Physician Assistant

Physician Assistant Students

Career Focus

Physician assistants are nationally certified and state licensed medical professionals academically and clinically prepared to practice medicine and deliver health services with great autonomy on teams supervised by physicians.  As part of their comprehensive responsibilities, PAs conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, counsel on preventive health care, assist in surgery, and prescribe medications. Within the physician-PA relationship, physician assistants must be capable of autonomous medical decision making and provide a broad range of diagnostic and therapeutic services otherwise provided by physicians.

The average annual salary for experienced PAs is about $95,000 or $50 per hour. And, the profession is growing in terms of practitioners, with an estimated 60 percent increase expected over the next decade. Of the approximately 100,000 PAs in the nation, 1 in 10 is licensed in New York.

Contact Us

Gregg Shutts, EdD PA-C DFAAPA, Associate Professor and Chairman/Program Director

Vincenette (Vinnie) San Lorenzo, Director of PA Graduate Services

716.839.8383 (office number)

716.839.8252 (fax number for the Department)

For a list of our prerequisites and requirements, please read the FAQs section (see link on the left menu).

What Makes It Great

  • Daemen’s physician assistant program, one of only 191 (and growing rapidly every few months) in the country to be accredited, enrolls both graduate and undergraduate students.
  • Highly motivated and talented freshmen may complete four semesters of prerequisite coursework with the comfort of a knowing that a seat in the program is reserved for them. Enroll in Daemen College as a freshmen and you won’t have to reapply for the PA Program – your seat is reserved as long as you meet the academic requirements (see FAQs).
  • The success of our program is evident in the 98% 1st attempt pass rate average on the NCCPA Certification Exam (PANCE) over the past five years. (Nationally 92%-94%).  Since our program’s inception, over 99.5% of Daemen College PA graduates successfully acquired board certification as a physician assistant.  Additionally, over the past five years, our graduates have met our goal of scoring higher than the national mean on the PANCE and for all PANCE content and skill areas.

Program Goals and Student Outcomes

Graduates of the Daemen College PA Program are expected to demonstrate knowledge about established and evolving biomedical and clinical sciences and the apply this knowledge to patient care.  Learn more about our Program Goals and Student Outcomes.

Extra Opportunities

  • Pursue a wide variety of long standing supervised clinical practice experiences throughout Western New York.
  • Participate in a wide range of service-learning opportunities, including an annual trip to the Dominican Republic providing health-care services to local villagers.


  • Innovative, skilled and proficient faculty, many of whom are board certified and fellowship trained.
  • Four members of the faculty are past recipients of NYSSPA's PA Educator of the Year!
  • Each PA member of the faculty is clinically practicing.  They bring a wealth of invaluable real-life experiences to the classroom to share with the students.  Areas of practice include pediatrics, cardiology, neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, emergency medicine, allergy and asthma, and family medicine. 

Career Options

Deliver medical services in doctor’s offices, hospitals, urgent care centers, emergency departments, surgical centers, correctional facilities, and more in a variety of specialties including general surgery, family practice, pediatrics, cardiology, orthopedic surgery, dermatology, critical care, psychiatry, obstetrics and gynecology, emergency medicine and others.

Recent Graduates’ Jobs

E.J. Noble Hospital, Dent Neurological Institute, Rochester General Hospital, Saint Joseph's Hospital Health Center, Strong Health, Unity Hospital, WCA Hospital, Northtown Orthopedics, Excelsior Orthopedics, Erie County Medical Center, Veterans Administration, Buffalo Medical Group, Buffalo General Hospital, The Exigence Group, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, Eastern Niagara Hospital, Women and Childrens Hospital of Buffalo, Catholic Health System and a wide-variety of other hospitals and private practices.

All freshmen students apply directly to the Admissions Dept. at Daemen College. Graduate students apply through CASPA ( The deadline for CASPA is January 15th.                     


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