For Immediate Release

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

W: (707) 638-5272
C: (707) 280-8771
andrea.garcia@tu.edu

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 21, 2019

Touro University California’s Physician Assistant Program Granted Ten-Year Reaccreditation

Program meets independent Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. Standards

(Vallejo, CA, November 21, 2019) – Touro University California’s (Touro’s) Physician Assistant (PA) Program has been reaccredited for another ten years signifying that Touro’s program meets independent standards for function, structure and performance. Touro offers a joint Master of Science in PA Studies and a Master of Public Health allowing graduates a unique experience where they earn two degrees in only 33 months!

“We’re pleased to hear that our PA program has been reaccredited for another ten years,” said Program Director Grace Landel. “Our Joint Physician Assistant/Public Health Master’s Program is specifically designed to help future graduates assess how the health of the individual might be affected by the community they live in, offering a unique perspective in today’s healthcare system.” 

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the Touro University California Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Touro University California. 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remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws form the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards.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 September 2029. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy. 

ARC-PA is an independent accrediting agency whose mission is to protect the interests of the public and the PA profession by defining the standards for PA education and evaluating education programs within the US to ensure their compliance with those standards. Accreditation is awarded to programs through a peer review process that includes documentation and site evaluations to substantiate compliance with the Accreditation Standards.

“Once again our PA program’s value has been validated by the independent accreditation commission showing that Touro’s program meets rigorous educational standards and fosters excellence in its students,” said Provost and CAO Dr. Sarah Sweitzer. “I’d like to congratulate our PA program leadership, faculty and staff for all their hard work in preparing our students to provide quality healthcare in communities across the nation.” 

Touro’s unique joint Master of Science in PA Studies and Master of Public Health curriculum consists of instructional and clinical experiences in both the medical and public health disciplines. The program is 33 months in length with the first four semesters consisting of pre-clinic and public health didactic instruction and then 54 weeks of clinical instruction that includes a six-week public health field study. This degree prepares graduates to better understand the link between an individual’s health and their environment by developing knowledge and principles in disease prevention, health promotion, epidemiology, biostatistics, health care administration and research study and design. For more information on Touro’s PA program, visit cehs.tu.edu/paprogram or call 707-638-5809. 

About the Touro College and University System:

Touro is a system of non-profit institutions of higher and professional education. Touro College was chartered in 1970 primarily to enrich the Jewish heritage, and to serve the larger American and global community. Approximately 18,000 students are currently enrolled in its various schools and divisions. Touro has 35 campuses and locations in New York, California, Nevada, Illinois, Berlin, Jerusalem and Moscow. New York Medical College; Touro University California and Touro University Nevada; Touro University Worldwide and its Touro College Los Angeles division; as well as Hebrew Theological College in Skokie, Ill. are separately accredited institutions within the Touro College and University System. For further information on Touro College, please go to: www.touro.edu/news