Master of Health Science Physician Assistant Studies

Master of Health Science Physician Assistant Studies

Physician Assistant Program -Master of Health Science

A Message from the PA Program Director!

Katayoun Moini PA-C, RD, MHS, CNSC

Congratulations on taking the first step to advancing your education in health and medicine!  At Charles Drew University (CDU), we pride ourselves in striving for excellence.  Named in honor of the brilliant Dr. Charles R. Drew whose revolutionary work in blood preservation forever transformed medicine.  At CDU we strive to emulate Dr. Drew’s dedication to advancing medicine and hope to carry on his legacy by setting high standards for the selection of students.  Dr. Drew is the inspiration for the University’s mission and values.
The PA Program will recruit students who believe in the importance of sharing medical knowledge to benefit the global community.

The CDU Physician Assistant program is located within the College of Health and Science and is a 27-month master’s program beginning in August of each year.  CDU will provide students with the skills necessary to become exemplary medical providers upon completion of the program. 

Students will learn and acquire clinical skills in a variety of healthcare settings and will obtain experience in disease management, disease prevention and health promotion.  A strong emphasis on medical nutrition therapy in the curriculum will prepare students to address complex nutritional needs of patients. After completion of the MPA 642 Medical Nutrition Therapy course, students will be prepared to apply for the nutrition support national certifying exam and obtain credentialing as a Certified Nutrition Support Clinician. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to perform cadaver dissection, practice physical diagnosis and history taking skills, and work with standardized patients in the Clinical Skills and Simulation Center. Students will share the campus and have the opportunity to collaborate with members of the medical, nursing and public health disciplines. Graduates will earn a Master of Health Science (MHS) from Charles Drew University.

If you have any questions about the program, please do not hesitate to contact me at, 323-563-5882

The CDU PA program truly cares about the success of students, faculty and the surrounding community. The CDU PA Program will provide students with the tools necessary to build a strong foundation in medicine. This foundation will consist of a comprehensive and diverse core curriculum, strong clinical affiliations and resources necessary to support student success. Program faculty will have the unique skills necessary to engage and enhance learning experiences. Student-centered, innovative teaching approaches will encourage creativity and help develop future leaders. Graduates of the program will have distinctive skills and experiences that will set them apart from other medical providers, so they are not just another “Brick In The Wall”.

A Message from the President!

David M. Carlisle, MD, PhD
President and CEO

We have our PA Program Director On-Board!

We are pleased to announce the founding Master of Health Science PA Program Director, Katayoun Moini.  Professor Moini is a Certified Physician Assistant who joined the CDU faculty in September 2014.  Prof. Moini received her Master of Health Science, Physician Assistant degree from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut.  She is certified through the National Commission on the Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) and licensed as a Physician Assistant by the State of California.  She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Nutrition from Oregon State University and is a Certified Nutrition Support Clinician (CNSC) and Registered Dietitian. 

Her experience includes appointments as Educational Coordinator and Clinical Assistant Professor in the Physician Assistant Program at Quinnipiac University, as Assistant Professor in the Quinnipiac University Department of Medical Sciences, and has extensive service as a Physician Assistant in a number of clinical settings, with an area of specialty in blood and marrow transplantation. 

The new Master of Health Science Physician Assistant Program at CDU has applied for Provisional Accreditation from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA), and anticipates matriculating its first class in August 2016, pending achieving Provisional Accreditation status at the March 2016 ARC-PA board meeting.  Prof. Moini will be responsible for guiding the Physician Assistant Program through the accreditation pathway process required by the ARC-PA, and overseeing all aspects of this new master’s level program.  (Accreditation- Provisional is an accreditation status for a new PA program that, at the time of its initial accreditation review, demonstrated its preparedness to initiate a program in accordance with the accreditation Standards set forth by the ARC-PA.)

Prof. Moini was a member of the U.S. Inline Hockey Team and competed at several World Inline Hockey tournaments.  She also has a nationally registered therapy dog, Luci, who is an ambassador for her breed.  Luci, an American Staffordshire terrier, specializes in working with children with learning disabilities and makes a fantastic skating companion along the boardwalk in Venice Beach!  We are very excited about developing the new graduate level Physician Assistant Program and welcoming Ms. Moini to the CDU family!

**Accreditation Status **
The Charles Drew University PA Program is currently in the developmental phase. Information provided on this website is subject to change. Please check back frequently for program and accreditation status updates.

Charles R. Drew University is in the process of developing a Master of Health Science in Physician Assistant Studies program. The Charles R. Drew Physician Assistant Program has applied for Accreditation - Provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). The Charles R. Drew University PA Program anticipates matriculating its inaugural class in August 2016 pending achieving Accreditation - Provisional status at the March 2016 ARC-PA meeting. Accreditation - Provisional is an accreditation status for a new PA program that, at the time of its initial accreditation review, demonstrated its preparedness to initiate a program in accordance with the accreditation Standards. In the event the program is not granted provisional accreditation, a full refund of the program seat deposit will be issued to applicants offered admission in August 2016. The CASPA application fee is non-refundable.