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For Immediate Release

Contact: Andrea E. Garcia, Touro University California
Associate Vice President, University Advancement

W: (707) 638-5272
C: (707) 704-6101

US News Ranks Touro University California Physician Assistant Program #26 in the Nation and #3 in the State

Touro ties with other prestigious university programs including Cornell, Yale and Northwestern

Vallejo, CA (June 18, 2019): Touro University California’s (TUC’s) Physician Assistant (PA) Program has ranked number 26 in the nation and number three in the state by US News & World Report’s authoritative Graduate School Rankings. TUC joins other prestigious universities across the nation with this ranking including Cornell, Yale and Northwestern. 

“I’m so proud of all our faculty, administrators and staff in our Physician Assistant program,” said PA Program Director Grace Landel. “This US News ranking is a reflection of all the hard work you have put in to ensure the success of future generations of diverse PAs who are ready to provide quality healthcare access for all upon graduation.” 

TUC’s PA program is unique in that it combines a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies with a Master of Public Health through a 33-month long program. The combined curriculum prepares graduates to better understand the link between an individual’s health and their environment. The program consists of four semesters of didactic instruction and 54 weeks of clinical instruction, including a six-week public health field study. Upon program completion, graduates are eligible for licensure to practice as PAs in all 50 states and Washington, DC, and have knowledge of the principles of public health, including disease prevention, health promotion, epidemiology, biostatistics, health care administration and research study and design. 

US News & World Report surveyed 170 programs across the country by distributing peer assessment surveys to deans, other administrators and/or faculty at accredited degree programs or schools in each discipline. Survey respondents rated the academic quality of these programs on a scale of 1 (marginal) to 5 (outstanding). Only fully accredited programs in good standing were ranked. TUC earned a peer assessment score of 3.3. For comparison, Stanford University’s Physician Assessment Program, which ranked number two in the state, received a peer assessment score of 3.4 or only 0.1 better than TUC. 

“Congratulations to our PA Program administration, faculty and staff for guiding our students through their graduate school journeys and preparing them to provide quality healthcare for all,” said Provost and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Sarah Sweitzer. “Since 2005, our Joint MSPAS/MPH program has prepared a total of 543 PAs to carry on the Touro tradition to serve, to lead and to teach in their local communities.”

About the Touro College and University System:

Touro University California is a Jewish nonprofit, independent graduate institution of higher learning founded in 1997 on three Judaic values: social justice, the pursuit of knowledge and service to humanity. The university, home to 1,400 students, has professional programs in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, physician assistant studies, public health, nursing, and education. Faculty, staff and students have a powerful commitment to academic excellence, evidence-based professional practice, inter-professional collaboration, and active engagement with a global community. To learn more, visit www.tu.edu or call 707-638-5200.