Pre-Physician Assistant Studies

The minimum admission requirements for accredited physician assistant  programs include an earned bachelor’s degree with the following:  20-24 semester hours of introductory and advanced biology; 8 semester hours of general chemistry; 4 semester hours or organic chemistry; 4 semester hours of biochemistry; 6 semester hours of English composition;  and 6 semester hours of mathematics.  Along with a competitive Grade Record Examination score, a strong candidate will have a 3.25 or higher overall grade point average and will be capable of independent thinking, judgment and action within the boundaries established by the employing physician. Since a physician assistant is educated in the same general way as a physician, the applicant must demonstrate the same genuine and compassionate interest in human well-being. To learn more about preparing for a career as a physician assistant, review the following curriculum suggestions, professional resources, and virtual links to accredited programs in Texas.

Curriculum Suggestions    pre-physician assistant program of study

Professional Resources
Texas Academy of Physician Assistants
http://www.tapa.org/amsimis
Central Application Service for Physician Assistants
https://portal.caspaonline.org/
Graduate Record Examination
http://www.takethegre.com/

Physician Assistant Programs in Texas
Baylor College of Medicine
http://www.bcm.tmc.edu/pap
The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
http://www.utsouthwestern.edu/education/school-of-health-professions/programs/masters-programs/physician-assistant-studies/about-the-program.html
University of North Texas
http://www.hsc.unt.edu/education/pasp/
The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
http://shp.utmb.edu/pas/
Texas Tech University Health Science Center
http://www.ttuhsc.edu/shp/mpa/
The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
http://www.uthscsa.edu/sah/pastudies
University of Texas Pan American at Edinburg
http://portal.utpa.edu/utpa_main/daa_home/hshs_home/pasp_home