February 03, 2014
Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, NY is now taking
applications for its three/two physician assistant program
scheduled for launch in 2014-15.
Students accepted into the program will be immersed in the
Mount’s rigorous natural sciences undergraduate curriculum for
three years. Following completion of the undergraduate
requirements, successful applicants will complete their studies at
the Mount’s Physician Assistant Program (pending
Accreditation-Provisional) in two years, graduating with a
bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s in physician assistant
Steven G. Sweitzer, PA-C, directs the graduate
program. A Lieutenant Colonel in the NY Air National Guard
Biomedical Sciences Corps, he has also been in private
neurosurgical practice since 1989 in Fairfield County, CT. He
served on the Allied Profession Medical Staff at four area
hospitals including Yale New Haven Health System, St. Vincent
Medical Center, Bridgeport Hospital, and Griffin Hospital.
His academic experience includes having taught healthcare
management at St. Vincent College. He has had extensive involvement
in the clinical education of physician assistant students while on
clinical rotations in surgery at all facilities where he was in
clinical practice. Educated at the University of Bridgeport,
Northeastern University, Cambridge College, and Nova Southeastern
University, he is certified by the National Commission on
Certification of Physician Assistants since 1985.
Director Sweitzer belongs to the American Academy of Physician
Assistants and is a member of The Physician Assistant Education
Mount Saint Mary College has applied for accreditation from the
Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician
Assistant (ARC-PA). The Mount graduate program in physician
assistant studies anticipates matriculating its first graduate
class in May 2016, pending the Accreditation-Provisional, which is
a status for a new PA program that has not yet enrolled students,
but at the time of its comprehensive accreditation review has
demonstrated its preparedness to initiate a program in accordance
with the accreditation standards of the Review Commission.
The American Academy of Physician Assistants describes a
physician assistant as a healthcare professional who is trained and
licensed to practice medicine under the supervision of a physician.
The PA license allows one to perform medical or surgical duties
delegated by a physician. This involves working as part of the
health care team employed by hospitals, multispecialty
organization, inner city clinics, or being the only medical
provider in smaller, remote clinics.
Physician assistants provide a broad range of health care
services traditionally performed by physicians. PAs routinely
conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, and order and
interpret tests and perform minor procedures. They may also counsel
patients on preventive health care, assist in surgery, give medical
orders, and write prescriptions.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 40 percent
increase in employment of physician assistants in the next
At Mount Saint Mary College, more than 37 percent of current
first year students are pursuing health professions careers, notes
college president Fr. Kevin E. Mackin, OFM.
“Our strong career preparation and reputation in various health
fields bode well for this program,” said Fr. Mackin.
In addition to the new PA program, the Mount offers nationally
accredited nursing degree programs, and also pre-med,
pre-veterinary, pre-dental, podiatry, and physical therapy
Top-flight faculty and state-of-the-art facilities in the
college’s Kaplan Family Mathematics, Science and Technology Center
are combined with solid field experience. Mount graduates work at
hospitals and other health centers in the Northeast and beyond.