12 months
1090 USD/credit 32700 USD/year
1090 USD/credit 32700 USD/year
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The Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program from Marist College is a 24-month, full-time program designed to prepare students for clinical practice. 

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Key Features

The program consists of one 12-month didactic phase and one 12-month clinical phase. Students learn how to care for patients in a variety of settings such as in-patient, out-patient, in the operating room and emergency room. Students further learn to treat patients across the lifespan, from newborn to the elderly. Students learn technical skills such as suturing and counseling skills. Global health is also emphasized.  The program offers seven required core rotations in the clinical year, as well as one elective.

The Physician Assistant Studies program from Marist College is located in the Marist College Allied Health Building, which has a state-of-the-art gross anatomy laboratory, standardized patient suites, a trauma simulation room, and a skills laboratory. In total, the program occupies over 18,000 square feet in the 58,000 square feet building. The program shares resources and activities with other programs in the School of Science on campus, especially the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program.  The opportunity to develop inter-professional skills will increase as new clinical programs are added to the School of Science. 

The success of the program’s design is measured, in part, in the first time pass rate of the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE).  The first-time pass rate for the 2018 cohort is 100% , for the 2019 cohort is 98%, and for the 2020 cohort is 92%.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Human Anatomy 
  • Human Physiology 
  • Clinical Medicine 
  • Physical Diagnostics 
  • Physical Diagnostics Lab
  • History, Policy and Regulation

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution or an equivalent institution must be awarded prior to matriculation into the program. A baccalaureate degree is a minimum requirement. Therefore, a master's or doctorate-level degree awarded in lieu of a baccalaureate degree will meet this requirement.
  • Three letters of reference must be received in order for an application to be complete. Please note, we will only review three references. 
  • Clinical experience that includes direct patient care is required. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    32700 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1090 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    32700 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1090 USD per credit during 12 months.

Health Insurance: $3,275

Living costs for Poughkeepsie

1138 - 2480 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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