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M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies

Making the World Smarter, Safer and Healthier

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Physician Assistants (PAs) are medical professionals who diagnose disease, develop and implement treatment plans, perform surgical procedures, prescribe medications and often serve as a patient’s principal health care provider. PAs complete thousands of hours of medical training to become versatile and collaborative clinicians. They practice nationwide, improving patient access to high-quality health care in medical and surgical settings. 

Physician assistant is among the highest-paying and fastest-growing jobs in the country. In 2021, it was ranked the  Best Job overall and Best Healthcare Job by U.S. News & World Report. Yeshiva University’s 86-credit M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies is a rigorous 28-month graduate program that prepares students for in-demand highly rewarding PA careers. 

Program Highlights

Train in state-of-the-art virtual cadaver and simulation laboratories

Master diagnostic and patient-care skills in top-tier physical diagnosis and clinical skills laboratories

Participate in inter-professional training opportunities with students and faculty from diverse health science backgrounds

Study with expert clinicians during 50 weeks of medical and surgical clerkship rotations

Explore your personal clinical interests during 10 weeks of elective rotations

Network with leaders in the health professions at state and national conferences

Full Program Breakdown

Physician Assistants (PAs) are medical professionals who diagnose disease, develop and implement treatment plans, perform surgical procedures, prescribe medications and often serve as a patient’s principal health care provider. PAs complete thousands of hours of medical training to become versatile and collaborative clinicians. They practice nationwide, improving patient access to high-quality health care in medical and surgical settings. 

Physician assistant is among the highest-paying and fastest-growing jobs in the country. In 2021, it was ranked the  Best Job overall and Best Healthcare Job by U.S. News & World Report. Yeshiva University’s 86-credit M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies is a rigorous 28-month graduate program that prepares students for in-demand highly rewarding PA careers. 

Program Highlights

Train in state-of-the-art virtual cadaver and simulation laboratories

Master diagnostic and patient-care skills in top-tier physical diagnosis and clinical skills laboratories

Participate in inter-professional training opportunities with students and faculty from diverse health science backgrounds

Study with expert clinicians during 50 weeks of medical and surgical clerkship rotations

Explore your personal clinical interests during 10 weeks of elective rotations

Network with leaders in the health professions at state and national conferences

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Physician Assistants (PAs) are medical professionals who diagnose disease, develop and implement treatment plans, perform surgical procedures, prescribe medications and often serve as a patient’s principal health care provider. PAs complete thousands of hours of medical training to become versatile and collaborative clinicians. They practice nationwide, improving patient access to high-quality health care in medical and surgical settings. 

Physician assistant is among the highest-paying and fastest-growing jobs in the country. In 2021, it was ranked the  Best Job overall and Best Healthcare Job by U.S. News & World Report. Yeshiva University’s 86-credit M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies is a rigorous 28-month graduate program that prepares students for in-demand highly rewarding PA careers. 

Train in state-of-the-art virtual cadaver and simulation laboratories

Master diagnostic and patient-care skills in top-tier physical diagnosis and clinical skills laboratories

Participate in inter-professional training opportunities with students and faculty from diverse health science backgrounds

Study with expert clinicians during 50 weeks of medical and surgical clerkship rotations

Explore your personal clinical interests during 10 weeks of elective rotations

Network with leaders in the health professions at state and national conferences

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At a Glance

86-credit Master of Science

Full-time program on campus in New York City

Leading clinical faculty

Competitive and diverse clinical experiences

Small classes where you’ll get to know everyone by name

Career support and professional networking opportunities

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Graduate Admissions 
Email: gradschool@yu.edu
Phone: 833-241-4723
Admissions/Application Questions

 

Candidates for the M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies must have completed a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university, with an overall minimum GPA of 3.0 and a minimum GPA of 3.0 in science. In addition, candidates must have completed all prerequisite coursework, listed below, with a minimum GPA of 3.0, no more than 10 years from the time of application. Candidates must also demonstrate the technical standards indicated below.  

Applicants interested in beginning the PA program in fall 2022 and thereafter must apply through CASPA. A CASPA application must be complete and verified in order to be evaluated by the PA program’s admissions committee. The link to the CASPA application is https://caspa.liaisoncas.com/applicant-ux/#/login

Application Requirements

  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Three (3) professional references 
  • Personal statement 
  • Student CV
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores (for candidates whose bachelor's degrees were earned at a non-English-speaking institution)
    • Minimum TOEFL score on tests taken within the last two years: 100 (internet-based test)

    • Minimum IELTS score on tests taken within the last two years: 7 

Admission to the PA program is very competitive. Only the most competitive applicants will be invited for an interview with the PA program’s admissions committee. A successful interview is required for admission to the PA program.

For admissions-related questions, contact:  

Jared Hakimi (Started Applicants + Admitted Students)  
Director of Graduate Recruitment and Admissions  
Office: 646-592-4722  
Cell: 646-899-1811  
Email: jared.hakimi@yu.edu  

Prerequisite Coursework 

  • Two semesters of general chemistry with lab (or two higher-level chemistry courses with lab) 
  • Two semesters of general biology with lab (or two higher-level biology courses with lab) 
  • One semester of statistics (or biostatistics) 
  • One semester of microbiology 
  • One semester of human anatomy with a lab 
  • One semester of human physiology (at least three credits) 

Technical Standards  

Candidates for admissions to YU’s PA program must generally meet the following  technical  standards.

Student Selection  

Selection of students is a two-step process. The process includes the evaluation of applications and subsequent applicant interviews. Both the evaluation of applications and applicant interviews are conducted by the PA program’s admissions committee.  

Admission to the PA program is very competitive. Admission is based on applicant academic achievement and individual character traits. The admissions committee recognizes its responsibility to present candidates for PA certification that have the maturity, integrity, knowledge, fortitude and generosity, as well as communication and leadership skills, to function in a broad variety of clinical situations. The program, therefore, gives preference to applicants who have dedicated themselves to community service, held leadership roles, demonstrated personal resilience, have excellent communication skills, and have earned higher overall and science GPAs.

Applicants selected for interview will be notified by email. If the applicant accepts the interview invitation, an interview schedule and agenda will be emailed to the applicant.  

Offers of interviews and acceptance into the PA program are made on a rolling basis. Applicants offered a seat in the PA program will receive notification via email.  

Transfer Credit & Advanced Standing  

Transfer credit and advanced standing and placement are not accepted. All students must complete all of the didactic and clinical elements of the PA program.  

Tuition, Fees & Scholarships

The Office of Student Finance maintains current tuition and fees and refund policies and procedures for all graduate programs. 

All applicants are automatically considered for scholarships. You do not need to submit any additional information. Awards are determined during the application review process.  

Please schedule an appointment with an admissions director if you have questions about financial aid opportunities and financing your graduate degree. We can do a preliminary transcript review and discuss your admissions and financing options with the Katz School. 

Learn More

Helpful Links

Webinars

Join Our Community

Contact Us

Graduate Admissions 
Email: gradschool@yu.edu
Phone: 833-241-4723
Admissions/Application Questions

 

Admissions & Financial Aid

Candidates for the M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies must have completed a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university, with an overall minimum GPA of 3.0 and a minimum GPA of 3.0 in science. In addition, candidates must have completed all prerequisite coursework, listed below, with a minimum GPA of 3.0, no more than 10 years from the time of application. Candidates must also demonstrate the technical standards indicated below.  

Applicants interested in beginning the PA program in fall 2022 and thereafter must apply through CASPA. A CASPA application must be complete and verified in order to be evaluated by the PA program’s admissions committee. The link to the CASPA application is https://caspa.liaisoncas.com/applicant-ux/#/login

Application Requirements

  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Three (3) professional references 
  • Personal statement 
  • Student CV
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores (for candidates whose bachelor's degrees were earned at a non-English-speaking institution)
    • Minimum TOEFL score on tests taken within the last two years: 100 (internet-based test)

    • Minimum IELTS score on tests taken within the last two years: 7 

Admission to the PA program is very competitive. Only the most competitive applicants will be invited for an interview with the PA program’s admissions committee. A successful interview is required for admission to the PA program.

For admissions-related questions, contact:  

Jared Hakimi (Started Applicants + Admitted Students)  
Director of Graduate Recruitment and Admissions  
Office: 646-592-4722  
Cell: 646-899-1811  
Email: jared.hakimi@yu.edu  

Prerequisite Coursework 

  • Two semesters of general chemistry with lab (or two higher-level chemistry courses with lab) 
  • Two semesters of general biology with lab (or two higher-level biology courses with lab) 
  • One semester of statistics (or biostatistics) 
  • One semester of microbiology 
  • One semester of human anatomy with a lab 
  • One semester of human physiology (at least three credits) 

Technical Standards  

Candidates for admissions to YU’s PA program must generally meet the following  technical  standards.

Student Selection  

Selection of students is a two-step process. The process includes the evaluation of applications and subsequent applicant interviews. Both the evaluation of applications and applicant interviews are conducted by the PA program’s admissions committee.  

Admission to the PA program is very competitive. Admission is based on applicant academic achievement and individual character traits. The admissions committee recognizes its responsibility to present candidates for PA certification that have the maturity, integrity, knowledge, fortitude and generosity, as well as communication and leadership skills, to function in a broad variety of clinical situations. The program, therefore, gives preference to applicants who have dedicated themselves to community service, held leadership roles, demonstrated personal resilience, have excellent communication skills, and have earned higher overall and science GPAs.

Applicants selected for interview will be notified by email. If the applicant accepts the interview invitation, an interview schedule and agenda will be emailed to the applicant.  

Offers of interviews and acceptance into the PA program are made on a rolling basis. Applicants offered a seat in the PA program will receive notification via email.  

Transfer Credit & Advanced Standing  

Transfer credit and advanced standing and placement are not accepted. All students must complete all of the didactic and clinical elements of the PA program.  

Tuition, Fees & Scholarships

The Office of Student Finance maintains current tuition and fees and refund policies and procedures for all graduate programs. 

All applicants are automatically considered for scholarships. You do not need to submit any additional information. Awards are determined during the application review process.  

Please schedule an appointment with an admissions director if you have questions about financial aid opportunities and financing your graduate degree. We can do a preliminary transcript review and discuss your admissions and financing options with the Katz School. 

Program News

Dwayne Williams

Best-selling Textbook Author an Insta Influencer

Read more about Dwayne Williams

Best-selling Textbook Author an Insta Influencer

Dwayne Williams, co-author of The Ultimate Medical Mnemonic Comic Book: Color Version, which combines mnemonics, over 150 cartoons, bullet points and humor to review and retain important medical information, is the PA program’s director of didactic education and a clinical assistant professor. He has published several test prep and review guides for Kaplan and PANCE, and has over 36,000 followers on his PANCE Prep Pearls Instagram account. 

He also was co-creator of two medical apps—Flipmed, a digitized flash card system and study guide for healthcare professionals, and Pance Prep, which contains 8,600 clinically based practice examinations specifically formulated to enhance clinical skills and improve performance on examinations. 

In 2018, he was named Physician Assistant of the Year by the New York State Society of Physician Assistants, and from 2014 to 2019, he was director of didactic education at the Brooklyn Hospital Center at Long Island University where he was responsible for curriculum and policies.  

Since 2004, he has been an adjunct professor at both the New York Weill Cornell Medical College and Brooklyn Hospital Center, responsible for the didactic and clinical education of students. From 2002 to 2018, he was a physician assistant in emergency medicine at New York Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital. He holds a bachelor’s degree in physician assistant studies from Long Island University and is fluent in Spanish.

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PA Ranked Best Job in the United States

Read more about PA employment projections

PA Ranked Best Job in the United States

The median salary for a physician assistant is $112,260, the unemployment rate is less than 1 percent, and jobs are plentiful.

Read more about PA's career outlook in U.S. News & World Report. 

Tom Balga

Emergency Medicine Clinician Joins PA Faculty

Read more about Tom Balga's work on child and elder abuse

Emergency Medicine Clinician Joins PA Faculty

Tom Balga, an adjunct professor in Yale University’s PA program, has joined the faculty of the Physician Assistant Studies program. A physician assistant for 22 years, Balga is an experienced clinician in emergency medicine, pediatrics, sports medicine and surgery, as well as in developing and implementing simulation laboratories for clinicians in emergency medicine. In addition, he has worked in quality improvement and quality assurance in hospitals.

This summer, Balga’s chapter, “Abuse: Child, Domestic, Elder, Sexual Assault,” was published by Springer in the textbook Clinical Medicine for Physician Assistants. He also was a contributing author last summer to the journal Academic Emergency Medicine with the article “Consultation for Injuries Potentially Due to Child Abuse in Community Emergency Departments.”

Balga has been a member of the PA program advisory committee since 2019, and will teach courses on Pediatrics; Diagnostic Methods; and Professionalism, Policy and Practice.

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YU Ranked 68th in Best National Universities

Read more about YU’s rankings

YU Ranked 68th in Best National Universities

Yeshiva University ranks 68th among Best National Universities and 33rd in Best Value Schools in the 2022 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges.

Read more about Yeshiva University's rankings in U.S. News & World Report.

Dwayne Williams

Best-selling Textbook Author an Insta Influencer

Read more about Dwayne Williams

Best-selling Textbook Author an Insta Influencer

Dwayne Williams, co-author of The Ultimate Medical Mnemonic Comic Book: Color Version, which combines mnemonics, over 150 cartoons, bullet points and humor to review and retain important medical information, is the PA program’s director of didactic education and a clinical assistant professor. He has published several test prep and review guides for Kaplan and PANCE, and has over 36,000 followers on his PANCE Prep Pearls Instagram account. 

He also was co-creator of two medical apps—Flipmed, a digitized flash card system and study guide for healthcare professionals, and Pance Prep, which contains 8,600 clinically based practice examinations specifically formulated to enhance clinical skills and improve performance on examinations. 

In 2018, he was named Physician Assistant of the Year by the New York State Society of Physician Assistants, and from 2014 to 2019, he was director of didactic education at the Brooklyn Hospital Center at Long Island University where he was responsible for curriculum and policies.  

Since 2004, he has been an adjunct professor at both the New York Weill Cornell Medical College and Brooklyn Hospital Center, responsible for the didactic and clinical education of students. From 2002 to 2018, he was a physician assistant in emergency medicine at New York Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital. He holds a bachelor’s degree in physician assistant studies from Long Island University and is fluent in Spanish.

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PA Ranked Best Job in the United States

Read more about PA employment projections

PA Ranked Best Job in the United States

The median salary for a physician assistant is $112,260, the unemployment rate is less than 1 percent, and jobs are plentiful.

Read more about PA's career outlook in U.S. News & World Report. 

Tom Balga

Emergency Medicine Clinician Joins PA Faculty

Read more about Tom Balga's work on child and elder abuse

Emergency Medicine Clinician Joins PA Faculty

Tom Balga, an adjunct professor in Yale University’s PA program, has joined the faculty of the Physician Assistant Studies program. A physician assistant for 22 years, Balga is an experienced clinician in emergency medicine, pediatrics, sports medicine and surgery, as well as in developing and implementing simulation laboratories for clinicians in emergency medicine. In addition, he has worked in quality improvement and quality assurance in hospitals.

This summer, Balga’s chapter, “Abuse: Child, Domestic, Elder, Sexual Assault,” was published by Springer in the textbook Clinical Medicine for Physician Assistants. He also was a contributing author last summer to the journal Academic Emergency Medicine with the article “Consultation for Injuries Potentially Due to Child Abuse in Community Emergency Departments.”

Balga has been a member of the PA program advisory committee since 2019, and will teach courses on Pediatrics; Diagnostic Methods; and Professionalism, Policy and Practice.

Yeshiva University shield

YU Ranked 68th in Best National Universities

Read more about YU’s rankings

YU Ranked 68th in Best National Universities

Yeshiva University ranks 68th among Best National Universities and 33rd in Best Value Schools in the 2022 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges.

Read more about Yeshiva University's rankings in U.S. News & World Report.

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