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.

Accreditation

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remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards.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.

The program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website.  For program related attrition data, click here.

Upon successful completion of the program, candidates are eligible to sit for the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE). See the Hofstra University PA Program graduate performance on the certifying exam (PANCE) pass rates.

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. To find out more about the effectiveness of meeting program defined goals, click here.

In the Classroom

Our Programs

Hofstra offers two paths to becoming a PA and are as follows:

At Hofstra

The Student Experience

In our department, you'll have access to the resources and opportunities you'll need to enhance and extend your education.

Your Future

Career Potential

Learn about career potential for students in the programs of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies, and read success stories from our graduates.

About the Department

The Hofstra Northwell Department of Physician Assistant Studies' mission is to create an interprofessional environment that fosters PA leaders and scholars who deliver empathetic, patient-centered care, and promote inclusivity to the diverse populations they serve.

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Department of Physician Assistant Studies

Contact the Department

Our Offices

Dept. of PA Studies
Gallon Wing, Room 132
113 Hofstra University
Hempstead, N.Y. 11549
Phone: (516) 463-4074
For questions regarding the application for the direct-entry BS/MS program, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at (516) 463-6700, option 1.
Fax: (516) 463-5177
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Department Chair

Carina Loscalzo, MS, PA-C Chair, Program Director, and Assistant Professor (516) 463-4412
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