Master of Health Science, Physician Assistant
The PA Program recruits students who believe in the importance of sharing medical knowledge to benefit the global community. Our program will provide students with the skills necessary to become exemplary medical providers. 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. Social medicine is incorporated throughout the curriculum and will prepare students to recognize and address social determinants of disease; as well as, advocate for social justice for patients within the local and global community.
Message from the Program Director
Welcome to our Physician Assistant Program at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, College of Science and Health! CDU offers a 27-month program leading to a Master of Health Sciences.
The CDU PA Program has a long history of training lifelong learners in healthcare. Our program is unequivocally aligned with the university vision; in which we strive to improve the health status of underserved communities through innovative teaching, research, and service activities.
Our program serves as a beacon of hope for the world in search of equal access to health and wellness without barriers. Our hope is to train transformative leaders who will be providers of culturally competent care for diverse and underserved populations, committed to the reduction of healthcare disparities.
WHAT IS A PA
CDU PA Program History
The Charles R. Drew University PA Program was the first Physician Assistant program in the state of California. Its existence precedes the establishment of the current College of Science and Health with the implementation of MEDEX physician assistant program in 1971. In 1987, the State of California granted Charles R. Drew University’s College of Science and Health a license to offer a Bachelor of Science for primary care physician assistants.
In 2011 Charles R. Drew University completed the teach-out phase of the bachelor’s degree physician assistant program. The Master of Health Sciences-Physician Assistant program was established in 2016.
The PA Program strives to select candidates desiring to improve the health of medically underserved communities; candidates with backgrounds diverse in both education and experience; candidates with strong interpersonal skills, professionalism and cultural competence; candidates willing and eager to collaborate with a variety of health care professionals; candidates with personal ethics, integrity, creativity, empathy, critical thinking skills and the desire to advocate for patients and the community.
Community engagement and connections are important components of the Charles R. Drew PA Program. Our goal is to prepare students with the knowledge and interpersonal communication skills necessary to practice with professionalism, compassion, and a commitment to patient advocacy within the healthcare system and community.
Our goal is to provide students with a learning environment that is student-centered, engaging and innovative in its teaching approach, training students to be life-long self-directed learners.