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Simon Scholar Physician Assistant Program

» Full Tuition Scholarship to Chapman PA Program


Overcoming Barriers to Impact the World in Positive Ways


The new Simon Scholar Physician Assistant Program at Chapman University creates pathways for students facing adversity by offering full-tuition scholarships.

This scholarship provides eligible students who wish to earn their Masters in Medical Science degree (MMS) at the Chapman University Physician Assistant program with the opportunity to graduate in two years with little or no debt and join the profession ranked number one in best healthcare jobs in 2021 by U.S. News & World Report.

Student debt can have a significant effect on career choices, as well as clinical practice types and location. This impact is especially significant for underserved students facing financial adversity. Our goal is to minimize the impact on student debt for students awarded the Simon Scholar PA Program scholarship.

Qualified applicants to Simon Scholar PA Program must also meet Chapman University PA Program admissions requirements.

Simon Scholar PA Program Application Process

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About Physician Assistants

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About the Simon Scholar PA Program

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About the Chapman University PA Program

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About the Simon Scholars Foundation

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  • Events
  • Team
  • The Chapman PA Program hosts information sessions each spring and campus tours each summer and fall to provide information about the program, the application process, and the Simon Scholars PA Scholarship.

    For more information about these events visit the PA Program Event Page.

  • Glavaz

    Gerald Glavaz, DHSc, PA-C

    Associate Dean for PA Studies, Simon Scholarship Program
    Rinker Health Sciences Campus
    (714) 744-7899




    Gerald Glavaz is the Associate Dean of the Simon Scholar PA Program Fund at Chapman University. He received his Master of Physician Assistant Science (MPAS) from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln before completing his Doctor of Health Sciences Studies (DHSc) at A.T. Still University in 2013. He served as a professor and clinical director of Loma Linda University’s Physician Assistant Sciences program from 2008 to 2014 before becoming Department Chair and Program Director in 2014, a role he maintained until his move to Chapman. Additionally, Dr. Glavaz authored several peer-reviewed publications, was responsible for Loma Linda’s Song-Brown Healthcare Workforce Training Grant and has been an active member of the PA lobby to the U.S. House of Representatives to increase federal funding for PA programs. His personal mission is to promote and maintain an educational standard of excellence for PA students. Dr. Glavaz’s areas of interest include improving medical access to the underserved, PA program collaboration and program assessment. He is a member of Pi Alpha, the national Physician Assistant honor society. 

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    Kseniya Krivoruchko

    Administrative Coordinator

    Rinker Health Science Campus
    (714) 516-5266
  • Accreditation
  • 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 here.

Associate Dean: Gerald Glavaz, DHSc, PA-C

Administrative Coordinator: Kseniya Krivoruchko

Rinker Health Science Campus
9401 Jeronimo Road  Irvine, CA 92618
Main: (714) 516-5266
Fax: (714) 744-7911

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