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. Below is a partial list of our clinical affiliation sites.


Hospital Affiliation Sites

Atlantic Health System (Overlook Hospital, Morristown Memorial Hospital) New Jersey Pediatrics, Trauma, Neurosurgey
Mt. Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center (BIMC) Manhattan Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine
Mt. Sinai BIMC Kings Highway Division Brooklyn Emergency Medicine
Columbia Presbyterian / Cornell Manhattan Internal Medicine, Transplant, Hematology/Oncology
Jacobi Hospital Bronx Surgery, Trauma, Psychiatry
Jamaica Hospital Queens Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics
Jersey Shore Medical Center New Jersey Emergency Medicine
Kings County Hospital Center Brooklyn OB/GYN, Psychiatry
Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center Brooklyn Long Term Care
Lenox Hill Hospital (Northwell Health) Manhattan Emergency Medicine, Cardiology, CT Surgery
Long Island Jewish Medical Center (Northwell Health) Nassau Internal Medicine, General Surgery, ENT
NYU Lutheran Medical Center Brooklyn Surgery, Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine
Maimonides Medical Center Brooklyn General Surgery, Internal Medicine
Metropolitan Hospital Center Manhattan Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, General Surgery
Montefiore Medical Center, North Division Bronx Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine
Forest Hills Hospital (Northwell Health) Queens General Surgey, OB/GYN
North Shore University Hospital (Northwell Health) Long Island OB/GYN, Emergency Medicine
Manhattan VA Manhattan Internal Medicine, Surgery, SICU, Neurosurgery
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Manhattan Oncology
Montefiore New Rochelle New Rochelle OB/GYN
New York Eye and Ear Infirmary Manhattan ENT
NYU Langone Medical Center Manhattan Internal Medicine, Surgery, Long Term Care
Hospital for Joint Disease (NYULMC) Manhattan Ortho
North Central Bronx Bronx Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics
Riverview Medical Center New Jersey Psychiatry, Surgery
St. Alban's VA Hospital Queens Long Term Care
St. Joseph's Medical Center Paterson, NJ Surgery, Internal Medicine
Staten Island University Hospital (Northwell Health) Staten Island Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Surgery
White Plains Medical Center Westchester Emergency Medicine
Winthrop Hospital Long Island Neurosurgery