Admissions Process

CASPA Primary Application

The Touro University Joint MSPAS/MPH Program does not accept direct applications. All applicants are required to submit a primary application through the Central Application Service for Physician Assistant Programs (CASPA).  Typically, CASPA will take between three and six weeks to process your application materials, then make them available to us.  Please note that all required material must be submitted and verified by the application deadline

Secondary Application  

All primary applications are pre-screened to ensure candidates meet minimum application qualifications.  The qualifying bar for this screening is reviewed each year; sometimes during an actual admissions cycle.  Eligible candidates will be invited to submit a secondary application through the ApplyYourself system, together with any letters of recommendation not already submitted with the CASPA application (explained below).  A non-refundable application fee of $50.00 is required and will be paid prior to submission.

Many PA programs invite all candidates to submit a supplemental application without screening. Those who receive a supplemental application invitation from Touro University California have the added advantage of knowing that, on initial review, it has been determined that they are competitive.

DO NOT SUBMIT A SUPPLEMENTAL APPLICATION UNLESS YOU ARE INVITED TO DO SO.

Letters of Recommendation

The TUC Joint MSPAS/MPH Program requires three letters of recommendation, which are generally submitted with the CASPA application. One letter must be from a clinician (e.g., Physician Assistant, Nurse Practitioner, Physician, Nurse, Pharmacist, Physical Therapist, etc.).  The source of the remaining letters is up to the applicant.  The Program does not accept reference letters from friends, family, the applicant’s personal healthcare provider, or patients/clients.  If letters are not submitted with the CASPA application, they must be submitted using the ApplyYourself system. 

Be sure to submit all application materials prior to their respective deadlines!  Letters of recommendation are used for admissions purposes only and do not become part of the official academic record.

The Interview

Only candidates who submit all required admissions materials (i.e., those who complete their admissions file) will be considered for an interview.  Submission of all materials, however, does not guarantee an interview and an interview does not guarantee acceptance.

The Admissions and Standards Committee reviews complete files and extends invitations to interview on a rolling basis. Invitations to interview are sent to those candidates showing the highest potential to perform well at Touro University as students, and finally as successful Physician Assistants.  Interviews are conducted in a mixed format and will include both one-on-one and group interactions.  Interview dates are scheduled between September and May.  

Touro University California complies with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans With Disabilities Act by providing reasonable accommodations to candidates for admission with known disabilities. To ensure that disabled candidates timely receive all reasonable accommodations necessary for them to participate in the on-campus admissions interview process, Touro University strongly encourages such candidates to contact the Office of Admissions (mailto:admit@tu.edu?subject=PA%20Interview%20Cancellation) at least three (3) days before their scheduled interview.

Due to the nature of the admissions process, all interviews are conducted in-person on the Touro University California campus. Phone interviews are not provided.

Acceptance

The Admissions and Standards Committee typically meets immediately following the interview day to discuss each candidate and make recommendations to the Program Director.  Following the Program Director's review, decisions are mailed via U.S. Mail shortly thereafter. 

Accepted candidates are required to submit a non-refundable acceptance deposit which is typically due within two weeks of the date of acceptance. A refundable tuition deposit is required later in the process. Upon matriculation, both deposits are credited toward tuition.

Multiple Deposit Policy 

Applicants to Touro University California (TUC) may also choose to apply to and submit seat deposits for other programs located within TUC or the greater Touro College and University System (TCUS).  TUC applicants who have deposits at one or more TUC or other TCUS programs will be given until April 15th (for Summer starts) or June 1st (for Fall starts) to decide which program they wish to attend and will be required to withdraw from all other TUC/TCUS program to which they have deposited.  TUC applicants who are accepted and who submit seat deposits after April 15th (for Summer starts) or June 1st (for Fall starts) will be required to immediately withdraw from any other TUC/TCUS program to which they have deposited. 

Admissions Office Correspondence with Candidates

Unless otherwise stated, virtually all correspondence is conducted via email.  Please be certain that you are able to receive emails from "@tu.edu" addresses and be sure to monitor your junk mail folder. 

Background Checks

Incoming and current students may be required to submit to a background check either prior to or during their enrollment at Touro University California. Facts uncovered as a result of a background check which could preclude licensesure and/or practice in the profession may impact their ability to begin or continue their education at the University. Details are provided with the letter of acceptance.