About Our Program
Physician Assistants (PAs) are professional healthcare practitioners who expand quality and affordable care to diverse patient populations.
The CSUMB Master of Science Physician Assistant (MSPA) program prepares students with rigorous medical education, teaching how to obtain medical histories, perform physical examinations, diagnose illnesses and prescribe medications.
The MSPA Program at CSUMB focuses on providing primary care to underserved patient populations, in keeping with the CSUMB Vision Statement. In this way, the MSPA program not only serves a critical regional educational need; it also strengthens the health of communities that future CSUMB-trained Physician Assistants serve.
Online Information Sessions for Spring 2021: January 28, 2021 • February 25, 2021 at 6:00 pm. Online Information Sessions for Summer 2021 will be posted in May 2021.
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MSPA Program Innovations - Designed to Meet the Needs of Underserved Communities
Overview of the CSUMB MSPA Program
Applications will be accepted through CASPA from October 1, 2020 to April 1, 2021 for the class that will begin January 2022.How to apply
Employment of physician assistants is projected to grow 31% from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. - U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, September 2020— U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
ARC-PA Accreditation Status
The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the California State University, Monterey Bay Physician Assistant Program sponsored by California State University, Monterey Bay.
Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding Accreditation-Provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first cohorts of students.
Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class.
The program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website at http://www.arc-pa.org/accreditation-history-california-state-university-monterey-bay.