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Physician Assistant Program


The physician assistant is a professional member of the health-care team who is qualified by academic and clinical education to practice medicine with supervision by a licensed physician. Following a medical model of patient care, physician assistants are qualified to perform a wide range of duties traditionally performed only by physicians.

Physician assistants obtain patient histories, perform physical examinations, diagnose illness, determine treatment plans, order and interpret laboratory, diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, and prescribe medication as well as provide patient education, counseling, and follow-up care.

Following an accreditation site visit by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA), the SUNY Downstate PA program was placed on Accreditation Probation until a follow up review in September 2021. Over this period the program will be engaged in making and submitting reports on the needed administrative updates with a goal of regaining our full accreditation status at the end of this period.

The program is very confident of regaining it's full accreditation status at the end of this 18 month accreditation probation period.

Please feel very free to directly contact the program director if you have any questions.

Of note, the Physician Assistant (MS) program is only offered in the summer, while the PA completion program will be offered during the spring, summer and fall terms.

To learn more about our Physician Assistant (MS) and PA Completion programs please click on the following links: