Joint MSPAS/MPH Program
California State Loan Repayment Program (SLRP) Application Cycle Open Now to October 1
Eligible PAs practicing in California are encouraged to apply for the State Loan Repayment Program (SLRP). Applicants may receive up to $50,000; service years and award amounts for full-time/half-time initial and extension grants may vary from year to year. The amounts are subject to change based upon federal requirements.
- Be a U.S. citizen (U.S born or naturalized)
- Possess a valid and unrestricted license to practice in California
- Be free from judgments arising from federal debt
- Not have any other existing service obligations with other entities
- Not be in breach of any other health professional service obligation
- Be current on any child support payments
- Be employed at or have accepted employment at a SLRP approved Practice Site (See Practice Site Eligibility section for more details)
- Commit to providing a 2-year full-time (40 hrs./week) or a 4-year half-time (20 hrs./week) service obligation (See service commitment and awards section for more details)
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 provides $630,000 in scholarship funds annually; seven students per class will receive 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).
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.
Joint Program PANCE Performance
To attain the PA-C designation, graduates of ARC-PA accredited PA programs must take and pass the 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.
Info Sessions for 2017
In 2017, we will hold seven Monday Evening Information Session dates. All information sessions will be held on the Touro campus, in classrooms used by Joint Program students. The first two sessions will be held in Room 106 (OCB) of the Farragut Inn, and all other sessions in Room 103 (OCA). The session runs from 6-8pm; light snacks are served. RSVPs are required.
Click here for a YouTube video that shows how to get to Farragut Inn from the intersection of Wilson Avenue and the Mare Island Causeway.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.
Printable Program Information Sheets Available
Are you a pre-PA club or other organization dedicated to helping people find a career in healthcare? Use these fact sheets (Info Sheet; Complementary Professions) to distribute information about Touro's PA Program. The information in these fact sheets is updated regularly, so a download today has the latest information available!
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 on that page; the five-year report from the NCCPA covering 2010-2014 can also be accessed here. The report covering 2011-2015 will be available in early 2016.
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