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Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies

Support and uplift underserved communities across the globe through compassionate medical care embodying Christ’s teachings.

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Empower All Patients Through Evidence-Based Care

You routinely seek out ways to give back and support others. California Baptist University’s Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS) program stands upon a similar mission. A close-knit community of Christ-led instructors prepares you to serve patients through evidence-based care and research in entry-level professional roles. This mindset begins locally, through clinical assignments and involvement in the Riverside community, and extends globally. We perceive our graduates as care-driven individuals ready to set up clinical sites and assist underserved patients across the world.

116 Units

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2 Years
9 Clerkships

Why Earn an MS in Physician Assistant Studies From CBU?

CBU’s two-year program promotes compassionate, engaged care through faith and the effects of your actions on communities and citizens all over the globe. In the process, you’re encouraged to uncover your purpose and grow your knowledge base in an applied environment.

What You'll Learn

Through classroom and clinical learning, plus emphasis on community service, Master’s in Physician Assistant Studies students:

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Program Details

The physician assistant program extends over two years and totals 120 units:

  • First Year: You’ll grow your knowledge of medical terminology and get introduced to essential clinical skills. Courses expose you to topics in anatomy, physiology, microbiology, professional standards and ethics, research, pathophysiology, epidemiology, clinical and behavioral medicine, health promotion and disease prevention and examination techniques.
  • Second Year: Your time shifts to various clerkships for practicing your clinical skills. You’ll learn to conduct patient examinations and follow-ups, order diagnostic tests, provide referrals, assess a patient’s medical history and learn to communicate with a range of individuals, including patients and other medical professionals. 

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PAS 506: Medical Microbiology

This course exposes students to the role of microorganisms in infectious diseases in preparation for advanced coursework in pharmacology, pathophysiology and clinical medicine.

PAS 520: Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics I

Students are introduced to the rational use of drugs for the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases encountered in the clinical care setting.

PAS 524: Behavioral Medicine

This course exposes students to the psychological and social factors that influence human behavior. Students examine how behavior can be influenced by illness, leading at times to poor coping skills, and physical and mental manifestations.

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Is housing available on campus for graduate students?

Yes. Housing is available in the school’s vicinity. Contact Residence Life for a listing.

When do classes begin?

Classes begin by September.

How long is the course of study?

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

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Karlyssa Chung, MSPAS, PA-C

Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Studies
Director of Clinical Education, Physician Assistant Studies

Office Phone: 951-552-8344
E-mail: kachung@calbaptist.edu

Catherine Letherer, MS, MBA, PA-C

Associate Professor of Physician Assistant Studies
Academic Director of PA Education
Physician Assistant Studies

Office Phone: 951-552-8298
E-mail: cletherer@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: Health Sciences Building, G118

Heather Ontiveros, PA-C, DHSc, ATC

Associate Professor of Physician Assistant Studies
Chair, Department of Physician Assistant Studies
Program Director, Physician Assistant Studies

Office Phone: 951-552-8504
E-mail: hontiveros@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: Health Science Campus G112

Mary Stahovich , DMSc., PA-C

Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Studies
Director of PA Admissions, Physician Assistant Studies
Faculty Advisor to PA Student Club

Office Phone: 951-552-8281
E-mail: mstahovich@calbaptist.edu
Office Location: G114, Health Science Campus

Tuition for the MS in Physician Assistant Studies is $20,610 per semester, including program tuition and fees. Get a breakdown of all costs, and review policies concerning tuition payments.

CBU’s Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies has received ARC-PA accreditation. Learn more about what this means, and review the PA program’s accreditation history.

As you make decisions about graduate school, keep in mind the full social, spiritual and educational experience awaiting you at CBU. Here, you will be supported by professors, staff and fellow students who will help you discover your strengths and challenge you to do more than you ever thought you could. Let us equip you with the education, training and opportunities you'll need to start making a unique difference doing what you love. Review technical standards and application requirements to get started.

Application Deadline Fall
Standard January 15

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Kim and Kyrian Obidiegwu

As a married couple entering into the rigors of the PA program, we knew it would be a difficult feat to complete the program. However, the program and school were very supportive. We definitely are prepared to take on our new careers as PAs.

Kim and Kyrian Obidiegwu '20

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Due to a growing aging population and greater promotion of preventive care, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 28% more positions for physician assistants between 2021 and 2031. Learn more about what to expect as a physician assistant.

Completion of CBU’s MS in Physician Assistant Studies prepares you to sit for the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants exam. Passing earns you a designation of Physician Assistant-Certified (PA-C) and makes you eligible to apply for state licensure and a DEA certificate. 

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Understand how to use your God-given talents to serve the world through missional healthcare performed to the highest standards. As you connect with your vocation, request more information about CBU’s PA program, or apply today.