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Physician Assistant

D’Youville’s highly regarded physician assistant program prepares students to be exemplary clinicians with the highest professional standards.

The demand for physician assistants continues to grow, making this profession an exciting career choice.

Physician assistants are nationally certified and state-licensed medical professionals who practice medicine under the supervision of a physician.

D'Youville's Physician Assistant program was the first program of its kind in Western New York. At D'Youville, in just four years you can earn a combined bachelor's and master's degree in physician assistant (BS+MS) through our ARC-PA-accredited program. Additionally, qualified students may be eligible for direct-entry into the master’s portion of the program.

The D'Youville Physician Assistant Department is accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). 

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Accreditation Status

At its September 2021 meeting, the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc.(ARC-PA) placed the D’Youville University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by D’Youville University on Accreditation-Probation status until its next review. The next review is currently scheduled to occur in September 2024.

Probation accreditation is a temporary accreditation status initially of not less than two years. However, that period may be extended by the ARC-PA for up to an additional two years if the ARC-PA finds that the program is making substantial progress toward meeting all applicable standards but requires additional time to come into full compliance. Probation accreditation status is granted, at the sole discretion of the ARC-PA when a program holding an accreditation status of Accreditation-Provisional or Accreditation-Continued does not, in the judgment of the ARC-PA, meet the Standards or when the capability of the program to provide an acceptable educational experience for its students is threatened. Once placed on probation, a program that fails to comply with accreditation requirements in a timely manner, as specified by the ARC-PA, may be scheduled for a focused site visit and is subject to having its accreditation withdrawn.

The program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website here:  Accreditation History

Specific questions regarding the Program and its plans should be directed to the Program Director and/or the appropriate institutional official(s).

Degree Program

The physician assistant department offers two pathways to obtain a physician assistant degree: a 4-year combined B.S./M.S. degree, and a direct-entry, 2-year M.S. degree. Eligibility for the respective programs is determined based on the student's individual qualifications and prior academic accomplishments. Graduates are eligible for the Physician Assistant National Certification Examination (PANCE) developed and administered by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).

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The mission of the D'Youville Physician Assistant department is to prepare exemplary clinicians with the highest professional standards.

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Program Goals

The D'Youville Physician Assistant Department measures its success as a program at achieving it goals by how well it meets the standards set forth in the mission statement.

  1. To equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to become exemplary clinicians.
  2. Our students will be trained to serve patients across the lifespan, with health and wellness promotion in primary care and interprofessional collaboration.
  3. Our students will be trained to serve diverse patient populations.
  4. Our students will demonstrate professionalism across multiple areas of clinical practice.
  5. Our students will become competent in medical and evidenced based research through scholarly activity.

NCCPA PANCE Scores / Success Rates

D'Youville University Physician Assistant Program Goals

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