The Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MSPA) program at Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) in Claremont, CA, will prepare students to become integral members of the healthcare team and practice in a number of clinical settings. The program is anticipated to open in fall 2022 and be approximately 24-28 months in length. 

Graduates from KGI’s MSPA program will enter the workforce with a better understanding of personalized medicine and emerging technologies so they are fully prepared to play a leadership role in community and public health.


Expected growth in the demand for PAs through 2028


Median salary for PAs in California

"PAs have the ability to provide more direct patient interactions. Studies have shown that PAs can actually lower overall healthcare costs while improving the quality of healthcare. "
Martin Zdanowicz
Dean, KGI School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences


As a student, you will have the opportunity to:


Interact with patients and healthcare providers to gain clinical practice

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Gain advanced knowledge of genetics and genomics while working alongside KGI’s genetics students

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Work in interdisciplinary teams to solve real-world problems and gain leadership skills

Growing Your Network

As part of the KGI School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, students within the MSPA program will interact with KGI’s pharmacy and genetics students on a regular basis.

In addition, campus events and student organizations provide a wide range of opportunities to connect and network with KGI’s Henry E. Riggs School of Applied Life Sciences students, who are specializing in applied research, bioprocessing, device engineering, biotechnology, business, and many other areas.

Active Learning

KGI School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences students benefit from an active learning classroom model that emphasizes student engagement, critical thinking skills and teamwork. The MSPA program will harness this model and other innovative concepts in the future to redefine PA education.

Accreditation Status

The KGI School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences has applied for Accreditation – Provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). The School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences anticipates matriculating its first class in September 2022, pending achieving Accreditation – Provisional status at the March 2022 ARC-PA meeting.

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.