Why Become a Physician Assistant?
Doctors diagnose disease, determine treatment plans and prescribe medication. So do physician assistants. Working under the supervision of licensed physicians, PAs increase access to care for all by helping to keeping cost down.
Why Join the PA Program at SUNY Downstate?
Few places in the United States are as diverse as Brooklyn. Of the 2.3 million people who live here, many are immigrants, many are minorities and many are economically disadvantaged. At SUNY Downstate, the only academic medical center in Brooklyn, we're acutely aware of the disparities in health care that these communities experience. And we're a leader in ensuring our graduates meet the health care needs of a diverse, constantly changing population.
As a student here, you'll gain the medical skills to excel as a PA. But we also ensure that you gain the cultural skills to thrive in a rich urban environment. Classes incorporate issues of diversity and ethics, and community service and mentorship are important parts of the program.
What You Will Learn
- This 27-month, full-time program provides a comprehensive introduction to medical practice.
- An in-depth clinical rotation includes 10 supervised experiences that give you the skills and confidence to work one-on-one with patients.
- Your studies will focus on primary care, though you'll be qualified to work with a qualified physician in many different settings.
- Graduates gain fluency in clinical problem-solving and critical thinking skills, medical knowledge, patient care, interpersonal and communication skills and professionalism.
Careers & Outcomes
Physician assistants are valuable members of the patient-care team. They help keep costs down and increase quality of care. Job demand is steady—typically, our graduates choose from two to three job offers each.
Meet Our Faculty
SUNY Downstate's PA faculty have a wide range of experience in clinical practice, and have years of instructional experience. You'll work with faculty from SUNY Downstate University Hospital and Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn.
Join a winning team.
SUNY Downstate's PA program is ranked #64 in the country by U.S. News & World Report.
Grow your network.
Join the Physician Assistant Student Society, part of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, or the Physician Assistant Club.
Tap our expertise.
As a student at Brooklyn's only academic medical center, you'll learn from surgeons, researchers, physicians, nurses and others who are part of the Downstate team. This collaborative, interdisciplinary experience will make you a better problem solver and team player.