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Physician Assistant, Certificate

Clinical Health Professions


Due to the transition from the B.S. to M.S. degree program, the St. John’s University PA Program is no longer accepting applicants to the B.S. undergraduate PA degree program or Certificate-Only program. The St. John’s University M.S. graduate degree PA program is currently accepting applications to the first cohort for the Fall of 2019. 

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Students Applying to the M.S. Physician Assistant program

Applicants to the M.S. Physician Assistant Program must have a bachelor’s degree and meet specific 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.

Contact Information

Dr. Andrew J. Bartilucci Center
Physician Assistant Education Program
175-05 Horace Harding Expressway
Fresh Meadows, NY 11369

Trudy Simone
Phone: 718-990-8417
Fax: 718-357-4588
[email protected]


St. John’s PA Program History and Mission Statement

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.

Vision Statement

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.

Program Goals and Success

  • Train physician assistants who demonstrate clinical competency in the field with the ability to apply this effectively and appropriately to patient care.
    • Demonstrated by meeting or exceeding the Physician Assistant National Certification Examination national average; the current 2021 PANCE first time taker board pass rate is 84%.
  • Educate physician assistants who demonstrate knowledge of biomedical sciences.
    • Demonstrated by meeting or exceeding the Physician Assistant National Certification Examination national average
    • Demonstrated by a minimum of 90% students receiving a 80% or higher on summative and formative evaluation of clinical research portfolios
    • Demonstrated by a minimum of 90% students receiving a 80% or higher on clinical skills practical
  • Develop competence in oral and written communication skills.
    • Demonstrated by a minimum of 90% of students receiving “good or outstanding” on the following Clinical Preceptor Evaluation categories
      • Elicits an accurate and complete patient history
      • Communicate ideas and information effectively
      • Delivers complete and organized oral case presentations
      • Utilizes and accurately maintains medical records
      • Exhibits self confidence
  • Illustrate and apply ethical principles of a health care practitioner.
    • Demonstrated by a minimum of 90% of students receiving “good or outstanding” on the following Clinical Preceptor Evaluation categories
      • Maintains professional relations with staff
      • Recognizes own limitations
      • Acceptance of constructive criticism
      • Professional dress and appearance
      • Reliable and dependable
    • Demonstrated by 100% of students earning a minimum grade of 70% or better on a team-based ethics presentation and research paper

Additional Information

Technical Standards

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:

  • communicate with patients and others in both academic and healthcare settings
  • display effective writing, reading and verbal skills
  • perceive and describe changes in mood, activity, and posture
  • interpret non-verbal communication signals


Students should have sufficient motor function to:

  • diagnose patients by palpation, auscultation, percussion, and other diagnostic maneuvers
  • execute movements with reasonable dexterity in order to provide general care and emergency care to patients, including but not limited to:
    • cardiopulmonary resuscitation
    • administration of intravenous medication
    • application of pressure to stop hemorrhage
    • opening of obstructed airways
    • suturing of simple wounds
    • performance of simple obstetrical maneuvers
    • negotiate patient care environments and must be able to move between settings, such as clinic, classroom building, and hospital
    • maintain sufficient physical stamina to complete the rigorous course of didactic and clinical study. Long periods of sitting, standing, or moving are required in classroom, laboratory, and clinical settings.

Intellectual-Conceptual, Integrative, and Quantitative Abilities

Students must be able to:

  • measure, calculate, reason, analyze and synthesize problem-solving skills
  • interpret three dimensional relationships and understand the spatial relationships of anatomy structures
  • critically read and interpret medical literature

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

Student must:

  • possess the emotional health required for full utilization of their intellectual abilities, the exercise of good judgment, and the completion of all academic and patient care responsibilities
  • develop mature, sensitive and effective relationships with patients, faculty and other members of the health care team
  • function in the face of uncertainties inherent in clinical practice and adapt to changing environments

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.

Graduate Performance on Certification Exam

ClassClass Graduation YearNumber of First Time TakersFirst Time Taker Pass RateNational First Time Taker Pass Rate for the Class Graduation year

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