Stony Brook University was one of the first universities to offer Physician Assistant education in New York State—and the nation. As part of the School of Health Technology and Management, the first class of Stony Brook Physician Assistant students graduated in 1973 and since then, 2,000 students have graduated from the program.
In 2005, the Physician Assistant Program transitioned to a master’s degree program and graduated the first class of Master of Science (MS)—the terminal degree for the PA profession—students in 2007. Applicants come to our program from a variety of academic and experiential backgrounds, characterized by strong preparation in the basic sciences as well as a wealth of experience in direct patient care.
A bachelor’s degree is required prior to matriculation. Applicants’ experience in health care encompasses a wide variety of fields in direct patient care, which contributes to the maturity and professionalism that our students exhibit from the start of the program.
The Stony Brook PA Program is a two-year program that now provides two locations for the academic year: East Campus in Stony Brook and Stony Brook Southampton, our satellite location on the beautiful East End of Long Island. There are 44 and 25 students respectively on each campus. Our mission is to provide high-quality, graduate-level medical education in an interprofessional environment that fosters critical thinking and lifelong learning. We seek to develop in our students the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to be outstanding, compassionate health care providers.
Although the Stony Brook program still emphasizes a strong competence in primary care (as it is the foundation of sound clinical practice), graduates use the education and training they receive at Stony Brook in more than 60 specialties and subspecialties of medicine and surgery. Stony Brook graduates can be found working in all 50 states and internationally in rural, urban, and suburban settings.
Moreover, we pride ourselves on cultivating leaders in the profession and health care as a whole, as it is an integral part of the Stony Brook experience. Students are encouraged to complete service learning hours, volunteer in the program’s student society, and get involved in various volunteer opportunities in the surrounding communities. With this emphasis on service and leadership, many of our graduates have assumed leadership positions in their practice settings, administration, teaching, research, and the PAEA and AAPA.
With the program’s increased emphasis on critical thinking, we are certain that Stony Brook graduates will continue to be among the best-prepared PAs serving patients and the needs of the United States and global health care systems.