The Central Coast Physician Assistant (CCPA) program educates culturally-humble, diverse physician assistants (PAs) to serve the primary care needs of medically underserved communities.


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

Program Values

  • Excellence
  • Teamwork
  • Diversity & inclusion
  • Osteopathic philosophy
  • Equity
  • Freedom of expression

Program Goals

  1. Recruit, matriculate and graduate a diverse class of culturally humble students.
  2. To develop life-long learners with the requisite medical knowledge and skills ready to deliver evidence-based, patient-centered health care.
  3. Foster recognition of ways in which the social determinants of health affect individuals and their respective communities.
  4. Utilize innovative evidence-based educational methods aided strongly by technology and focused on equity and inclusion.
  5. Recruit faculty and staff with diverse identities and prior personal and professional experiences.
  6. Retain talented faculty and staff through ongoing investment in professional development and equitable, inclusion-focused work design.