This program has been granted Accreditation-Provisional status by ARC-PA. Learn more about provisional accreditation
The MSPA program at CSUMB is a full-time, 28-month, year-round graduate program, consisting of 83 credit hours completed over 7 semesters. MSPA courses have a different fee structure and academic calendar; please contact Extended Education for more information. The curriculum is separated into didactic, clinical, and hybrid semesters. The curriculum structure is specially designed to prepare students with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to be competent PAs upon completion of the program.
Student are required to participate in all program activities, comply with all program and university policies, and demonstrate professional behavior as defined in the MSPA Student Handbook. Students are assessed through written examinations and performance evaluations throughout the duration of the program. Students must pass each component of the curriculum to make satisfactory progress in the program.
Complete ALL of the following courses:
MSPA students will demonstrate an investigative and analytic thinking approach to clinical situations
MSPA students will demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that result in effective information exchange with patients, patients' families, physicians, professional associates, and other individuals within the health care system.
MSPA students will demonstrate care that is effective, safe, high quality, and equitable.
MSPA students will demonstrate a high level of responsibility, ethical practice, sensitivity to a diverse patient population, and adherence to legal and regulatory requirements.
MSPA students will be able to assess, evaluate, and improve their patient care practices.
MSPA students will demonstrate an awareness of and responsiveness to the larger system of health care to provide patient care that balances quality and cost, while maintaining the privacy of the individual patient.
The CSUMB MSPA program does not offer advanced standing.
Students must complete all curriculum components in sequence. All courses must be completed before advancing to the next semester.
All clinical rotations during the second year of the program begin in January and end in December. Course sequences may vary for each student.
CSUMB will confer a Master of Science Physician Assistant degree to students upon successful completion of all program requirements.
April 29 - May 3
August 5 - 9
December 9 - 13