Joint MSPAS/MPH Program
Admissions Changes in Response to COVID-19
The program has made changes to the admissions requirements for the cycle of 2020-2021 (Class of 2024). These changes are in response to the COVID-19 impacts on prospective students and their portfolios. The full set of requirements can be seen here: http://admissions.tu.edu/paprogram/requirements.html
The changes are:
- Cumulative and Science GPA requirements lower from 3.0 to 2.9;
- Experience requirement of 1000 hours now includes both patient care and healthcare, instead of patient care only;
- Courses that switched to Pass/Fail or an online format are accepted. Note: these types of courses were already accepted, and are simply highlighted here.
The Joint Program remains a competitive program. These new requirements highlight the benefit of having a personal match with the mission of the program, which is to bring quality medical care to medically underserved populations. Experience that demonstrates that this is important to you remains extremely important.
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.
Information Sessions are over for 2020. The Information Sessions will resume in spring 2021; dates will be announced by March. You will be able to RSVP for these free sessions on this page.
These information sessions give participants a chance to become familiar with our program, the PA profession, and the importance of the unique blend of degrees that we offer. In these sessions, you will benefit from a knowledgeable representative of the program answering your questions directly. It's not just future PAs who attend: People have brought friends, significant others, siblings, parents, and children. Everyone's questions are welcome!
In the meantime, the Admissions Department holds weekly sessions to answer your application questions: please visit their Touro Talks web page for more information.
The Class of 2020 has a 96% first-time pass rate at this time. Two of the 47 graduates of the Class of 2020 have not yet taken the PANCE. Of the 47 who have taken the PANCE, 45 passed on the first try.
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 six 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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