BS/MS Physician Assistant Program
The Bay Shore Campus Physician Assistant Program, like the PA profession, was developed in response to a shortage of providers in primary health care, with a mandate to educate students to provide primary health care services in medically under-represented areas. The subsequent establishment of the Extension Center affiliated with the Winthrop University Hospital located in Mineola increased access to PA education for individuals from the metropolitan New York area.
The Bay Shore and Winthrop Hospital Extension Center programs are equivalent programs whose curriculum is designed to educate students to function as Physician Assistants delivering high quality health care to all patient populations. Winthrop Extension Center students take a portion of their classes at the Bay Shore campus.
The program is a 6-semester, 24-month professional program that leads to the degrees of Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences and Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies, and qualifies students to take the NCCPA exam. The first 12 months are devoted to didactic work in the basic sciences, medicine, behavioral sciences, and research methodologies. The next 12 months constitute the clinical phase and entail rotations in clinical sites such as hospitals, clinics, and private practices. During this phase students also complete didactic graduate coursework and a required Master's research project. The program provides a nurturing learning environment, and stresses the importance of continuing medical education.