Physician Assistant Program
People who succeed as physician assistants enjoy direct patient contact, have a passion for medicine, and embrace challenges. Physician assistants practice medicine with physician supervision in many settings and in many medical and surgical disciplines.
In the Fall of 2010, our program was the proud recipient of three HRSA grants totaling 3.2 million dollars in funding. These grants support program expansion, student scholarships and high fidelity simulation equipment.
Our program is happy to announce some recent program updates. Our accreditation status was recently updated to Accreditation-Continued at the March 2012 ARC-PA meeting. Below is a narrative that they included in our accreditation letter.
The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has been granted Accreditation - Continued to the State University of New York (SUNY) Upstate Medical University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by the State University of New York. Continued accreditation is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.
Continued Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next comprehensive review of the program by the ARC-PA will be March 2015.
Program accreditation is a requirement for the Physician Assistant National Certification Exam (PANCE) as well as for physician assistant practice in the United States. Students enrolled in an accredited program are eligible to take the PANCE.