Clinical Phase

During supervised clinical practice experiences (SCPE), students apply the knowledge, technical and critical thinking skills aquired in the didactic phase of the program to patients in various health care settings.

Under the  supervision of clinical preceptors, students acquire the competencies needed for clinical PA practice. They are exposed to diverse patient populations across the life span in the disciplines of family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, surgery, obstetrics/gynecology, emergency medicine, long term care, and behavioral health.

Beginning in the fifth semester, students participate in 10 supervised clinical practice  experiences (SCPEs) over approximately 15 months. Two of the ten SCPEs (clinical rotations) are electives. Clinical rotation assignments are made by the program; students are not required to arrange for their own clinical placements. 

During each five- week SCPE (clinical rotation), physician assistant students obtain exposure to the scope of practice in medical or surgical disciplines. As an integral part of the inter-disiplinary health-care team, the PA student is assigned to and supervised by a clinical preceptor. The PA student obtains medical histories, performs physical examinations, develops working differential diagnoses/assessments, orders and interprets appropriate laboratory and other diagnostic tests, performs therapeutic procedures, arrives at a final diagnosis and develops a comprehensive treatment plan. 

Supervised clinical practice experiences occur within out-patient and in-patient settings such as hospitals, clinics, private practices, emergency departments, and long term care facilities. We have a wide variety of excellent clinical sites in the greater New York metropolitan and Long Island area where students interact with diverse patient populations.