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Physician Assistant

This program has been granted Accreditation-Provisional status by ARC-PA. Learn more about provisional accreditation

The MSPA program at CSUMB is a full-time, 28-month, year-round graduate program, consisting of 83 credit hours completed over 7 semesters. MSPA courses have a different fee structure and academic calendar; please contact Extended Education for more information. The curriculum is separated into didactic, clinical, and hybrid semesters. The curriculum structure is specially designed to prepare students with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to be competent PAs upon completion of the program.

Student are required to participate in all program activities, comply with all program and university policies, and demonstrate professional behavior as defined in the MSPA Student Handbook. Students are assessed through written examinations and performance evaluations throughout the duration of the program. Students must pass each component of the curriculum to make satisfactory progress in the program.

Didactic Year

Semester 1: Spring

Course(s)
Units
Requirements
Course
MSPA 511
Units
3
Requirements
    Course
    MSPA 521
    Units
    2
    Requirements
      Course
      MSPA 531
      Units
      2
      Requirements
        Course
        MSPA 541
        Units
        1
        Requirements
          Course
          MSPA 551
          Units
          2
          Requirements
            Course
            MSPA 561
            Units
            2
            Requirements
              Course
              MSPA 571
              Units
              1
              Requirements
                Course
                MSPA 581
                Units
                1
                Requirements

                  Semester 2: Summer

                  Course(s)
                  Units
                  Requirements
                  Course
                  MSPA 512
                  Units
                  3
                  Requirements
                    Course
                    MSPA 522
                    Units
                    2
                    Requirements
                      Course
                      MSPA 532
                      Units
                      2
                      Requirements
                        Course
                        MSPA 542
                        Units
                        1
                        Requirements
                          Course
                          MSPA 552
                          Units
                          2
                          Requirements
                            Course
                            MSPA 562
                            Units
                            2
                            Requirements
                              Course
                              MSPA 572
                              Units
                              1
                              Requirements
                                Course
                                MSPA 582
                                Units
                                1
                                Requirements

                                  Semester 3: Fall

                                  Course(s)
                                  Units
                                  Requirements
                                  Course
                                  MSPA 513
                                  Units
                                  3
                                  Requirements
                                    Course
                                    MSPA 523
                                    Units
                                    1
                                    Requirements
                                      Course
                                      MSPA 533
                                      Units
                                      2
                                      Requirements
                                        Course
                                        MSPA 543
                                        Units
                                        1
                                        Requirements
                                          Course
                                          MSPA 553
                                          Units
                                          2
                                          Requirements
                                            Course
                                            MSPA 563
                                            Units
                                            2
                                            Requirements
                                              Course
                                              MSPA 565
                                              Units
                                              1
                                              Requirements
                                                Course
                                                MSPA 573
                                                Units
                                                1
                                                Requirements
                                                  Course
                                                  MSPA 583
                                                  Units
                                                  1
                                                  Requirements

                                                    Clinical Year

                                                    Semesters 4, 5, 6: Spring, Summer, Fall

                                                    All clinical rotations during the second year of the program begin in January and end in December. Course sequences may vary for each student.

                                                    Course(s)
                                                    Units
                                                    Requirements
                                                    Course
                                                    MSPA 601
                                                    Units
                                                    3
                                                    Requirements
                                                      Course
                                                      MSPA 602
                                                      Units
                                                      3
                                                      Requirements
                                                        Course
                                                        MSPA 603
                                                        Units
                                                        3
                                                        Requirements
                                                          Course
                                                          MSPA 604
                                                          Units
                                                          3
                                                          Requirements
                                                            Course
                                                            MSPA 605
                                                            Units
                                                            3
                                                            Requirements
                                                              Course
                                                              MSPA 606
                                                              Units
                                                              3
                                                              Requirements
                                                                Course
                                                                MSPA 607
                                                                Units
                                                                3
                                                                Requirements
                                                                  Course
                                                                  MSPA 608
                                                                  Units
                                                                  3
                                                                  Requirements
                                                                    Course
                                                                    MSPA 609
                                                                    Units
                                                                    3
                                                                    Requirements
                                                                      Course
                                                                      MSPA 610
                                                                      Units
                                                                      3
                                                                      Requirements

                                                                        Hybrid Semester

                                                                        Semester 7: Spring

                                                                        Course(s)
                                                                        Units
                                                                        Requirements
                                                                        Course
                                                                        MSPA 611
                                                                        Units
                                                                        3
                                                                        Requirements
                                                                          Course
                                                                          MSPA 652
                                                                          Units
                                                                          4
                                                                          Requirements
                                                                            Course
                                                                            MSPA 653
                                                                            Units
                                                                            1
                                                                            Requirements
                                                                              Course
                                                                              MSPA 699
                                                                              Units
                                                                              3
                                                                              Requirements

                                                                                Total Program Units: 83

                                                                                CSUMB will confer a Master of Science Physician Assistant degree to students upon successful completion of all program requirements.