Downstate's B.S. Degree Program in Physician Assistant Education
The SUNY/Downstate Physician Assistant program is designed to provide the academic and clinical foundations for Primary Care Physician assistants; to foster the development of the attitudes, values and behavior appropriate for professional health care providers; and to prepare students to practice in a team approach patient care.
Applicants first complete a minimum of 60 credits of pre-professional (prerequisite) courses before applying to the Physician Assistant Program. Once admitted, students take 109.5 credits of upper level courses that integrates the basic sciences, social sciences, medical sciences and clinical experiences to provide a comprehensive introduction to the practice of medicine. Emphasis is placed on understanding the role and responsibilities of physician assistants in the provision of quality health service, health promotin and disease prevention, and in the treatmetn and managemetn of disease states.
The Downstate program commences in either late May or early June of each year and consists of two years of full-time study. The first year is a fourth semester, didactic phase consisting of lectures, laboratories, practical, and simulation experiences designed to provide students with the knowledge necessary to address patients in a clinical context. The second year is a clinical phase consisting of ten supervised clerkships (clinical training experiences) at a broad range of clinical affiliates, designed to provide seniors with a valuable opportunity to develop and refine their professional clinical skills. Graduates of the program are qualified to practice medicine as primary care Physician Assistants under the supervision of licensed physicians.
The program is approved by the NYS Board of Higher Education and Board of Regents, and is accredited by both the NYS Department of Education and the Committee on Allied Health Education taken in part from the, College of Health Related Professions 1999-2000 Bulletin, SUNY/NY Health Science Center at Brooklyn, p11.
For more specific information about the PA program of study at SUNY/Downstate go to www.downstate.edu/CHRP/program list
Interested MEC students are also invited to go to the SUNY/CHRP campus to attend a Downstate PA open house.
In the fall semester before the January application deadline, go to the Downstate website to check out the SUNY/Downstate PA application procedures.