Physician Assistant Program

Physician Assistant Program

PA Program Snap Shot

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  • History of the PA Program at Drew:
    • The first allied health programs at Charles R. Drew University preceded 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’s Office of Private and Post-Secondary Vocational Education 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.
  • New Master of Health Science PA Program at Drew:
    • In 2014 Charles R. Drew University started the process of developing a Master of Health Science Physician Assistant program. The new PA program matriculated its inaugural class in August 2016.
    • In March 2016 the ARC-PA granted Accreditation – Provisional status to the Charles R. Drew University Physician Assistant Program.
    • Description:
      • The Physician Assistant program is 93 total semester units and a 27-month program beginning in August of each year.
      • Graduates will earn a Master of Health Science (MHS) degree.
      • The PA Program is a full-time on campus program.
      • The PA Program recruits students who believe in the importance of sharing medical knowledge to benefit the global community, and 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.
      • A strong emphasis on medical nutrition therapy in the curriculum will prepare students to address the complex nutritional needs of patients, a vital component of disease prevention and management.
      • Social medicine incorporated throughout the curriculum will prepare students to recognize and address social determinants of disease and advocate for social justice for patients within the local and global community.
      • Students will have the opportunity to practice physical diagnosis, history taking skills and work with standardized patients in the Clinical Skills and Simulation Center.
      • Students will have the opportunity to perform cadaveric dissection.
      • Students will share the campus and have the opportunity to collaborate with members of the medical, nursing and public health disciplines.
    • Highlights and Training
      • Students will learn and acquire a broad range of clinical skills in a variety of areas of medicine.
      • Students will have the opportunity to gain knowledge in a variety of clinical specialties including:
        • Medical Nutrition Therapy
        • Social Medicine
        • Diabetes management
        • Urban Trauma
    • Admission Requirements
      • The PA Program will strive 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.
      • To be considered for admission candidates must at a minimum posses:
        • Baccalaureate degree
        • Required pre-requisites
      • Please follow this link to access the PA Program Admission Policy for additional important details https://www.cdrewu.edu/cosh/prog/PA/Admissions/Policy