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Master of Arts in Education (MA)

MA Concentration

Urban Education


Purposeful Instruction, Curriculum, Physician Assistant


Roger Pence, Pamela A. Redmond, Jim O'Connor


Historically, the PA profession was one that was created in order to provide for the underserved population of America with the philosophical intent to give back to the community. The major objective of this thesis is to find out whether the purposeful instruction embedded in the Touro University California Physician Assistant training program will produce greater graduates returning to practice professionally in rural and urban areas of need. Graduates from the years 2005 to 2013 were sampled using an anonymous questionnaire to find out where they are practicing upon becoming licensed and the clientele they work with. Results were be compared to information provided during the admissions process and matriculation of the program to find out whether the curriculum was successful in emphasizing a career to work with the underserved. Core curriculum for each graduating class will be reviewed to find out the types of service that was emphasized during the didactic and clinical years of schooling.