Physician Assistant

Contact Information

phone: (716) 839-8563

Program Director:  Joel Patterson, MPAS, PA-C

Department Chair:  Allyson Kirk, MPAS, PA-C

Degrees Offered

Admission Requirements

The College offers two degree tracks:

  • BS in Natural Science – Health Science and  MS in Physician Assistant Studies
  • MS in Physician Assistant Studies

Applicants may only be accepted as first-year or graduate students. However, first-years accepted to the College with a reserved seat must complete at least four semesters of prerequisite coursework and meet published academic standards before matriculating in the PA Program. The PA Program does not accept transfer or change of major applications. The number of seats available for graduate students is limited. All applicants possessing, or planning to possess, a BA or BS prior to matriculation must apply to the MS program.

All successful applicants must demonstrate evidence of strong mathematics and science preparation, knowledge of the profession, and superior interpersonal communication skills. Faculty interview required. The admissions process is very competitive. Please refer to the FAQ page  for more specifics on prerequisites and minimum requirements.
Applicants for admission to the BS/MS degree track should apply directly to the Daemen College Office of Admissions.

Applicants for admission to the MS degree track must apply through the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA).   Apply at

Daemen College reserves the right to make changes to the Physician Assistant curriculum and/or entrance criteria and/or program and graduation requirements. All enrolled students must meet all requirements if changed or amended by Daemen College.

Minimum Technical Standards For Admission And Matriculation

Additional non-academic criteria apply to students enrolled in the Physician Assistant Program. These Technical Standards are available on the website or on request from the Physician Assistant Department.


The mission of the Daemen College Physician Assistant Department is to provide its graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary to meet the challenges of delivering quality medical care with great autonomy in a team-based model to a diverse patient population within a complex American healthcare system.  Its professional program builds upon and reinforces the intellectual qualities acquired through study of the liberal arts, social, and natural science while integrating the Competencies of the Physician Assistant Profession throughout the curriculum.

The Specific Objectives Of The Program Are To:

  • Educate the student to function as a competent, compassionate and dedicated physician assistant with the ability to effectively access, evaluate, and apply relevant and valid information using a variety of information resources.
  • Graduate the student with the requisite medical knowledge to pass the national certification examination.
  • Sensitize the student to the diversity of health care needs and the impact of socioeconomic factors on health care and its availability.
  • Educate the student with the intent of having him/her provide health care services in medically underserved areas or to underserved populations.
  • Foster in each student a desire to pursue medical education as a continuous and lifelong process.


A first-year student is admitted as a B.S. Natural Science – Health Sciences major.  A seat in the Physician Assistant Program is reserved pending completion of all prerequisite coursework, core curriculum requirements, direct patient contact experiences, and meeting the program’s published academic standards. Four academic semesters, at a minimum, are required to complete the prerequisite coursework and core curriculum requirements.  Students possessing a bachelor’s degree are admitted directly to the Physician Assistant Program.

The program is three years (32.5 months) in duration and affords each student an understanding of the medical sciences and their application to clinical situations. The first two academic years are devoted to didactic work in the basic medical sciences, fundamentals of clinical medicine, professional issues, and the psychosocial aspects of health care delivery. Students spend the third year completing 40 weeks of supervised clinical practice experiences in various teaching hospitals, clinics and physician offices.