Physician Assistant Studies Department

Master of Science - Physician Assistant Studies



Physician assistants are licensed healthcare professionals qualified through academic and clinical experience to practice medicine or deliver medical services with the supervision and direction of a licensed physician who is responsible for the performance of that physician assistant (PA).  It is part of a PA's comprehensive responsibilities to conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, counsel on preventive health care, assist in surgery, and write prescriptions. Within the physician-PA relationship, physician assistants exercise autonomy in medical decision making and provide a broad range of diagnostic and therapeutic services. 

Bureau of Labor Statistics reports indicate that the nationwide median compensation for physician assistants is $104,860. Since 2006, the PA profession has grown by 34 percent, with more than 6,000 new PAs graduating and entering the workforce each year.  Today, PAs can be found practicing medicine in primary care as well as medical and surgical subspecialties throughout the U.S.  Of the approximately 100,000 PAs in the nation, 1 in 10 is licensed in New York.

About the Program

The Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies Program is a 24-month, full-time program designed to prepare students for the Physician Assistant National Certification Examination (PANCE) and for a successful career as a physician assistant. The program consists of two 12-month phases: didactic and clinical. Students will learn about healthcare in a variety of settings and across the lifespan. In addition, the ethical responsibilities of the profession, behavioral aspects of health, roles and responsibilities of the physician assistant, and global aspects of health are covered.

By design, the program offers seven required core rotations in the clinical year, as well as two electives focusing on students' specific interests. A notable strength of the program is the tremendous support it has received from the regional healthcare community, with our students being hosted at a wide variety of clinical sites.

Furthermore, the program has superior physical space in the Science and Allied Health Building, which was designed to host a gross anatomy laboratory, standardized patient suites, trauma simulation room, skills laboratory, and a dedicated classroom. In total, the program has over 18,000 square feet assigned to it in the 58,000 square feet building. The program is also designed to have working relationships with other programs on campus, including Biomedical Sciences, Medical Technology, and Athletic Training.  As potential future allied health programs will share the use of the gross anatomy laboratory and standardized patient suite, we believe this will provide an excellent opportunity to foster the development of inter-professional skills.

In summary, this program has been carefully designed to graduate highly skilled, ethical, and problem-solving healthcare providers who will be capable not only of assessing and treating patients but also improving their patients' outcomes.


Scheduled Information Sessions

Marist Main Campus - Allied Health Building – 28 Beck Place, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
August 8 – Thursday - 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

October 26 - Saturday - 10:00 am to 11:30 am

November 19 - Tuesday - 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Marist Manhattan Campus - 420 Fifth Avenue - 14th Floor, New York, NY 10018
September 17 – Tuesday - 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm



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Marissa Jimenez, MS '19

Marissa Jimenez, MS '19Digestive Disease Center of the Hudson Valley
Medical Assistant

I grew up in the Hudson Valley and wanted to attend a program that would allow me to give back to the community. When I heard Marist was starting a Physician Assistant program I was immediately excited, because the heart of Marist College is the dedication to the service of others. With the college’s outstanding academic record and prominent reputation, I knew Marist would best equip me to serve as a Physician Assistant. 

Accreditation Status

*The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the Marist College Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Marist College. Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding Accreditation-Provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students.

Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class.

The final provisional visit will occur October 2019, with a decision regarding full accreditation to be made in March 2020.

Updated: 7/9/2019