Admission Requirements

How to Apply

California Baptist University (CBU) Physician Assistant program participates in the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA).

Apply here:  CASPA

Questions about completing the online application should be addressed to CASPA.

Please send all official transcripts directly to CASPA. Candidates who are accepted to the program will also be required to submit official transcripts to the program prior to matriculation.

Supplemental Application: None required.

The MSPAS program will admit no more than 30 students.

Admissions Requirements: Applicants for the Entering Class of 2017

Application cycle July 1, 2016 - January 15, 2017.

Application deadline (CASPA) is January 15, 2017.

Completed application and all supporting documents must be received by California Baptist University by January 31st, 2017

  • Bachelor's Degree from a regionally accredited institution or the evaluated equivalency completed by December 31, 2016.*
  • Official Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. Transcripts should be submitted through CASPA. Upon acceptance, official transcripts must also be submitted to California Baptist University.
  • Three (3) Recommendations: Submit through CASPA
  • Essay/Personal Statement: Submit through CASPA.
  • English Language Proficiency: An applicant whose first language is not English and/or does not have a degree from an institution where English is the primary language of instruction is required to demonstrate English language proficiency by submitting a minimum score of 80 IBT on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).  US Equivalency for degrees completed outside of the United States.
  • International Students: Evidence of financial responsibility, student visa and other institutional requirements. US Equivalency for degrees completed outside of the United States.
  • Technical Standards: Applicants must be able to meet the technical standards. (See Technical Standards section below).
  • Bachelor’s Degree (B.S., B.A., B.HSc., etc.)
  • Overall GPA 3.0 minimum
  • Science GPA 3.0 minimum
  • Minimum Prerequisite GPA of 3.0
  • 3 Letters of Reference from any of the following: professor, medical colleague, supervisor, clergy. References from friends and family members are not acceptable.

 Prerequisite Courses (completed by December 31, 2016)*

  1. Anatomy & Physiology (Human) with Lab (A&P-I & A&P-II); OR a combination of courses covering all human systems. 8 SH (1 yr.)
  2. General Chemistry with Lab (Gen. Chem-I & Gen. Chem-II); OR a combination of Organic + Inorganic + Biochemistry. 8-12 SH (1 yr.)
  3. Microbiology with Lab. 3-4 SH
  4. Psychology (General, Developmental, or Abnormal) 1 course. 3-4 SH
  5. Mathematics (College Algebra, Calculus, Pre-Calculus, Statistics) 1 course. 3 SH
  6. English/Writing 6-8 SH (1 yr.)
  7. Social Sciences/Humanities (e.g. Sociology, Anthropology, etc) 3 courses. 9 SH

*In rare instances, an exceptional candidate may be invited for an interview while a course or two are still in progress. The PA Admissions Committee is solely responsible for making this decision. Candidates in this category will have required GPAs above 3.7, meet all or most of the preference items, and will have provided exceptional service to CBU or the community. There is no guarantee that such candidates will be accepted to the program.

  • All courses must have a grade of C or better.
  • Science courses taken within the past 5-7 years are preferred.
  • Sciences courses taken online are NOT acceptable for fulfillment of prerequisites. Hybrid courses which include a face-to-face component, including face-to-face labs, will be considered on an individual basis. Students will be required to sign a statement acknowledging that all science courses were not completed online. 
  • Advanced Placement (AP) courses taken during high school may be used to fulfill the Math and English requirements only. Proof of satisfactory completion is required. A minimum score of 3 out of 5 on AP tests is required. Documentation of satisfactory completion is required.
  • All prerequisite courses must be taken in U.S. institutions that are regionally accredited and must be transferrable to CBU.
  • US Equivalency is required for degrees completed outside of the United States.

Recommended But Not Required Courses

  1. Biochemistry
  2. Genetics/Molecular Biology
  3. Statistics
  4. Medical Terminology

Advanced Academic Standing

No advanced standing is given for previously completed PA program-related didactic coursework or clinical experience. All students start as a cohort and graduate as a cohort.

Entrance Screening

    During Interview: Basic Math, English Comprehension, English Composition, Medical Terminology
    Upon Acceptance: Drug Test, Background Check


  • California Baptist University Graduate
  • Students with an interest in serving the Inland Empire and shortage 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


Technical Standards

In order to successfully complete the requirements of the Physician Assistant curriculum, each student admitted to the program must be able to perform certain cognitive and technical skills. This necessitates the use of the senses (sight, smell, audition and touch); the ability to effectively communicate, and the use of coordination, balance and motor strength. In addition, candidates must also have the ability to develop the intellectual capacity, bedside manners, and technical skills that are required to successfully perform the functions of a competent physician assistant. Candidates who are accepted as students in the Physician Assistant program must meet the following standards.


    The student must have sufficient vision to be able to observe demonstrations, experiments, laboratory exercises, visual presentations and computer-facilitated instruction. The student must be able to differentiate between normal and pathological states and distinguish between colors. The student must be able to observe patients closely and at a distance. The student must be able to utilize the complimentary use of smell, touch and hearing.


    The student must be able to speak, hear, read and write in order to elicit and exchange information with patients, family members, and other health care providers. The student must be able to perceive verbal and non-verbal cues as they pertain to patients' conditions. The student must be able to facilitate the flow of information with respect and sensitivity towards faculty, patients, families, and other members of the health care team.


    The student must have the motor control and coordination to perform physical examinations through inspection, palpation, auscultation and percussion in order to elicit information. The student must be able to perform laboratory procedures, clinical skills and diagnostic maneuvers, with and without the use of equipment. The student must be able to bend, manipulate, lift lightly and assist patients.

Intellectual, Conceptual, Integrative, and Quantitative

    The student must have the ability to comprehend, memorize, interpret, analyze and synthesize information presented in the classroom, laboratory and clinical settings. The student must also be able to measure, calculate, formulate, reason and make diagnostic and therapeutic decisions. The student must be able to assimilate and integrate information through a variety of modalities such as classroom instruction, group interaction, research, individual study, and presentations. The student must be able to integrate the use of computer programs and web-based resources into learning.

Behavioral and Social Attributes

    The student should have the deportment to facilitate sensitive, empathetic, mature and effective relationships with patients, their families, peers and other members of the health care team. The student must have the emotional health for full utilization of his or her intellectual capabilities, to exercise good judgment, to promptly complete all responsibilities and assignments attendant to the diagnosis and care of patients. The student should be able to recognize limitations of his or her education and training and be willing to seek consultation when appropriate. The student should be able to recognize, handle and/or assist in life-threatening situations. The student must have the humility to accept constructive critique and the perseverance to complete an arduous course of study.

As part of the educational program, all students will be required to interact and perform physical examinations on patients of all genders, simulated and real. Pelvic and breast examinations will be performed on anatomic models during the first year and on real patients during the second year. Students admitted to the program who are unable to meet this requirement, must inform the program upon acceptance so that reasonable arrangements can be made, if possible.

Applicant Selection

Candidates for the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program will be selected from the most qualified applicants. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee an interview invitation or admission to the program. The MSPAS Admissions Committee will select candidates based on the following.

  • The completeness of the application
  • Academic performance based on transcript review
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Personal Statement
  • Interview Performance
  • Performance on local screening exams
  • Preference items
  • Ability to meet the Technical Requirements
  • Successfully passing a drug screening and background check
  • Completion of all immunization and health screening requirements

In summary, the program will admit candidates it considers to have the traits that will enable them to become competent practitioners. Such traits include the ability to handle an arduous course of study; the ability to demonstrate empathy; maturity; the ability to be team players, and the willingness to accept constructive critique.

The university and program are committed to equal opportunity for men and women, and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis race, gender, religion or national origin. Reasonable accommodations will be made for applicants with handicaps, however, as part of the admission process, all applicants must meet the technical standards.

For the class of 2017, applications will be submitted through CASPA. The cycle runs from July 2016 to January 2017.

Step 1:  Access and complete the application through CASPA.

Step 2:  Selected applicants will receive an interview invitation

Step 3:  Selected applicants will attend and participate in the interview process. This will be an all-day activity which includes a face-to-face interview, screening tests in basic Math (70% passing score required); English Comprehension and English Composition (7.5/10 combined score required), and Medical Terminology (not considered in the selection process, but used to give the applicant feedback on the level of medical terminology understanding).

Step 4:  Once the PA Admission Committee has made its selection decision, successful candidates will be contacted by the PA program via phone. An official letter of acceptance from CBU's Admissions Office will follow. Admission is contingent upon verification of transcripts and successful completion of all administrative requirements (see step 7).

Step 5:  Candidates who accept a seat in the program must submit a non-refundable $500 deposit within 2 weeks of the notification of acceptance. This deposit will be applied towards tuition once the program starts.

Step 6:  As a condition of acceptance, students must undergo and successfully pass a drug test, background check, and immunization and health screening requirements. All requirements must be completed prior to matriculation.

Step 7:  Students begin classes in September 2017.