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Department of Physician Assistant Studies

Policies

  • Advanced Placement

    There is no advanced placement in the professional phase of the program. All components of the professional phase of the program must be completed by all students.

  • Prior Healthcare Experience Requirement

    The program requires applicants to have from 50 documented hours of healthcare experience. Many types of experience will qualify, and the experience ideally includes direct observation of a practicing physician assistant ("Shadowing"). The experience may be paid employment, such as working as a paramedic or EKG technician. The experience may be as a volunteer in a hospital or other healthcare facility.

    Applicants who have accumulated more than the minimum hours of experience will have a stronger application, but the quality of the experience is also important. Shadowing a PA in clinical practice is one of the best ways to understand the physician assistant role in modern healthcare systems.

  • Experiential Learning

    There is no advanced placement in the professional phase of the program, therefore, no credit for experiential learning in the professional phase.

  • Work Policy

    The program strongly discourages any type of outside employment during the course of studies in the program. Program responsibilities are not negotiable, and will not be altered due to student work obligations. Furthermore, working has been a chief cause for academic difficulty in past years.

    Students who choose to volunteer or be paid employees during the course of their physician assistant training cannot use their affiliation with the program in any aspect of that employment.  Any activity undertaken by the student, independent of the program, is not covered by the liability insurance offered for clinical work associated with physician assistant training. Students are not permitted to perform clerical or administrative work for the program.

    Students may not substitute for regular clinical or administrative staff during the clinical year. Should such a request be made of a student, it should be reported to the program director immediately. 

  • Withdrawal Policy

    The program director must be notified in writing should a student decide to withdraw from the program.  It is imperative that students review and follow Hofstra University withdrawal policies.

  • Technical Standards

    A physician assistant student must possess a number of abilities and skills. The use of a trained intermediary is not acceptable in many clinical situations in that it implies that a candidate’s judgment must be mediated by someone else’s power of selection and observation. Therefore each student must be able to:

    • Observe a patient accurately, at a distance and close at hand, with or without standard medical instrumentation.
    • Acquire information from written documents and to visualize information as presented in images from paper, film, slides or video.
    • Comprehend X-ray, EKG and other graphic images with or without assistive devices.
    • Speak, hear and observe patients by sight in order to elicit information, describe changes in mood, activity and posture, and perceive nonverbal communication. 
    • Communicate effectively with patients and their families in both written and oral modalities.
    • Possess motor skills necessary to perform palpation, percussion, auscultation and other diagnostic and therapeutic maneuvers, basic laboratory tests and emergency therapeutic procedures, including airway management, placement of intravenous catheters, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, application of pressure to control bleeding and suturing of wounds.
    • Measure, calculate, reason, analyze, integrate, synthesize and comprehend three-dimensional relationships and understand spacial relationships of structures according to standard medical care.
    • Exercise good judgment and complete all responsibilities attendant to the diagnosis and care of patients promptly.  Develop mature, sensitive and effective relationships with patients.
    • Tolerate physically taxing workloads, function effectively under stress, adapt to changing environments, display flexibility and learn to function in the face of uncertainties inherent in the practice of clinical medicine.


    Where a candidate’s ability to observe or acquire information through sensory modalities is compromised, the candidate must demonstrate alternate means and/or abilities to acquire and demonstrate comprehension of essential information. Costs of necessary accommodations should be reasonable and will be properly borne by the College when not the responsibility of the student or otherwise funded.

    Hofstra University complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and state and local requirements regarding applicants and students with disabilities. For general information about support services for students with disabilities, contact:

    Julie A. Yindra
    Student Access Services (SAS)
    Suite 107 Mack Student Center
    126 Hofstra University
    Hempstead, NY 11549-1260
    Phone: 516-463-7075


Department of Physician Assistant Studies