Joint MSPAS/MPH Program
Welcome to the Touro University California (TUC) Joint MSPAS/MPH home page! In 33 months, our students earn two master degrees: a Master of Science in Physician Assistant (PA) Studies and a Master of Public Health (PH). The integration of these two professions provides our students the skills to assess both the individual and the community in which they live.
Our mission is to increase access to quality healthcare. In pursuit of that, our curriculum 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. Our alumni carry out our mission in their professional lives. We are the recipient of the 2020 Excellence in Diversity Award by the Physician Assistant Education Association.
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.
While we are not a hybrid program, we do use technology to augment our classroom. There are self-study modules as well as up to 50% of our lecture content may be delivered using Zoom. Online learning will also be utilized 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.
In 2022, we will hold six online information sessions: March 14, April 11, May 16, June 20, August 15, and September 19.
These sessions are held via Zoom and give participants a chance to have 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- friends, significant others, siblings, parents, and children have also attended. Everyone is welcome!
During the first hour of each session we provide an overview of the PA Profession and the Program, including what we look for in applicants.
In the second hour, you will join a breakout room with an admissions representative and, when possible, current students.
We will also be participating in both Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) virtual fairs.
The benefit of these fairs is the ability to interact with multiple PA programs over the course of the day. Our program will have a knowledgeable representative of the program answering questions directly. Our current students will not be able to attend these fairs, so if it is important to you to speak with current students, please attend one of our information sessions.
If you have questions in the meantime, the Admissions Department holds weekly sessions; please visit their Touro Talks web page for more information.
The Class of 2021 has an 89% first-time pass rate. Of the 46 students in this cohort, 41 (89%) passed on the first try. Three students subsequently passed their retake exam. Two students have not yet passed the PANCE exam, but are scheduled for a retake. The national first time taker pass rate for the class of 2021 is 93%. The Program 5-year first time taker average pass rate for 2017-2021 is 94% with the national 5-year average being 95%.
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 with 360 questions that assess medical knowledge required of a PA. 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.
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