PA Entry-Level: Why Stony Brook?

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Stony Brook University Highlights:

  • A dynamic public university that is a center of academic excellence and an internationally recognized research institution that offers all students a world-class education. Click here to see what is happening today at Stony Brook. Stony Brook University News

  • Honorable Mentions and Rankings

    • Top 1% of Universities in the World (QS World University Rankings, 2018)

    • Ranked 77th among National Universities (US News & World Report 2023)

    • Ranked #31 among Public Universities (US News & World Report 2023)

    • Ranked #1 among Public Universities in New York State (US News & World Report 2023)

    • Top 10 Most Diverse Universities in the United States (24/7 Wall Street/USA Today)

    • Top 15 Best Value Public Colleges (Forbes Magazine 2019)

    • Ranked 56th in Best Colleges for Veterans (US News & World Report 2021)

    • Member of the Association of American Universities since 2001


School of Health Professions Highlights:

  • Inter-professional School dedicated to the education and training of highly competent health care professionals who can assume leadership roles in diverse healthcare settings. More details found here: School of Health Professions Facts

  • School mission includes a collective understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion and to foster growth and advocacy
  • Member of Association of Schools Advancing Health Professions (ASAHP)
  • State of the art Health Sciences Library and Computer Learning Lab
  • State of the art Health Sciences Clinical Skills Center (Patient Simulation Laboratory)


Physician Assistant Program Highlights: 

  • Low cost/high quality PA Education

  • Strong national and local reputation and rankings

    • Ranked 15th in the United States (US News & World Report, 2019)

    • Ranked 1st in New York State (US News & World Report, 2019)

  • Accreditation

    • Fully accredited since its inception in 1971

    • 5 consecutive accreditation site visits with maximum allowable length of accreditation 

    • Last awarded accreditation (for 10 years) in 2017

  • Five Year (First Time Taker) PA National Certifying Exam (PANCE) Average Pass Rates

    • National 96%

    • Stony Brook's Program 96%     

  • Three (3) year attrition rate (Classes of 2018, 2019 and 2020) is < 1%

  • Student to faculty ratio 12:1

  • Emphasis on team approach, collaboration and inter-professional education

  • Emphasis on providing primary care to medically underserved populations

  • Highly qualified and responsive teaching faculty and staff

  • Diverse and committed students

  • Strong and extensive clinical affiliate network

  • Exceptional record of professional leadership and community service

  • Strong connection and involvement with program alumni who participate in teaching, admissions, clinical precepting, community/international service and employment activities

  • Strong graduate placement record 

    • ​​​​​31% of the ​​Class of 2019 were employed as a PA within 1 month of graduation

    • 19% of the Class of 2019 were offered employment prior to graduation

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