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California State University – Monterey Bay

Salinas,
CA
Information Last Reviewed by PreHealthAdmit: January 2023
1450 N Main St.
Salinas,
CA
93906

Program Website:

Admissions Office Email:

mspa_admissions@csumb.edu
831-772-7070

Program Information

Length of Program:

28 Months

Part-Time Option Available:  

No

Starting Semester: 

Spring

Accreditation:

Provisional

Students per Class:

33

PANCE First-Time Pass Rate: 

97%

Cost of Attendance (Resident / Non-Resident): 

$172,148 / $172,148   Includes living expenses.

Combined Degree Program(s) Offered: 

None

Admissions Information

Application:

Participates in CASPA:

Yes

Application Deadline:

April 1
(Rolling Admissions not Stated)

GPA:

Minimum GPA:   

3

Minimum Science GPA:

3

Average GPA: 

3.35

Average Science GPA:   

3.29

Shadowing and Experience:

PA Shadowing Required or Recommended:

Required

Minimum PA Shadowing: 

8

Patient Care Experience Required:

1000 Hours

Patient Care Experience Recommended: 

No Specific Recommendation

Additional Information Regarding Patient Care:

Competitive applicants will have completed a minimum of 500 hours of community service that directly benefits those who are disadvantaged.

Testing

Test(s) Required:

None

GRE Deadline:

Not Applicable

GRE Expiration:

Not Applicable

PA-CAT Deadline:

Not Applicable

CASPer Required:

No

CASPer Deadline:

Not Applicable

The GRE is not required, and scores will not be considered for admission to the MSPA program.

Coursework Policies

Coursework Expiration:

7 Years

Online Coursework Accepted:

Not Stated on School Website

Community College Coursework Accepted:

Yes

Pending Prerequisite Coursework Allowed:

No

Prerequisites

Course
Semesters
Required or Recommended
Notes
General Chemistry
2 Semesters with Lab
Required
(8 semester units or 12 quarter units, may not be introductory)
Organic Chemistry
Not Required
Biochemistry
Not Required
Biochemistry or Organic Chemistry Options
Not Required
Introductory Biology
2 Semesters with Lab
Required
General Biology with lab (8 semester units or 12 quarter units, may not be introductory)
Microbiology
1 Semester with Lab
Required
Upper-Level Biology
Not Required
Genetics
Not Required
Anatomy and Physiology
2 Semesters: 1 Each of Anatomy and Physiology, OR 2 Semesters of Combined Anatomy/Physiology, Each with Lab
Required
Must be human Anatomy and Physiology
Physics
Not Required
Medical Terminology
Not Required
English / Writing
1 Semester
Required
English Composition
Psychology
Not Required
Social Sciences
Not Required
Statistics
1 Semester
Required
Statistics for psychology, sociology or biology majors or Introduction to Statistics through a math department.
Other Math
Not Required
Foreign Language
2 Semesters
Required
Spanish- one year of coursework or the equivalent (AP Spanish, CLEP level I and II score greater than or equal to 63, or CSUMB test score greater than or equal to 356.
Other Requirements

None.

Other Recommendations

None.

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