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.
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 for 2020 - Online
Due to COVID-19, Touro University California is not currently hosting any on-campus events, and it is unclear when normal activities can resume. For that reason, the Joint Program is offering regular online Information Sessions.
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. Our graduates start their PA careers with a vital public health perspective. In these sessions, you will benefit from a knowledgeable representative of the program answering your questions directly. This information sheet provides more details on the Information Sessions.
Please note: We will also be participating in the PAEA/Career Eco Virtual Fairs April 7 and July 22. For more information and to register, please visit: https://www.careereco.com/Fair/EventDetails?fairId=397ea722-c960-47fb-a8d9-ab1a015dcd8c These events are separate, and registering for our Info Sessions will not register you for the Virtual Fair, or vice versa.
To participate in our Info Sessions, please RSVP below. You will be sent an email with the link for logging in to Zoom. As it is important to us that these sessions be delivered at times that work for you, we will gladly schedule more sessions as needed. All scheduled sessions will be open and free to the general public. The dates listed below are not comprehensive; more dates will be added as needed.
Finally, we encourage you to "bring" along someone who is part of your support system. Their questions may be useful to the entire group of prospective students, and it will be helpful to them to have an idea of what PA school entails. In the past, people have brought friends, significant others, siblings, parents, and children. Everyone's questions are welcome!
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 2019 has a 93.5% first-time pass rate, matching the national average pass rate of 93%. Of the graduating class of 46, 43 people passed the PANCE 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 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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