College of Health Sciences and Human Services

Master of Science Physician Assistant

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 for clinical practice by teaching them how to obtain medical histories, perform physical examinations, diagnose illnesses, perform surgical procedures, and prescribe medications.

The MSPA Program at CSUMB focuses on providing primary care to underserved patient populations. In this way, the MSPA program serves a critical regional need while strengthening the health of communities that future CSUMB-trained Physician Assistants will serve.

Program innovation

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.