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MMS Physician Assistant Program

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The CASPA application period for the Spring 2021 cohort is open. The deadline to submit an application is September 1, 2020.

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Application Process & Selection Criteria

The CASPA application period for Spring 2021 is from April 30, 2020 – September 1, 2020.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their applications and supporting documents as early as possible. Applicants are responsible for following up with CASPA to ensure all necessary documents are received. After CASPA confirms receipt of all necessary documents and completes the application, students must forward any updated transcripts for courses in progress at the time of application to the Office of Graduate Admission.

Admission to the Chapman University MMS PA Studies Program is competitive. Our selection criteria is based on an admissions rubric where points are given based on a combination of your CASPA application, academic performance (cumulative GPA, science GPA, and GRE), letters of recommendation, shadowing hours, patient contact hours, community service, diversity of life experiences, HRSA indicators, personal statement of intent and performance during an in-person interview.

Persons who have been dismissed from another PA program are not eligible for admission to Chapman University's MMS PA Studies Program.

The supporting documents include:

  • All official transcripts; must include degrees posted
  • GRE scores
  • TOEFL scores (if Bachelor’s Degree was completed at an institution where English is not the primary language of instruction)
  • Three letters of recommendation – one must be from a practicing PA, MD or DO
  • Patient Contact experience(s) hours
  • Observational/shadowing experience(s) hours
  • Personal statement of intent


The application deadline for classes beginning January 2021 is September 1, 2020. All applications must be e-submitted, verified, and all documents received by the September 1, 2020 deadline.

Your application is considered complete when CASPA has received all of the following:

  1. electronic application;
  2. all official transcripts;
  3. three letters of recommendation: one must be from a PA, MD or DO.
  4. official GRE scores
  5. CASPA processing fee

Admission Process

For 2020 Admissions Cycle (for classes beginning January 2021)

CASPA will open April 30, 2020

  • Step 1: Submit application and official transcripts via CASPA no later than September 1, 2020.
  • Step 2: Beginning in June 2020, a select group of qualified applicants will be contacted by phone or email, and invited for an on-campus interview.
  • Step 3: Complete the interview process.
  • Step 4: Admissions decisions will be made on a rolling basis until all class seats have been filled.
  • Step 5: Once accepted, submit a letter of confirmation with a nonrefundable deposit of $1,000 to the program to secure your seat in the upcoming class.
  • Step 6: Complete a successful background check, meet all health and immunization requirements and submit proof of BLS certification from an approved AHA course.

Please Note:

  • Our program requires all students to comply with the CDC vaccinations and health clearance requirements outlined in the AAMC Standardized Immunization Form. This must be completed by each admitted student’s healthcare provider. The form is available here: AAMC Standardized Immunization Form
  • The program will send specific deadline requirements to accepted students. If there are any problems or questions with uploading information, please contact CastleBranch. Students are notified if there are any deficiencies in required documentation at which time the student is responsible for correcting any deficiencies.
  • For those who do not have certain immunizations, it may take up to 6 months to receive the full series and have titers drawn. Accordingly, please make sure you allow yourself enough time to complete this requirement.

If you have a nonresponsive to the Hepatitis B vaccine series, (i.e. you have had the vaccine but your titers do not show immunity to Hepatitis B), please contact your medical provider for CDC recommendations.


All prerequisite coursework must be obtained from an accredited college or university in the United States with a grade of “C” or better. All science prerequisites must be completed and the grade needs to be reflected on your transcript at the time of submission, otherwise, your application will be flagged as “does not meet minimum requirements.” Non-science courses can be “in progress,” but they must be completed by the time of matriculation, and priority will be given to applicants with all prerequisites completed. Applicants will be denied if they do not meet the minimum admission requirements.

Quarter to semester unit conversion chart

Prerequisite Coursework

Basic Sciences:
Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II with labs 8 semester units
General Chemistry I & II with labs 8 semester units
General Biology I & II with labs 8 semester units
Microbiology with lab 4 semester units
Genetics 2 semester units
Medical Terminology 1 semester unit

*Human anatomy and physiology, chemistry, biology, and microbiology, may not be taken by an online or correspondence format.
** Medical Terminology may be taken as a Pass/Fail course.

English Composition  3 semester units
General Psychology 3 semester units
Intro to Sociology 3 semester units
Intro to Statistics 3 semester units
Pre-Calculus or Calculus 3 semester units
Recommended Courses:
Medical Ethics
Medical Spanish

Chapman B.S. Bridge Program

MMS-PA/BS Bridge

This program gives preferential consideration to excellent health science students from Chapman University for the Masters of Medical Science PA Studies Program. Preferential consideration is contingent upon the following criteria:

  • A formal declaration through the Office of the University Registrar as a pre-PA track student
  • B.S. in Health Sciences completed with a graduate GPA > 3.400
  • Completion of the following Chapman courses: BIOL 204, BIOL 208, BIOL 317, BIOL 330, HSK 105, HSK 210, HSK 365, HSK 366, CHEM 140, CHEM 150, PSY 203 or MATH 203, PSY 101, SOC 101, MATH 110, ENG 103, or courses determined by the Director of Undergraduate Health Sciences Program and Post Bachelor Program to fulfill the major course requirements
  • Above courses must be taken at Chapman University or identified as equivalent in the Chapman University / Saddleback College TAG agreement
  • Above courses only taken once
  • Above courses taken for a letter grade earning a "C" or better (exception: HSK 105 must be "pass")
  • Above courses must be completed by the end of the spring semester junior year
  • GPA for the above Health Science courses must be > 3.600
  • Meet the Technical Standards
  • 100 shadowing hours are completed with a PA, MD or DO and documented. Observational experiences to be arranged by the student. The program will not arrange nor recommend observational sites.
  • 1,000 hours of patient care experience (paid or voluntary)
  • Three letters of recommendation, one of which is from a PA, MD or DO
  • GRE score minimums: 150 Verbal, 150 Quantitative, 4.5 writing
  • Personal statement describing how your personal goals are in line with the mission of the program and how those goals will contribute to the community and to the profession. 5,000 character limit = approximately 625 words.
  • Successful interview with physician assistant admission committee
  • Successful completion of a background check.

For further information, please consult the University catalog or contact the Health Science Department.

Tuition, Tuition Refund, Fees, and Fee Refund Policy

Program Tuition

  • FALL 2020- $19,275.00
  • *SPRING 2021- $20,045.00
  • *SUMMER 2021- $20,045.00

*Rate change in Spring for Physician Assistant only

Tuition Refund Schedule for Rinker Health Science Students



Withdrawal within the first week of classes


Withdrawal within the second week of classes


Withdrawal within the third week of classes


Withdrawal after the third week of classes











Program tuition is subject to change and typically updated annually. For more information on Tuition, Student Health Insurance, Financial Aid, Refunds, and other student charges, visit the Student Business Services website.

Students are responsible for health insurance, transportation, parking, room and board, textbooks, laptops, medical equipment, and supplies. There are no out-of-state resident fees.



Textbooks $1500.00
Medical Equipment Kit w/ADC Adscope $120
Littman Stethoscope* $200
Portable Oto/Ophthalmoscope $600
Personal Safety Eye Protection $15
2-Scrub sets/1 white coat $100
Student Health Insurance** $2,040.00
Rinker Campus Parking (subject to change) $139
Clinical Rotation Parking $50 per rotation x 9 rotations = $450
Prior to matriculation:
HIPPA/OSHA Training Modules $30
Background Check/Drug Screening*** $65
Vaccine Tracking for 27 months $35
Background Check Before  Clinical Rotations*** $40
Drug Screening During Clinical Year*** $38 per screening x 2 tests = $76
Enrollment Health Clearance,
Vaccinations & Titers; Annual
Tuberculosis Testing;
Influenza Vaccination
N95 Mask Fit Testing $50
Grand Total: $5,660.00





















*Littman Classic III or the Littman Cardiology IV Diagnostic stethoscope is recommended by the program

**PA students are required to have Health Insurance, therefore the University bills health insurance as a part of the registration. For more information on the waiver or how to enroll in the health insurance plan please visit the Student Health Insurance webpage.

***A certified background check, drug screening, and medical insurance are required of all accepted applicants prior to matriculation into the program. Additional certified background checks and drug screenings may be required by clinical sites or preceptors.

Fee Refund Policy

Graduate student fees for the Physician Assistant Studies Program are non-refundable.

Technical Standards

Accreditation standards require that admission criteria into a PA program are established by the program faculty but must include Technical Standards for Admission developed by the accrediting agency, the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA).

The program signifies that the graduate is prepared for entry into the practice of medicine. It shows that the graduate must have the skills and knowledge to function in a broad variety of clinical situations and to render a wide spectrum of patient care. It is essential for good patient care to require minimum standards for the education of the physician assistant.

In the admission process, the University must judge not only the scholastic accomplishments and potential of the applicant, but also consider the applicant's current physical and emotional status, cumulative and progressive disability, and drug-induced impairments that may pose obstacles to the safe application of the student's knowledge and skill or prevent effective interaction with patients and co-workers.

In accordance with University policy and as delineated by federal and California law, the University does not discriminate in admission, educational programs or employment against any individual on the basis of that individual's handicap or disability and will make good faith efforts at providing reasonable accommodation as required.

Candidates for the program must possess the intellectual ability to learn, integrate, analyze and synthesize data. They must have functional use of the senses of vision, hearing, equilibrium, and taste. Their exteroceptor (touch, pain, and temperature) and proprioceptor (position, pressure, movement, stereognosis, and vibratory) senses must be sufficiently intact to enable them to carry out all the activities required to complete the activities described below. Candidates must have sufficient motor function capabilities to meet the demands of the PA program and the demands of total patient care. They must be able to complete the didactic and clinical curriculum in its entirety.

The candidate for the PA program must possess ability, aptitude and skills in five areas: observation, communication, motor, intellectual, behavioral and social.

  1. Observation: The candidate must be able to observe demonstrations and experiments in the basic sciences, visual presentations in lectures and laboratories, laboratory evidence and microbiologic cultures, microscopic studies of microorganisms, and tissues in normal and pathologic states. A candidate should be able to observe a patient accurately and completely at a distance and close at hand. Observation necessitates the functional use of the sense of vision and somatic sensation and is enhanced by a sense of smell.
  2. Communication: A candidate should be able to speak, to hear, and to observe patients in order to elicit information, perceive non-verbal communication, describe changes in mood, activity and posture. A candidate should be able to communicate effectively and sensitively with patients. Communication includes not only speech but reading and writing. Communication in oral and written form with the health care team must be effective and efficient.
  3. Motor: Candidates should have sufficient motor function to elicit information from patients by palpation, auscultation, percussion and other diagnostic maneuvers. A candidate should be able to carry out basic laboratory tests (urinalysis, CBC, wet mount, gram stain, etc.), carry out diagnostic and therapeutic procedures (phlebotomy, venipuncture, placement of catheters and tubes), and read ECG's and X-rays. A candidate should have motor function sufficient to execute motor movements reasonably required to provide general care and emergency treatment for patients. Examples of emergency treatment reasonably required of a physician assistant are cardiopulmonary resuscitation, the administration of intravenous medications, the application of pressure to arrest bleeding, the opening of obstructed airways, the suturing of simple wounds and the performance of simple obstetrical maneuvers. Such skills require coordination of both gross and fine muscular movements, equilibrium, and functional use of the senses of touch and vision.
  4. Intellectual: Conceptual, Integrative and Quantitative Abilities: These abilities include measurement, calculation, reasoning, analysis, and synthesis. Problem-solving, the critical skill demanded of PA's requires all these abilities. The candidate must also be able to comprehend three-dimensional relationships and to understand the spatial relationships of structures.
  5. Behavioral and Social Attributes: A candidate should possess the emotional health required for full utilization of his/her intellectual abilities, the exercise of good judgment, the prompt completion of all responsibilities attendant to the diagnosis and care of patients, and the development of mature, sensitive and effective relationships with patients. Candidates should be able to tolerate physically taxing workloads, and to function effectively under stress. They should be able to adapt to changing environments, to display flexibility and to learn to function in the face of uncertainty inherent in the clinical problems of many patients. Compassion, integrity, concern for others, interpersonal skills, interest and motivation are all personal qualities that are assessed during the Admission and education processes.


  • Completion of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college prior to matriculation into the Chapman University MMS PA Studies Program;
  • Completion of all prerequisite coursework with a “C” or better;
  • Overall cumulative GPA minimum 3.2;
  • Cumulative science GPA minimum 3.2;
  • All applicants must complete the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). No minimum GRE score is required, although your score will be taken into consideration in the overall assessment of your application. The GRE must have been taken with the last 5 years from the application deadline (no later than September 1, 2015). The official GRE score report must be received by Chapman University no later than September 1, 2020, for your application to be considered for admission. Chapman University’s institution code is 3681. A department code is not needed.
  • A TOEFL score is required if the bachelor’s degree was completed at an institution where English was not the primary language of instruction. TOEFL score must meet a minimum standard requirement of 80.
  • Technical Standards: qualified applicants must have abilities and skills in the following areas: observation, communication, motor, intellectual, conceptual, integrative, qualitative, and behavior/social.
  • Three letters of recommendation (one must be from a practicing PA or physician);
  • 1,000 hours of direct patient contact in a health care related work experience, voluntary or paid; click here to view the approved patient contact list
  • Personal statement/Narrative: Please describe your motivation towards becoming a PA. 5000 characters limit = approximately 625 words;
  • Personal interview: After initial assessment and screening of applications, selected candidates will be invited to interview on campus in Irvine, CA.
  • Background Check: successful completion;
  • Observational/shadowing experience with a licensed and practicing PA, MD or DO is preferred. Shadowing hours will not count towards the 1000 required direct patient contact hours. Applicants must enter any shadowing experience and the health care related area of the official CASPA application. Observational experiences to be arranged by the student. The PA Studies program will not arrange nor recommend observational sites. Please check the following website on shadowing:http://capanet.org/pa-students/ Clinical work experience, as well as any formal health career training (EMT, CAN, LVN, RN, RT, PT, MT, etc.),cannot be substituted for observational/shadowing hours.

This is a guide for courses at Chapman University that can be used to satisfy the Masters of Medical Science PA Studies Program prerequisites.

PA Prerequisite Requirement

Chapman Course Equivalent

Semester Units

Basic Sciences:

Human Anatomy with Lab

HESC/BIOL 210 Human Anatomy/

HESC/BIOL 210L Human Anatomy Lab



Physiology with Lab

HESC/BIOL 365 Human Physiology Part A/

HESC/BIOL 365L Human Physiology Part A Lab

BIOL 366 Human Physiology Part B/

BIOL 366 Human Physiology Part B Lab



General Chemistry with Lab I

CHEM 140 General Chemistry I/

CHEM 140L General Chemistry I Laboratory


General Chemistry with Lab II

CHEM 150 General Chemistry II/

CHEM 150L General Chemistry II Laboratory


Microbiology with Lab

BIOL 417 Microbiology

BIOL 417L Microbiology Lab


General Biology with Lab I

BIOL 204 From Molecules to Cells: Evolution of Life on Earth (Gen Biol I)

BIOL 204L From Molecules to Cells: Evolution of Life on Earth (Gen Biol I) Lab


General Biology with Lab II

BIOL 205 Evolution and Diversity of Multicellular Organisms (Gen Bio II)

BIOL 205L Evolution and Diversity of Multicellular Organisms (Gen Bio II) Lab


BIOL 208 (BCHM 208) Introduction to Molecular Genetics

BIOL 208L (BCHM 208L) Introduction to Molecular Genetics Lab

Medical Terminology

HUM 201 Medical Terminology: Latin and Greek Roots for Health Care Professionals

*Human anatomy and physiology, chemistry, and microbiology may not be taken by an online or correspondence format.


English Composition

ENG 103 Writing in Academic Environment


General Psychology

PSY 101 Psychology


Intro to Sociology

SOC 101 Sociology


Intro to Statistics

MATH 203 Intro to Statistics


Pre-Calculus or Calculus 

MATH 104 Pre-Calculus Mathematics


Strongly Recommended Courses:

Medical Ethics

PHIL 314 Medical Ethics


Foreign Students and Degree Credentials

All Foreign Academic records must be translated to English and certified by University Language Services and submitted to CASPA. If foreign transcripts are in English applicants still need to submit the foreign transcript to CASPA and also have them evaluated by one of the following services: World Education Services (WES), International Education Research Foundation (IERF), and Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE).

All foreign coursework and degrees must be evaluated for North American equivalencies with calculated GPA’s on a 4.0 scale by one these services and submitted to CASPA. We will only recognize the degree, course credentials and GPA that they have evaluated.

Depending on the circumstances, the applicant might have to begin with the language services because WES, IERF, and ECE will not evaluate the credential or coursework or calculate GPA without an English translation. All of these services are the responsibility of the applicant.

Due to new government regulations, we are unable to accept international students into this program at this time. We hope to be able to accept students for the next academic year. We apologize for any inconvenience and look forward to receiving your application at that time. If you have any questions, please contact intladmit@chapman.edu.

Scholarships & Financial Aid


The Chapman University PA Studies Program is pleased to be able to award a number of merit-based scholarships to incoming students who have demonstrated excellence in the following areas: Academics, Community Service, Diversity, Leadership, and Research.

Simon Scholar PA Scholarship Program

The new Simon Scholar PA Scholarship Program creates pathways for underserved Orange and San Diego County students facing adversity by offering full tuition scholarships. This scholarship supports eligible students who wish to earn their Masters in Medical Science degree (MMS) at the Chapman University Physician Assistant program. Learn more about the Simon Scholar PA Scholarship Program here.


The Graduate Financial Aid Office supports Chapman University’s mission and vision of being a student-oriented institution that provides personalized education to all students. To learn more about financial aid or to apply, please visit the Graduate Financial Aid Office website.

Upcoming Events & Information Sessions

The program hosts information sessions each spring and campus tours each summer and fall to provide information about the program and the application process.

To register for a group tour, please visit our Graduate Information Sessions page.

Student Handbook

View the current Student Handbook for the Chapman University MMS PA Studies Program.

PA Admission Office

Office: (714) 744-2190
Fax:     (714) 744-7911
Email:  paadmit@chapman.edu

Jennifer Grumet, MD   Director of Admissions
Alexis Adams   Admissions Coordinator