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Program Spotlight: Hofstra University

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Location: Hempstead, NY

Number of students: 50 students

Application Cycle: CASPA by October 1st 

Interview dates: October - February

Start date: Fall 

Length of Program: 28 months

Public/Private: Private

HCE: 50 hours

GPA: Minimum cumulative and science GPA of 3.2

Shadowing: No specific requirement

The Good Stuff:

  • A&P, microbiology, biochemistry or organic chemistry must be taken within the past 5 years 
  • General biology and general chemistry may be waived if more advanced courses have been passed with a grade of B+ or better 
  • Prerequisites preferred for science majors and at a 4-year college or university
  • Option for Freshman Direct Entry BS/MS in PA Studies - 3 years of prerequisites, followed by PA school 
  • Cadaver lab

Program Link: Hofstra University PA Program Website


For the most up to date information on PA programs in one place, check out The Applicant’s Manual of Physician Assistant Programs. (Affiliate link)


Program Spotlight: New York Institute of Technology

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Location: Old Westbury, NY

Number of students: 56

Application Cycle: CASPA by October 1st; no rolling admissions 

Interview dates: October - February

Start date: Fall

Length of Program: 3 years

Public/Private: Private

HCE: Minimum 100 hours

GPA: Minimum 3.0 overall; minimum B- in prerequisite courses, and you may only take them twice to achieve the required grade

Shadowing: No specific requirement

The Good Stuff:

Program Link: New York Institute of Technology PA Program Website


For the most up to date information on PA programs in one place, check out The Applicant’s Manual of Physician Assistant Programs. (Affiliate link)


Program Spotlight: Touro College (Manhattan)

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Location:  Manhattan, NY

Number of students:  50

Application Cycle:  April - January 1st through CASPA and supplemental application; may apply by November 1st for "early decision" 

Interview dates:  December - March

Start date:  August

Length of Program:  32 months

Public/Private:  Private

HCE:  Minimum 200 hours

GPA:  Minimum science and overall GPA of 3.0

Shadowing:  Minimum 20 hours shadowing a PA

The Good Stuff:

  •  Non-traditional format - During the 16 month didactic year, classes are held in the evenings and on weekends, which would allow for part-time work.  The clinical year is full-time, and then there is a 4 month period for an elective and completing the Master's project.  
  • Joint BS/MS program (dual degrees awarded)
  • Interviews - MMI style 1 on 1 with 4-5 faculty members, writing sample, possible group portion

Program Link:  Touro College Manhattan PA Program Website


For the most up to date information on PA programs in one place, check out The Applicant’s Manual of Physician Assistant Programs. (Affiliate link)


Program Spotlight: Albany Medical College

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Location: Albany, NY

Number of students: 42 (waitlist of ~20)

Application Cycle:  Rolling admissions from May 1st - December 1st (deadline)

Interview dates:  May - December for upcoming cycle

Start date:  January

Length of Program:  28 months

Public/Private:  Private

HCE:  1000 hours

GPA:  Prerequisites with a grade of C or higher, but no specific minimum GPA

Shadowing:  No specific requirement

The Good Stuff:

  • Biochemistry OR Organic Chemistry required 
  • Monthly information sessions available
  • They have agreements with a few different programs for early assurance admissions - basically as long as you maintain your GPA and fulfill all prerequisites and other requirements, you are accepted into the PA program.  
  • Full cadaver lab with about 4 students per cadaver
  • Interview - 2 one on one interviews with faculty (very relaxed)
  • Tuition is estimated to be 55,000 - significantly cheaper than some other private programs
  • GRE is required

Program Link: Albany Medical College PA Program


For the most up to date information on PA programs in one place, check out The Applicant’s Manual of Physician Assistant Programs. (Affiliate link)


Program Spotlight: Stony Brook University

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Location:    Stony Brook, NY

Number of students:  44

Application Cycle:  April - by October 1st through CASPA with supplemental application (rolling admissions)

Interview dates:  3 separate dates with one in September, one in October, and one in November with invites going out pretty early (June/July)

Start date:  Late June/early July

Length of Program:  24 months

Public/Private:  Public (but no preference to NY residents)

HCE:  1,000 hours of direct patient care (up to 500 of these hours can be from clinicals done for a healthcare certification)

GPA:  Minimum 3.0 overall and science with a minimum C

Shadowing:  Up to 200 shadowing hours can count towards HCE requirement

The Good Stuff:

  • There are options for medical mission trips to Guatemala, Ecuador, Kenya, Nicaragua, or Haiti.  
  • Full cadaver dissection lab
  • Information sessions are held every other month
  • Interviews are two 20 minute interviews with 2 faculty in each.  
  • GRE is NOT required
  • Preference is given to students who have already met all of the requirements at time of application
  • They have a board review program 
  • Option for current PAs to complete an online program to obtain their Masters
  • During the didactic year, there are optional review sessions offered after class once a week. 

Program Link:  Stony Brook University PA Program


For the most up to date information on PA programs in one place, check out The Applicant’s Manual of Physician Assistant Programs. (Affiliate link)