Physician Assistant Overview
The Physician Assistant program educates students to become highly-educated and qualified physician assistants. Physician assistants are health professionals licensed to practice medicine with physician supervision.
Our curriculum focuses on the advanced study of medicine and public health, along with the principles of community and population-based research, ending with a presentation of a capstone project based on participation in a community-based research initiative.
We prepare students to pass the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) examination. Graduates of our program are educated to practice in any field of medicine they choose.
Physician Assistants can be found in general medical and surgical hospitals, public or private practices, outpatient care centers, health maintenance organizations, government agencies, colleges and universities, and professional schools. The Physician Assistant Studies Program at Mercy College will prepare you for a worthwhile and fulfilling career in medicine.
Graduates of the Mercy College PA Program are employed in some of the best hospital centers in and around the Tri-State area within the following medical specialties:
- Outpatient medicine or primary care
- Emergency Medicine
- Orthopedic Surgery
- General surgery
Others are employed in hospital-based medicine, critical care, urology, pain management, rehabilitation medicine, breast surgery, oncology, pediatrics, addictive medicine, dermatology and interventional radiology.
The Mercy Advantage
- State-of-the-art clinical facilities
- 12,000 sq ft simulation labs in Dobbs Ferry, with more dedicated lab space in the Bronx
- Mobile health van community outreach
- Complete nine six-week clinical rotations and two shorter three-week rotations
- Participate in international medical missions
- National accreditation from ARC-PA
Take a Tour of the PA Program
Our Physician Assistant students spend a lot of time on the Bronx campus. Take a tour of their facilities including the learning spaces and labs.
Supporting Understanding of Human Anatomy
Students' understanding of human anatomy is supported by the Anatomage tables located at both the Bronx and Dobbs Ferry campuses. This virtual format supplements the students' lecture and human cadaver labs and is available for individual and small group study sessions. Hear from PA students about their experience.
Interprofessional Education in Simulation Labs
Students from various health professions work with a simulated patient (a student actor from the college) in one of the simulation labs. These interprofessional experiences help students learn about other professions’ roles and responsibilities, values and ethics, and teamwork. These simulated experiences prepare them for their real-world clinical experiences.