PA FAQs - PA Studies

MBKU’s Admissions Office would be happy to answer any questions you may have, but here are a few that we get frequently.  If you do not find the answer to your question here, please look around our website then email us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Answers refer to the School of Physician Assistant Studies (SPAS) unless otherwise specified.
 

General Information

  1. What programs does MBKU offer?
  2. How much is tuition?
  3. Is MBKU Accredited?
  4. Can I visit the campus?
  5. Does MBKU accept transfer and foreign students?
  6. What events does MBKU have on campus for visitors?
  7. How many students in the class?
  8. What does the curriculum look like at MBKU?


Connecting with MBKU

  1. Email Us
  2. Advising By Phone
  3. Visit the campus
  4. Explore our website
     

About Applying

  1. When is the deadline to apply?
  2. Do I need my bachelor’s degree to apply to MBKU?
  3. Does it matter what school I graduate from or what major I choose?
  4. Is there a minimum GPA?
  5. Does MBKU require the GRE?
  6. Do prerequisite courses or patient care experience hours expire?
  7. Who should I ask to write my Letters of Recommendation?
  8. Does MBKU accept AP credit?
  9. Can I take prerequisite courses online?
  10. Can I take prerequisite courses at a community college?
  11. What should I do if I’m not sure if my course satisfies the prerequisite requirement?
  12. How long after I submit my application to CASPA will I hear from MBKU?


Admissions & Interview Day

  1. Does MBKU do phone interviews?
  2. Does your school admit on a rolling basis?
  3. When will interviews be held?


Accepted Students

  1. Can you please tell me more about the clinical program
  2. What are the library hours and what resources are available?
  3. Is there a recreational area or fitness facility on campus?
  4. What are MBKU’s pass rates for the Physician Assistant National Certification Exam (PANCE)?
  5. How does MBKU prepare students for the PANCE?
  6. How does MBKU prepare students for getting a job after graduation?
  7. Does MBKU require instrumentation to be purchased from MBKU?
  8. Am I able to work while attending the School of Physician Assistant Studies?


Around MBKU

  1. Is Fullerton a safe area?
  2. Are there fun things to do in the Fullerton area?
  3. Where do MBKU students live?
  4. Do I need a car if I come to MBKU or is there public transportation?

 

General Information

  1. What programs does MBKU offer?
    MBKU has 4 programs currently:
    • OD – Doctor of Optometry
    • MS – Masters of Science in Vision Science
    • MMS – Masters of Medical Science (PA program)
    • PharmD – Doctor of Pharmacy
  2. How much is tuition?
    Annual tuition for 2016-2017 can be found on the Tuition and Financial Aid web page.
     
  3. Is MBKU Accredited?
    The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation - Provisional status to the School of Physician Assistant Studies sponsored by Marshall B. Ketchum University.

    Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding Accreditation-Provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students.

    Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class.
  4. Can I visit the campus?
    • Please see our Visitor Information page.
    • Campus touring is arranged by appointment only.  For a hosted visit, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to set up an advising session or tour of the campus.
  5. Does MBKU accept transfer and foreign students?
    • Transfer students will not be accepted.
    • All prerequisites must be completed at a regionally accredited institution in the United States.
    • For more information regarding foreign students or students who have studied abroad during their education, request “International Applicants" by sending an email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
  6. What events does MBKU have on campus for visitors?
    Please see our PA home page for upcoming events, or to schedule a campus tour. 
  7. How many students in the class?
    The current class size is 40 students.
  8. What does the curriculum look like at MBKU?
    Please see our Curriculum page.
     

Connecting with MBKU

  1. Email us: Feel free to email us with questions about MBKU’s pre-requisites, the admissions process, or about anything else on your mind.  We have information to answer your questions available that we can email to you at any time.
  2. Advising by Phone: If you would like a one-to-one counseling session, we’re happy to schedule phone calls to discuss your questions.  Please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with your questions, date and time of your availability, and phone number.  We will make an appointment for a counseling session by phone.
  3. Visit the campus: Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to schedule an appointment.
  4. Explore our website: You’re already on the website, but here are a few other key places to explore and learn more about our program and community:

About Applying

  1. When is the deadline to apply?
    Marshall B. Ketchum School of Physician Assistant Studies 2016-2017 CASPA application deadline is November 1. Applicants must have a “complete date” on or before deadline date.
  2. Do I need my bachelor’s degree to apply to MBKU?
  3. Yes.  You must have completed your degree before you apply at MBKU.
  4. Does it matter what school I graduate from or what major I choose?
    No.
  5. Is there a minimum GPA?
    The most competitive applicants will possess at a minimum an overall GPA of 3.0 and a Science GPA of 3.0.
  6. Does MBKU require the GRE?
    The GRE is not required.
  7. Do prerequisite courses or patient care experience hours expire?
    Prerequisite courses do not expire except for Human Anatomy w/lab and Human Physiology w/lab which must be taken within the last 10 years. Patient Care Experience hours do not expire.
  8. Who should I ask to write my Letters of Recommendation?
    MBKU suggests that you obtain letters written by 1) a professor, 2) an immediate supervisor and 3) a health professional.
  9. Does MBKU accept AP credit?
    Yes.  AP credits are acceptable for Psychology and Statistics.
  10. Can I take prerequisite courses online?
    Yes, as long as the school is regionally accredited and the courses do not require a lab.  Labs must be completed in a classroom setting.  Virtual labs are not acceptable.
  11. Can I take prerequisite courses at a community college?
    Yes, as long as the school is regionally accredited.
  12. What should I do if I’m not sure if my course satisfies the prerequisite requirement?
    Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with the school's name, course title, course number and course description.
  13. How long after I submit my application to CASPA will I hear from MBKU?
    The average turnaround time is two and a half weeks. During their busiest season, CASPA typically takes up to FOUR WEEKS for your application to be reviewed from the date it becomes complete.


Admissions & Interview Day

  1. Does MBKU do phone interviews?
    No. MBKU conducts interviews in person, on campus only.
  2. Does your school admit on a rolling basis?
    No.  MBKU does not use rolling admissions.
  3. When will interviews be held?
    November to February

Accepted Students

  1. Can you please tell me more about the clinical rotations?
    The planned rotation areas are Primary Care, Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, General Surgery, Women’s Health, Pediatrics, and Behavioral Health. We are also planning on one elective rotation.
  2. What are the library hours and what resources are available?
    MBKU has full-time library staff members who are available to assist students. For more information regarding hours of operation and resources, see the library’s website.
  3. Is there a recreational area or fitness facility on campus?
    Yes. MBKU’s fitness center and locker rooms are located next to the parking structure, and access is included in tuition. The facility features cardio equipment, free weights, weights machines, and flat screen TVs. The locker rooms have restrooms and showers. If you prefer to exercise outdoors, there are many hiking and biking trail heads near campus, and a recreational park just up the street.
  4. What are MBKU’s pass rates for the Physician Assistant National Certification Exam (PANCE)?
    Upon graduation of the first class, the School of Physician Assistant Studies will make readily available the pass rates for the PANCE.
  5. How does MBKU prepare students for the PANCE?
    The curriculum of the PA program was built consulting the NCCPA Blueprint.  Also, the Physician Assistant Clinical Knowledge Rating and Assessment Tool (PACKRAT) will be used for student self-assessment.
  6. How does MBKU prepare students for getting a job after graduation?
    Graduate Seminar II (taken in the 2nd half of the Clinical Rotations phase) will help prepare students for graduation by assisting in the composition of cover letters, resumes/CV, etc.
  7. Does MBKU require instrumentation to be purchased from MBKU?
    Yes, equipment is purchased through the MBKU campus store. The cost is approximately $1,400.
  8. Am I able to work while attending the School of Physician Assistant Studies?
    Due to the labor and time intensive nature of the School of Physician Assistant Studies program, students are strongly discouraged from working while enrolled.

    Any student who chooses to work while in the program is expected to attend scheduled classes and fulfill all stated activities of the program.  
     

Around MBKU

  1. Is Fullerton a safe area?
    Yes. MBKU is located in a suburban neighborhood. Our 7 acre campus borders Cal State Fullerton, a fire station, apartments/condos/homes, and a greenbelt with a stream. It is not uncommon to see our students or Cal State students walking home from campus late at night. As an extra measure to ensure that our students feel safe anytime, we have Security Guards on campus 24/7 who constantly monitor the grounds.
  2. Are there fun things to do in the Fullerton area?
    You’re in Southern California!  Of course there are!  Here’s a small and very general list:
    • Beaches
    • Amusement and Theme parks
    • Sporting Events
    • Arts and Entertainment
    • Nightlife
    • Mountains
  3. Where do MBKU students live?
    Over half of our students live within a mile of campus in the many apartments, condos and homes surrounding the campus. MBKU has a housing list that we are happy to provide for you upon request to get a better idea of cost of living in Southern California. Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for the Housing List.
  4. Do I need a car if I come to MBKU or is there public transportation?
    MBKU is located in an affordable, safe, residential area where pedestrian traffic is common. Within a mile of campus there are a few grocery stores, pharmacies, countless places to eat, and a few department stores. Everything you need is within walking distance, but to get to the beach, mountains, Los Angeles, etc. you will need a car or know someone who has one.