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Cultural competency is one of the pillars of our programs. Practitioners like Molly Huppuch, FNP '83, understand that to be truly patient and family centered, one must be aware and respectful of other cultures. College of Health Professions Graduate Programs 3

Forbes named the PA as the number one master's degree on their second annual "Best Master's Degrees for Jobs" list.See full curriculum on page 12If you are looking to launch a career as a health care professional, the College of Health Professions' Combined Degree and Physician Assistant Programs prepare you for an exciting future of helping, healing, leadership, and personal growth. MS in Physician Assistant (PA) StudiesThe Pace University-Lenox Hill Hospital Physician Assistant (PA) Program is an intensive 26-month program that prepares you to become a practicing physician assistant-examining patients, ordering diagnostic tests, prescribing medications, and developing treatment strategies.n Excel in a highly competitive and rapidly growing field-Graduates of our program have a first-time pass rate of 96 percent on the 2010 Physician Assistant National Certification Exam (PANCE), which is higher than the national average, and an average starting salary of $78,458.n Integrated curriculum and innovative advanced degrees-The PA program offers an integrated curriculum that takes a holistic approach to health care. Preclinical training exposes students to multiple disciplines simultane-ously so the learning experience is analogous to the manner in which they will practice. n Nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report.n Fast-track option for practicing Physician Assistants who wish to pursue their MS in PA Studies (see page 9).MS in Physician Assistant (PA) Studies4 College of Health Professions Graduate Programs