Stanford University Medical Center administers a program to train individuals who function in association with physicians in the maintenance and delivery of primary health care to medically underserved communities.
Upon completion of the prerequisite pre-clinical program at Bakersfield College or other accredited institutions, students admitted to the program have 15 months of clinical experience coordinated through Stanford University Medical Center. Students participate in didactic course work full-time for the first quarter (3 months) at Stanford Medical Center in Palo Alto, California. Then they complete an equivalent of five days of didactic instruction each month (12 months) thereafter. All clinical experience occurs in an office practice preceptorship. Contact Counseling Department for further information.
Minimum requirements for application and admission include:
General Education courses are required for the Primary Care Associate program. It is recommended that an associate degree at Bakersfield College be completed prior to applying to the program.
The student must have a preceptor site established in order to complete the clinical experiences necessary for the program. Some assistance may be available in locating a preceptor. Upon successful completion of the Primary Care Associate program. The graduate will sit for a certifying examination administered by the National Commission on Certification of Physician’s Assistants. Passing this examination allows the Physician’s Assistant to perform direct patient services under the supervision of primary care physicians certified by the California Board of Medical Quality Assurance.
A minimum grade of ‘C’ must be attained in each of these courses.
Only work from a regionally accredited college can be accepted.
*These courses are required if candidate does not possess an associate in arts, associate in science, or higher academic degree.