The College of Arts and Sciences offers a program of courses designed to prepare students for the professional physician assistant curriculum offered by professional schools.
Physician assistants (PAs) practice medicine with supervision of licensed physicians. PAs are qualified to take histories, order and administer tests, make the diagnoses, determine treatments, assist in surgery, and set fractures. A physician assistant is educated to provide services that would otherwise be offered by a physician. In many states, PAs write prescriptions. They work in virtually all health care settings wherever physicians or health care organizations employ them.
The 25-31 month professional school curriculum leads to either a baccalaureate or a master's degree, depending upon the school. Six of the seven PA programs in Texas are now at the master's entry level (UT Southwestern, UTMB, UNTHSC, Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Tech UHSC, and UTHS San Antonio). The school at UT Pan American is a Bachelor's of Science in Physician Assistant program. You can click on the school links to go to each of the schools:
The student should determine any specific course requirements and recommendations of the professional schools where application is to be made. Application to physician assistant programs is generally made eight to nine months in advance of the matriculation date.