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The Ithaca College MS-PAS Program is a 27-month continuous residential program; committed to creating academic excellence in Physician Assistant education, through integration of medical knowledge, clinical practice and exemplary professional performance.

The Ithaca College MS-PAS Program has a strong emphasis on respect and care for all human beings, a culture of physical and emotional wellness and adopting an equity framework of inclusion to meet the needs of patients from a diversity of backgrounds in our community, including socio-economic, religious, cultural, sexual orientation and gender identity while practicing good stewardship. Learners receive instruction in leadership, advocacy, ethics, health policy, social justice, population and community health in an interprofessional environment to serve their communities and narrow the health disparity gap.

Interprofessional education is a foundational practice in Ithaca College School of Health Sciences and Human Performance. Learners actively participate in interprofessional learning activities based in population and community health with emphasis on continuous quality improvement to narrow the healthcare disparities gap. Learners identify a specific patient-centered project within the community, design and defend a quality improvement project that addresses a health disparity and empowers the community. Through these activities, learners will gain real life experience in clinical practice and learn leadership and advocacy skills.

Learners are evaluated and expected to meet the highest standards of competency in the six (6) areas of Competencies for the Physician Assistant Profession: 1) Patient Care, 2) Medical Knowledge, 3) Interpersonal and Communication Skills, 4) Practice Based Learning and Improvement, 5) System-Based Practice, and 6) Professionalism, throughout both the didactic and clinical phases of the program. Learners are evaluated using a variety of assessment tools such as multiple-choice questions, verbal and written case presentations, simulation activities, objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs), reflection journals, research projects, and clinical preceptor evaluations.

Upon successful completion of all curricular elements of the program, the learner will be awarded a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies.