CBU's physician assistant program will prepare graduates who are globally minded and academically prepared to provide quality health care in their communities and to underserved populations. In support of the university's mission, the program will fulfill the "Core 4" outcomes by producing students that are academically prepared, biblically rooted, globally minded and equipped to serve.


  • Graduates of CBU's PA program will become leaders in the community and in the profession.
  • CBU's PA program will have established relationships with community health systems.
  • CBU's PA program will have established clinical sites in medically underserved areas.
  • CBU's PA program will have established interprofessional relationships with other programs within CBU and with other local institutions.
  • Graduates of CBU's PA program will return to the institution as PA educators.


The Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program will prepare entry-level medical professionals to augment the physician (MD and DO) in providing medical and patient care responsibilities within the health care system. The program will encourage graduates to provide service to underserved populations. The physician assistant program will graduate students who will be able to: 

  1. Utilize acquired medical knowledge and technical skills in the systematic process of patient evaluation, diagnosis and treatment.
  2. Incorporate critical thinking and problem-solving skills in the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of patients.
  3. Provide patient care consistent with current evidence-based guidelines and legal and ethical standards.
  4. Maintain the highest standards of conduct and professionalism in dealing with patients, their families and other health care providers, in a caring, culturally sensitive and safe manner.
  5. Practice team-based, interprofessional health care.
  6. Give back to the community by engaging in humanitarian service, locally and/or globally.
  7. Increase access to patient-centered health care by working or volunteering in rural and/or underserved regions.
  8. Use acquired knowledge and skills to find gainful employment and adapt to existing health care systems.

Contact the Department of Physician Assistant Studies

Chair: Heather Ontiveros
Department Secretary: Daphne Paramo
Graduate Admissions Counselor: Raymond Lopez
Email: ralopez@calbaptist.edu (for admissions and application questions)
Phone: (951) 552-8138

Mailing Address:
8432 Magnolia Avenue
Riverside, CA 92504

Physical Address:
Health Science Campus
3532 Monroe Street
Riverside, CA 92504