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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. 
    • 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:
      • All of our graduates have passed the PANCE on their first attempt.
      • We use unique and innovative teaching modalities to ensure students receive a top-notch education, not only to meet their board requirements but also to be superior practicing PAs. 
    • Engage all students in active and ongoing community service:
      • The program recognizes the importance of giving back. Participation in community outreach events is a required element of the didactic phase. These events include health screenings, food banks, and educating children. By collaborating with several local organizations, we are able to serve multiple underserved communities within Orange County.
      • 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, and teaching nutrition education to grade school students. 
    • Provide all students with experience in caring for underserved communities during clinical rotations and encourage graduates to provide care in 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. Upon graduation, all students will have completed rotations in underserved areas, and thirty percent of graduates are currently practicing in these communities.


    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.