Joint MSPAS/MPH Program
In 33 months, our students earn two master degrees: a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies, and a Master of Public Health. The integration of these two professions means that in their clinical practice, TUC alums are trained to see both the individual and the community in which they live.
The Joint Program has as its mission increasing access to quality healthcare. In pursuit of that, it includes student training at clinical sites that serve medically underserved populations. These sites include Federally Qualified Health Clinics, Indian Health Service sites, Rural Health Clinics, and National Health Service Corps loan repayment sites. Half our alumni live our mission in their professional lives.
Applications are processed through the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA). Our application cycle runs from the spring to the late fall. Approximately 6% of applicants are accepted to the program. More information on profiles of successful candidates can be found on the Admissions Department's FAQ page.
Please visit our Essential Program Information page for specific information about the program. Graduate performance on the National Certification Exam (PANCE) can be found there, including the five-year report from the NCCPA.
Info Sessions for 2019 are Complete
The Touro University California Joint MSPAS/MPH Program held seven Information Sessions in 2019. For the first time, two of the Info Sessions were held online, through the PAEA. This significantly increased the number of people reached; for this reason, online Info Sessions will continue. They will not replace in-person Info Sessions, where prospective students get to sit in the classrooms they would use as students, and meet in-person a number of the people who keep the Program running.
The Info Sessions for 2020 will begin in the spring; dates will be announced in March.
All in-person information sessions are held on the Touro campus, in classrooms used by Joint Program students. These sessions run from 6-8pm; light snacks are served. RSVPs are required.
These information sessions allow applicants and prospective applicants the chance to talk to current students and faculty and staff in the program. "This was great, because it answered questions I didn't even know I had," said one attendee.
This information sheet provides more details on the Information Sessions.
Joint Program Awarded $2.5m in Scholarship Funds
In July 2016, the Touro University California (TUC) Joint MSPAS/MPH Program was awarded a $2.52 million grant through the Health Resource and Service Administration (HRSA) Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students (SDS) program. This four-year need-based grant provided approximately $630,000 in scholarship funds annually; when fully funded, seven students per class received annual scholarships of $30,000 each. The SDS program aims to increase the: 1) number of graduates practicing in primary care, 2) enrollment and retention of full-time students from disadvantaged backgrounds including students who are members of racial and ethnic minority groups, and 3) number of graduates working in medically underserved communities (MUCs).
The four-year period of the grant is in its final year. Over the course of these four years, 42 students have received funding of $30,000-$90,000 towards their preparation to serve as PAs for our neediest populations. 21 of these people have graduated and are now certified physician assistants. They work in primary care, addiction medicine, in community health centers, and more.
Required disclaimer: This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number T08HP30171 and title "Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students," for $2.52 million over four years. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.
The Class of 2018 has a 97.6% first-time pass rate. In 2018, the national average pass rate was 98%. The entire Class of 2019 has not yet taken the PANCE; this information will be updated when possible.
To attain the PA-C designation, graduates of ARC-PA accredited PA programs must take and pass the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE). The PANCE is a computerized, multiple-choice exam that comprises 360 questions that assess basic medical and surgical knowledge. The official report by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) on the first-time PANCE pass rates for the past five years is available here. Detailed information about the performance of all our graduating classes is available on our Essential Information page.
Printable Program Information Sheets Available
Are you a pre-PA club or other organization dedicated to helping people find a career in healthcare? Use this fact sheet (Info Sheet) to distribute information about Touro's PA Program. The information in this fact sheets is updated regularly and includes application information, so a download today has the latest information available!
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