• Over half of our graduates worked in primary care

    Over half of our graduates worked in primary care

Essential Program Information

What is the program's ARC-PA accreditation status?
ARC-PA Standard A3.14(a)

The ARC-PA has granted Continued Accreditation to the PA Program sponsored by Touro University California. Continued accreditation is an accreditation status granted when a currently accreditated program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.

Continued Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next comprehensive review of the program by the ARC-PA will be September, 2019.


Essential Info

Other accreditation:

The Touro University California (TUC) Public Health Program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). On June 22, 2015, the TUC Public Health Program received notice of accreditation from the Council regarding the decision of its Board of Councilors to reaccredit the MPH Program at TUC for a 7-year term, the maximum period of accreditation for a graduate public health program. Previously, in October 2009, the TUC MPH Program received accreditation from the Council for a 5-year term, the maximum period of accreditation for a new graduate public health program.

In addition, Touro University California is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges

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How successful is the Joint Program in achieving its goals?
ARC-PA Standard A3.14(b) 

Mission: Through the integration of the Physician Assistant and Public Health disciplines, the mission of the Joint MSPAS/MPH Program is to:
1) educate quality PAs to work with underserved populations,
2) recruit applicants from these communities or individuals with a demonstrated interest in serving these communities, and
3) increase access to care for underserved populations

We are successful in meeting our mission, as demonstrated by the following:

  • Between 2005 and 2018, 501 students have graduated from the Joint Program, 500 of whom have taken the PANCE. 99.6% of those students have passed the PANCE,  including 480 (96.0%) who passed on the first try.
  • Coursework includes education  on health disparities and the health issues faced by medically underserved communities. During their clinical year, all students spend at least one rotation in a clinic in a medically underserved area.
  • For three current classes (2019-2021) 76.9% are from a medically underserved area, a disadvantaged background, and/or are from a ethnic or racial population that is under-represented in the PA profession.
  • Of the 422 alumni whose specialty information we have, 50.1% work in primary care. Of the 408 whose work address we have, 59.8% work in a medically underserved area, including over one fifth (20.6%) work at a federally-designated site that specifically serves medically underserved populations.


What is the first-time PANCE pass rate for the past five classes?
ARC-PA Standard A3.14(c)

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

Following are PANCE Pass Rates for all graduated classes:

PANCE Pass Rates First-Time Overall
Class of 2005 67% 100%
Class of 2006 77% 100%
Class of 2007 95% 98%
Class of 2008 100% 100%
Class of 2009 100% 100%
Class of 2010 97% 100%
Class of 2011 94% 100%
Class of 2012 97% 98%
Class of 2013 100% 100%
Class of 2014 100% 100%
Class of 2015 100% 100%
Class of 2016 95% 100%
Class of 2017 97% 100%
Class of 2018 98% NA*

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.

*Of the 42 graduates of the Class of 2018, one has yet to retake the PANCE.


What are all required curricular components?
ARC-PA Standard A3.14(d)

Detailed information on the curriculum can be found on our curriculum page, and in the current student handbooks.


What academic credit is offered by the program?
ARC-PA Standard A3.14(e)

The student handbooks have detailed information on the curriculum and credits offered. The program as a whole requires 145 semester hours of credit.


Where can I find estimate of all costs related to the program?
ARC-PA Standard A3.14(f)

We have prepared an approximate cost of attendance. This is an estimate only, and is subject to change. The office of Financial Aid also has estimates for all Touro University California programs.


What are the policies and procedures for refunds of tuition and fees?
ARC-PA Standard A3.14(g)

The tuition refund schedule can be found in the TUC University Catalog, available from Student Services on their web page.


What are the policies about student employment while enrolled in the Joint Program?
ARC-PA Standard A3.14(h)

From the 2021 Joint MSPAS/MPH Program Student Handbook:

The Joint MSPAS/MPH Program curriculum is rigorous and requires the presence of the student at all classes and rotations. Many hours are committed to classroom work with additional hours dedicated to self-study. For this reason, the Program strongly discourages outside employment. If a student feels that it is necessary to work while in the Program, it is advisable that the student inform his/her faculty advisor of this. Program expectations, assignments, schedules, deadlines, and responsibilities will not be altered to adjust or accommodate working students. It is expected that employment will not interfere with a student’s learning experience.

Students may work within the institution while participating in the Federal Work Study Program as long as such work will not interfere in their academic pursuits. Joint Program Students however, may not be employed by or be required to perform clerical or administrative work for the Program. In addition, students may not substitute for clinical or administrative staff during supervised clinical practical experiences.


Are there admission and enrollment practices that favor specified individuals or groups?
ARC-PA Standard A3.15(a)

Among those who meet the prerequisites, preference is given to applicants who demonstrate a commitment to the mission of the program through background, community service, and/or clinical experience. This may be through a variety of ways:

  • Match with the mission
    • First generation in family to complete a four-year degree (not including custodial parents)
    • From an under-resourced community (environmentally or economically underserved background)
    • Veteran/active military
    • Member of a group that is underrepresented in the PA Profession  
      • Underrepresented minority  
      • LGBTQIA+
  • Demonstration of commitment to the mission:
    • Location/type of clinical experience
    • Types of medical and nonmedical volunteer activities
    • Ability to communicate in other languages 

We also prioritize the following attributes:

  • Ability to self reflect
  • Ability to function as a member of a team
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Emotional maturity
  • Commitment to a public health education

Please look over Admissions' FAQs and the demographics of the most recent class.


Are there admissions requirements regarding prior education or work experience?
ARC-PA Standard A3.15(b)

There are academic and experiential prerequisites. At the time of application, 1000 patient care hours (volunteer or paid) and all required coursework must be completed. There is no requirement for prior work experience; however, many successful candidates have work experience relevant to the mission of the program.


What are the policies and procedures regarding advanced placement?
ARC-PA Standard A3.15(c)

Advanced placement is not granted. Those students who have already earned an MPH at another school must complete the MPH courses with their cohort. Those students who have already earned an MPH at Touro University California must take Public Health classes with their classmates, unless they have already taken those specific classes. In that case, these students must take other Public Health classes for an equivalent number of credits. For further information, please contact our Admissions Department.


What are the required academic standards for enrollment?
ARC-PA Standard A3.15(d)

Please see our prerequisites page.


Are there any required technical standards for enrollment?
ARC-PA Standard A3.15(e)

Please see our technical standards page.


What information is contained in the student handbooks?
ARC-PA Standard A3.17(a-g)

Current handbooks can be found here. Among other things, the student handbooks define:

  • Required academic standards
  • Completion deadlines/requirements related to curricular components
  • Requirements for progression in and completion of the program
  • Policies and procedures for processing student grievances
  • Policies and procedures for withdrawal and dismissal
  • Policies and procedures for remediation and deceleration
  • Policies and procedures for processing allegations of harassment


What is the program commitment to "teaching out" students?
ARC-PA Standard A1.03h

The University is required to teach out students under its regional accreditation. In the unlikely event of loss of accreditation and/or closure of a program, the University is committed to teaching out all currently matriculated students, including those in the PA Program. This may involve allowing them to complete their education at Touro University California or assisting them in enrolling in an accredited program in which they can continue their education.