Physician Assistant Studies



Practice medicine in collaboration with physicians as a Physician Assistant, one of healthcare’s fastest growing professions. Enter the Physician Assistant Studies program at Hofstra University and you can complete the MS in Physician Assistant Studies in just 2 ½ years. Upon successful completion, you will be eligible to sit for the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE). Scholarships are available for qualified candidates.

Program Highlights

Program Details

Visit the Hofstra campus or connect with the graduate admissions team. We will answer your questions and put you in touch with program faculty or degree candidates to learn more. Contact us at or call 516-463-4723.

To be considered for graduate studies in Physician Assistant Studies at Hofstra University, you must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and have successfully completed a background check.

To apply, please use the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistant (CASPA) and submit the following:

  • Transcripts from all previously attended colleges and universities. Official transcripts must be received by CASPA directly from prior institutions.
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Personal essay
  • Documentation of 50 hours of healthcare experience

Visit the Physician Assistant Studies program page to learn more.

International students: Please review additional admission requirements.

Applications are reviewed for the fall term on a rolling basis beginning in April of the preceding year. The deadline for submitting an application through the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) is October 1. Applications must be completed (e-submitted, payment received, transcripts received, and two letters received) at least four weeks in advance of the deadline to ensure the application is verified on time.

The MS in Physician Assistant Studies is awarded to students who successfully complete 79 semester hours. For more information, visit the PA program page.


Faculty Profiles

Carina Loscalzo

Carina Loscalzo, Program Director, has served in physician assistant programs since 2000 in multiple capacities, including academic, clinical, coordination and administrative roles. Clinically practicing in emergency medicine since graduating from PA school, she is able to apply patient encounters to classroom activities. She serves in multiple roles in the New York State Society of Physician Assistants (NYSSPA).

Meet Prof. Loscalzo
Carina Loscalzo

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How to Apply

Earn the professional recognition and personal achievement you seek with a graduate degree from Hofstra University. Whether you study online or on campus, full or part time, you will benefit from small class settings with nationally recognized faculty and a community of peers all contributing to a transformative learning experience. Questions? Call 516-463-4723 or email our graduate admission team at