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Department of Physician Assistant Studies

Physician assistants (PAs) are nationally certified and state licensed health professionals able to practice medicine in collaboration with physicians providing a team-based approach to quality, patient-centered care. PAs conduct physical examinations, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret diagnostic tests, assist in surgery, coordinate care, counsel on preventive healthcare, prescribe medication, and more. PAs are qualified to care for patients in every medical and surgical specialty and setting such as surgery, emergency medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, psychiatry, and family medicine.

Hofstra offers two programs in Physician Assistant Studies:

Freshman direct entry students first complete the pre-professional phase, consisting of three years of collegiate instruction including all prerequisite courses, followed by the graduate (professional phase) of the curriculum.

Post Baccalaureate students complete the professional phase of the program only. The professional curriculum is divided into three semesters of didactic instruction, three semesters of clinical clerkships and one semester of research. The didactic phase of the program uses a vertically and horizontally integrated approach and centers around components of medicine. For example, students learning about cardiology in the medicine course, will be learning about cardiac-related drugs in the pharmacology course, and the cardiac physical examination in the physical diagnosis course. To best match multiple learning styles, instruction is provided using a multi-modal approach. Examples include: case-based learning, use of simulation, use of standardized patients (actors), hands-on practice sessions for procedural and physical examination skills, use of cadavers for anatomy instruction and procedure skills, and the traditional lecture format. During the clinical year of the program, students complete approximately 2,000 hours of clinical training.  Clerkship assignments are completed at affiliated hospitals, private physicians' offices, and community clinics which offer training in various medical disciplines and provide the opportunity for exposure to a wide variety of patient populations.

During the last semester of the program, students will take a condensed series of graduate research methodology course work. They will then conduct an original research project with classmates related to improving clinical practice and the health of patients; projects are developed using partnerships within Hofstra University, the surrounding community, and the Northwell Health system. The research semester culminates in a master's thesis and professional poster presentation. 

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the Hofstra University Department of Physician Assistant Studies Program sponsored by Hofstra University. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.

Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be September 2026. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.
Upon successful completion of the program, candidates are eligible to sit for the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE). The Hofstra University PA Program graduate performance on the certifying exam (PANCE) pass rates can be found by Clicking Here.

Meeting the program's mission and goals is the driving force behind the education students receive within the program and is integral to the success of graduate PA students.



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  • Program Goals and the Success of the Program in Achieving its Goals
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  • Hofstra Graduate Performance on Certification Exam
  • Why Choose Hofstra?
    • Academic excellence.
    • Distinctive curriculum designed to augment the educational experience with emphasis on life-long learning and a team-approach to medicine.
    • Highly dedicated, skilled and qualified faculty and staff focused on achieving student success.
    • Curriculum emphasizes commitment to the underserved.
    • Focus on importance of leadership and community service.
    • Centrally located on Long Island allowing easy, quick access to areas of interest such as New York City and beaches.
    • Diverse, well rounded clinical clerkship experiences allowing student access to varied learning environments.
    • Hofstra’s beautiful campus grounds allow for an exciting yet tranquil environment conducive to learning and formulating new friendships with exceptional PA Program facilities.
    • The curriculum at Hofstra is designed to meet the needs of applicants at different stages of their academic career. Applicants can apply as freshmen or as graduate students.
    • Hofstra’s PA Program is ranked in the top 20 of the nations’ graduate physician assistant programs.
    • Ninety-six percent of the class of 2014 were employed and practicing clinically within 6 months of their graduation.

Graduate from Hofstra University: 100,000th PA Certified!

Polina Burt

Polina Burt, Hofstra University PA Program Class of 2012, was the 100,000th Physician Assistant to be certified. Ms. Burt is currently working as a PA in Dermatology.
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Department of Physician Assistant Studies