Physician Assistant Studies Program


The physician assistant (PA) field is a challenging, rewarding career choice for those who are genuinely interested in medicine, sensitive to the needs of patients and committed to the delivery of quality medical care. The profession evolved in response to an appeal to extend the delivery of primary care medicine and, since its inception in 1965, has had a profound impact on the quality of health care.

Mission Statement

To recruit, enroll, and graduate an academically, talented student body who will reflect the cultural, geographical, and socio-economical diversity of Texas.


Physician Assistant Studies is a master's level degree curriculum that recognizes the emerging status of the physician assistant (PA). The PA must think like a physician, be educated in the same fashion, have genuine interest in the patient, possess medical curiosity, work within legal and medical limitations, and be prepared to treat any disease entity regardless of age, gender, race, social status, or sexual preference. In order to prepare the PA for this comprehensive role, the physician assistant program provides the necessary experiences in clinical practice, research and professional services.

Program Goals

  • Maintain a fully accredited program that responds to the needs of a diverse population and the challenges posed by emerging health care reforms.
  • Encourage recruitment and retention of individuals from minority and disadvantaged backgrounds to promote cultural awareness and sensitivity to underserved populations.
  • Offer off-campus clinical option in South and East Texas as well as other communities in Texas to influence training and promote interest in primary care medicine.
  • Expand the curriculum focus to include more community-based training in key areas such as health promotion, disease prevention, immunizations, genetics, geriatrics, metabolic diseases, and border health.
  • Expand knowledge in infectious diseases with focus on surveillance, detection, and management of emerging infections.
  • Promote patient's self-help and management of health care through telemedicine, monitoring devices and other assistive technology.
  • Promote student acquisition of conversational/medical Spanish to improve the care given to a growing sector of the Texas population.
  • Facilitate faculty development in various areas of scholarship at the school, university, and profession level.

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