Application Requirements

Application Deadline Fall
Standard December 1

The MSPAS program will admit no more than 30 students. 

Applications for fall 2021 admission will be accepted from April 30, 2020 to December 1, 2020. CASPA's headquarters is located in the Eastern Time Zone, so their midnight cutoff is at 9pm Pacific Standard Time. Moreover, applications should be Verified by CASPA by the deadline of December 1, not merely Submitted by then.

To apply, go to Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA). Questions about completing the online application should be addressed to CASPA. Please send all official transcripts directly to CASPA. There is supplemental information required.

Application Requirements 

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution or the evaluated equivalency completed by December 31.*
  • 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.
  • Overall GPA 3.2 minimum
  • Science GPA 3.0 minimum
  • Prerequisite GPA of 3.0 minimum
  • Three letters of recommendations from any of the following: professor, medical colleague, supervisor, clergy. References from friends and family members are not acceptable. Submit through CASPA
  • Personal statement: 250 words. Why do you wish to attend CBU? 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.
  • Patient care hours: 1,000 hours paid, volunteer or a combination of both. Verifiable. 
  • A successful interview 


Prerequisite Courses

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

*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 recommended.
  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • U.S. equivalency is required for degrees completed outside of the United States.
  • Prerequisites are not to be substituted for more advanced applied content within the professional component or any part of the program. 
  • All admissions requirements including transcripts, must be reviewed and verified prior to matriculation. 
  • Deferments are not allowed. for application or matriculation.
  • All prerequisite courses must be completed by December 31st of the year applying. 
COVID-19 Considerations (May 19, 2020)

In light of the COVID-19 impact on classes, the following policy applies concerning courses for Spring 2020 and Summer 2020.

For a course that required a lab, if the course was switched to an online format during the pandemic, that course will be accepted for Spring 2020. If social distancing requires that a student not return to campus and the class was conducted online during Summer 2020, that class will be accepted. All published GPA requirements must be met. If letter grades were replaced with Pass/No Pass grades during this period, those grades will also be accepted. The student's overall performance will be considered when determining invitations for interviews and acceptance to the program.

Recommended Courses

  1. Biochemistry
  2. 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 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
  • U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents
  • 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)


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 standards
  • 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.

Selected candidates will be offered seats in the program at several points in the interview cycle. 


Steps to Apply

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 composition, 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.

Step 5: Candidates who accept a seat in the program must submit a nonrefundable $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.