Obtaining the skills and knowledge to practice as a Physician Assistant is a complex process. A carefully planned course of study has been developed to offer a balance of didactic and clinical knowledge. A significant component of the educational process is the socialization of the student to the character, performance, and role of a provider of medical care. The evaluation of the student's adaptation to this role depends on the experienced judgment of individual faculty members. It is important to recognize that these subjective judgments may transcend or be independent of traditional paper and pencil tests and other similar objective measures of academic performance. PA education involves instruction from practicing clinicians with unpredictable schedules.
Many opportunities, in the form of evaluations, are provided for measurement of progress by both faculty and student. In addition to a fully staffed RIT Learning Development Center, individual instruction and tutoring may be provided in certain instances. Every effort is made to provide a complete learning environment. Even though a variety of experiences, learning situations, and tools are provided by the Program, the single greatest factor, motivation, is essentially up to the student.
The RIT PA Program, currently culminating with a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree, is transitioning to a graduate (BS/MS) program, which will begin with an entering first year class in fall 2011. The five-year BS/MS degree program will slowly transition in over a period of several years. During the transition, we will continue to accept a limited number of transfer students into the second and third years of the four-year BS program. As the program is currently delivered, the pre-professional phase (years 1 & 2) involve courses in basic sciences, mathematics, and the liberal arts. The professional phase (years 3 & 4) is fully accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA) and encompasses 21 months. Students participate in the program during the summer between these last two years. The professional phase includes 9 months of clinical course work and 12 months of clinical rotations. The required rotations are in Inpatient Medicine, Family Medicine, Orthopedics, Emergency Medicine, OB/GYN, Pediatrics, General Surgery, Geriatrics, and Psychiatry.
The program also requires one rotation. The five-year graduate BS/MS degree program curricula will be include new coursework, which include expanding the current professional phase; 3rd year to encompass the 3rd and 4th years of didactic medical education. The final (5th) year will culminate with clinical rotations. Qualified transfer students are accepted, on a space available basis, into the program. Prior health care
- Physician assistants' duties vary depending on the state and the specialty in which they practice. In most states, PAs also prescribe medications. Specialties include general medicine, emergency medicine, geriatrics, pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology, general surgery, orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, neonatology, etc. The clinical rotations during the upper division provide the student with an opportunity to explore these specialty areas.
- In addition to RIT's general admission procedures, the physician assistant program requires completion of a supplemental data packet, application and successful completion of an admission interview (by invitation). For details of the admission procedure utilized by the physician assistant program, please contact the RIT Office of Admissions at (585-475-6631).
- It is also important to note that the minimum grade point average for acceptance into the physician assistant program is 3.0 (on the basis of a 4.0 maximum) for both high school and transfer students. In order to graduate from the program, a GPA of 3.0 or better must be maintained.
|Transfer Applicants||December 1st for the following fall class.|
|Freshman Applicants (Early Decision)||December 1st for the following fall class.|
|Freshman Applicants (Regular Decision)||February 1st for the following fall class.|