Physician assistants are embedded in the healthcare industry and work in the ER, at doctor’s offices, and primary care facilities. These medical specialists diagnose injuries and ailments, manage patient treatment procedures, and even prescribe medication. Students interested in this career path must have a strong foundation in anatomy and medical science and must have a positive bedside manner to deal with patients and their families.
Students from New York State looking to become physician assistants should note that while many schools offer a Bachelors of Nursing, it is industry standard to apply to a master’s program with required on-the-job training at a hospital or doctor’s office before applying to full-time positions post-graduation.
Students usually earn their physician assistant degree in person due to the hands-on nature of the job. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports roughly 13,000 physician assistant positions in New York with an abundance of jobs located in the New York City metro area.Click Here to See the Best Colleges in the US
Stony Brook is a large public university on Long Island, New York, sprawling across 1,454 acres and 213 facilities. The School of Health Professions offers a Master of Science Physician Assistant degree program with an intense Pre-Clinical Phase of Instruction, followed by a master’s project and a clinical rotation phase with an emphasis on “evaluation and management of patient problems likely to occur in the primary care setting.”
Stony Brook also features a Physician Assistant Post-Professional Masters Program for certified PAs and with an online option. Please check the program’s main page to ensure current status, as it was closed for new admissions as of this writing.
St. John's University-New York offers 3 Physician Assistant degree programs. It's a very large, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2020, 142 Physician Assistant students graduated with students earning 71 Bachelor's degrees, and 71 Certificates.
New York Institute of Technology offers 2 Physician Assistant degree programs. It's a medium sized, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2020, 59 Physician Assistant students graduated with students earning 52 Master's degrees, and 7 Bachelor's degrees.
|School||Average Tuition||Student Teacher Ratio||Enrolled Students|
|Stony Brook University Stony Brook, NY||28 : 1||26,782|
|Pace University New York, NY||27 : 1||12,835|
|D'Youville College Buffalo, NY||17 : 1||2,785|
|Long Island University Brookville, NY||34 : 1||15,066|
|Touro College New York, NY||29 : 1||11,699|