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Master of Physician Assistant Hybrid Program, CGS-Los Angeles

We help prepare professionals who will contribute to the advancement of the physician assistant profession through leading, life-long learning, and service.

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Program Highlights

<p><strong>Streamlined Curriculum</strong></p>
<p>Earn your master’s degree in as few as 24 months</p>

Streamlined Curriculum

Earn your master’s degree in as few as 24 months

<p><strong>Innovative Tools</strong></p>
<p>Learn with innovative medical visualization resources such as virtual dissection tables and augmented reality</p>

Innovative Tools

Learn with innovative medical visualization resources such as virtual dissection tables and augmented reality

<p><strong>Immersive Simulations</strong></p>
<p>Practice in technologically advanced immersive learning center to help you master patient care techniques and build confidence</p>

Immersive Simulations

Practice in technologically advanced immersive learning center to help you master patient care techniques and build confidence

<p><strong>Licensure Prep</strong></p>
<p>Receive individualized support as you prepare for your licensure examination to become a physician assistant</p>

Licensure Prep

Receive individualized support as you prepare for your licensure examination to become a physician assistant

<p><strong>Support after Graduation</strong></p>
<p>Lifetime career planning advice, resume writing guidance and interview preparation</p>
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Support after Graduation

Lifetime career planning advice, resume writing guidance and interview preparation

 

<p><strong>Hybrid Modality</strong> </p>
<p>Medical learning in a hybrid delivery modality with dynamic and diverse online, on campus, and clinical site experiences.</p>
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Hybrid Modality 

Medical learning in a hybrid delivery modality with dynamic and diverse online, on campus, and clinical site experiences.

 

Student Life at WCU

Join a diverse community of passionate, dedicated individuals at WCU.  With a culture that feels like a family, you will have all the support you need to be the best you can be. Join a study group to learn from your classmates or get some guidance through peer tutoring sessions. With small classroom sizes, you’ll have the opportunity to get to know your professors and get insight into the healthcare industry. Find a community that helps you build on your strengths and reach your academic goals.

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About the Hybrid MPA Program

The Master of Physician Assistant-California Hybrid Program at the Center for Graduate Studies provides an intentionally immersive learning environment focused on clinical and cultural competence, personal wellness and insight, and ethical responsibility. Through our unique approach to transformational education and student support, we help prepare medical professionals who demonstrate competent, compassionate, holistic, person-centric care with respect and equity to all persons and communities served.

We help prepare professionals who will contribute to the advancement of the physician assistant profession through leading, life-long learning, and service, within and across their communities.

Our program is delivered in a Hybrid modality with synchronous and asynchronous online learning and on-site immersion activities in addition to a full-year of in-person clinical rotations.

About WCU Hybrid MPA Degree and What Makes Us Unique

Our MPA program offers a hybrid curriculum that combines medical learning in a hybrid delivery modality with dynamic and diverse online, on campus, and clinical site experiences.  Our interactive-learning environment emphasizes interprofessional clinical experiences along with an online learning modality.  Learn in an environment that emphasizes person-centric care, interprofessional education, collaboration, communication, and leadership development.

Simulation Experiences

Our program is designed around providing hands-on practical experiences in a new, modern clinical simulation learning space. Students will be using high-fidelity manikins that incorporate the latest technology – programmed to mimic real-life patient scenarios. Our state-of-the-art facilities, located in Los Angeles, Ca., is equipped with spacious study areas indoors and outdoors, collaborative learning spaces to connect with faculty and colleagues, and an inpatient and outpatient clinical simulation space designed for active learning.

Clinical Experiences

As a part of the MPA CA Program, students will complete nine in-person 5-week clinical rotations. Currently, we have established all required rotations in Southern California and Texas. For students living outside these areas, the Program clinical team will work diligently to establish rotations in other regions, but this may not be possible for some or all of the rotations. For more information in this regard, see our Program Information and Disclosures webpage.

Come join a student centric university where student success is our priority. Get support as you prepare for the PANCE exam, including one-on-one guidance and tutoring. From the moment you start your program at WCU, to beyond graduation, you’ll receive the personalized attention and support you deserve. Our mission is to prepare medical professionals to demonstrate competent compassionate person-centric care with respect and equity to all communities served.

West Coast University supports its physician assistant students beyond the last day of class. We are committed to helping our graduates throughout their careers. Through our Career Service department, we provide ongoing assistance with professional and career development through workshops and guidance for our students and graduates.

WCU MPA-CA program may not be available to residents in certain states. Please contact your Admission Advisor for more information.

A student applying for admission to a graduate program at West Coast University must:

  • Submit a completed application for admission to WCU and through Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA).
  • Pay a non-refundable $75 application fee through WCU and $179 non-refundable application fee through CASPA.
  • Submit official transcripts for all previous higher education through CASPA.
  • Participate in an admissions interview arranged by the admissions department.
  • Meet all requirements by the application deadline to be considered.
  • Meet all program specific admissions requirements.
  • Complete the enrollment agreement if accepted to the program.

Program specific application requirements:

  • Obtain a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university, prior to matriculation.
  • Complete all aspects of the CASPA application including the personal statement and program specific questions.
    • List all college coursework taken (including foreign coursework and transcript evaluation from World Education Services (WES)) on the CASPA application.
    • Submit three letters of recommendation. These letters of recommendations must be able to provide feedback regarding your preparation for a profession in medicine including professionalism, work ethic, ethics and character, and academic preparation. Letters of recommendation must come from: medical providers (MDs, DOs, PAs, etc), professors, supervisors/employers, and mentors. Letters must not come from personal contacts such as family members, neighbors, personal medical providers, and religious leaders.
  • Meet the Technical Standards for admissions as follows:
    • Candidates must be able to observe and participate in demonstrations and experiments in the basic sciences.
    • Candidates must have sufficient use of the sensory, vision, hearing, motor, and somatic sensation necessary to perform a physical examination including point-of-care techniques.
    • Candidates must be able to perform examination activities such as palpation, auscultation, percussion, the administration of intravenous medication, the application of pressure to stop bleeding, the opening of obstructed airways, and the movements, equilibrium, and functional use of the sense of touch and vision.
    • Candidates must be able to learn to respond with precise, quick, and appropriate action in emergency situations.
    • Candidates must have the interpersonal skills necessary to communicate with accuracy, clarity, efficiency, and sensitivity.
    • Candidates must have the skills to be able to analyze and synthesize information, solve problems, and reach diagnostic and therapeutic judgments.
    • Candidates must be able to acknowledge evaluation and respond appropriately.
    • Candidates must possess the interpersonal skills to develop rapport and positive relationships with patients.
    • Candidates must possess basic technology and digital literacy.
    • Candidates are expected to possess the perseverance, diligence, and consistency to complete the PA Program curriculum. Candidates, therefore, must be able to tolerate physically taxing workloads, to function effectively under stress, to adapt to changing environments, to display flexibility, and to function in the face of uncertainties inherent in the clinical problems of many patients.
  • Pre-admission Academic Standards:
    • Have obtained a Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.7 or higher OR 3.0 or higher during the last 60 semester credits.
      • Determined on a case-by-case basis, when requested by applicants, the program may allow for post-baccalaureate academic coursework to be included in the GPA calculations. Program decisions in this regard are final and not open to appeal.
    • Applicants must provide documentation of having achieved 500 hours of observation, volunteer, and/or work in a clinical setting(s). (Waived for COVID restrictions)
    • Prerequisite science courses must meet a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average.  Non-science major/introductory courses are not accepted.
    • Must earn a “B” or better in all prerequisite courses.
    • Baccalaureate degree and prerequisite courses must be completed by September 1 prior to matriculation.
    • Advanced-placement courses will be accepted for the prerequisite courses of Statistics and Psychology. For all other prerequisite courses, advanced-placement, transfer-of-credit, pass/no credit, CLEP or credit for experiential learning will not be accepted.  Note: upon matriculation, all students are required to complete all courses in the program regardless of past academic and experiential history. The program does not award or grant advanced placement to replace any program courses or activities. 
  • Applicants for the Master of Physician Assistant California program must have completed specific prerequisite coursework from a regionally accredited institution in the United States recognized by the Department of Education
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification by American Heart Association prior to matriculation and current certification maintained throughout the program.

Required Prerequisite Courses:

  • Science Courses
    • Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II with lab (6 semester credits or 8 quarter credits) OR Human Anatomy I with lab (3 semester credits or 4 quarter credits) AND Human Physiology I with lab (3 semester credits or 4 quarter credits)
    • General Chemistry I and II with lab (6 semester credits or 8 quarter credits)
    • Microbiology with lab (3 semester credits or 4 quarter credits)
    • Human Genetics (3 semester credits or 4 quarter credits)
  • Social Science and Mathematics
    • Psychology (3 semester credits or 4 quarter credits)
    • Statistics (3 semester credits or 4 quarter credits)
  • In addition to the above, must have one of the following:
    • Organic Chemistry with lab (3 semester credits or 4 quarter credits)
    • Biochemistry (3 semester credits or 4 quarter credits)
    • Physical Chemistry (3 semester credits or 4 quarter credits)
    • Analytic Chemistry (3 semester credits or 4 quarter credits)

Preference will be given for:

  • Strong GPAs
  • No course repeats, withdrawals, or incompletes
  • History of healthcare experience (waived due to COVID-19 pandemic)
  • Strong written communication skills
  • Evidence of commitment to serving the underserved
  • Proven success taking online coursework.

International Applicants

  • International applicants who are not U.S. citizens and who are living in the U.S. must be prepared to provide proof of legal U.S. residency during the application process. Applicants must provide proof of legal U.S. residency prior to any offer of acceptance.
  • Transcript Evaluation by World Education Services (WES), submitted through CASPA.
  • Official TOEFL scores submitted to CASPA with a minimum score of 100 AND at least 25 in each section (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). TOEFL. Scores are only valid for two years.

Admissions Processes

  • The program follows a rolling admissions process where applications are reviewed, and applicants selected for interview throughout the application cycle.
  • The application cycle opens in late April when CASPA opens and ends September 30 of each year.
  • Individuals apply to the program via the Centralized Student Application Service (CASPA).
  • The West Coast University Center for Graduate Studies Admissions Office review applications and forward completed and appropriate applications to the MPA CA program for review.
    • In some cases, applicants may be denied an interview. Generally, these applicants do not meet the program’s admissions requirements.
  • Invited candidates attend a virtual interview with the program via a secure Zoom platform). The interview sessions include the following components:
    • Opening session with the Program Director welcoming candidates, reviewing the program and admission processes, introduction of faculty and candidates, review of program curriculum, and question and answer session.
    • Individual multiple mini-interviews (MMIs) with program faculty
    • Closing session with the Program Director and then, without the program director or faculty present, with current students for any remaining questions to be answered.
  • Admissions decisions are made near the time of the interview.
    • Following the interview, program faculty meet to discuss all candidates and make admissions decisions.
    • The program will offer admissions to candidates on this rolling basis such that more admissions seats will be available toward the beginning of the admissions cycle and fewer towards the end of the admissions cycle.
  • Admission decisions include:
    • Accepted for Admission
    • Denied for Admission
    • Alternate list for Admission
      • Alternate list applicants are re-reviewed following each subsequent admissions session and may be moved from waitlist to another admissions category (e.g., denied or accepted).

The University reserves the right to deny admission to applicants who do not meet the admissions and application requirements or are less competitive than other applicants. Applicant acceptance is limited by based on class size availability. The denial of admissions is final and may not be appealed.

Master of Physician Assistant Program Requirements

  1. Obtain background clearance.*
  2. Undergo one or more comprehensive drug screening tests.*
  3. Strict adherence to the Bloodborne Pathogens Policy and Exposure Control Plan.
  4. Submit documentation of immunizations, vaccinations, tuberculosis clearance.*
  5. Provide and maintain a current Basic Life Support (BLS) and ACLS certification.*
  6. Expect the hours and days to vary depending on the Trimester schedule.
  7. Expect the Trimester schedule to be final and non-negotiable. If a student refuses a clinical assignment, the student will be dismissed from the program.

*Information regarding these requirements is provided during the application process and at the program orientation.

Immunizations and Health Screening

The West Coast University Physician Assistant- California DE program policy on immunization and health screenings policy states students must have their immunization and health screening up to date with formal documentation from their healthcare provider. Our process is based on current CDC guidelines for healthcare professionals.  Students must provide proof of screening, vaccination, and/or immunity for the following:  

  • Completed and signed health clearance form from the student's primary physician.  
  • Tuberculosis (TB)- TB screening procedures vary based on a student’s immunization/disease history.   
  • Students who do not have a history of TB infection/disease or have not had positive TB test results in the past (regardless of BCG vaccination status) are required to have an initial TB skin test (TST) or QuantiFERON TB Gold or TSpot blood test within three months of matriculation (completed by student). Students who have a skin test only will be required to complete a second skin test within the first month of the program (provided by the school). (The second TST must be placed at least seven days after the first.) Annual testing is required thereafter.  
  • Students who have a positive history of TB disease must provide documentation of positive TB skin test (TST) results and TB treatment and must complete the program TB symptoms form upon matriculation. Students must complete the symptoms form annually. Based on the results of the symptoms form additional action may be required.  
  • Students who have tested positive for TB infection must provide documentation of positive TB skin test (TST) results and TB treatment, a negative two-view chest x-ray, and must complete the program TB symptoms form upon matriculation. Students must complete the symptoms form annually. Based on the results of the symptoms form additional action may be required. An additional negative two-view chest x-ray may be required by some clinical affiliates and will be the financial responsibility of the student. 
  • Tetanus-Diphtheria-Pertussis (Tdap/Td)- Evidence of one dose of Tdap within 10 years of all program activities. If a student has received Td only, then a one-time dose of Tdap must be received, then boost with Td every 10 years. 
  • Measles, Mumps, & Rubella (MMR)- Students born after 1957 must show immunity through documentation of a series of two doses of MMR vaccine (must be administered at least one month apart) OR laboratory evidence of immunity via positive antibody titer results. Students with negative or indeterminate antibody titer results will be required to complete the vaccination series.   
  • Varicella (chickenpox)- Evidence of immunity is documentation of two doses of the varicella vaccine (administered at least 28 days apart with the last dose completed at least two weeks prior to clinical start date) OR laboratory evidence of immunity via positive antibody titers.  Students with negative or indeterminate antibody titer results will be required to complete the vaccination series. 
  • Hepatitis B- Evidence of immunity is documentation of three Hepatitis B vaccines (2nd injection administered at least 28 days after 1st injection, and the 3rd injection must be administered 6 months after the 1st injection or 5 months after the 2nd injection) OR laboratory evidence of immunity via positive antibody titer (titer must be obtained at least 30 days after the 3rd injection). Students with negative or indeterminate antibody titer results will be required to complete the vaccination series and an antibody titer 1-2 months after the third dose of the second series.
  • Meningitis- Evidence of vaccination or signed waiver.
  • Annual Influenza vaccination- While WCU does not require annual influenza vaccination, students are expected to fulfill the immunization requirements of clinical sites.
  • COVID-19 vaccination- While WCU does not currently require COVID-19 vaccination, students are expected to fulfill the immunization requirements of specific clinical sites that require this vaccination.  

References Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Adult Immunization Schedule: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/hcp/imz/adult.html  

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Updated April 20, 2017.)  Recommended Vaccines for Healthcare Workers: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/adults/rec-vac/hcw.html 

Specified immunizations and health screenings are required for all students unless medically contraindicated (health care provider documentation must be provided and based on CDC contraindication guidelines).  By submitting immunization records, the student authorizes WCU to release the information in the WCU records to affiliated hospitals or clinics where a student is engaged in the clinical learning experience

Additional immunization and/or health screening requirements beyond those mandated by the program may be required by a clinical affiliate. If so, students will be made aware of additional requirements and will need to ensure compliance at their own cost, as necessary.  Immunization and health screening requirements will be reviewed annually by the program to ensure they minimally meet the most recent CDC recommendations, state-specific mandates, and affiliate policies. Students will be notified of changes to the immunization policy and given direction on how to complete any additional requirements, as necessary. Failure to comply with clinical site requirements for immunization and/or health screening resulting in incomplete supervised clinical practice experiences may enable students from completing the clinical year resulting in dismissal from the program.

 

Master of Physician Assistant- California Licensure Disclosure

To become a certified PA (PA-C), graduates must pass the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE), In addition, graduates must obtain state medical/physician assistant board licensure/registration. Licensure requirements vary from state to state.

A PA may not begin working as a Physician Assistant in most states until successfully passing the PANCE and obtaining state licensure/registration. There may be exceptions for state licensures or federal employment, such as the military. Failure to complete all necessary steps may constitute practicing medicine without a medical license. Upon graduation, students are responsible for ensuring certification and licensure/registration in their state of residence. West Coast University is not responsible for registration or licensing; the student is solely responsible for all such requirements and verifying proper authorizations to practice medicine have been obtained.

Health Insurance Requirement

Students enrolled in the Master of Physician Assistant- California program will be required to provide evidence of health insurance and maintain their health insurance while enrolled in the program.

Admissions Alternate list

A ranked alternate list of interviewed candidates for a position in the class is generated and maintained. In the event that an accepted candidate chooses to withdraw from the program prior to the beginning of classes, a candidate from the highest-ranked alternate position is notified and offered a seat in the class. Applicants chosen for the Alternate list are notified and offered acceptance on the Alternate list, but not notified of their position on the Alternate list.

Transfer Policy

The Master of Physician Assistant-California program does not allow for transfer credit.

Candidate Seat Deposit

Applicants that are conditionally accepted to the Master of Physician Assistant- California program will be required to submit a $500.00 good faith payment for a Seat Deposit. The Seat Deposit will be credited to your program costs. The University will retain maximum of $175.00 of this deposit should you cancel your enrollment within seven calendar days (excluding holidays) of enrollment or by the seventh calendar day of the first term, whichever is later. Deposits may be paid by money order or cashier’s check made out to West Coast University.

Supervised Clinical Practicum Experience (SCPE) Location

The MPA CA Program Clinical Team will work diligently to secure SCPEs within each student’s home region based on the approved clinical sites in states that have been vetted by the University.  WCU MPA-CA program may not be available to residents in certain states. Please contact your Admission Advisor for more information. In the event that all nine clinical rotations are not found in the student’s home region, the student will be required to come to California or another area with a established, clinical sites to complete one or more rotations. Travel to clinical rotations and the CGS campus are at the student’s expense.

Student Financial Responsibility for Clinical Site Travel

Students are required to travel to clinical sites that may be outside of their immediate area or state and are responsible for their own housing, transportation (reliable), food, and any related expenses.

Student Financial Requirement for Computer and Computer Specifications

Students are required to have a working laptop with the ability to function with Canvas LMS and the Examplify system/software at their own expense. Specifications for ExamSoft requirements are found here and University Computer requirements as detailed in the Information Technology Section of the WCU Student Handbook here.

How Much Does The Los Angeles Master of Physician Assistant Hybrid Program, CGS Program Cost?

We know school is a substantial commitment. At WCU, we want to equip you with all the information you need to make the right decision for your future.

Our goal is to give you a clear understanding of Los Angeles Master of Physician Assistant Hybrid Program, CGS tuition costs so you can be well-informed as you navigate the application and enrollment process. To assist you in your decision, we provide a breakdown below of the Master of Physician Assistant Hybrid Program, CGS program costs in Los Angeles at West Coast University.

We offer several financial aid options – including scholarships, grants, and loan access – to help support you through your studies.

For more information about your financial support options, visit our financial aid page.

Master of Physician Assistant (MPA) - CA

Degree Type Master of Physician Assistant
Total Program Credits 108
Program Length (Full-time) 6 trimesters
Tuition Cost (per credit) $1,019
Total Tuition Cost $110,052
Program Fee (clinical)  $4,500
Technology Fee ($300 per trimester)1 $1,800
Estimate for Materials & Supplies2  $1,075 
Estimate for Uniform Fees2 $320
STRF Fee3 (non-refundable; CA residents only)  $295
Application Fee (non-refundable) $75
Total Program Costs (non-CA residents) $117,822
Total Program Costs (CA residents)   $118,117

1 Technology Fee includes eBooks and online course materials, 24/7 technical support, Office 365, learning management system, mobile app, and portal access.

2 Program supplies include WCU identification card and background check

3 Effective April 1, 2022, the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) assessment rate will be two dollars and fifty cents ($2.50) per one thousand dollars ($1,000) of institutional charges.

The State of California established the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) to relieve or mitigate economic loss suffered by a student in an educational program at a qualifying institution, who is or was a California resident while enrolled, or was enrolled in a residency program, if the student enrolled in the institution, prepaid tuition, and suffered an economic loss. Unless relieved of the obligation to do so, you must pay the state-imposed assessment for the STRF, or it must be paid on your behalf, if you are a student in an educational program, who is a California resident, or are enrolled in a residency program, and prepay all or part of your tuition.

You are not eligible for protection from the STRF and you are not required to pay the STRF assessment, if you are not a California resident, or are not enrolled in a residency program.

It is important that you keep copies of your enrollment agreement, financial aid documents, receipts, or any other information that documents the amount paid to the school. Questions regarding the STRF may be directed to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education, 1747 N. Market Blvd. Ste 225 Sacramento, CA 95834, (916) 431-6959 or (888) 370-7589.

To be eligible for STRF, you must be a California resident or enrolled in a residency program, prepaid tuition, paid or deemed to have paid the STRF assessment, and suffered an economic loss as a result of any of the following:

  1. The institution, a location of the institution, or an educational program offered by the institution was closed or discontinued, and you did not choose to participate in a teach-out plan approved by the Bureau or did not complete a chosen teach-out plan approved by the Bureau.
  2. You were enrolled at an institution or a location of the institution within the 120-day period before the closure of the institution or location of the institution or were enrolled in an educational program within the 120-day period before the program was discontinued.
  3. You were enrolled at an institution or a location of the institution more than 120 days before the closure of the institution or location of the institution, in an educational program offered by the institution as to which the Bureau determined there was a significant decline in the quality or value of the program more than 120 days before closure.
  4. The institution has been ordered to pay a refund by the Bureau but has failed to do so.
  5. The institution has failed to pay or reimburse loan proceeds under a federal student loan program as required by law or has failed to pay or reimburse proceeds received by the institution in excess of tuition and other costs.
  6. You have been awarded restitution, a refund, or other monetary award by an arbitrator or court, based on a violation of this chapter by an institution or representative of an institution, but have been unable to collect the award from the institution.
  7. You sought legal counsel that resulted in the cancellation of one or more of your student loans and have an invoice for services rendered and evidence of the cancellation of the student loan or loans.

To qualify for STRF reimbursement, the application must be received within four (4) years from the date of the action or event that made the student eligible for recovery from STRF.

A student whose loan is revived by a loan holder or debt collector after a period of noncollection may, at any time, file a written application for recovery from STRF for the debt that would have otherwise been eligible for recovery. If it has been more than four (4) years since the action or event that made the student eligible, the student must have filed a written application for recovery within the original four (4) year period, unless the period has been extended by another act of law.

However, no claim can be paid to any student without a social security number or a taxpayer identification number.

NOTE: Applicants that are conditionally accepted to the Master of Physician Assistant program will be required to submit a $500.00 good faith payment for a Seat Deposit. The Seat Deposit will be credited to your program costs. The University will retain a maximum of $175.00 of this deposit should you cancel your enrollment within seven calendar days (excluding holidays) of enrollment or by the seventh calendar day of the first term, whichever is later. Deposits may be paid by money order or cashier's check made out to West Coast University.

MPA CA Program Learning Outcomes (Competencies)

Upon successful completion of the Master of Physician Assistant program, the practice-ready graduate should be able to:  

  1. Demonstrate evidence-based medical knowledge and practices to effectively provide holistic, person-centric care. (Patient-Centered Practice Knowledge)
  2. Integrate knowledge related to the business of healthcare to prepare students for professional practice and promote equitable utilization of resources for optimal patient care. (Health Care Finance and Systems)
  3. Illustrate person-centric engagement and practices including but not limited to cultural humility to promote optimal patient care and population health with all persons. (Society and Population Health)
  4. Demonstrate person-centric communications practices that optimize patient care. (Health Literacy and Communication)
  5. Exhibit interprofessional collaboration to improve patient outcomes and demonstrate leadership skills that prioritize safety. (Interprofessional Collaborative Practice and Leadership)
  6. Embody professionalism to be prepared for responsible and ethical medical practice. (Professional and Legal Aspects of Health Care)   

 Goal

Metric

Benchmark

Responsible Party/ Timing

1- The West Coast University Physician Assistant Program of California selects competent, qualified, and diverse applicants.

Competent: Admissions Criteria:

  • Multiple Mini Interview (MMI)*
  • Mission driven Admissions* MMI

Qualified:

  • Cumulative GPA
  • Clinical experiences
  • Grades in prerequisite courses

Diverse:

  • Gender
  • Race/ethnicity

Competent Admissions Criteria:

  • Matriculant Average Multiple Mini Interview Score (7/10)
  • Demonstrated Mission focus through MMI: Mission focused scoring in each MMI station 1.5 out of 3.0 on scale.

Qualified:

  • Cumulative GPA of 2.7 or last 60 hours GPA of 3.0
  • B or better in prerequisite courses
  • 500 hours of clinical experiences (waived for COVID restrictions)

Diverse:

  • Gender 30% or more non-female
  • Race/ethnicity 20% or more under-represented

Admissions Committee. Annually after enrollment cycle.

2-The West Coast University Physician Assistant Program of California provides intentionally immersive educational opportunities in support of student engagement* and deep learning*.

  • Curriculum mapping and design
  • Final individual course scores in all courses to show efficacy
  • Student satisfaction on end of course evaluation
  • Presence of at least one high impact practice* (immersive opportunity) in each syllabus
  • Student course scores Passing in 93% of students
  • Student satisfaction on Faculty/Course Evaluation with 80% of students rating it a 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 Likert Scale (average of all questions)
  • Curriculum committee
  • Annual survey assessment of curriculum delivery and efficacy

3-The West Coast University Physician Assistant Program of California provides experiences with diverse patient care opportunities to prepare students for compassionate, inclusive, person-centric care.

Clinical Rotation data:

  • Exxat patient logs demonstrating patient demographics, billing and coding, diagnoses, counseling and procedural opportunities
  • Demonstrating clinical experiences in:
    • Patient encounter benchmarks are noted on each core rotation syllabus to include: age, setting. Demographic information rubric for Exxat Logging includes: gender, and ethnicity.
  • Demonstration of variety of health system exposure in patient logging of clinical setting and patient insurance information.
    • Percentages averaged at the end of each clinical rotation.
    • Logging requirement in rubric: All funding areas are required through the clinical year including private insurance, government subsidized, and self-pay.
    • Billing and coding is required on all pt encounters.
  • Demonstration of variety of diagnoses, procedures, counseling, with task areas denoted by the NCCPA blueprint identified and mapped.
    • Top 10 list of diagnoses are designated for each core SCPE. Students are required to log each diagnosis and frequency/ percentage is documented at the end of each rotation.
    • Counseling services and patient education are required fields for patient encounters in the Exxat logging system. Students are required to document their participation in these activities during each SCPE. Exxat logs are reviewed weekly. 10% of all patient encounters must include patient counseling and/or patient education.
    • Procedures are logged in Exxat and in the Clinical Skills Passport. Students review the Clinical Passport weekly each SCPE. Deficiencies are identified and sought during the remaining SCPE. Required skills must be attained during the clinical year. If a skill is unable to be attained, students will have the opportunity to demonstrate the skill during the final Clinical Immersive*.

Director of Clinical Education is responsible for annual data extraction, reporting, and evaluation of clinical sites and patient diversity

4-The West Coast University Physician Assistant Program of California strives to meet or exceed the national average for the first-time pass rate on the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE).

PANCE scores

Each cohort’s pass rate will be at the national average for first-time test takers of the PANCE examination.

 

*Definitions

Clinical Immersive: During the Physician Assistant- California Distance Education Program, the students return to campus for hands-on, face-to-face instruction, competency, and high-stakes testing during one-week periods called clinical immersives. Immersive instruction includes, but is not limited to professionalism, history and physical exam skills, procedural skills, formative and summative assessment, interprofessional education opportunities, and simulation.

Deep Learning: Learning through the active process of reflection, integration/application of information, use of evidence, and refining critical- thinking and decision-making skills.

Immersive Education: Immersive opportunities refers to a highly engaging and interactive environment for students to utilize an artificial environment that induces thinking capacity. Immersive opportunities (high impact practices) include the use of technology, but are not limited to interactions requiring advancements in augmented, virtual, and mixed reality, 3D learning, and gamification. Each immersive experience can perpetuate further interactions and deeper learning.

Mission Driven Admissions: Mission driven admissions refers to admissions recruitment, review, and interview processes that align to the mission and goals of the program.

Multiple Mini Interview: A series of short independent assessments in a timed circuit used to assess an applicant’s character, professionalism, interpersonal skills, and ethical and moral judgement.

Student engagement: Student investment in their own learning through curioisity, attention, passion, and drive. Faculty in the Master of Physician Assistant- California Program encourage student engagement with goal-setting meetings, in- and out- of- class interaction, formative assessment opportunities, and reflection.

The Master of Physician Assistant-California Hybrid Program at the Center for Graduate Studies provides an intentionally immersive learning environment focused on clinical and cultural competence, personal wellness and insight, and ethical responsibility. Through our unique approach to transformational education and student support, we help prepare medical professionals who demonstrate competent, compassionate, holistic, person-centric care with respect and equity to all persons and communities served.

Master of Physician Assistant- California: The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the West Coast University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by West Coast University.

Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding Accreditation. Provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students.

Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class. The program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website.

Physician Assistant National Certifying Examinations

Five-Year First-Time Test Taker Summary Report (will be reported after first cohort, Class of 2025, completes their PANCE)

WCU MPA CA Program Attrition Table for Three Most Recently Graduated Cohorts (will first be reported after graduation of first cohort, Class of 2025)

  Graduated Classes
Maximum entering class size (as approved by ARC-PA) Class of 2024 Class of 2025  Class of 2026 
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Graduates -- -- --
*Attrition rate -- -- --
**Graduation Rate -- -- --

*Attrition rate calculation: Number of students who attritted from cohort divided by the entering class size.
**Graduation rate: Number of cohort graduates divided by the entering class size.

First Year



Our hybrid program combines online learning with in-person campus labs for hands-on experience.

 

01

SPRING TRIMESTER
PA501 Professionalism in Medicine I with Lab
PA504 Applied Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab
PA510 Holistic Medicine & Patient Care I
PA513 Holistic Medicine & Patient Care I Lab and Clinical Immersion
PA516 Problem Based Clinical Application Lab I

02


SUMMER TRIMESTER
PA531 Professionalism in Medicine II with Lab
PA534 Applied Anatomy & Physiology II with Lab and Clinical Immersion
PA540 Holistic Medicine & Patient Care II
PA543 Holistic Medicine & Patient Care I Lab and Clinical Immersion
PA550 Problem Based Clinical Application Lab II
PA558 Behavioral Medicine with Lab

03


FALL TRIMESTER
PA561 Professionalism in Medicine III with Lab
PA564 Applied Anatomy & Physiology III with Lab and Clinical Immersion
PA570 Holistic Medicine & Patient Care III
PA573 Holistic Medicine & Patient Care III Lab and Clinical Immersion
PA576 Problem Based Clinical Application Lab III
PA580 Health Communications
PA590 Clinical Preparation Skills Lab with Clinical Immersion

Second Year



For the Supervised Clinical Practice Experiences, students have 3, five week courses each trimester. These are not lock-step and the order will be determined by the faculty.

Students have to take 2 of the three elective courses.

04

SPRING II TRIMESTER
PA660 Advanced Clinical Seminar I
PA664 Certification Preparation I

05


SUMMER II TRIMESTER
PA670 Advanced Clinical Seminar II
PA674 Certification Preparation II

06


FALL  II TRIMESTER
PA680 Advanced Clinical Seminar III with Clinical Immersion
PA684 Certification Preparation III

04-06 TRIMESTERS
CLINICAL ROTATIONS

PA662 Family Medicine Supervised Clinical Practice
PA688 Internal Medicine Supervised Clinical Practice
PA672 Pediatric Medicine Supervised Clinical Practice
PA678 Women’s Health Supervised Clinical Practice
PA682 Behavioral Medicine Supervised Clinical Practice
PA686 Surgery Supervised Clinical Practice
PA688 Emergency Medicine Supervised Clinical Practice
PA690E Supervised Clinical Practice Experience Elective I
PA692E Supervised Clinical Practice Experience Elective II
PA694E Supervised Clinical Practice Experience Elective III
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