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Founded in 1904, MBKU is a private, non-profit institution with a legacy of clinical and academic excellence and a pioneering reputation in the emerging field of interprofessional education.  

Our School of PA Studies program was the first accredited PA program in Orange County and boasts one of the most desirable student-to-faculty ratios in the United States (8:1). Here are some other things students like to know about MBKU’s School of PA Studies.

    Mission Statement

    Our mission is to educate individuals to become compassionate Physician Assistants who provide the highest quality health care in a collaborative environment, are dedicated to their communities, and advance the PA profession.

    Our Values

    • Integrity: We value integrity and professionalism by modeling honesty, thoughtfulness, and consistency in our words and actions.
    • Compassion: We value the dignity of our patients and their families and recognize compassion must be a cornerstone of our professional interactions.
    • Respect: We value the highest level of respect by advocating the virtue of inclusion while embracing the differences within communities where we serve, work and teach.
    • Service: We value service for humanity and are committed to the welfare of others.
    • Excellence: We value the pursuit of excellence as a standard of quality for the PA profession.
    • Lifelong Learning: We value lifelong learning as an essential component of quality education and ongoing evidence-based medical care.

    Our Goals

    Based on our mission, the goals of the School of Physician Assistant Studies are to:

    • Graduate PAs who become certified by the NCCPA:
      • We use unique and innovative teaching modalities to ensure students receive the highest quality education, not only to meet their board requirements but also to become superior practicing PAs.
    • Engage all students in active and on-going community service:
      • The program recognizes the importance of giving back. Participation in community outreach events is a required element of the program. By collaborating with several local organizations, we are able to serve multiple underserved communities within Orange County.  These events include health screenings, food banks, and educating children. 
      • During the Master’s Capstone Project, students identify a population health-care need within our community and develop and implement a project to help mitigate that need. Some projects in the past have included developing an animal-therapy program for individuals living in a family shelter, providing CPR training for middle school students, writing and illustrating a children’s book about asthma triggers, and teaching nutrition education to grade school students.
    • Provide all students with experience in caring for and interacting with underserved communities and encourage graduates to provide care for underserved communities:
      • A priority for our clinical team is locating superior training sites and preceptors who are actively engaged in providing care for underserved populations. Additionally, students participate in activities and events that provide recurrent exposure to underserved or disadvantaged populations in order to enhance their understanding about the healthcare disparities facing these populations.  These activities may include population health lectures, a poverty simulation, guest speakers, group discussions, and community service events for the underserved.


    The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the Marshall B. Ketchum University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Marshall B. Ketchum University. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.

    Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be March 2029. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.