Welcome to the Department of Physician Assistant Studies! These are challenging times for our country and state, particularly in health care. Our faculty and staff strongly believe that physician assistants are part of the solution to our health care challenges, especially in those areas and for those people most in need. The physician assistant profession is a relatively new profession that has grown rapidly in the past few years and demand for physician assistants is high. This is true in South Texas where every county is a whole or partially designated Medically Underserved or Health Professions Shortage Area.
The mission of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies is to prepare primary health care providers who will contribute to the improvement of the mental, social, and physical well-being of the undeserved and vulnerable people of South Texas. This mission is accomplished through culturally appropriate, socially relevant education, service, and scholarship.
The vision of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies is to be a recognized leader in primary health care education, scholarship, and service. This vision includes the education and training of competent and caring primary health care providers who will meet the needs of society, faculty, staff, and student service to the community and region; and scholarship that will impact, advance, and add to the knowledge of humanity and health.
South Texas is a region of contrasts; tremendous riches coupled with abject poverty; opportunities coupled with social and financial constraints; industrious people coupled with limited opportunities; dedicated physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, and allied health practitioners coupled with huge health care needs; a region with quality institutions of higher education coupled with a lack of many needed educational programs. The contrasts could go on. It is with these contrasts in mind that the PAS Department has developed its mission and vision statements with a commitment to service for and to the people of South Texas.
Physician Assistant is a great career and very rewarding in many ways. Please contact us for additional information at any time.