The 2016 graduating class of Physician Assistant Studies students at the Hofstra Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies has earned a 100 percent pass rate on the national PA certification exam.
All 48 graduates passed the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination, an in-depth multiple-choice exam on medical and surgical knowledge that is necessary to apply for full licensure as a PA in the state of New York. They have earned the PA-C credential, a widely recognized mark of accomplishment in the medical profession in all 50 states.
The Class of 2016 consisted of graduate students in the Master of Science program, as well as those who entered as undergraduates in the dual-degree Bachelor of Science/Master of Science program. The accredited programs are a key component in Hofstra’s commitment to being a global leader in preparing the next generation of skilled, compassionate health care professionals.
Once certified and state licensed, physician assistants can practice medicine in collaboration with physicians, providing a team-based approach to quality, patient-centered care. PAs conduct physical examinations, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret diagnostic tests, assist in surgery, prescribe medication, among other responsibilities. They are qualified to care for patients in every medical and surgical specialty and setting such as surgery, emergency medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, psychiatry, and family medicine.
A recent Newsday feature highlighted how Hofstra’s graduating PA students are helping meet the growing demand for physician assistants and nurse practitioners on Long Island. The state Labor Department predicts a 33.6 percent increase in physician assistants from 2012 to 2022.