Physician Assistant Studies

Mission Statement

The Le Moyne College Master of Science Program in Physician Assistant Studies is dedicated to the education of students to become clinically competent PAs, practicing in a diverse and ever-changing health care environment.

Vision Statement

The Le Moyne College Department of Physician Assistant Studies seeks to become a leading model in Primary Care training programs for PAs.

About the Program

Le Moyne College’s PA Program is committed to the education of Physician Assistant students who are critical thinkers, clinically competent, community-inclusive and compassionate.  We help prepare our students for the rigors of modern, interprofessional team-based healthcare.

The Le Moyne PA graduate focuses on care of the whole person (cura personalis) in a bio, psychosocial, spiritual paradigm that is in keeping with our Jesuit mission and heritage. 

To learn more about the courses offered in the PA program, please visit the Le Moyne College catalog


Program Accreditation
The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the PA program sponsored by Le Moyne College. 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remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards.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 2021. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.

Graduate performance on certification exam. 

Program Goals

The professional goals for students graduating from the Department of Physician Assistant Studies include, but are not limited to the following:

We Are Leaders In

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.”

Clinical Year:

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.


Get in Touch

Department Chair:

Elizabeth Mercer, PA-C, MPAS


(315) 445-4745


Contact the Department:

Third Floor, Science Center Addition
Le Moyne College
1419 Salt Springs Road,
Syracuse, NY 13214


(315) 445-4745


Admission Requirements and Application Process

Office of Graduate Admission
Grewen Hall Room 322

Phone (315) 445-5444
Fax (315) 445-6092
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