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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. 


Program Overview

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.

We are not a hybrid program but we do use technology to augment our classroom.  There are self-study modules as well as up to 50% of our lectures content may be delivered using Zoom. Online learning will be used as a supplement, in order to employ content experts who are not local.

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 

This year, TUC's Joint MSPAS/MPH Program will participate in seven online Information Sessions: five are TUC-exclusive, and two are Virtual Fairs held by the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA). Register below for any of the five Information Sessions - March 22, May 12, June 21, August 23, or September 13. The Zoom link will be sent up to a day before the session, when registration will close. You will need a Zoom account to join. Register for the PAEA Virtual Fair April session here, and the July session here.

Our TUC-exclusive sessions are held via Zoom, and give participants a chance to have your questions answered directly by a knowledgeable representative of the program. In these sessions, you will become familiar with our program, the PA profession, and the importance of the unique blend of degrees that we offer. It's not just future PAs who attend: People have brought friends, significant others, siblings, parents, and children. Everyone's questions are welcome!

During the first hour of the sessions we will give an overview of the Program, what we look for in applicants, and the PA profession. In the second hour you will be able to join breakout rooms that include an admissions representative and current students. If you have questions in the meantime, the Admissions Department holds weekly sessions; please visit their Touro Talks web page for more information. 

During the PAEA Virtual Fairs, you will have the benefit of a knowledgeable representative of your program answering questions directly, and the ability to interact with multiple PA programs over the course of the day. Our current students will not be available to answer your questions; if you want to speak with them, please attend one of our five TUC-exclusive sessions.




PANCE Performance

The Class of 2020 has a 94% first-time pass rate at this time. One of the 49 graduates of the Class of 2020 has not yet taken the PANCE. Of the 48 who have taken the PANCE, 46 (96%) passed on the first try. The remaining two have passed their retake exams.

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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