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Master of Science: Physician Assistant Program

SCUHS MSPA Students

Master of Science: Physician Assistant Program

Become a highly trained clinical provider at the first and only PA program to immerse students in integrative healthcare. This innovative program at Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCU) emphasizes an integrative approach. Our students learn to use science and evidence-based research to provide patient care alongside other disciplines, including SCU’s Chiropractic and Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine programs.

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All emails sent to PhysicianAssistant@scuhs.edu should be related to admissions inquiries only. All other inquiries such as program completion requests, graduation verification, and affiliation agreements should be sent to MSPAfaculty@scuhs.edu.


Program Length: 28 months

Start Term: Fall 2021

Fixed Rate Tuition: $15,571/trimester*

Additional fees not included

Learn More About Physician Assistants

Definition of a PA
 
  • Physician Assistants (PAs) are healthcare providers who are nationally certified and state licensed to practice medicine and prescribe medication in every medical and surgical specialty and setting. PAs practice and prescribe in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and all U.S. territories. PAs are educated at the graduate level, with most PAs receiving a master’s degree or higher.
Description of the PA Profession
 
  • Physician Assistants (PAs) are academically and clinically prepared to practice medicine on collaborative medical teams. The collaborative medical team is fundamental to the PA profession and enhances the delivery of high-quality health care. Within the collaborative medical team, PAs are medical professionals who diagnose illness, develop and manage treatment plans, prescribe medications, and often serve as a patient’s principal healthcare provider.
  • The role of the PA demands intelligence, sound judgment, intellectual honesty, appropriate interpersonal skills, and the capacity to respond to emergencies in a calm and reasoned manner. Essential attributes of the graduate PA include an attitude of respect for self and others, adherence to the concepts of privilege and confidentiality in communicating with patients, and a commitment to the patient’s welfare.
  • With thousands of hours of medical training, PAs are versatile and collaborative. PAs practice in every state and in every medical setting and specialty, improving healthcare access and quality. The clinical role of PAs includes primary and specialty care in medical and surgical practice settings. PAs may also work in the areas of medical education, health administration, and research.

    *Portions of the above text are taken from Accreditation Standards for Physician Assistant Education, Fifth Edition, ARC-PA, page 3, 2019.

Innovative, Integrative Health Care for a Better World

First-of-Its-Kind Program

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.


Program Mission

Our program will prepare students to participate in integrative healthcare teams and deliver healthcare with a primary care focus to a diverse population by providing evidence-based instruction.

Program Vision

Faculty, students, and graduates will be recognized as innovative leaders, incorporating integrative modalities into patient-centered healthcare.

Program Goals

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 Experience
    Ethnicity and Race as reported by students.
    Ethnicity and Race as reported by students.
    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
    Nationally, for US PA schools, gender is comprised of 31.8% male to 68.2% female ratio. As seen above, the 2020 seated class has: 18 males (37.5%) and 30 females (62.5%).
    Nationally, 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 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 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%).
    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%).
    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%.
    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%.
    The estimated self-identified racial make-up of the State of California According to the 2018, US Census Bureau.
    California Demographics
    The estimated self-identified racial make-up of the State of California According to the 2018, US Census Bureau.

     Self-Identified race in the city of Whittier, CA
    Race and Ethnicity (Whittier, CA)
    Self-Identified race in the city of Whittier, CA
    Patient Care Hours
  • 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.
  • The SCU MSPA Program met all the stated Goals.

  • Program Learning Outcomes (Graduate Competencies)

    Medical Knowledge

    Analyze and integrate foundational information in basic sciences, pathophysiology, and pharmacotherapeutics and apply it to patient-centered quality care.

    Patient Care

    Develop and implement age-appropriate assessment, evaluation, and management utilizing clinical and technical skills to demonstrate competent, efficient patient-centered care, including health promotion and disease prevention.

    Interpersonal and Communication Skills

    Demonstrate interpersonal communication through verbal, nonverbal, and written skills and effectively engage with patients, patient’s family, colleagues, and other interdisciplinary team members.

    Professionalism

    Demonstrate professional behaviors, ethical values, respect, compassion, empathy, trust, integrity, and self-reflection in all patient care, community interactions, and the business of healthcare.

    Evidence-Based Learning

    Utilize and engage in critical analysis of his/her own practice experience, scientific literature, and other information sources, develop clinical reasoning and problem-solving abilities, and apply to patient-centered health management plans.

    Integrative Healthcare

    Demonstrate collaboration with other professionals as an effective member of an interdisciplinary healthcare team to improve patient outcomes including community health and disease prevention.


    Accreditation

    ARC-PA

    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).

    PANCE

    Discover how our graduates have performed on the PANCE


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    Attrition

    ARC-PA Student Attrition Rate


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    Keep Moving Forward

    What are you waiting for? Apply today and start building a career in integrative medicine and health.

    Apply Now or call (562) 947-8755 x457 or email PhysicianAssistant@scuhs.edu

    *Tuition rate reflected above represents the fixed rate for a student entering during the 2020-2021 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 list of SCU fees, please refer to the academic catalog.

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