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»Master of Medical Science Physician Assistant Studies Program

Chapman University is developing a Physician Assistant Studies graduate program. The program will consist of didactic and clinical curricular excellence that will confer a Master of Medical Science (MMS) degree that will lead to the successful national certification and subsequent licensure of program graduates. The first entering cohort is proposed for January 2015.

The program will be housed in the new state-of-the-art Harry and Diane Rinker Health Science Campus in Irvine, California. The facility is currently in planning and development and will accommodate the educational needs of the program. The existing Physical Therapy program and the new School of Pharmacy will also be housed at this facility.

The information provided herein is in draft form only and will be updated on a regular basis on this website. 

The goal of the program is to create a viable collaborative, inter-professional learning experience that will attract high-quality students and faculty necessary to prepare health care professionals entering the health care workforce and meet the needs of the surrounding and global communities.

Chapman University has applied for accreditation provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on the Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA).  Chapman University anticipates matriculating its first class in January 2015, pending accreditation provisional from ARC-PA. Accreditation Provisional is an accreditation status for a new PA program that has not yet enrolled students, but at the time of its comprehensive accreditation review, has demonstrated its preparedness to initiate a program in accordance with the accreditation standards. The program will not commence in the event that accreditation provisional is not received.

Chapman University is one of California’s oldest and most respected private universities, offering distinguished undergraduate and graduate degrees in the context of a liberal arts and sciences university. For more than 150 years, Chapman University has served as a symbol of educational access and excellence in the state of California.

+-What is Accreditation Provisional?

Physician Assistant education is accredited by a national accreditation agency called the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). Accreditation by this agency is to ensure that quality education is being provided to all students nationally. All new physician assistant programs apply for Accreditation Provisional in which they must submit an application and participate in an on-campus accreditation site visit. If a PA Program meets the national accreditation standards and Provisional Accreditation is awarded, the PA Program must participate in a self-study and another site visit when their first cohort of students graduates from the program. At this time a PA Program is awarded Continuing Accreditation if they meet the accreditation standards. Whether a PA student graduates from a Provisionally Accredited or a Continuing Accredited program, he or she will be graduating from a Nationally Accredited program.

In the event Chapman University is not awarded accreditation for its Physician Assistant Studies Program in September 2014, the inaugural class will not matriculate in January 2015.  Therefore, candidates who accept a seat for the inaugural class are doing so with the understanding that the program will begin contingent on successfully being awarded the status of 'Accreditation-Provisional'.

For further questions regarding accreditation provisional and the accreditation process, please contact Chapman University’s PA Studies program or the Accreditation Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA), 12000 Findley Road, Suite 150, Johns Creek, GA 30097 (770) 476-1224.

+-Mission

Our mission is to empower our local and global communities through training self-aware, inter-professional, well-rounded physician assistants committed to practicing in medically diverse areas of need. The Physician Assistant Studies Program will develop non-physician medical practitioners who will lead, influence and change the evolving landscape of health care and health care professionals.

+-Clinical Affiliations

We are working diligently to develop a strong clinical phase for our program by establishing partnerships with leading medical facilities in the state of California. Clinical rotations will take place at medical facilities across the state. Partnerships are being established in Orange County. To find out more about partnering with Chapman University's Physician Assistant Studies Program or how to become a preceptor, please contact us at paprogram@chapman.edu.

+-Certificate and Licensure

Graduates will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination through the National Commission on the Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). Once nationally certified, graduates of Chapman University’s PA program will be eligible to apply to the California’s State Medical Board or another state board for a license to practice in the state. Successful completion of the program does not itself ensure certification and/or licensure. It is the student's responsibility to be familiar with licensure and certification requirements.

  • National Certification

National Commission on the Certification of Physician Assistants »

  • State Licensure

Physician Assistant Board »

+-Program Facilities

The proposed Physician Assistant Studies Program will be housed in the new state-of-the-art Harry and Diane Rinker Health Sciences Campus in Irvine, California.  The facility is currently in planning and development and will accommodate the educational needs of the program.

 

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Harry and Diane Rinker Health Sciences Campus
The new Harry and Diane Rinker Health Science Campus located in Irvine, CA.

Robert Young, MS PAC-ATC
Program Director
MMS Physician Assistant Studies

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paprogram@chapman.edu

Physician Assistant Studies Program
Chapman University
One University Drive
Orange, CA 92866