Sep 23, 2017
Theresa Horvath, Director
Administered by the School of Health Sciences and Human Services
Carole T. Ferrand, Chairperson
Physician assistants are health professionals licensed to practice medicine with physician supervision. Physician assistants work in a variety of medical settings, ranging from basic primary care to sub-specialty medicine. Physician assistants are qualified to assist in surgery, attend medical emergencies, or care for patients in out-patient internal medicine, pediatrics or family medicine office and clinics.
Hofstra’s program is designed to provide students the opportunity to earn both a B.S. and an M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies. Undergraduate students first complete the pre-professional phase, consisting of three years of collegiate instruction including all prerequisite courses. The professional curriculum is divided into three semesters of didactic instruction, three semesters of clinical clerkships and one semester of research. Using a number of learning modalities including case-based learning, students integrate basic science with the study and application of clinical medicine.
During the clinical year of the program, students are assigned to clinical clerkships at affiliated hospitals, private physicians’ offices and community clinics. Located in a variety of medical settings, these clinical campuses offer training in all disciplines of medicine and provide the opportunity for exposure to a wide variety of patient populations. The research semester will culminate in a research project using community partnerships and based on the principles of community-oriented primary care. Upon successful completion of the program, candidates are eligible to sit for the Physician Assistant National Certification Examination (PANCE). Undergraduate students having completed 126 semester hours of coursework and all Hofstra University undergraduate degree requirements will receive a bachelor of science degree in physician assistant studies(1). All students, including those earning the baccalaureate, will earn a master of science in physician assistant studies upon completion of the entire curriculum(2).
(1) Students who complete 126 semester hours of course work and all Hofstra University undergraduate degree requirements are eligible for the B.S. degree; however, they will not be eligible either to sit for the PANCE exam or to receive the M.S. degree until all requirements for the M.S. degree are fulfilled, including completion of the PA Professional Phase of the program.
(2) Students who earn the B.S. in Physician Assistant Studies at Hofstra need only complete 37 additional semester hours of course work to earn the M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies. Students who enter the program with a baccalaureate degree from another institution must complete the entire Professional Phase of the program, or 79 semester hours of course work.
B.S./M.S. Dual-degree (First-year Students Only)
For those Hofstra University students who are provisionally admitted to the program as incoming first-year students, it is possible to proceed directly into the physician assistant program without undergoing the PA admission process in the junior year. In order to qualify, a student must meet each of the following conditions:
- Enter Hofstra University as a first-year student with a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 in high school academic work and a SAT score of 1230 (on the Critical Reading and Mathematics sections) or an ACT score of 27;
- Qualified applicants to the direct entry program will be asked to submit a supplement to their application, consisting of two essay questions;
- Complete a successful interview prior to acceptance into the Direct Entry Program;
- Attend Hofstra University for all undergraduate course work;
- Maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.3 for the six semesters prior to beginning the PA program curriculum;
- Maintain a science grade point average of 3.3 for the six semesters prior to beginning the PA program curriculum;
- Follow the pre-professional curriculum;
- Complete three years in residence before entering the professional phase of the program;
- Meet with a PA program adviser once each semester;
- Attend all program activities;
- Document 50 to 100 hours of healthcare experience.
Should a student meet all conditions, a seat will be reserved in the class beginning in his/her senior year.
Candidates for the dual degree (B.S./M.S.) must fulfill the following requirements:
- The successful completion of at least 163 semester hours. All students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.3 throughout the pre-physician-assistant phase of the program and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 throughout the physician-assistant curriculum.
- The following general requirements: WSC 001 and 002 or placement examination. Distribution course requirement: (for listing of distribution courses, see Distribution Courses ); 6 s.h. of humanities distribution courses (3 s.h. in literature (LT) and 3 s.h. in appreciation and analysis (AA)); 6 s.h. of social science distribution courses (3 s.h. in behavioral social sciences (BH) and 3 s.h. in history, philosophy, or religion (HP)); MATH 50 or 71; completion of level 4 of a foreign language, or placement above level 4 on the appropriate placement test administered by the language laboratory; BIO 011, 012, 025, 135 or 137, 140; CHEM 003A, 003B, 004A, 004B, 071 or 131A/B and 132A/B; BIO 100 or PSY 040 or SOC 180; all PHA-prefix courses listed in the sequencing chart below.
Program Requirements - Total Semester Hours: 163
The following major and additional requirements can be fulfilled as follows:
B.S./M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies
Suggested Five and One-half Year Sequence
Full-time Students: 163 s.h.
Pre-PA Phase - Total Semester Hours: 84
Professional Phase - Total Semester Hours: 79
Awarding of B.S. Degree: 126 s.h.
NOTE: Each of these courses must be completed before the end of the program; however, the sequencing varies.
Students enrolled in the Pre-PA phase of the program will be charged the standard undergraduate tuition . Students in the PA Professional Phase of the program will be charged the standard graduate tuition . Students enrolled in the PA Professional Phase who have earned fewer than 126 semester hours in course work are eligible to apply for undergraduate financial aid packages.
See also: Complete B.S. Requirements
Complete B.S. Requirements in Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.