Admissions Process

CASPA Application

All joint MSPAS/MPH program applicants are required to submit an application through the Central Application Service for Physician Assistant Programs (CASPA); there is no supplemental application.  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

Application Review and Interview

Following submission of all required application materials, our review process is conducted in two phases.  In Phase 1, applications are reviewed to confirm that minimum requirements for GPA, degree earned, and number of patient care hours have been satisfied.

In Phase 2 of our review process, applications are reviewed with a focus on the following:

Primary Considerations

  • Relative strength of the academic record
  • Patient care hours (carry twice the weight of Healthcare hours)
  • Healthcare hours
  • Demonstration of commitment to program mission
  • Demonstration of commitment to public health

Secondary Considerations

  • Community Service/Volunteer Hours
  • Physician Assistant Shadowing
  • Fluency in a second language
  • Letters of Recommendation

Qualified applicants (e.g., those who pass both review phases) are invited to interview on a space available basis.  This program operates on a rolling admissions cycle and applying early is recommended for the best possible chances of acceptance.  Interviews are typically scheduled between September and April.  Not all applicants will interview and not all those who interview will be accepted into the cohort.

Interviews

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.  All interviews are conducted virtually on Zoom to increase access to our interview process while minimizing cost to applicants.  We are not able to interview applicants by phone.

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 (tuc.admit@touro.edu) at least three (3) days before their scheduled interview. 

Acceptance

The Admissions 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 emailed and mailed via U.S. Mail shortly thereafter.  If you do not receive correspondence with your decision within 3 weeks from the date of your interview, please contact the Office of Admissions (tuc.admit@touro.edu) to follow up. 

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 programs 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 or @touro.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.