- What programs does MBKU offer?
- How much is tuition?
- Is MBKU Accredited?
- Can I visit the campus?
- Does MBKU accept transfer and foreign students?
- What events does MBKU have on campus for visitors?
- How many students in the class?
Connecting with MBKU
- Email Us
- Advising By Phone
- Join us on Facebook and Twitter
- MBKU’s Blog on WordPress
- Check us out on YouTube
- Visit the campus
Explore our website
- When is the deadline to apply?
- Do I need my bachelor’s degree to apply to MBKU?
- Does it matter what school I graduate from or what major I choose?
- Is there a minimum GPA?
- Does MBKU require the GRE?
- Do prerequisite courses or patient care experience hours expire?
- Who should I ask to write my Letters of Recommendation?
- Does MBKU accept AP credit?
- Can I take prerequisite courses online?
- Can I take prerequisite courses at a community college?
- What should I do if I’m not sure if my course satisfies the prerequisite requirement?
Admissions & Interview Day
- Does MBKU do phone interviews?
- Does your school admit on a rolling basis?
- When will interviews be held?
- Can you please tell me more about the clinical program
- What is a Certificate of Added Qualifications?
- What are the library hours and what resources are available?
- Is there a recreational area or fitness facility on campus?
- Is Fullerton a safe area?
- Are there fun things to do in the Fullerton area?
- Where do MBKU students live?
- Do I need a car if I come to MBKU or is there public transportation?
What programs does MBKU offer?
MBKU has 3 programs currently with a third projected to begin Fall, 2014:
- O.D. – Doctor of Optometry
- M.S. – Masters of Science in Vision Science
- MMS – Masters of Medical Science (Physician Assistant program), classes planned to start Fall 2014, pending provisional accreditation.
How much is tuition?
Annual tuition is $39,000, which does not include cost of living, books and equipment.
A stethoscope, combined otoscope/opthalmoscope, and a few other pieces of equipment, such as a reflex hammer, penlight, and EKG calipers will be required. A laptop computer will be necessary as well.
Is MBKU Accredited?
MBKU has applied for accreditation pending approval from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), and provisional accreditation from the Accreditation Review Commission on the Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). MBKU anticipates matriculating its first class in August 2014, pending WASC approval and accreditation–provisional from ARC-PA. Accreditation–Provisional is an accreditation status for a new PA program that has not yet enrolled students, but at the time of its initial accreditation review, has demonstrated its preparedness to initiate a program in accordance with the accreditation Standards.
Can I visit the campus?
- Click here for Visitor Information.
Does MBKU accept transfer and foreign students?
- Transfer students will not be accepted.
- All prerequisites must be completed at a regionally accredited institution in the United States.
What events does MBKU have on campus for visitors?
Please see our “Admissions Events” page by clicking here.
How many students in the class?
For the first matriculating class, there will be 24 students.
Connecting with MBKU
- Email us: Feel free to email us with questions about MBKU’s pre-requisites, the admissions process, or about anything else on your mind. We have information to answer your questions available that we can email to you at any time.
- Join us on Facebook and Twitter: The PA Program page and Twitter handle provide updates about the program and other relevant articles in the field. Both are maintained by the admissions department to answer your questions. You can find us at: https://www.facebook.com/sccoAdmissions or @PAadmissionscco.
- MBKU’s Blog on WordPress: Topics on a variety of subjects related to the admissions process and student life are discussed here. Find us at http://sccopaadmissions.wordpress.com.
- Check us out on YouTube: MBKU has a series on YouTube with new episodes added regularly. Video themes range from Student Life to Admissions Tips. Click here or YouTube keyword search: SCCO.
Explore our website: You’re already on the website, but here are a few other key places to explore and learn more about our program and community:
- For an overview of what we’re all about, click here.
- Check out the directory to read bios about our Administration.
- For more information about Student Life, click here.
- Click for more information about the Masters in Vision Science or Optometry programs offered by MBKU.
- MBKU in the media, click here.
Campus Resources include our Library on campus and Campus Store.
When is the deadline to apply?
Applications for the 2013-2014 cycle are currently accepted via CASPA from April 17, 2013 through September 1, 2013.
Do I need my bachelor’s degree to apply to MBKU?
Yes. You must have completed your degree before you begin classes at MBKU.
Does it matter what school I graduate from or what major I choose?
Is there a minimum GPA?
The most competitive applicants will possess a minimum overall GPA of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) and a minimum 3.0 GPA culminating from all science courses.
Does MBKU require the GRE?
The GRE is not required.
Do prerequisite courses or patient care experience hours expire?
Who should I ask to write my Letters of Recommendation?
MBKU suggests that you obtain letters written by 1) a professor, 2) an immediate supervisor and 3) a health professional.
Does MBKU accept AP credit?
Yes. AP credits are acceptable for English, Psychology and Statistics.
Can I take prerequisite courses online?
Yes, as long as the school is regionally accredited and the courses do not require a lab. Labs must be completed in a classroom setting. Virtual labs are not acceptable.
Can I take prerequisite courses at a community college?
Yes, as long as the school is properly accredited.
What should I do if I’m not sure if my course satisfies the prerequisite requirement?
Check our list of Articulation Agreements to see what courses the Admissions Policy Committee approved for qualification.
Admissions & Interview Day
Does MBKU do phone interviews?
No. MBKU conducts interviews in person, on campus only.
Does your school admit on a rolling basis?
No. MBKU does not use rolling admissions.
When will interviews be held?
Interviews are tentatively scheduled for late September through early November.
Can you please tell me more about the clinical rotations?
The planned rotation areas are Internal medicine, General surgery, Orthopedics, Pediatrics, OB/GYN, Family medicine/primary care, Psychiatry, and Emergency medicine. We are also planning on two elective rotations (area of medicine TBD).
What is a Certificate of Added Qualifications?
Earning a CAQ allows PAs to achieve recognition for their specialty experience, skills and knowledge. The CAQ offers PAs a credential to effectively document their specialty experience and expertise. Over time, we expect this will help PAs remain competitive in environments where credentials are increasingly important. The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) provides more information regarding CAQ.
What are the library hours and what resources are available?
MBKU has four full-time library staff members who are available to assist students. For more information regarding hours of operation and resources, click here to visit the library’s website.
Is there a recreational area or fitness facility on campus?
Yes. MBKU’s fitness center and locker rooms are located next to the parking structure, and access is included in tuition. They feature cardio equipment, free weights, weights machines, and flat screen TVs. The men’s and women’s locker rooms have lockers, restrooms, and showers. If you prefer to exercise outdoors, there are many hiking and biking trailheads near campus, and a recreational park just up the street.
Is Fullerton a safe area?
Yes. MBKU is located in a suburban neighborhood. Our 7 acre campus borders Cal State Fullerton, a fire station, apartments/condos/homes, and a greenbelt with a stream. It is not uncommon to see our students or Cal State students walking home from campus late at night. As an extra measure to ensure that our students feel safe anytime, we have Security Guards on campus 24/7 who constantly monitor the grounds.
Are there fun things to do in the Fullerton area?
You’re in Southern California! Of course there are! Here’s a small and very general list:
- Amusement and Theme parks
- Sporting Events
- Arts and Entertainment
- Weekends Worth the Drive & Shopping
Where do MBKU students live?
Do I need a car if I come to MBKU or is there public transportation?
MBKU is located in an affordable, safe, residential area where pedestrian traffic is common. Within a mile of campus there are a few grocery stores, pharmacies, countless places to eat, and a few department stores. Everything you need is within walking distance, but to get to the beach, mountains, Los Angeles, etc. you will need a car or know someone who has one.
Here are some additional questions you may have. While currently in development, these specific details of the Physician Assistant program have yet to be determined. Please continue to check back for updated information.
- Does MBKU offer scholarships?
- How long after I submit my application to CASPA will I hear from MBKU?
- What is the interview day like?
- How should I prepare for the interview?
- What is the Alternate List?
- How does MBKU view Re-applicants?
- What does the curriculum look like at MBKU?
- What are MBKU’s pass rates for the Physician Assistant National Certification Exam (PANCE)?
- How does MBKU prepare students for the PANCE?
- How does MBKU prepare students for getting a job after graduation?
- What kinds of research opportunities are available to MBKU students?
- Does MBKU require instrumentation to be purchased from MBKU?