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» Program at a Glance

The Master of Medical Sciences (MMS) Physician Assistant Studies Program curriculum is a 24 month, full-time, year-round cohort model.

The curriculum is divided into:

  • 12 Months - Didactic
  • 12 Months - Clinical

Please view our Program Overview for additional information.

+ - Curriculum Outline




Year 1:
Didactic Phase

Principles of Medical Science Cardiology Emergency Medicine
History & Physical Diagnosis Pulmonology Clinical Skills
Human Anatomy with Lab Gastroenterology Neurology
Evidence Based Medicine Genitourinary Orthopedics/Rheumatology
Pharmacology Endocrinology Women's Health
Inter-Professional Education Hematology Ethics in PA Practice
PA Professional Practice I PA Professional Practice II ID & Immunology
EENT Dermatology Pediatrics
Mental & Behavioral Health Geriatrics
Fundamentals of Surgery
Research Methods and Design

Year 2:
Clinical Practice

Family Medicine Graduate Project I Graduate Project II
Internal Medicine - Inpatient Women's Health & OB-GYN Mental & Behavioral Health
Internal Medicine - Outpatient Emergency Medicine Pediatrics
General Surgery Elective

+ - Cohort Profile

Admissions Cycle 2018 Admitted Cohort Statistics (class of 2019)

  • Overall GPA: 3.56
  • Overall Science GPA: 3.47
  • Average GRE total (2 sections): 307
  • Average # of Patient Contact Hours: 2,734
  • Average # of PA Shadowing hours: 170

+ - Student Outcomes

The National Commission on the Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) Physician Assistant National Certification Examination (PANCE) will be taken by the first cohort of PA students in the Spring of 2019. 

Performance data will be posted here as it becomes available, including the NCCPA PANCE pass rate summary report listing PANCE rates for graduating classes, preceptor end of rotation evaluation of student scores, and graduation rates.

+ - CU B.S. Bridge

MMS-PA/B.S Bridge

This program guarantees an interview and preferential consideration for admission for excellent undergraduate Health Science students from Chapman University in the Master of Medical Science PA Studies Program contingent that they satisfactorily meet the following criteria:

  • B.S. in Health Sciences core courses (BIOL 204, BIOL 208, BIOL 410, HSK 365, HSK 366, CHEM 140, CHEM 150, CHEM 230, and PSY 203 or courses determined by the Director of Undergraduate Health Sciences Program and Post Bachelor Program to fulfill the major course requirements):
  • Must be taken at Chapman University or at a science transfer agreement program*
  • May only be taken once
  • Must be taken for a letter grade
  • Health Science core courses be completed by the end of the spring semester junior year
  • GPA > 3.6 in Health Science core courses
  • Meet the Technical Standards
  • Interview in senior year
  • 100 PA shadowing hours are completed and documented. Observational experiences to be arranged by the student. Program will not arrange nor recommend observational sites
  • All B.S. Health Science degree requirements are completed and degree bestowed by the University in any term their senior year  
  • Personal statement: 350-500 words, 12 Font, Times New Roman describing how your personal goals are in line with the mission of the program and on how those goals will contribute the community and to the profession.                            
  • Cumulative Undergraduate GPA at graduation > 3.4
  • Successful completion of background check.
  • A formal declaration through the Office of the University Registrar as a pre-PA major during the sophomore year, and for students enrolled in the Health Science post bachelor program, at time of enrollment into the Post Bachelor program

     * A science transfer agreement program is a formal agreement between Chapman University and a partner community college


Contact Us

Physician Assistant Studies Program
Chapman University
One University Drive
Orange, CA 92866