Emergency Medicine Physician Assistant Residency Program
The AUSPH offers the only Emergency Medicine Physician Assistant (PA) Residency Program in the State of California – it does so in cooperation with the Coast Plaza Doctors Hospital Emergency Department (CPDH). This program serves not only as the only current emergency medicine physician assistant residency program in the State of California, but also as the only physician assistant residency program in the United States which will grant a Master's of Public Health (MPH) degree upon completion of the twelve (12) month training program.

Currently, there are a total of forty post-graduate physician assistant residency and fellowship programs offered in the United States which are listed as accredited and are members of the Association of Postgraduate Physician Assistant Programs. The nearest approved physician assistant emergency medicine residency program is located at the University of Texas (San Antonio). The other PA emergency medicine residency programs are located at Johns Hopkins, Medical College of Georgia, and are offered by the United States Army (Texas) and the Air Force (Ohio). After one (1) year of operation, AU intends to seek accreditation of its Emergency Medicine PA Residency Program by the Association of Postgraduate Physician Assistant Programs.

Program leadership for the AUSPH-CPDH PA Residency is as follows:

Thomas A. Gionis, MD JD
President, Aristotle University
Dean, Aristotle University School of Public Health
Dean and Professor of Law, Aristotle University College of Law
UCLA Visiting Scholar Public Health, UCLA School of Public Health
ER Director, Coast Plaza Doctors Hospital
Medical Director, Coast Plaza Doctors Hospital
Clinical Professor of Surgery, Western University of Health Sciences
Craig Garner, JD
Galal Gough, MD
M. Nemazee, MD FACP
M. Esmaili, MD
A. Saljiantis, MD
Chief Executive Officer, Coast Plaza Doctors Hospital
Medical Director, EM-PA Residency Program
Program Director, EM-PA Residency Program
Director of Surgery, EM-PA Residency Program
Director of Internal Medicine, EM-PA Residency Program

MPH Program General Information

Admission to Master of Public Health (MPH) program at the Aristotle University School of Public Health (AUSPH) is a competitive process which gives students an opportunity to further advance their life and career and influence the progress of society.

Generally, students are admitted to the MPH program upon proof of a Baccalaureate, Masters, or other professional degree or professional Certificate. The Admissions Committee of the AUSPH is responsible for the final decision as to the admission of any applicant to the MPH program. The Admission Committee is made up of the Dean, Members of the Faculty, and various individuals from the community.
Criteria for admission to the MPH program shall include the following:

  1. Prior successful completion of a minimum of one-hundred and twenty (120) transferable semester units, towards a degree at a recognized college or university, ultimately resulting in a Baccalaureate degree.
  2. A prior Masters degree or other professional degree or Certificate.
  3. The applicant must have maintained an overall grade point average of at least 3.0; or equivalent in all prior academic course work.
  4. Be of good moral character;
  5. Have a completed and submitted an Application for Admission;
  6. Have completed and submitted a Personal Statement;
  7. Have completed a Personal Interview.
  8. Maturity.
  9. Apparent ability to study public health at a graduate school level.
  10. Consideration of Special Circumstances.
Application Procedure
All applicants for admission to the MPH program at the AUSPH must submit their Application for Admission to the Admissions Committee with the following information:
  1. Completed Application Form
    1. Must contain active email address
    2. Must contain Photo of Applicant
    3. Must contain completed Personal Statement
  2. Copies of official transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended′(or arrange that they be forwarded to AUSPH)
  3. Letter of Recommendation
  4. A $50.00 non-refundable application fee.
  5. Personal Interview.
Applications may be submitted either online or via regular mail; online submission or submission as a pdf email attachment is preferred.

Instructional Methodology
The instructional methodology in the MPH program at the AUSPH is that of a hybrid nature – that is, both online distance education (through Aristotle e-Learning) and weekly onsite seminars with the Professor (for the onsite program). Aristotle University has selected and partnered with the most premier learning management system available for its students and Faculty. Scholar360 is the next-generation learner management system which works closely with the Aristotle University to offer unparalleled customization, flexibility and service so that we can deliver cutting-edge online programs to out students in the classroom and across the globe. Aristotle University is the first university in the State of California to implement Scholar360, and it was the first law school in the nation to incorporate Scholar360 as its exclusive learner management system.′′

Aristotle's Scholar360 learner management system empowers students, faculty, and administrators through its unique ability of creating not just a Learner Management System, but a Social Networking System as well. In this way, our students and Faculty feel connected, and aware of their role in the larger academic and social community. By Scholar360's unique ability to permit students and Faculty, either independently or in concert, to create various social digital networks and communities, students actively engage in their education because they feel “connected” to Faculty - and to Peers as well.

Attendance is mandatory for all weekly educational onsite Seminars which are conducted by an instructing Professor. A minimum of eighty percent (80%) attendance is required, otherwise the student will be dropped from the course. Under emergency medical circumstances, where a student leaves class early due to an illness or emergency, the student must follow-up their absence or early departure by submitting an Excused Absence Form available from Aristotle University.

MPH Thesis and Public Defense
Candidates for the advanced graduate degree known as the MPH offered by the AUSPH shall be required to complete and defend, in public, in addition to their required course work, a publishable Thesis. The MPH Thesis is an extended piece of writing that reflects original thought or research conducted by the candidate. An MPH thesis length is expected to be between 20-50 pages which must be of publishable quality. The prospective MPH graduate of the AUSPH shall be required to defend their thesis in public at an open gathering.

MPH Thesis Faculty Advisor
Each AUSPH candidate for the MPH degree shall have an assigned Faculty Thesis Advisor. The Faculty Thesis Advisor shall be chosen by the candidate with the assent of the Dean. An early selection of Faculty Thesis Advisor is strongly advised.

The Faculty Thesis Advisor shall be either a member of the Faculty of the AUSPH, or a professional licensed clinician, or other scholarly or academic individual or professional as determined by and approved by the Dean. The candidate should submit the name of his Faculty Thesis Advisor as early as possible to assure smooth and regular progress in his/her Thesis and Defense.

The role of the Faculty Thesis Advisor shall be to provide aide, assistance and scholarly guidance to the candidate in preparation of the MPH Thesis and defense, and to make a final recommendation to the Dean that the candidate be admitted for public defense of his/her MPH Thesis.

MPH Thesis Committee
In addition to the assignment of a Faculty Thesis Advisor for each candidate of the MPH degree at AUSPH, an MPH Thesis Committee shall be organized and assigned to the prospective MPH candidate. The MPH Thesis Committee shall be determined and assigned within thirty (30) days of the candidate's submission of his particular MPH Thesis topic, or at any time sooner should the MPH Candidate so desire.
The MPH Thesis Committee shall consist of the Faculty Thesis Advisor assigned to the candidate, in addition to three (3) other Members who shall be selected by the Dean. The Dean shall accept names as suggestions for additional members from the candidate; thus a tribunal of four (4) judges shall be assembled through the cooperative efforts of the MPH Candidate and the Dean.

After the MPH Candidate has Defended his/her Thesis in public, the MPH Thesis Committee shall vote on the approval / disapproval of the Thesis. The Committee may vote instantaneously at the conclusion of the Defense or within forty-eight hours (48 hrs) following the conclusion of the Defense. In case of a tie vote, the Dean shall break the tie. In case the candidate does not successfully defend his/her Thesis, the candidate shall be required to repair or amend the MPH Thesis as may be appropriate and then be permitted to graduate with the MPH degree at the next (subsequent) graduation ceremony.

MPH Thesis Committee
MPH Graduation Requirements
The AUSPH requirements for graduation for the MPH degree shall include the following:
  1. Completion of all required courses (45 credit hours) of the required MPH course curriculum.
  2. Received a Grade Point Average of 3.0 or better for each required course.
  3. Have obtained a Baccalaureate, or Masters degree, or professional certification or professional license, prior to obtaining the MPH degree from the AUSPH.
  4. Have no Honor Code violations.
  5. Have complied with all rules and regulations of Aristotle University.
  6. Successfully defense of the MPH Thesis in a public forum.
Awards Cumulative GPA
Cum Laude 3.3
Magna Cum Laude 3.5
Summa Cum Laude 3.8
The AUSPH award for superior academic achievement shall be reflected in the MPH diploma as follows:

Dean's List
A student who has completed at least one semester of MPH course study whose general overall grade point average is 3.3 or above will be recognized as being placed on the Dean's List.

Grade designations for all courses in the MPH program, commensurate with weighting and grade points for all courses taken at the AUSPH shall be as follows >>>>>

For classes with grade designations of P/F or CR/NC, the student will be given credit for courses successfully completed but his or her grade point average will not be affected. Similarly, a “Fail” grade or “F” will be treated as a “no credit” or “NC” such that neither grade will be considered when calculating a student's total grade point average. A grade of “W” or “Withdrawal” means that a student withdrew from a course and accordingly no credit or grade points will be granted. Recorded grades will not be changed unless it is determined by the Administration that there was a clear case of error.

National University

Since 1971, National University has been dedicated to making lifelong learning opportunities accessible, challenging, and relevant to a diverse student population. As a nonprofit institution, National University invests in its students by providing them with quality educational instruction and learning technologies, superior faculty, and exemplary student services.

National University has five schools and one college, including:

  • School of Business and Management
  • School of Education
  • School of Engineering and Technology
  • School of Health and Human Services
  • School of Media and Communication
  • College of Letters and Sciences.

National University is proud of its commitment to diversity and provides more master's degrees in education to minority students than any other college or university in California, as well as more master's degrees in all disciplines combined to the state's Hispanics and African Americans, according to Diverse Issues in Higher Education . Annually, National University also ranks in the Top 10 nationally in granting master's degrees to women.

Dedicated to educational access and academic excellence, National University provides challenging and relevant programs that are student-centered, success-oriented, and have a proven balance of theoretical and practical attributes. Additionally, students are encouraged to take advantage of National's unique student services options designed to support students throughout their career.

Student Services

National University provides a wide range of services and resources to assist you in attaining your educational goals. National University's accelerated one-course-per-month format offers many challenges to students transitioning from a traditional quarter or semester system.

To ease students into the academic culture of National University, each academic center houses a full, student-service staff that is available six days and evenings a week. Staff members are also accessible by telephone at 1-866-NU-ACCESS (1-866-682-2237) or by departmental email. In the interest of 24-hour support, this page offers a full complement of useful information accessible through the links on the left hand side of this page.

Student Concierge Services is your one-stop center for all of your questions about National University. Student advocates are available seven days a week from 7 a.m. to midnight Pacific. Live phone support is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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Golf Academy of America

Golf Academy of America - San Diego , the first Golf Academy of America campus, was founded in 1974. Golf Academy of America - San Diego's educational program and student services exist in a customized campus learning environment. The physical facilities of Golf Academy of America - San Diego include classroom, computer lab, club repair, library, lounge, student and placement service areas as well as administrative offices. Golf instruction, practice, and play are conducted at local driving ranges and at golf courses conveniently situated in San Diego County.

Golf Academy of America - San Diego
Richard Iorio (Director)
Jim Nicolaisen (Program Director)
Henry Salgado (Director of Admissions)
Patti Luna (Director of Financial Planning)

San Diego Highlights

Positioned at the warm southwestern corner of the United States, San Diego enjoys the Pacific Ocean to the west, the desert to the east, and the Mexican border just a 30 minute drive to the south. Over 70 miles of beaches and bay frontage attract both sun seekers and sports enthusiasts. With excellent year-round weather, residents and visitors can play at over 85 golf courses in the county. Highlights include La Costa Resort and Spa, Aviara Golf Club, and Torrey Pines Golf Course. For viewing golf events, San Diego is the site of the PGA's Buick Invitational, and the World Match Play Tournament Event held at the prestigious La Costa Resort.


  1. Experience being a Golf Academy student for the day
  2. Get a comprehensive overview of our specialized curriculum
  3. Enjoy a free round of golf
  4. Meet with one of our full-time PGA Professional Instructors
  5. Learn more about our successful placement program and exclusive GolFutures website
  6. Meet with a knowledgeable admissions representative
  7. Take the first step towards your career in golf

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Golf Academy of America - San Diego
1950 Camino Vida Roble, Suite 125
Carlsbad, CA 92008, USA
Phone: (760) 734-1208
Toll Free: (800) 342-7342

Golf Career College Programs

In as little as 16 months, you can turn your passion for golf into your dream golf career. College programs at the Golf Academy of America include classroom lessons, golf instruction, weekly tournaments, open play and a comprehensive driving range package for practice. You'll graduate with a complete understanding of golf course management and operations.

Golf Complex Operations and Management

The Academy offers a two-academic-year associate degree program with an occupational objective of Golf Complex Operations and Management, with two areas of emphasis: Golf Professional and General Golf Management. Students may choose to have a dual emphasis or choose to specialize in one area only. Although an area of emphasis is chosen, students will have the opportunity to supplement the designated golf curriculum with elective courses each semester.

The Academy offers three semesters per calendar year with most students completing all requirements in 16 consecutive months. The schedule is comprised of classroom instruction, golf instruction, tournaments, open play, and practice. The curricula include open play and tournament rounds every week and a comprehensive driving range package for student practice.

Specifics About the Golf Academy of America Applied/Occupational Associate Degree Program

  • Major: Golf Complex Operations & Management
  • Areas of Emphasis: Golf Professional, General Management
  • Program Length: Two academic years (16 months)
  • Certificates/ribbons will be awarded to students who meet all requirements in their first attempt.

Now you can get a Bachelor's Degree in golf through the Golf Academy of America and Virginia College Partnership!

Golf School Admissions

Our simplified application process makes it as easy as possible for you to apply to Golf Academy of America, a division of Virginia College. We work with adults--both young and old--and recent high-school graduates who want to acquire new skills to take advantage of growing opportunities in the golf industry. We do not require you to fill out a lengthy application or write detailed essays. We require only that you have the desire and the ability to learn. Our students are highly motivated, hardworking, and committed to preparing for rewarding careers in golf. To get started, apply online now.

Have questions? Ask away! We'll help you out any way we can. Call us at 800-342-7342 or fill out the more info form .

Admissions Requirements

All Applicants

  1. Applicants must exceed the compulsory age of attendance.
  2. All applicants must complete and submit a Golf Academy enrollment application .
  3. In addition, applicants must submit supporting documentation within 30 days of applying to complete the admissions process:

Non-US Residents Only

  • Completed I-20 application
  • Certification of financial support
  • Proof of 500 TOEFL score

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