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Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the program?
The program is 24 months in length.
Is the program accredited?
Yes. The program is accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA).
When does the academic year start?
The academic year starts at the end of August for the Bay Shore Campus and the beginning of January for the Winthrop Extension Center in Mineola.
Does the curriculum sequence include summers?
Yes, summers are included in the curriculum sequences, with a 10 week summer semester for Bay Shore and a 16 week summer semester for the Winthrop Extension Center.
Are there breaks between semesters?
There is a winter break between the fall and spring semester, a spring break either during or at the completion of the spring semester, and a break at the end of the summer semester before the fall semester begins. All breaks are approximately 1 week.
Given that the program is a dual degree program (BS/MS), if I already have a Bachelor's degree, do I need to attend all 24 months of the program?
Regardless of what degrees they have earned in the past, all students must complete the same coursework throughout the 24 months of the program. No student can be exempted from any of the coursework.
Where are your rotation sites?
We have many rotation sites throughout the five boroughs and in Long Island. Some of our sites include but are not limited to Beth Israel Medical Center, Winthrop University Hospital, Maimonides Hospital, Elmhurst General Hospital, NYC Medical Examiner's Office, Montefiore Medical Center, Good Samaritan Hospital, St. Joseph's Hospital and Nassau University Medical Center (NUMC). as well as a number of private practices and clinics.
Do you help graduates find jobs?
Although we do not have an actual job placement service, we often get information about jobs from employers and then forward that information to all graduates and alumni.
What is the deadline for submitting an application?
For students applying through CASPA, there is a November 1 deadline for applicants who would like to attend the Winthrop Extension Center and a March 1 deadline for applicants interested in the Bay Shore Campus.
Do I have to have all my prerequisites completed before I can apply?
No. You may apply to the program while you still have some prerequisites in progress, but all prerequisite coursework needs to be completed a full semester before entering the program. Pending coursework may, however, delay review of your application. At the time of enrollment in the PA Program, students must have a minimum of 90 credits completed including all the required prerequisite courses.
How do I apply to the program?
Applicants to the program should utilize CASPA (www.caspaonline.org) as the mechanism for their admissions process. Applicant must also include the PA program supplemental application and $25 application fee. Applicants who miss the CASPA deadline and are still interested in applying should contact the Office of Admissions for further information.
Is the Manhattan program the same as the Bay Shore program?
Although both programs lead to a joint BS/MS degree, the curricula and faculty are not identical. The Manhattan program is a 32-month, non-traditional program with a unique evening schedule whereas the  Bay Shore and  Winthrop programs  are  24-month, traditionally-scheduled programs which share a distinct faculty and staff.
How do I go about fulfilling the PA "shadowing" requirement?
The best way to fulfill the shadowing requirement is to find a hospital that employs PAs that also has a volunteer program and sign up as a volunteer. While working as a volunteer, it is then often possible to shadow a PA in the facility. Many private offices that employ PAs will also allow a student to shadow the PA for the required hours.
What constitutes direct patient contact health care experience?
Direct patient contact hours must involve interaction with patients and can be obtained in a number of ways and may include either paid or volunteer positions. Some examples include, but are not limited to:
  • volunteer in an Emergency Department transporting patients, delivering meals and blankets to patients, etc
  • volunteer in a doctor's office performing height and weight, vital signs, etc
  • medical assistant or nurse's aide
  • phlebotomist
  • Licensed Practical Nurse or Respiratory Therapist
  • EMT or Paramedic
Do you have advisors who can go over my transcript with me?
Yes. Please contact the Office of Admissions at 866 TOURO-4-U.
How competitive is admission to the program?
Admission to the program is extremely competitive with the admissions department receiving approximately 2,000 applications per year. The Bay Shore class seats 65 students annually and the Winthrop class seats 32 students annually.
Is there a minimum GPA required for admission?
Yes. The minimum science GPA and overall GPA are both 3.0.
What was the average GPA of your latest accepted class?
The average cumulative GPA of the class of 2014 was 3.40.
What type of financial aid is available to help fund my education?
Students enrolled in the PA Program are eligible to apply for federal loan assistance, which is available in various forms. Specific information regarding federal loans can be obtained by contacting the Office of Financial Aid. Please be aware that the first two semesters of the program are considered undergraduate, and students can apply for undergraduate financial aid. The subsequent semesters of the program are considered graduate, which opens up a different avenue of financial aid opportunities.
Can I work while in the PA program?(Standard A3.14h)
Due to the formidable challenge the PA program presents both in the didactic and clinical years, we highly recommend students not work while enrolled in the PA program. The success of each candidate is often directly related to their ability to focus solely on their commitment to their studies.