The CCNY Physician Assistant Program at Harlem Hospital Center recruits, educates, and mentors a diverse group of students from under-served communities to become physician assistants providing quality health care.
The Program emphasizes primary health care and preventive medicine, and seeks to interest students in working in medically under-served areas. The program uses didactic and clinical training, fosters an appreciation for research, and empowers
faculty and students to be advocates for the Physician Assistant profession, and for the delivery of primary health care.
The CCNY Physician Assistant Program at Harlem Hospital is committed to providing:
Instructional skills enabling graduates to provide education to both patients and colleagues.
The Program is as intellectually demanding as graduate school and requires a full time commitment. Classes are scheduled for an average of 35 hours per week with each hour of class requiring at least 1.5 hours of additional study per day.
Because of these academic demands students should not plan to work while in the program. Historically, of the 49 physician assistant programs in the northeast and east, the Harlem PA Program has produced more than half of the underrepresented minority (African American, Latino, Asian) practitioners trained in the region. Moreover, of all minority faculty on staff and programs nationwide, the Harlem program has trained over half.
To date, this program has graduated over 700 physician assistants. Ninety-five (95%) of our students are from the New York metropolitan region and practice there after graduation. Over 90 percent of our graduates have taken their first position in the public sector in such diverse positions as school health, prison health, drug treatment programs, Neighborhood Health Centers and inner city emergency rooms. Nearly two-thirds of all graduates are currently employed in the public sector.
The Program is approved by the New York State Board of Higher Education and the State Board of Regents. The Program was reviewed by the Accreditation Review Committee on Education for Physician Assistants (ARC-PA) in June 2006 and granted its continuing accreditation in September 2006.
Click here Graduation Rates for the last five years
Open the original version of this page.