The Central Coast Physician Assistant Program educates culturally humble, diverse physician assistants to serve the primary care needs of medically underserved communities.


The vision of the Central Coast Physician Assistant Program (CCPAP) is to be a leader in P.A. education by inspiring and preparing graduates who become part of a diverse workforce of primary care providers dedicated to relieving health disparities, promoting lifelong learning, fostering inclusion, sustaining professional, ethical excellence and competence in practice, and encouraging robust collaboration, leadership, and a spirit of service to communities at the local, national and global levels.


Program goal Measures of success
Cultivate a culture of service to the underserved Placement of graduates:
  • 50% will practice in primary care
  • 67% will practice in medically underserved areas/medically underserved communities
  • 50% will practice in CHCs after graduation

Educate students in a collaborative practice environment that promotes team-based education.

100% of curriculum will be involved in small group, problem-oriented learning that promotes self-directed learning.

50% of clinical experiences will involve team-based practice

Promote whole person healthcare by including elements of body, mind and spirit across the curriculum.

100% of students will participate in readings and reflective journaling on:

  • Spirituality in medicine
  • Osteopathic philosophy
  • Core professional attributes

Students experience longitudinal care of patients through training in community health centers.

100% of students will be trained in community health centers

75% of students will provide care for repeat patients through the clinical year as noted by logging

Promote health awareness and health needs in underserved communities.

100% of each cohort will participate in IPE experiences to promote team based health care:

  • Health fairs
  • Clinic work with dental students
  • No less than 20% of Capstone projects will focus on health awareness and community needs