California

Up and Coming: Dominican University of California

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Location:  San Rafael, California

Number of students: 24

Application Cycle: June 15 - March 1 through CASPA

Interview dates: November - May

Start date: August

Length of Program: 28 months

Public/Private: Private

HCE: Minimum 500 hours (preference given to those with EMT certification)

GPA: Minimum 3.0 GPA with minimum B- in prerequisite courses

Shadowing: No specific requirement

The Good Stuff:

  •  Anatomy and Physiology must be taken in the last 5 years
  • GRE NOT required
  • All prerequisites must be completed before applying
  • Expected provisional accreditation in March 2017

Program Link: Dominican University of California PA Program Website


For the most up to date information on PA programs in one place, check out The Applicant’s Manual of Physician Assistant Programs. (Affiliate link)


Program Spotlight: Touro University - California

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Location:  Mare Island, California

Number of students: 44

Application Cycle:  CASPA by November 1st and supplemental application (if invited); rolling admissions

Interview dates: September - May

Start date: August

Length of Program:  33 months

Public/Private: Private

HCE:  500 required hours

GPA:  Minimum 2.75 overall and science (recommended 3.0 to be competitive) and C or better in all prerequisite courses; will focus primarily on the last 30 hours of coursework

Shadowing: Preference given to >20 hours shadowing 

The Good Stuff:

  • The program is actually a joint PA and Master's of Public Health program
  • Information sessions are held monthly
  • GRE is NOT required
  • Can choose between the Community Track or Global Health Track if desired.  
  • All requirements must be completed at time application is submitted. 
  • Interview is "mixed format with both one-on-one and group interactions"

Program Link:  Touro University - California PA Program


For the most up to date information on PA programs in one place, check out The Applicant’s Manual of Physician Assistant Programs. (Affiliate link)


Program Spotlight: University of California - Davis

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Location:  Sacramento, California

Number of students:  80-90 (including PA and NP students)

Application Cycle:  CASPA April - July 15th, then a supplemental application is sent. 

Interview dates: October

Start date:  Summer

Length of Program:  27 months

Public/Private:  Public, but no preference to California residents or UC Davis students and tuition is the same

HCE:  Minimum 1000 hrs in clinical setting

GPA:  Minimum overall of 3.0, minimum science/prerequisite 2.7.  

Shadowing:  No specific requirement

The Good Stuff:

  • Graduate with an MHS degree
  • A&P within the last 5 years by application deadline/review (desired).  If a practicing clinician, it is recommended that you do a refresher course.  
  • Classes are 4 days a week from 8-5
  • No preference to California residents or UC Davis students
  • No GRE requirement
  • All lab courses for prerequisites must be done in person and not online
  • Dual Track Program for students in the NP program to be able to become both NP and PA. 

Program Link:  UC Davis PA Program Website


For the most up to date information on PA programs in one place, check out The Applicant’s Manual of Physician Assistant Programs. (Affiliate link)


Up and Coming: University of the Pacific

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Location: Sacramento, CA

Number of students:  45

Application Cycle:  CASPA September 1 - March 1

Interview dates:  February - August

Start date:  January

Length of Program:  27 months

Public/Private:  Private

HCE:   Minimum 1,000 hrs

GPA:  Minimum Science and Overall GPA of 3.0

Shadowing:  No specific requirement

The Good Stuff:

  • Program is currently applying for Provisional Status, and will know in September 2016
  • Preference given to veterans, Pacific alumni, residents of geographic area, educationally or socioeconomically disadvantaged applicants
  • Online courses will NOT fulfill science prerequisites.  AP credits do not count either. 
  • No Organic Chemistry requirement
  • No timeline limit on courses
  • Information sessions are available
  • No GRE requirement
  • Cadaver lab in Stockton

Program Link:  University of the Pacific PA Program Website


For the most up to date information on PA programs in one place, check out The Applicant’s Manual of Physician Assistant Programs. (Affiliate link)


Program Spotlight: Western University of Health Sciences

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Location:   Pomona, California

Number of students:  98

Application Cycle:  April-November 1st for CASPA, and December 1st for supplemental application

Interview dates:  January-March, with decisions going out at the end of March.  

Start date:  August

Length of Program:  2 years

Public/Private:  Private

HCE:  Preferred, not required

GPA:   Minimum overall, science and prerequisite GPA of 2.7.  Prerequisites must be completed w/ a C or better

Shadowing:  No specific requirement

The Good Stuff:

  •  Although the minimum GPA is 2.7, it sounds like to get an interview you need a good bit higher.  Rumor has it, they rank applicants based on lowest GPA (overall or science) and then offer interviews from the top.  They usually do not go below 3.2 for invites 
  • MMI style interview - 4 mini sessions with 2 interviewers (faculty or students), with 2 minutes to prepare and 6 minutes for each station.  
  • 7 year deadline for prerequisites
  • No organic chemistry requirement

Program Link:   Western University of Health Sciences PA Program Website


For the most up to date information on PA programs in one place, check out The Applicant’s Manual of Physician Assistant Programs. (Affiliate link)


Program Spotlight: Stanford University

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Location:  Palo Alto, California

Number of students:  Up to 50

Application Cycle:  CASPA April - October 1st w/ supplemental application

Interview dates:  January-February (they call these validation sessions)

Start date: June/July

Length of Program:  21 months

Public/Private:  Private

HCE:  3000 required direct patient care hours  (Average is 8791 hrs)

GPA:  A&P w/ labs and Microbiology GPA must be 3.0 or higher.  Prerequisites must be complete when application is submitted.  

Shadowing:  No specific requirement

The Good Stuff:

  • Primary care focus - The program is actually called the Primary Care Associate Program. It is offered as a certificate program, but there is an option to do an additional online program to obtain your Masters, which can be completed during the clinical year.  
  • 40% of class is minority groups
  • A degree is not required to apply, but you must have a BA to complete the Master's program
  • GRE is not required
  • No organic chemistry requirements
  • Interview/validation session - 2-on-1 with faculty, writing portion

Program Link:  Stanford PA Program Website


For the most up to date information on PA programs in one place, check out The Applicant’s Manual of Physician Assistant Programs. (Affiliate link)


Up and Coming: Charles R. Drew University

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Location: Los Angeles, California

Number of students: 26

Application Cycle:  April - January 15th of application year through CASPA

Interview dates:  October - January

Start date:  August

Length of Program:  27 months

Public/Private:  Private

HCE:  Preferred 2000 hrs (volunteer or paid)

GPA:  Overall and science GPA >3.0, with minimum B in prerequisite courses

Shadowing:  No specific requirement

The Good Stuff:

  • Program is currently under provisional status, and will be up for accreditation in March 2016
  • GRE is NOT required

Program Link:  Charles R. Drew University PA Program


For the most up to date information on PA programs in one place, check out The Applicant’s Manual of Physician Assistant Programs. (Affiliate link)


Program Spotlight: Loma Linda University

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Location: Loma Linda, CA

Number of students:  36

Application Cycle:  October 1st through CASPA and supplemental (Priority September 1st)

Interview dates:   Early January to late February

Start date:  September

Length of Program:  24 months

Public/Private:  Private

HCE:  2,000 hours hands-on experience

GPA:  Minimum 3.0 overall and science

Shadowing:  No specific requirement

The Good Stuff:

  • Option for international electives in Honduras or Malawi
  • As a religious university, students are required to attend chapel weekly and abide by the lifestyle requirements of the university (no drinking, no smoking, no illegal drugs)
  • Preference given to Seventh-day Adventists, graduates of Loma Linda University, applicants of under-represented populations, applicants with a history of meaningful, continuous involvement in community service consistent with the mission and values of Loma Linda University 
  • GRE is NOT required 
  • Currently on probational status 

Program Link:   Loma Linda PA Program


For the most up to date information on PA programs in one place, check out The Applicant’s Manual of Physician Assistant Programs. (Affiliate link)


Program Spotlight: University of Southern California

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Location:  Alhambra, CA

Number of students:  60

Application Cycle:  April - November 1st through CASPA with supplemental application; recommended to apply by September 1st due to rolling admission

Interview dates:  Early fall-early spring

Start date:  Fall

Length of Program:  33 month

Public/Private:  Public, but no preference for California resident

HCE:  Preferred

GPA:  Minimum 3.0 overall; minimum 2.75 science

Shadowing:  Preferred

The Good Stuff: 

  • Information sessions are available
  • No class the first summer semester
  • At least one year of Spanish is required, but no organic chemistry requirement
  • GRE or MCAT can be submitted

Program Link:  USC Keck PA Program


For the most up to date information on PA programs in one place, check out The Applicant’s Manual of Physician Assistant Programs. (Affiliate link)