PA Completion Program FAQ

Physician Assistant Master's Degree Completion Program (Online)

  1. I have an associate degree and have been working within a hospital/medical office setting for over 5 years, do I qualify for the completion program?
  2. I reside outside of New York, is there out of state tuition?
  3. I have a certificate in Physician Assistant studies, would I qualify for this program?
  4. I currently work full time, and I have extensive experience in the health care field, can I apply to this program?
  5. Do I need to go to campus at any time for the completion of this degree?
  6. When do classes begin?
  7. Do all classes need to be taken consecutively or can I start and stop the program as it suits me?
  8. How do I apply for the master’s PA Completion Program?
  9. Is the GRE required?
  10. When is the application deadline?
  11. When will I receive notice of acceptance?
  12. Are applications reviewed on a rolling basis?
  13. Is financial aid available?

I have an associate degree and have been working within a hospital/medical office setting for over 5 years, do I qualify for the completion program?
No, this is a master’s level degree program, in order to qualify, you will need to have completed a Physician Assistant degree at an undergraduate level ( BS degree), passed the Physician Assistant National Certification examination (PANCE),  and a minimum of 3,600 hours of clinical experience. See admission criteria.

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I reside outside of New York, is there out of state tuition?
No, there are no out of state tuition adjustments. All students, both in state and out of state pay the same tuition. See program costs.

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I have a certificate in Physician Assistant studies, would I qualify for this program?
Yes, you do qualify for this program with a certificate in PA studies as long as you also hold a BS degree from an accredited college or university and you have passed the NCCPA certifying exam. See admission criteria.

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I currently work full time, and I have extensive experience in the health care field, can I apply to this program?
In order to qualify for entry consideration you will need to have completed a Physician Assistant degree at an undergraduate level (BS degree) OR have completed a Physician Assistant studies certificate program and possess an undergraduate level degree from and accredited college or university (BS degree), passed the Physician Assistant National Certification examination (PANCE),  and a minimum of 3,600 hours of clinical experience. See admission criteria.

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Do I need to go to campus at any time for the completion of this degree?
No, all classes, including tests and exams, are to be completed entirely online.

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When do classes begin?
Classes begin every January

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Do all classes need to be taken consecutively or can I start and stop the program as it suits me?
The courses in the program are taken consecutively with completion being accomplished in one year.  A leave of absence may begin during a semester or prior to the beginning of a semester and is limited to two consecutive semesters, excluding summer semesters. Generally, a student must complete the program in three years, including any leave of absence or course re-takes due to failure. The maximum time allowed from matriculation to the conferring of the MS degree is 5 years.

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How do I apply for the master’s PA Completion Program?
For instructions on how to submit the application see admission procedure.

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Is the GRE required?
No, the GRE is not required.

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When is the application deadline?
The application deadline is January 1st 2020.

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When will I receive notice of acceptance?
The Graduate Admission Department will screen prospective applicants to select those who have met the requirements for admission and show the ability to complete the courses outlined. The prospective student will provide the above-mentioned materials and a final evaluation will be determined by the Office of Graduate Admission. Applicants can expect to receive their email decision notification after the Committee has rendered an admission decision. Official letters will follow in the mail before the start of classes.  

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Are applications reviewed on a rolling basis?
Completed applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants can expect to receive their decision notification after the Committee has rendered an admission decision. To check the status of your application, please visit our online Applicant Portal.

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Is financial aid available?
Students are registered for 3 credits per semester, so no federal financial aid is available. Per federal guidelines, a student must be registered for six credits or more to be eligible for federal aid. There may be private loans available which will require personal research to determine eligibility.

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