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.

Information Sessions

Information Session are opportunities to learn more about the program, meet the faculty, and to have your questions answered. Please RSVP to receive the Zoom link or to be notified of special events.

  • Sessions for the 2022-2023 Application Cycle
    • Tuesday, March 14, 2023 6:00 pm
Scanning into Spring, MSPA Spring Colloquium, Friday April 14 from 3-4 p.m. at the Alumni and Visitor Center


MSPA Spring Colloquium
Friday April 14, 2023 | 3-4 p.m.

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Program innovation

ARC-PA Accreditation Status

At its September 2021 meeting, the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA) placed the California State University, Monterey Bay Physician Assistant Program sponsored by California State University, Monterey Bay on Accreditation-Probation status until its next review in September 2023.

Probation accreditation is a temporary accreditation status initially of not less than two years. However, that period may be extended by the ARC-PA for up to an additional two years if the ARC-PA finds that the program is making substantial progress toward meeting all applicable standards but requires additional time to come into full compliance. Probation accreditation status is granted, at the sole discretion of the ARC-PA, when a program holding an accreditation status of Accreditation - Provisional or Accreditation - Continued does not, in the judgment of the ARC-PA, meet the Standards or when the capability of the program to provide an acceptable educational experience for its students is threatened.

Once placed on probation, a program that fails to comply with accreditation requirements in a timely manner, as specified by the ARC-PA, may be scheduled for a focused site visit and is subject to having its accreditation withdrawn.

Specific questions regarding the Program and its plans should be directed to the Program Director and/or the appropriate institutional official(s).

The program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website at