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The Master of Medical Sciences (MMS) PA Studies Program at Chapman University is a 24 month, full-time, year-round cohort model. 

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What is a PA?

"PAs (physician associates/physician assistants) are licensed clinicians who practice medicine in every specialty and setting. Trusted, rigorously educated and trained healthcare professionals, PAs are dedicated to expanding access to care and transforming health and wellness through patient-centered, team-based medical practice." -aapa.org

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The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the Chapman University-Crean College MMS PA Studies Program sponsored by Chapman University. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.

Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be September 2030. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.

The program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website.

Mission | Vision | Goals


The Chapman University MMS PA Studies Program's mission is to provide an exceptional medical education that inspires compassionate and collaborative PAs who enhance access to high-quality patient care.


To educate a highly competent, culturally sensitive, ethical, and insightful PA who is ready to take on the challenges of healthcare in both the primary and specialty care areas. Chapman University faculty and staff will strive to inspire students with a personalized educational experience to become leaders who seek scholarly endeavors and show a commitment to service in diverse communities. Our graduates will practice evidence-based medicine as part of an interdisciplinary team while providing a positive impact on the global health system.


  1. Provide an exceptional medical education that prepares students for success on the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE). Measurement: Students will exceed the ARC-PA established pass rate currently set at 85% on the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE) for first-time takers.

NCCPA PANCE Exam Performance Summary Report - Last Five Years

NCCPA PANCE Exam First Time Taker Summary Report - Last Five Years

  1. Prepare students for success in clinical rotations. Measurement: Mean score on preceptor end of rotation evaluation of students will meet or exceed 3.5/5 annually. Preceptor End of Rotation Evaluation Summary Report - Last Five Years
  1. Prepare graduates for success as entry-level PAs. Measurement: Program will publish results of an alumni employment survey taken after graduation for all graduates. Yearly Alumni Survey Summary - Last Five Years

Disclosure for Professional Licensure and Certification

Chapman University offers degree programs that lead to professional licensure within the State of California, and which may also allow graduates to be eligible for licensure or certification in other states. However, other than for the State of California, Chapman University has not made an independent determination as to whether its MMS PA Studies Program curriculum meets a particular State's educational requirements for licensure or certification. Therefore, students and prospective students are strongly encouraged to contact the State’s licensure entity where they intend to practice to review all licensure and certification requirements imposed by the State(s) of their choice.

Chapman University is not responsible if a student is unable to qualify for State licensure or certification.


For more information about the process and requirements to apply for licensure with the PA Board of California, please click here.

Simon Scholar PA Scholarship

The Simon Scholar Physician Assistant Program at Chapman University creates pathways for students facing adversity by offering full-tuition scholarships. This scholarship provides eligible students the opportunity to earn their MMS at the Chapman PA program in two years with little or no debt.

Program Chair: Dr. Michael Burney

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