Daemen College offers a three-year Physician Assistant Program accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant.
There are two degree tracts:
- Dual Degree: BS in Health Science and MS in Physician Assistant Studies
- MS in Physician Assistant Studies
Applicants may be accepted as freshmen or graduate students. Freshmen must complete four semesters of prerequisite coursework at Daemen College and meet published academic standards before entering the Physician Assistant Program.
We estimate between 15-25 graduate seats will be available per year.
High School Graduates
Applicants for freshmen admission should apply directly to Daemen College Office of Admissions.
For College Graduates (BA/BS or above)
Daemen College is a participant in the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA). Apply at CASPA online. Current Daemen College students wishing to apply to the PA Program should meet with Vincenette San Lorenzo, Director of PA Graduate Services, to discuss options.
Minimum Technical Standards for Admission and Matriculation
No qualified person with a disability shall be excluded from participation, admission, matriculation, or denied benefits or subjected to discrimination solely by reason of his or her disability. All successful applicants and students will be required to meet the Physician Assistant program’s academic and technical standards. In carrying out their functions, the Admissions Committee and PA Academic Progress Committee will be guided by the technical standards set forth in this proposal.
The holder of a Physician Assistant degree must have the knowledge and skills to function in a broad variety of clinical situations and to render a wide spectrum of patient care. In order to carry out the activities described below, candidates for the PA degree must be able to consistently, quickly, and accurately learn, integrate, analyze, and synthesize data.
A candidate for the PA Degree must have abilities, attributes, and skills in five major areas:
- Intellect, including conception, integration, and quantitative abilities
- Behavior and social attributes
Technological compensation and reasonable accommodations will be considered for disabilities; however, it is essential that a candidate must be able to perform in a reasonably independent manner.
- Observation: Candidates must be able to personally observe demonstrations, experiments, and laboratory exercises in the basic sciences. They must be able to personally observe a patient accurately at close range and at a distance.
- Communication: Candidates must be able to personally communicate in such a manner that they can elicit information from the patient directly, examine patients, describe changes in mood, activity and posture and perceive nonverbal communications. They must be able to communicate effectively and sensitively with patients. Communication typically includes not only speech but also reading and writing. Candidates must also be able to communicate effectively with all members of the health care team.
- Motor: Candidates should have sufficient motor function to execute movements reasonably required to provide general care and emergency treatment to patients. Examples of emergency treatment reasonably required of PAs are cardiopulmonary resuscitation, the application of pressure to stop bleeding, the suturing of simple wounds and the performance of a physical examination.
- Intellect (conception, integration, and quantitative abilities): These abilities include measurement, calculation, reasoning, analysis and synthesis. Problem-solving, the critical skill demanded of PAs, requires all of these intellectual abilities. In addition, candidates must be able to comprehend three-dimensional relationships and to understand the spatial relationships of structures.
- Behavior and Social Attributes: Candidates must possess the emotional health required for full utilization of their intellectual abilities, the exercise of good judgment, the prompt completion of all responsibilities attendant to the diagnoses and care of patients and the development of mature, sensitive and effective relationships with patients. Candidates must be able to tolerate physically taxing workloads and to adapt to changing environments, to display flexibility and to learn to function in the face of uncertainties inherent in the clinical problems of many patients. Compassion, integrity, concerns for others, interpersonal skill, interest and motivation are all personal qualities that will be assessed during the admissions and educational process.
The faculty of the Physician Assistant Program recognizes its responsibility to present candidates for the PA degree who have the knowledge and skills to function in a broad variety of clinical situations and render a wide spectrum of patient care.
Any person denied admission to the PA Program or who is unable to successfully complete the PA program solely due to his/her disability has the right to appeal the decision in accordance with the Daemen College Grievance Procedure in Discrimination Cases, a copy of which may be obtained in the office of the Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Officer (Associate Dean of the College), Duns Scotus Hall, Room 102, Telephone: (716) 839-8301.