Where are classes and labs held?
Our students will learn and practice their skills in the interprofessional Center for Medicine Nursing and Health Sciences. The state-of-the-art facility comprises 325,000 square feet and is designed for collaborative learning for students pursuing degrees in medicine, nursing and health professions. The facility features an operating room suite, high fidelity simulation rooms, 48 pro-section stations, 16 standardized patient rooms, multiple team study rooms, student lounges and a vending area, an expanded health sciences library, a 350-seat auditorium, multiple classrooms and seminar rooms that will seat from 12 to 150 students. In addition, multiple teaching laboratories include an orthopedics lab, a rehabilitative science lab, a clinical skills lab, an intensive care unit, a health assessment lab, a physical exam suite, a physical diagnostics lab, a motion analysis lab and other special amenities that set it apart from other universities offering programs in health science, nursing and medicine program.
What resources or services are available to students?
Quinnipiac University offers a variety of resources to its students including but not limited to career development fairs, counseling services, student health services, and technical assistance. Quinnipiac University has 3 campuses which are approximately 15 minutes of driving distance of each other; certain services are physically located on one campus vs. another. However, student services and resources are available to all students currently enrolled at Quinnipiac University. Please visit the Quinnipiac University catalog for more information on student resources and services
How is the curriculum organized?
The program begins with an intensive 4-semester didactic phase covering the core medical and clinical sciences. Students then enter the clinical education phase consisting of 7 core and 2 elective clerkships. The program concludes with a final semester of comprehensive review and
Are there clinical experiences during the first year?
During the first year, students are introduced to the clinical aspects of their training by being paired with a licensed health care provider one day a week. These pre-clinical clerkships enable students to strengthen their clinical skills (history, physical, written and oral presentations) and knowledge acquired in the classroom to the actual care of patients early in the program.
What can I expect in terms of clinical rotations?
Clinical rotations include 7 core rotations of 6 weeks duration in the following areas: family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, psychiatry, obstetrics/gynecology, general surgery and emergency medicine. In addition, there are 2 4-week electives where students may choose to gain additional experience in one of the above areas or a sub-specialty of interest. The clinical rotations are done within an extensive network of fieldwork experiences, which includes hospitals, medical centers, clinics, extended-care facilities and nursing homes.
How are clinical rotations set up?
The PA program faculty are responsible for setting up all clinical rotation sites and recruiting preceptors. Students have an opportunity to suggest a clinical rotation site, if they wish, however, the program will set up the clinical rotation site if it is found to be a high-quality opportunity and can fulfill the goals and objectives of the Program.
If I am accepted at Quinnipiac, can I select any of my own rotations during the clinical year?
The PA program faculty determine the clinical placements for the 7 core rotations. Students have the opportunity to designate a "wish list" for the 2 4-week elective rotations. This may include further experience in a core rotation, a sub-specialty of interest, and/or placement in a desired geographic area.
Where are the clinical rotations?
The 6-week clinical residencies are done predominantly in Connecticut, with a limited number in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Placement is determined by PA program clinical faculty that customizes rotations to best complement a student's academic and clinical experiences, expertise and personality. Each student will do rotations in health care institutions of various sizes, populations, settings and resources to ensure positive and diverse clinical experiences.
What are the employment opportunities for Quinnipiac Physician Assistant Graduates?
Two sets of statistics help to emphasize the outstanding employment opportunities for physician assistants. In 2022 the PA profession was ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the #2 best healthcare job. In addition, in 2021 the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics listed physician assistants as one of the top occupations with the highest percentage of employment in the next decade, with a predicted increase in jobs of 31% between 2020-2030.
More information on job outlook is available at the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics website
Quinnipiac graduates are employed throughout the United States, as our program has a strong reputation nationally, and they are also prepared to work in a variety of healthcare specialties, for example emergency medicine, critical care, surgical subspecialties and internal medicine subspecialties. Looking specifically at Quinnipiac PA graduates, 100% of the Class of 2022 who responded to our employment survey were employed in their jobs of first choice within 8 months of graduation and were offered excellent salaries. It’s important to keep in mind that graduates determine when they take the PANCE exam, therefore affecting employment dates.
What are some of the unique aspects of the Quinnipiac PA program?
The Quinnipiac PA Program prides itself on its commitment to a first-class educational experience. The program offers small class size for experiential learning courses, cadaver anatomy labs, pre-clinical clerkship experience during the first (didactic) year, and hands-on application of knowledge in experiential learning activities including simulation and interprofessional education experiences. During the clinical year, the program places our students at high-quality clinical sites; recent graduates rate the clinical component of their training very highly.
In addition, the QU PA Program has many cross-curricular strengths including an award-winning community service program, many leadership opportunities, and a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. For example:
The Quinnipiac University PA Program has received awards from the National Kidney Foundation, the American Lung Association.
The Connecticut Urban Service Track was awarded the 2018 Partnership Award for its community service partnership with the QU PA Program.
The program has integrated essential learning experiences such as “TED Talks”, book clubs, guest lecturers and presentations to promote awareness, acceptance and accountability in creating a diverse, inclusive, equitable and just community.
In 2022, the QU PA Program developed a first-of-its-kind podcast, “Short White Coat Syndrome: A PA Student Podcast” to highlight PA student experiences and important topics in PA education and the PA career.
Another unique aspect of our program is the involvement of Quinnipiac University PA faculty. Many of the program faculty members are involved in state and/or national leadership positions, including members who have served nationally with the AAPA and PAEA. William Kohlhepp, Professor Emeritus of the QU PA Program and the former Dean of Health Sciences at Quinnipiac University, won the 2020 National PAEA Lifetime Achievement Award which recognizes and honors an individual who has made extraordinary contributions to PA education over a sustained period of time in the areas of distinguished service, innovative efforts, leadership, mentoring and advocacy.