Joint MSPAS/MPH Program
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 approximately $630,000 in scholarship funds annually; when fully funded, seven students per class 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.
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.
Info Sessions Over for 2017
Our seven Information Sessions for 2017 are complete; we will start up again in March 2018. Dates will be announced here when they are available. As always, all information sessions will be held on the Touro campus, in classrooms used by Joint Program students. The session runs 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.
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.
October 6-12 is PA Week!
To celebrate, take a few minutes and learn about the history of the PA profession by exploring the website for the Physician Assistant History Society. For example, did you know that the first president of the American Association of Physician Assistants was elected in 1968; this was William Stanhope, who 32 years later would found the TUC Joint Program?
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