Is the SCU PA Program Accredited?

Yes. The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation – Provisional status to the Master of Science: Physician Assistant program sponsored by Southern California University of Health Sciences. Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding Accreditation-Provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students. Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class.

If SCU does not maintain its accreditation, how will this affect my Board eligibility?

According to the ARC-PA,

Provisional accreditation is an active accreditation status….in order to be eligible to take the PANCE, students must successfully complete a program that was accredited at the time the student matriculated. It is best to check with the NCCPA concerning exam eligibility criteria.
Do my prerequisite classes need to be completed prior to the application deadline?

Yes. You must complete all your required prerequisite classes prior to the January 15, 2020 registration deadline. All applicants’ degrees must be conferred by August 31, 2020, to enroll in the fall semester.

Do I need a TOEFL?

Applicants for whom English is not a native language must submit an official copy of their TOEFL score.

The minimum required TOEFL score is 500 (paper based), 250 (computer based), or 100 (internet based).

When must my immunizations be up to date?

For official acceptance, immunization records and titers are required.

I took coursework or earned a bachelor’s degree from a foreign/international institution. Will you accept foreign/international degrees and coursework to fulfill the admission requirements?


Can I fulfill Prerequisite College Coursework through Advance Placement (AP) or CLEP Examination?

SCU will accept passing scores for AP and CLEP examination for general college coursework only (Mathematics, Psychology, English Composition, Sociology, and Statistics).

  • A passing score for AP credit is a 3 or above.
  • A passing score for CLEP is a 50 or above.

Please be advised that you must submit an official AP or CLEP transcript to your CASPA application for consideration of credit.

Do clinical hours need to be paid assignments?

2000 paid hours are required.

What is the application process timeline?

CASPA application cycle opens April 25, 2019 and closes January 15, 2020 for fall 2020

When are admission decisions given and when will the class be seated?

Rolling admission offers will be made in winter/spring. Class will be seated by spring.

How many will you seat this year?


Is there a waiting list?

Applicants will be notified of their wait list status by spring. Wait list applicants can be offered a seat, until the first week of class begins in fall.

Do I need to do a background check, drug screen and fingerprinting?

Yes, all applicants who have accepted an offer for admission will be required to complete a background check and drug screening. Any applicant who fails either or both the drug screen test and/or the background check, will have their offer of admission rescinded. Additionally, any information that is falsified or inaccurate will lead to recension of the admission offer. Students will also be required to retake the drug screening test and the background check prior to entering their clinical rotations. If the drug screen result is positive or if the student has new convictions on their record, the student will be dismissed from the program.

When will I receive information about financial aid and registering for classes?

Financial aid and registration information will be sent to seated applicants in summer.

What are the hours expected to be in class? Am I able to work while in the program?

I am expected to be in class Monday-Friday 8 am to 5 pm on the university campus during the didactic year. Clinical hours may be nights, holidays and weekends. The PA program is a full-time program and students are unable to work while in the program.

Where are the clinical rotations located?

Clinical rotation hours are typically assigned within 75 miles from the university. However, it is possible for placement in sites outside of this range; even out of state.

What are the demographics of the MSPA program?
Class of 2020Class of 2019Class of 2018
MSPA class of 2020 diversity chart. Gender distribution: 30 femaile, 18 male. Average GPA: 3.44, average age: 28, clinical hour average: 6,961
MSPA class of 2019 diversity chart. Gender distribution: 22 femaile, 14 male. Average GPA: 3.30, average age: 26, clinical hour average: 4,218
MSPA class of 2018 diversity chart. Gender distribution: 16 femaile, 10 male. Average GPA: 3.39, average age: 29, clinical hour average: 5,036

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