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The Le Moyne College Master of Science program in Physician Assistant Studies is dedicated to the education of students to become competent, caring, compassionate and ethical providers of primary health care services with the supervision of a licensed physician. The program seeks to instill in each individual the desire to pursue a lifelong commitment to promote excellence in the delivery of patient care through continual self-assessment and advancement of one's medical skills and knowledge. This program prepares students to work under the supervision of a physician in a wide variety of settings including hospitals, private primary care facilities, nursing homes and community centers.
The Le Moyne College Department of Physician Assistant Studies seeks to become a model primary care training program for PAs. Our students will be prepared as critical, clinical thinkers who are able to adapt to the rapidly changing healthcare environment. They will be trained using the latest technology in interdisciplinary teams by clinicians who are committed to the education of students who are clinically competent, culturally sensitive, compassionate and creative thinkers prepared to excel in the modern healthcare paradigm.
Graduates of Le Moyne’s PA program are competent, caring and ethical primary health care providers committed to their patients and their communities. A unique focus is on cultural competence and the delivery of health care to diverse populations. In accordance with Le Moyne’s Jesuit mission, students learn to care for patients in underserved areas from downtown Syracuse to rural Wyoming.
Le Moyne is one of only a handful of PA programs that presents medical humanities courses as integral to training. In conjunction with evidence-based medicine skill acquisition, self-directed learning and resource utilization, the Le Moyne graduate focuses on a bio-psycho-social-spiritual approach in order to care for the whole person. To learn more about the courses offered in the PA program, please visit the Le Moyne College catalog.
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remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards.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 2021. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.
Graduate performance on certification exam.
Apply online at the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) by Oct. 1.
The professional goals for students graduating from the Department of Physician Assistant Studies include, but are not limited to the following:
Le Moyne's PA program is where care meets compassion. Students benefit from a strong curriculum during the first year, known as the didactic year, and outstanding clinical experiences during the second year.
Didactic Year: The didactic curriculum reflects the overarching philosophy of the entire program -- the bio-psycho-social approach to patient care. Case review and analysis sharpens clinical skills in a safe learning environment. Lectures, seminars and discussion groups are blended with laboratory exercises and “hands-on” physical examination skills to round out the first year experience.
Le Moyne is one of only a handful of PA programs that presents medical humanities courses as integral to training. In conjunction with evidence-based medicine skill acquisition, self-directed learning and resource utilization, the Le Moyne graduate learns to care for the whole person. Community service learning moves the student from the classroom to the neighborhoods to facilitate an even greater, deeper understanding of the human condition in the “real world.”
Multiple sites are utilized and multiple specialties are represented. Each rotation examines the concepts of “health and wellness” in various settings and in ways uniquely sensitive to the prevailing cultural climate.
The 12-month clinical curriculum is comprised of eight rotations that include experiences in: internal medicine and adult primary care, pediatrics, geriatrics, women's health/ambulatory care, surgery, emergency medicine, behavioral medicine, surgical and medical subspecialty electives, outpatient setting, inpatient setting and long-term care setting.
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