College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Due to the transition from the B.S. to M.S. degree program, St. John’s University PA Program is no longer accepting applicants to the B.S. undergraduate PA degree program. The St. John’s University M.S. graduate degree PA program will be accepting the first cohort for the Fall of 2019 in 2018
Students Applying to the M.S. Physician Assistant program
Applicants to the M.S. Physician Assistant Program must have a bachelor’s degree along with meeting our pre-requisite courses. For more information about admission to this and other acclaimed graduate programs at St. John's University, please visit the Office of Graduate Admission online or contact the Office of Graduate Admission directly.
Undergraduate Degree Progression
The St. John’s PA program accepts a maximum of 75 students each year. Of the approximately 125 students enrolled in the current B.S. Physician Assistant major as freshmen at St. John’s, a maximum of 75 students are able to progress into the third year of the program. Students eligible for progression are evaluated based on academic performance, an individual interview, communication skills, and the ability to fulfill the technical standards of the program. If any student is required to repeat a course or withdraws from the major, they will lose their seat and be required to change their major.
Students are evaluated for progression based on academic performance, an individual interview, communication skills, and the ability to fulfill the technical standards of the program.
Dr. Andrew J. Bartilucci Center
Physician Assistant Education Program
175-05 Horace Harding Expressway
Fresh Meadows, NY 11369
Fax: 718-357-4588[email protected]
This certificate program is approved as a Gainful Employment Program through the US Department of Education and is, therefore, eligible for Federal Student Aid. View Disclosure to learn about this program outcomes. View Now
St. John’s University is Catholic, Vincentian, Metropolitan and Global. It is committed to the pursuit of academic excellence, religious values, ethics, professionalism and human experience.
Challenged by the belief that health care is a basic human right and driven by a similar mission, the St. John’s University PA Program developed an educational program that would reach those most in need—“the poor, alienated and the aged.”
Conscious that culturally responsive healthcare is necessary to practice in diverse neighborhoods we strive to provide exceptional educational opportunities to men and women of varied races and socioeconomic backgrounds, so that our institution might continue its tradition of working as a partner with members of the local community. In this way, we will empower professionals to return to their own neighborhoods to promote preventive medicine and deliver affordable, high quality primary care.
Committed to excellence in education, we will collaborate with institutions of higher learning. By combining institutional expertise, the clinical and academic arms of the health care profession might further unite to embrace and support those individuals seeking to become Physician Assistants.
Confident that we have the resources and the resolve, we seek to create an educational program where individuals might learn the art of healing and use their gifts to promote a vision of health care that encompasses not only the treatment of disease, but also the avoidance of illness through education and the promotion of healthy life styles. Thus, the St. John’s PA program will continue its tradition of developing caring and committed health care professionals dedicated to the alleviation of suffering in our midst.
The St. John’s University Physician Assistant program utilizes a student-centered approach to provide our learners with the necessary academic, clinical, professional and interpersonal skills to function competently, confidently, compassionately and efficiently as primary care practitioners. We aim to sensitize students to the diversity of healthcare needs and the impact of socioeconomic factors on healthcare, to promote non-discrimination and inspire graduates to provide high quality, cost-effective, compassionate and accessible care to underserved patients in urban communities. Our graduates will excel in the competencies and values required for leadership and service in a rapidly evolving global community. The St. John’s PA program faculty educators serve as role models to the student and their interactions with students influence the direction and growth of our learners. Many faculty members have practiced in underserved areas of the city.
The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the St. John’s University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by St. John’s University. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards. 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 validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be March 2023. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and the ARC-PA policy.
The program's accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website here. (PDF)
In addition to academic achievements, exam results, and recommendations, physician assistant students must possess the physical, emotional and behavioral capabilities requisite for the practice of medicine as a PA.
Physician Assistants must have the knowledge and skill to practice in a variety of clinical situations and to render a wide spectrum of care based on the patient’s needs. In order to successfully complete the PA clinical training program students must demonstrate proficiency in their academic and clinical education with regard to the competencies described below.
PA students must have sufficient sensory capacity to observe in the lecture hall, the laboratory, the outpatient setting, and at the patient’s bedside. Sensory skills adequate to perform a physical examination are required. This includes functional vision, hearing, smell, and tactile sensation.
Students must be able to:
Students should have sufficient motor function to:
Intellectual-Conceptual, Integrative, and Quantitative Abilities
In order to complete the Physician Assistant Program, candidates must be able to demonstrate mastery of these skills and the ability to use them together in a timely fashion in medical problem-solving and patient care.
Behavioral and Social Attributes
A student must demonstrate the above competencies with or without reasonable accommodation. Whether or not a requested accommodation is reasonable will be determined on an individual basis.
Students enrolled in the Physician Assistant Program benefit from outstanding academic, technological and professional resources.
St. Albert Hall features recently renovated, ultramodern science labs. In addition, Physician Assistant students gain hands-on experience at nearly 40 affiliated hospitals, clinics and private practices throughout metropolitan New York.
The Dr. Andrew J. Bartilucci Center is available to all students and faculty in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. More than 700 books are available on topics ranging from accreditation standards to world health, anatomy to pharmaceutics. Led by renowned experts, educational programs focus on contemporary healthcare issues. In addition, the Center provides outstanding placement opportunities, symposiums and seminars.
Students also gain an academic and professional edge by joining the Physician Assistant Association. One of more than 180 student clubs and organizations at St. John's, the group holds informational meetings on career-related issues such as interview preparation and job opportunities. Annual parties also are held allowing first- and second-year members to interact with faculty and students from hospitals where they complete their field experience. Above all, the Association offers guidance, support and essential information to majors.
Of course, Physician Assistant students also benefit from the outstanding resources all St. John's students enjoy. Campus facilities include high-tech classrooms, laboratories and our 1.7 million-volume Library. Our new D'Angelo Center is a five-story, 127,000-square-foot University and Student Center with classrooms, lecture halls, a Starbucks café and full-service food court.
Download the full report (PDF)ARC-PA Student Attrition
*Attrition rate calculation: Number of students who attritted from cohort divided by the entering class size. **Graduation rate: Number of cohort graduates divided by the entering class size.
Comments: These data reflect undergraduate cohort-the first graduate level cohort data will be reported for Class of 2022.
Calculations used for graduation rate= #Graduates/#Entering class size Calculations used for attrition rate=Starting percentage (100%)-- Graduation rate.Attrition rate includes health-related leave of absences and decelerated students who retook one course
and were admitted into next cohort as well as academic dismissals.