College of Health Sciences and Human Services

Master of Science Physician Assistant

Program news & updates

Physician Assistant Ranked #1 Best Health Care Job for 2021

U.S. News & World Report 2021 job rankings were released the top 100 best jobs in health care in January and declared Physician Assistant as the #1 best health care job of 2021. The also named Physician Assistant as #1 of the 100 Best Jobs. Among the incredible statistics behind this rewarding career, significant growth is expected in the future of the profession. "The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 31.3% employment growth for physician assistants between 2019 and 2029. In that period, an estimated 39,300 jobs should open up." (U.S News & World Report).

Check out the full rankings for health care jobs and learn more about predictions for the PA field in the 2021 report.

MSPA students practicing exam techniques during orientation

CSUMB MSPA Program Welcomes Inaugural Cohort

On January 7, 2019, the CSUMB Master of Science Physician Assistant program began classes at CSUMB @ North Salinas. The program welcomed the inaugural cohort of 32 students from the local tri-counties, throughout California, and 5 other states. Students were selected through a rigorous and holistic admissions process based on GPA, clinical experience, community service, PA shadowing, and other criteria. The inaugural cohort graduated in May 2021.

A group photo of the inaugural cohort of MSPA students.