Welcome to the Department of Physician Assistant Studies! We are delighted that you have decided to investigate this interesting and challenging profession. There are many professional options available to our graduates - they have successful careers in hospitals, private clinics, not-for-profit health care facilities, and the military. Our faculty are recognized for their excellence in teaching and are well-known for their expertise in health care. We will work closely with you to ensure your success.
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.
Entry into our PAS program is very competitive and the program is 24 months of hard, intense work. Our educational focus is on primary care with an emphasis on South Texas. Service is an important part of our consideration of applicants and we expect our students to continue to be involved with community and professional service. We want students who put service to others, particularly those with the greatest need, ahead of personal gain.
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As you look at PA programs, learn as much as you can about all the programs in which you are interested. Remember, the application process is not just about us selecting you, but you selecting us. You have to choose the best program for you because the demands on you and the commitments you have to make to succeed are high. Learn everything you can about us; understand our mission, vision, and philosophy. If you share our vision, mission, and philosophy, then consider our program.
To learn more about the application and admission requirements for the PAS program, contact the School of Health Professions Office of Advising, Admission and Recruitment Support. It is your “one-stop-shop” for information. They offer advising and admission services to prospective students and applicants, and provide timely, appropriate information to students, families, and high school and college advisors. The Office of Advising, Admission and Recruitment Support works collaboratively with us to facilitate application and admission to our programs.