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.
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.