.edu

Ankita Dubey, MHSPA | Assistant Professor | ankita.dubey@liu.edu

Katherine Browne, MBA | Administrative Assistant | katherine.browne@liu.edu

Michael Maldonado, BS | Fieldwork Coordinator & Data Analyst | michael.maldonado@liu.edu

One of the Best Jobs in America

  • U.S. News & World Report ranked Physician Assistant as the No. 1 Best Health Care Job.
  • High ROI – At only 28-months of study and a median annual salary of $104,860 per year as per U.S. News & World Report, a master's degree in Physician Assistant Studies is one of the best values in education.
  • Clinical experience in a variety of practice environments during the PA graduate studies program opens doors to multiple specialties and health care careers.

Direct Patient Care Experience

During the Clinical Year students build the skills to become a highly competent and compassionate professional through ten full-time clinical rotations in different specialty areas including Surgery, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, OB/GYN, Behavioral Medicine and more.

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