Master of Science: Physician Assistant Program
Master of Science: Physician Assistant Program
Become a highly trained clinical provider by enrolling in the Master of Science: Physician Assistant (MSPA) program at Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCU). This innovative program emphasizes an integrative approach, teaching students to use science and evidence-based research to provide patient care.Apply Now or call (562) 947-8755 x457 or email PhysicianAssistant@scuhs.edu
All emails sent to PhysicianAssistant@scuhs.edu should be related to admissions inquiries only. All other inquiries such as program completion, graduation verification, affiliation agreements should be sent to MSPAfaculty@scuhs.edu
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MSPA Program Mission
SCU’s Master of Science: Physician Assistant program will prepare students to participate in integrative healthcare teams. In today’s ever-changing healthcare system, our graduates will deliver healthcare to a diverse population, with a primary care focus.
MSPA Program Vision
SCU’s MSPA program will develop leaders that positively impact healthcare and advance the profession.
MSPA Program GoalsThe Physician Assistant (PA) profession has successfully ranked as one of the highest rated professions in the U.S. for more than a decade. The U.S. News and World Report named the PA profession as the #1 Best Health Care Job and #3 Overall Best Job in its 2019 rankings. This popularity has translated into increased job growth, with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimating a 31% growth over the next decade. Since 2010, the number of PA programs has seen tremendous growth nationally, blossoming from 148 PA programs to over 250 today. The number of PA programs in the state of California has more than doubled over the last five years, with 16 programs currently available and five additional programs currently in development. Admission to PA school is a highly competitive and rigorous process. For the 2019-2020 admissions cycle, applications exceeded 2,700 for 50 student slots in the SCU PA Program. Most applicants who apply to SCU exceed the minimal entrance requirements. All aspects of the application are important; however, the screening process weighs overall GPA, paid clinical experience hours, and types of clinical experience heavily and are all requisites to be considered for an interview. Due to the competitiveness of applications received, applicants who meet the minimum requirements to apply are not guaranteed an interview. Nationally, the average number of students admitted per admissions cycle is 44. Since SCU PA Program’s inception, the seated class has increased from 26 students to 50 students annually. SCU’s goal is to enroll students reflective of the current demographic make-up of the U.S. SCU consistently exceeds national averages in the following areas:
- Diversity: to enroll students who possess a variety of clinical experiences, ages, gender, and ethnicities.
Class of 2021Class of 2020Class of 2019Class of 2018Gender DistributionDemographicsClinical ExperienceNationally, for US PA schools, gender is comprised of 31.8% male to 68.2% female ratio. The 2021 seated class has 14 males (28%) and 36 females (72%)Nationally, for US PA schools, gender is comprised of 31.8% male to 68.2% female ratio. The 2020 seated class has 17 males (35%) and 30 females (63%) and 1 that did not state gender (2%).Nationally, for US PA schools, gender is comprised of 31.8% male to 68.2% female ratio. The 2019 seated class has 15 males (42%) and 21 females (58%).Nationally, for US PA schools, gender is comprised of 31.8% male to 68.2% female ratio. The 2018 seated class has 9 males (35%) and 17 females (65%).Race and Ethnicity (United States)
United States racial demographics are: `White 60.4%, Hispanic 18.3%, Black 13.4%, Asian 5.9%, Amerindian and Alaska native 1.3%, native Hawaiian and other Pacific islander 0.2%, other 2.7%.California Demographics
The estimated self-identified racial make-up of the State of California According to the 2018, US Census Bureau.
Race and Ethnicity (Whittier, CA)
Self-Identified race in the city of Whittier, CA
Physician Assistant National Certification Examination PANCE Scores: The first-time program test-takers (pass rate) will meet the ARC-PA’s standard of 85% or better on the PANCE.
- The first time test taking pass rate for the 2018 class was 85%
- The first time test taking pass rate for the 2019 class was 94%
Integrative Healthcare: Students will be exposed to integrative health providers during their didactic and clinical experiences.
- 100% of all students successfully completed an Integrative Health Clinical Rotation.
Clinical Competency: The program will graduate clinically competent providers as evidenced by clinical preceptor evaluations, summative evaluations, and end of rotation assessments.
100% of all students successfully completed:
- Their clinical rotations;
- The summative evaluation process which consists of a 360 PANCE like examination, evaluation of professionalism, and an Objective Structured Clinical Examination;
- Their end of rotation examinations for the program’s core clinical assignments.
- 100% of all students successfully completed:
Innovative, Integrative Health Care for a Better World
SCU is the first university to offer a physician assistant program that exposes students to integrative healthcare practices.
A Passion for Healing
SCU develops leaders to be thoughtful and compassionate practitioners who are qualified to provide high-quality care to a diverse population.
A Fulfilling Career Path
Students will receive a strong educational foundation which will prepare them to embark on a lifelong career with opportunities beyond clinical practice in a variety of dynamic settings like healthcare policy, administration and academia.
At its September 2020 meeting, the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA) placed the Southern California University of Health Sciences Master of Science: Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Southern California University of Health Sciences on Accreditation-Probation status until its next review in September 2022.
Probation accreditation is a temporary accreditation status initially of not less than two years. However, that period may be extended by the ARC-PA for up to an additional two years if the ARC-PA finds that the program is making substantial progress toward meeting all applicable standards but requires additional time to come into full compliance. Probation accreditation status is granted, at the sole discretion of the ARC-PA, when a program holding an accreditation status of Accreditation – Provisional or Accreditation – Continued does not, in the judgment of the ARC-PA, meet the Standards or when the capability of the program to provide an acceptable educational experience for its students is threatened.
Once placed on probation, a program that fails to comply with accreditation requirements in a timely manner, as specified by the ARC-PA, may be scheduled for a focused site visit and is subject to having its accreditation withdrawn.
Specific questions regarding the Program and its plans should be directed to the Program Director and/or the appropriate institutional official(s). The program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website here.WSCUC
SCU is regionally accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).
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*Tuition rate reflected above represents the fixed rate for a student entering during the 2019-2020 academic year. Tuition rates are subject to change and may not be reflected on this website or other SCU materials. Please contact us for the most updated information. For a complete listing of SCU fees, please refer to the academic catalog.