»Program at a Glance

The Master of Medical Sciences (MMS) Physician Assistant Studies Program curriculum is a 24 month, full-time, year-round cohort model.

The proposed curriculum is divided into:

  • Clinical Preparatory Instruction (Academic Year I) and
  • Supervised Clinical Practices (Clinical Year II)

+-Proposed Curriculum Outline

Year I (Academic)

The Clinical Preparatory Instruction of the proposed curriculum consists of combined classroom, lecture, and lab experience.

Medicine Science

History and Physical Diagnosis


Lab Medicine

Human Anatomy

Genetics of Health and Disease

PA Professional Practice

Inter Professional Experience

Intro to Clinical Practice


Year II (Clinical)

Students participate in 5 weeks of supervised clinical practice in the following areas of medicine and in one capstone project.

Capstone Project

Clinical Clerkship (Rotations)

Family Medicine

Internal Medicine


General Surgery

Women's Health


Mental Health

Emergency Medicine


Total: 117.5 units

+-Cohort Profile

Cohort Profile to be reported after first cohort is accepted.

+-Student Outcomes

The National Commission on the Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) Physician Assistant National Certification Examination (PANCE) will be taken by the first cohort of physician assistant students in the fall of 2017. 

Performance data including the NCCPA PANCE pass rate summary report listing PANCE rates for the first most recent graduating classes, as well as graduation rates, job placement rates, and attrition rates will be posted here.

+-CU B.S. Bridge

MMS-PA/B.S Bridge

This program guarantees excellent undergraduate Health Science students from Chapman University a seat in the Master of Medical Science Physician Assistant Studies Program contingent that they satisfactorily meet the following criteria:

  • B.S. in Health Sciences core courses (BIOL 204, BIOL 210, BIOL 365, BIOL 366, CHEM 140, CHEM 150, PHYS 107, PHYS 108, and PSY 203 or courses determined by the Director of Undergraduate Health Sciences Program and Post Bachelor Program to fulfill the major course requirements):
  • Must be taken at Chapman University or at a science transfer agreement program*
  • May only be taken once
  • Must be taken for a letter grade
  • Health Science core courses be completed by the end of the spring semester junior year
  • GPA > 3.6 in Health Science core courses
  • Meet the Technical Standards
  • Interview in senior year
  • 50 physician assistant observational/experience hours are completed and documented. Observational experiences to be arranged by the student. Program will not arrange nor recommend observational sites
  • All B.S. Health Science degree requirements are completed and degree bestowed by the University in any term their senior year  
  • Personal statement: 350-500 words, 12 Font, Times New Roman describing how your personal goals are in line with the mission of the program and on how those goals will contribute the community and to the profession.                            
  • Cumulative GPA at graduation > 3.4
  • Successful completion of background check.
  • A formal declaration through the Office of the University Registrar as a pre-PA major during the sophomore year, and for students enrolled in the Health Science post bachelor program, at time of enrollment into the Post Bachelor program

     * A science transfer agreement program is a formal agreement between Chapman University and a partner community college


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

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