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KGI to Host Building 555 Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on March 9

In anticipation of the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MSPA) program and Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) program starting in fall 2022, Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) has expanded its campus footprint to Building 555 Arrow Highway, with additional classrooms and labs for students to innovate and collaborate.

In celebration of the completion of the construction, KGI will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, March 9, 2022, from 4-5 p.m. PT. All members of the KGI community are invited to join the ribbon cutting and take a tour of the new building.

“We look forward to hosting our community at the ribbon-cutting ceremony,” said KGI President Dr. Sheldon Schuster. “I am excited to showcase the tremendous addition to KGI’s campus.”

555 Arrow Highway will house four new labs and classrooms:

  • Patient Assessment Lab
  • Standardized Patient Assessment Center
  • Shared Skills Lab
  • Physician Assistant (PA) classroom

The PA Classroom will be used for each MSPA cohort’s didactic phase (start of the program). The classrooms are thoughtfully and strategically designed to provide a collegial, supportive, and engaging learning environment. Active lectures, group projects, and group discussions will occur in this space.

In the Patient Assessment Lab, students will learn physical exam skills. This lab includes 25 physical exam tables for students to gain and practice these critical clinical skills.

MSPA and OTD students will take the lab components of various courses in the Shared Skills Lab. The lab will include a 3D virtual anatomy platform in the front of the room and anatomic models stored throughout the cabinets. No cadavers will be utilized.

Clinical procedural skills will also be practiced in this lab by MSPA students, including simulated suturing, intubation, nasogastric tube insertion, incision and drainage, and many others. Additionally, OTD students will practice using physical agent modalities, splinting, and other evaluation and intervention skills in the Lab.

Throughout the MSPA program, the Standardized Patient Assessment Center will administer practical exams called objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs). This space includes eight simulated patient exam rooms, a video control room, and a debriefing room (for before and after testing).

OTD students will also use this space for OSCE exams during their five trimesters of didactic education.

Additionally, the KGI Admissions and Financial Aid Offices will be moving to 555 Arrow Highway to conduct prospective student interviews and tours.

The Building 555 Ribbon Cutting Ceremony is the first major event in KGI’s 25th Anniversary year, which runs from January through December of 2022. More information on the 25th anniversary can be found at