Central Coast Physician Assistant (CCPA) Program
Workforce Development Focus
Workforce Issues Addressed
A.T. Still University, National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC)
Physician assistant students
Increasing number of healthcare workers
Training individuals to work in a healthcare profession
The Central Coast Physician Assistant (CCPA) Program is a 24-month residential master's degree program at ATSU's Santa Clara campus, that prepares students to work at community health centers (CHCs) and provide primary care services post-graduation. The community health specialities in which PA students are encouraged to enter include family medicine, general internal medicine, general pediatrics, women's health and behavioral health/psychiatry. Year 1 of the program is spent on-campus for the didactic phase and year 2 includes 35 weeks of supervised clinical practice experiences at a partnered CHC somewhere in the United States. The CCPA program trains PA students in a whole-person/osteopathic approach to care.