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Where is California Baptist University located?

California Baptist University is located in the City of Riverside, County of Riverside in Southern California, in an area known as the Inland Empire. Our beautiful 156.4-acre campus reflects its Southern California location with palm trees, mission-style buildings and their distinctive red roofs, a breath-taking view of the San Bernardino Mountains and many warm, sunny days. For more information go to: {CCM:BASE_URL}/explore-cbu/about/  

What type of institution is California Baptist University?

California Baptist University is a Christian faith-based institution that offers undergraduate, graduate and one doctoral program of study. To learn more about CBU, please go to {CCM:BASE_URL}/explore-cbu/about/  

Do I have to be a Christian or a Baptist to attend CBU? No.   Is housing available on campus for graduate students?

No. Housing is available in the school's vicinity. Contact Residence Life for a listing.  

What activities are available on campus?

For campus activities, please visit Student Life.  

When does the Physician Assistant program at California Baptist University begin?

The application cycle for the inaugural class is November 01, 2015 to March 31, 2016.  California Baptist University Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies Program has applied for Accreditation-Provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). California Baptist University Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies Program anticipates matriculating its first class in September 2016, pending achieving Accreditation-Provisional status at the March 2016 ARC-PA meeting. 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 class (cohort) of students.

When can I apply to the program?

The application cycle runs from November 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016.  

Do I apply locally or through CASPA?

The first application cycle (2016) will be local and applicants will apply directly to CBU. From the second cycle (2017), applications will be taken through the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA).  

How long is the course of study?

The Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS) is an intensive 2-year long Program consisting of one (1) year of didactic, followed by one (1) year of clinical education.   

Can I work while I am enrolled in the program?

Because of the fast pace and attendance requirements, it is recommended that students not work while enrolled in the program.  

How many classes are admitted each year?

One (1) cohort of students will be admitted in September of each year.  

What GPA must I have to apply to the program?

Applicants must have a minimum Overall GPA of 3.0 and a Science GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale to apply to the program.  

Is there a time-limit on courses taken previously?

It is preferred that Science courses be taken in the past 5-7 years.  

Is the GRE or MCAT required to apply to the program?

The GRE or MCAT is not required. Local testing in basic Math, English Comprehension, English Composition and Medical Terminology will be given during the time of the interview.  

Are there preferences in the selection process?

Yes. The following are preferences. 

  • California Baptist University graduates 
  • Students with an interest in serving in the Inland Empire and shortages areas in California
  • US citizens and legal permanent residents 
  • Applicants with prior health care experience 
  • Applicants with a history of volunteer community service 
  • Applicants from underrepresented/underserved populations 
  • Applicants with an interest in global health engagement (providing service to medically disadvantaged populations)
  • Applicants with PA/MD/DO shadowing experience

How do I apply to the program?

To apply to the program, fill out the online application form and request official transcripts and supplemental application documents be sent to CBU Grad Admissions.  

Is there a fee associated with applying to the program?

There is a $45.00 fee application fee which must accompany the application.  

If I meet the minimum requirements, will I be invited for an interview?

Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee an invitation for an interview or acceptance to the program. Only the most qualified candidates will be invited.  

When will interviews begin?

For the entering class, interviews are tentatively scheduled to begin in March 2016.  

What are my chances of getting into the program?

The chances of getting into the program varies and depends on the characteristics of the applicant pool, such as the number of applicants, their GPA, backgrounds and the number of interviews.  

Can I be admitted to the program while still completing prerequisites for my undergraduate degree?

Exceptional candidates with a course or two in progress, and in good academic standing may be admitted to the program conditionally. However, all requirements must be completed before the beginning of classes.  

Can prerequisites be waived?

Prerequisites may not be waived.  

When will I be notified if I am accepted into the program?

Notification of acceptance to the program will be made by June 30th by phone, with a follow-up notification by surface mail.  

Does the institution provide assistance with Financial Aid?

Yes. To apply for financial aid, please contact CBU's Financial Aid office.  

Does the physician assistant program provide grants or scholarships?

The Physician Assistant program does not provide grants or scholarships at this time.  

What degree will be given upon successful completion of the program?

Graduates who successfully complete the program will be given a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS) degree.  

After program completion, is job search assistance provided?

As part of the program, CBU will provide information and workshops in the job-seeking process. The program will also provide leads to potential jobs, however, job-seeking is an individual process and CBU cannot guarantee that an employer will hire you.  

How do I begin clinical practice?

Upon completing an ARC-PA Accredited program, graduates are eligible to sit for the professional board given by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). Upon passing the exam, candidates are given the designation of Physician Assistant –Certified (PA-C). The candidate may then apply for state licensure and for a DEA Certificate to prescribe controlled medication. The licensure process and requirements for each state vary and candidates must check with the Board of Physician Assistants in the state of planned practice for specific requirements.