Admissions Requirements (Class of 2020, Entering Fall 2017)

Requirements for the Class of 2020 have changed.  Please read the following information carefully to ensure you meet the requirements before you apply.

Citizenship Requirement

All applicants, including graduates from foreign institutions, must hold either US Citizenship or Permanent Resident status at the time of application.  Candidates with "pending" citizenship or permanent residency will not be considered.

Minimum Academic Requirements

The Touro University California Joint MSPAS/MPH Program pre-screens off of the primary (CASPA) application. At minimum, candidates must obtain Cumulative and Science GPA's of 2.75 or greater.  Competitive candidates, however, earn Science and Cumulative GPA's of 3.0 or greater.  When reviewing applications, the Committee will focus primarily, though not exclusively, on the most recent 30 units of coursework.  The GRE is not required. 

All candidates are required to have obtained a Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education prior to submitting the CASPA application.  

Minimum Course Requirements

A Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution and all pre-requisite coursework must be completed prior to submission of the CASPA primary application.

Applicants from all academic disciplines are welcome to apply, provided they have completed a Baccalaureate degree and provided they meet the required minimum prerequisites as noted below. Prerequisite courses may be taken at any regionally accredited community college or 4-year college/university, either in person or online.

  • 8 semester/12 quarter units (including labs) in each of the following categories:
    • Biological Sciences (may be comprised of general biology, genetics, immunology, embryology, etc.)
    • Chemistry (may be comprised of inorganic, organic, biochemistry)
  • 4 semester/5 quarter units (including labs) of the following:
    • Human Anatomy (must be completed within 5 years of expected year of matriculation)
    • Human Physiology (must be completed within 5 years of expected year of matriculation)
    • Microbiology
  • Statistics (3 semester/5 quarter units)

All pre-requisite courses must be completed with a “C” or better (“C-“ will not be accepted).

Proof of successful completion, via official transcripts, will be required prior to matriculation.

Clinical Experience

At the time of application, candidates must have obtained a minimum of 500 hours of Patient Care Experience, either as a volunteer or in a paid position.  Patient Care Experience is defined as work in which you are directly responsible for a patient's care.  Examples include prescribing medications, performing procedures, directing a course of treatment, working as an EMT, etc.  Preference will be given to candidates who have obtained 1,000 or greater Patient Care Experience hours.  Having this experience provides an applicant with the opportunity to observe and learn about the various roles of the health care team, ensures that an applicant has an understanding of, and commitment to working with patients, and provides a foundation of medical knowledge and experience to build upon.

It is the applicant's responsibility to sufficiently document job duties in the CASPA application.  Applicants should consider the duties which they performed and use their best judgment to determine which category in the CASPA application it falls into.  All health care related experiences should be documented either in the Patient Care Experience or Health Care Experience sections (not the Volunteer section).  Health Care Experience includes jobs where you are not directly responsible for a patient's care, such as with medical clerical work or cleaning patient rooms.  Applicants are expected to separate hours for positions that consist of both Patient Care Experience and Health Care Experience accordingly.

All reported Patient Care Experience will be evaluated based upon the following criteria:

  • Specific duties performed
  • Skill set needed
  • Quality of patient interaction
  • Total number of hours
  • Setting
  • Patient population served
  • Time frame of the experience 

The table below provides a list of common types of Patient Care Experiences but is not all-inclusive.

Athletic Trainer

Occupational Therapist

Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

Paramedic/Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

Clinical Nutritionist


Clinical Research Assistant

Physical Therapist

Dental Assistant

Physical Therapy Aide

Dental Hygienist


Medic/Medical Corpsman


Medical Assistant (MA)

Respiratory Therapist

Nurse (LPN/LVN/RN)

Techs: EKG, ER, Lab, Mental Health, Ophthalmology


Techs: Radiology, Surgery

Credit for Experiential Learning

No direct patent care credit will be granted for student related experiences (i.e., athletic training student, EMT student, etc.).

Physician Assistant Shadowing

Working with or shadowing a Physician Assistant provides an applicant with more in-depth knowledge of the profession, allowing an applicant to make an informed career decision to enter a PA program.  Applicants who have worked with Physician Assistants are advised to describe all such interactions under the appropriate job descriptions.  Preference will be given to candidates who have 20 or more hours of shadowing or working with a Physician Assistant in a variety of clinical settings.

Community Service

Though not required, community service is highly desirable and is viewed favorably during the application review process. 

Other Review Criteria

Throughout the application process, applicants are also evaluated based upon a variety of criteria, including the following:

  • Match with the mission of the program
  • Ability to function as a member of a team
Preference is given to applicants who demonstrate a commitment to the mission of the program through background, community service, and/or clinical experience.

Additional Requirement for Graduate of Foreign Institutions

The Joint program considers applications from graduates of foreign institutions.  The Program does not, however, evaluate foreign transcripts. Transcripts and coursework from foreign institutions must be evaluated by a recognized evaluation agency. Evaluations must be sent directly to CASPA and must indicate whether or not the degree(s) being evaluated should be considered equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited US institution.

Advanced Placement (AP) Credit

Touro University California accepts advanced placement credit as long as such credit appears on the undergraduate transcript and indicates either specific subject credit (e.g. General Chemistry - 4 units) or specific course credit (e.g. Chem 101 - 4 units). General advanced placement credit without such specifications is not accepted.

Transfer Students from other PA Programs

The Program does not accept transfer students.

Transfer of Credit

No prerequisite credit will be granted for work related experiences.

Part-Time Status

The Program does not allow part-time status for new students.

Applications from TU-CA MPH Students and/or Graduates of Other MPH Programs

The Joint Program does not award credit for coursework completed prior to enrollment. If accepted into the Joint program, Touro University California MPH students/graduates or students/graduates of other MPH programs will be required to complete 30 public health units in residence. In the event a required MPH course has already been completed, an alternative course of study will be offered to satisfy the 30 unit didactic requirement.