The Central Coast PA Program (CCPAP) educates culturally humble, diverse PAs to serve the primary care needs of medically underserved communities.


CCPAP intends to be recognized as the principal source of PAs from historically underrepresented groups providing culturally-humble care to medically underserved communities. ​


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