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MMS Physician Assistant Program

» Master of Medical Science Physician Assistant Program

Chapman University's Physician Assistant program offers the didactic and clinical curricular excellence that will confer a Master of Medical Science (MMS) degree. Graduates are eligible to sit for the national certification examination through the National Commission on the Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). Once nationally certified, graduates of Chapman University’s PA program are eligible to apply to the California State Medical Board or another state board for a license to practice in the state.


The program is housed in the state-of-the-art Harry and Diane Rinker Health Science Campus in Irvine, California.  The Doctor of Physical Therapy program, School of Pharmacy and Communication Sciences and Disorders are also housed at this facility.  


The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted provisional accreditation status to the Chapman University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Chapman University. (updated March 2019)

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.

In addition, Chapman University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities (WSCUC). Chapman was first accredited in 1956 and was last reaffirmed February 2014. Chapman University’s next WSCUC accreditation reaffirmation IRP is scheduled for 2022.

Please visit the WSCUC webpage for additional information on their Institutional Review Process (IRP).


+ - Mission | Vision | Goals


To provide a personalized and exceptional medical education, that inspires compassionate and collaborative health care providers who enhance access to high-quality care in the community.


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 to 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). View our Class of 2018 PANCE Summary Report
  1. Prepare students for success in diverse supervised clinical practice settings. Measurement: Preceptor end of rotation evaluation of students will meet or exceed 3.5/5. View our Class of 2018 Preceptor End of Rotation Evaluation Summary Report  
  1. Prepare graduates for success as entry-level PAs.
    Measurement: Program will publish results of alumni employment survey taken 6 months after graduation for individuals actively seeking employment. View our Class of 2018 Alumni Employment Survey Summary Report

+ - Facilities

Simulation Suite

The PA program utilizes a comprehensive clinical space on the Rinker Campus. There are two large lab rooms equipped with 26 patient exam tables and a patient evaluation suite with six individual patient care rooms. The program uses the larger lab rooms to teach, practice and assess physical exam and clinical skills, patient procedures, and care simulations.  Simulation mannequins enable students to take part in real life patient scenarios across the life span.  Students experience simulated patient cases in multiple clinical environments across several areas of care, including but not limited to: emergent, acute, chronic, and preventative medicine. Other simulation equipment includes various interactive mannequins and models of individual organ systems in the human body to practice and assess examination skills. The patient evaluation suite includes 6 patient examination rooms that are modeled after clinic rooms students will experience in practice. The suite is equipped with video and voice recording equipment for each room and a surgical scrub sink. The suite also allows for frequent student assessment with colleagues or standardized patients in a simulated clinic environment that brings didactic learning to the realities of patient care. 

Anatomy Wet/Dry lab

One space is used for human tissues that are considered “dry." The other lab "wet" houses our resident cadavers. The dry lab fits 29 and the wet lab fits 49 people comfortably, equipped with 8 flat screen TVs (three in Wet/Dry lab and five in Cadaver Lab), multiple microscopes, individual extension cords so all students can bring in their personal laptops and electronics.  A rolling camera cart allows for viewing of dissections that are occurring from the cadaver room, and the viewing can be presented in the dry lab. This camera allows for more students to learn the dissection, and not overcrowding near a specific specimen. A rolling computer cart, AppleTV and HDMI Laptop connection are provided in each room.

+ - Upcoming Events


The 2019 CASPA Admissions Cycle opened on Thursday, April 25, 2019 for the Class of 2021 that is scheduled to matriculate on Monday, January 6, 2020. 

Application deadline is September 1, 2019.  We strongly recommend candidates submit their completed applications early due to our rolling admissions process. 


The PA studies 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 campus tour, please visit our Graduate Program Information Sessions page.

For questions or more information email: paadmit@chapman.edu

+ - Scholarship & 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.


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

+ - Faculty

Ari Babaknia, MD
Medical Director
Clinical Faculty
Gabriela Belinsky, MPAS, PA-C
Assistant Professor
Clinical Faculty
Michael Burney, EdD, PA-C
Program Director/Chair
Associate Professor
Clinical Faculty
Richard Granese, MD

Jennifer Grumet, MD
Director of Admissions
Assistant Clinical Coordinator
Assistant Professor
Clinical Faculty
Brian Kolski, MD
Stephanie Saldivar, MSHS, PA-C
Director of Clinical Education
Assistant Professor
Clinical Faculty
Shay Seitz, MS, PA-C
Assistant Professor
Clinical Faculty
Mara Snee, MPAP, PA-C
Director of Academic Education and Assessment
Assistant Professor
Clinical Faculty
Associate Professor
Clinical Faculty

Benjamin Willett, MS, PA-C
Assistant Professor
Clinical Faculty

+ - Staff

Ramona Alonalon
Senior Administrative Assistant
Alexis Adams
Admissions Coordinator
Rachel McKinney
Administrative Assistant

+ - Clinical Preceptor & Affiliations


Clinical preceptors play an essential role in the education of the next generation of physician assistants and are in high demand. Clinical preceptors, who open up their practices to students and spend time educating them on the proper clinical evaluation and treatment of patients, may include licensed physicians and other licensed health care providers such as PAs and nurse practitioners.

The main reward preceptors receive is the knowledge that they are helping to ensure that capable and competent health care providers are entering the U.S. health care delivery system. A full list of proposed benefits can be found in the links below.

Physicians may be interested in having students rotate at their sites if they are considering hiring a PA in the future. Students also have a better sense as to whether they want to work for a particular practice after spending considerable time there. Many PA students get their first job through a clinical rotation.

While students rotating at a clinical practice tend to slow down patient movement, they also can add value by providing current standard of care practice knowledge as well as patient education. With the correct teaming of the preceptor and student, it can be a worthwhile and educational experience for all involved.


We have established clinical rotation sites with leading medical facilities in Southern California. Some of our current clinical partners include:

    • University of California Irvine
    • Memorial Care Medical Group/Foundation
    • OptumCare Medical Group
    • Hoag Hospital Newport Beach
    • Hoag Orthopedic Institute
    • St. Joseph Hospital of Orange
    • St. Jude Medical Center
    • Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC)
    • Tri-City Medical Center
    • AltaMed Medical Group
    • Private practices throughout Orange, San Diego and Los Angeles Counties

If you are interested in learning more about the role of a Preceptor or becoming a Preceptor for our program, please contact the PA Studies Program at (714) 744-7631 or email paprogram@chapman.edu 

+ - Certification

Graduates will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination through the National Commission on the Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). Once nationally certified, graduates of Chapman University’s PA program will be eligible to apply for state licensure to the applicable state licensing body. Successful completion of the program does not itself ensure certification and/or licensure.

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Contact us

Michael S. Burney, EdD, PA-C
Program Director/Chair
(714) 516-5420
Ramona Alonalon
Senior Administrative Assistant
(714) 744-7631
Alexis Adams
Admissions Coordinator
(714) 744-2190
Rachel McKinney
Administrative Assistant
(714) 744-7867
Fax (714) 744-7911

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