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Simon Scholar Physician Assistant Program

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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 2019 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 Scholars PA scholarship.

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

Simon Scholar PA Program Application Process


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Selection Criteria

Simon Scholars PA program selection criteria:

  • First-generation college student
  • Underserved student
  • Primary residence in Orange or San Diego County
  • History of economic adversity
  • History of personal adversity
  • Demonstrated leadership
  • History of academic excellence and achievement
  • Ongoing community service
  • Plans to apply to the Chapman University Physician Assistant program for class beginning in Spring 2021 (Class of 2023).
  • Willing to commit to clinical practice as PA in Orange or San Diego County post-graduation

Application Process

This process is for scholarships to be awarded to qualifying applicants for the Chapman University PA program Class of 2023 (beginning in Spring 2021).

The scholarship application portal is now open. CLICK HERE TO APPLY

Step 1: Fill out and submit the scholarship application form which includes:

  • Your personal essay telling us about yourself and why you are applying to the Simon Scholar PA Program.
  • Required Residency Status for Orange or San Diego County CA and Tax Information (All financial need statements will be handled with confidentiality.
  • Three required references.
  • The deadline for this scholarship application is September 15, 2020. The application portal will close after all scholarships have been awarded.

Note: The Simon Scholars Scholarship application is separate from the CASPA application

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 scholarship interview.

Step 3: Complete the scholarship interview process. Scholarship interviews may be conducted on the same day as the Chapman University PA Program admission interviews.

Step 4: Apply for admission to the Chapman University PA Program using the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) portal. The CASPA portal opens is now open.


CASPA Portal

PA Program Admission Page

Note: The Chapman PA program CASPA application deadline for classes beginning January 2021 is September 1, 2020. All applications must be electronically submitted through CASPA, verified, and documents may be received after the deadline, but your application will not be reviewed until all documents have been received.

Step 5: Receive formal acceptance notification from Chapman University PA Department of acceptance to the MMS PA Studies Program.

Step 6: Once accepted to the Chapman PA Program, submit a letter of confirmation with a nonrefundable deposit of $1,000 to the program to secure your seat in the upcoming class

Step 7: You will be notified of your scholarship application decision by September 30, 2020. Scholarships will be awarded from June 2020 to September 30th, 2020.

About Physician Assistants


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What is a Physician Assistant?

PAs are Licensed healthcare professionals who practice medicine with physician supervision (MD, DO). They diagnose illness, develop and manage treatment plans, prescribe medications, and often serve as a patient’s principal healthcare provider. With thousands of hours of medical training, PAs are versatile and collaborative. PAs practice in every state and in every medical setting and specialty, improving healthcare access and quality.

Why Become a Physician Assistant?

As the population grows and ages, there is a nationwide shortage of health care providers. PAs can help meet this need.

What are the benefits of becoming a PA? For example, how much do PA's earn? 

The starting salary range for a PA is $120k per year. The path to a PA license is faster than that of a physician and, in the case of Simon Scholars, that path may be debt-free. Many students are offered as many as five or six positions before they’ve completed the Chapman University PA program. PAs are one of the most versatile healthcare providers because they are educated as medical generalists. This is unique to the PA profession.

How can I get more information on the PA profession?

Visit the AAPA website: https://www.aapa.org/what-is-a-pa/

About the Simon Scholars PA program


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Do I need to be a Simon Scholar to apply for the scholarship?

No. Non-Simon Scholars may apply for the Simon Scholar PA program scholarship award.

Am I guaranteed a Simon Scholar PA program scholarship if I am a current or past Simon Scholar?

Although status as a current or past Simon Scholar does not guarantee a scholarship award, all highly qualified Simon Scholars will be guaranteed an opportunity to interview for a Simon Scholar PA program scholarship award. Invitations to the scholarship interviews are contingent upon satisfying all application criteria.

Do I need to submit applications for both the Simon Scholar PA program and the Chapman University PA program?

Yes, both applications need to be submitted, along with any additional required documentation, in order to be considered for the scholarship.

Do I need to be accepted to the Chapman PA program in order to be considered for a scholarship?

Yes, admission to the Chapman PA program is required for scholarship consideration. Once accepted, you would be required to submit a letter of confirmation of acceptance to Chapman University Graduate Admissions Department with a nonrefundable deposit of $1,000 to secure your seat in the upcoming class.

Note: Admission to the Chapman PA program is not a guarantee of being awarded this scholarship

What does the scholarship cover?

Simon PA Scholarship awardees will receive a full-tuition scholarship to complete the Chapman University PA program. In many cases, Simon Scholars will graduate with their master’s degree debt-free.

What is not covered by the scholarship?

The scholarship does not cover living expenses and the accepted student registration deposit for the Chapman PA program.

Am I guaranteed a Simon Scholar PA program scholarship if I meet the application requirements?

Scholarships are limited. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee either an interview or a scholarship award. The Simon Scholar PA program will accept the most qualified candidates based on application requirements, in-person interviews, and overall application profiles.

Can I apply for the scholarship if I am an Undocumented Student?

Yes. Your application for the Simon Scholar PA program will not be evaluated based on your immigration or DACA status. Your scholarship award will not be affected if you do not have, or lose, immigration or DACA status.

Will I need to interview for the Simon Scholar PA program scholarship?

Yes, interviews will be conducted starting in June 2020 and end in September 2020. Scholarship interviews may be conducted the same day as the Chapman University PA Program admissions interviews.

About the Chapman University PA Program


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Why should I choose Chapman University’s PA program?

Close relationships with graduate school colleagues and faculty, leading-edge facilities, high ethical standards and real-world partnerships with leading health care organizations are just a few of the reasons to choose Chapman University’s Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences’ Physician Assistant Program. We are a research-based institution that offers a rigorous, interprofessional education. Our emphasis is on best practices to provide optimum patient well-being.

How and when do I apply to the Chapman University PA program?

Applications to the Chapman University PA Program can be submitted using the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) portal.

The CASPA portal is now open.  

The Chapman PA program application deadline for classes beginning January 2021 is September 1, 2020.

All applications must be e-submitted, verified, and all documents received by September 1, 2020 deadline. 

How can I get more information on the Chapman PA program?

Visit chapman.edu/physician-assistant for more information.

About the Simon Scholars Foundation


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What is the Simon Scholars Foundation?

Simon Scholars, a program from Simon Foundations, provide “opportunities for students facing adversity.” Ron Simon, the founder, realized that financial aid alone was not enough for many students facing difficult circumstances, so the Simon Scholars provide leadership development and college access. Each year, the Foundation selects 120 new Simon Scholars. Currently, 230 students participate in the high school program and 450 in the college program. Simon Scholars attend prestigious colleges throughout the U.S. To date, the Foundation has provided more than $45 million in financial aid to Scholars. Visit our website for further details.

How can I get more information about the Simon Scholars Foundation?

Visit the Simon Scholars website: https://simonscholars.org/
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  • 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.

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    Gerald Glavaz, DHSc, PA-C

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

    glavaz@chapman.edu

     

     

    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
    krivoruchko@chapman.edu

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Accreditation

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.

Associate Dean: Gerald Glavaz, DHSc, PA-C

Administrative Coordinator: Kseniya Krivoruchko

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