Physician Assistant Studies

Physician Assistant Studies students possess the ability to process, retain comprehend, integrate, analyze, synthesize and apply a large volume of data related to the art and science of medicine, including legal, ethical, and moral concepts. Students participate in training experiences in clinical practice, research, and professional services progressing from didactic to clinical courses and clinical rotations. With physician supervision, students train at hospitals, clinics, and a variety of clinical settings and facilities in urban, rural, and metropolitan areas of the state in family medicine, emergency medicine, women's health, pediatrics, surgery, and general internal medicine.


Program Achievements and Successes

  • How UTMB PAS demonstrates student success
    • Over the past five years, 98% of our enrolled students have successfully completed the program and graduated.
    • The latest survey indicates nearly 20% of our graduates practice in primary care.
    • Clinical preceptor reports 100% of our clinical students are well prepared for clerkship in all clinical settings.
    • UTMB has graduated 1,946 PA since 1973. UTMB PA alumni hold leadership position as TAPA officers, Texas Medical Board members, ARC-PA site visitors, AAPA officers, Program Directors in Texas and around the country, and have pioneered to the South Pole in the name of research.
  • UTMB's full-time PAS faculty have well over 200 years of combined clinical experience. They come from diverse clinical backgrounds in primary care and are respected in their specialty areas including but not limited to underserved population, family practice, internal medicine, cardiology, rheumatology, neurology, doctorate in pharmacy, general surgery, orthopedic surgery, emergency medicine, global health and research.
  • In 2017, Physician Assistant careers were ranked as third best on the U.S. News & World Reports 100 Best Jobs list


At its July 2017 meeting, the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) placed the University of Texas Medical Branch Physician Assistant program, sponsored by the University of Texas Medical Branch, on Accreditation-Probation status until its next review in June 2019.

Probation is a temporary status of accreditation conferred when a program does not meet the standards and when the capability of the program to provide an acceptable educational experience for its students is threatened.

Once placed on probation, programs that still fail to comply with accreditation requirements in a timely manner, as specified by the ARC-PA, may be scheduled for a focused site visit and/or risk having their accreditation withdrawn.

Specific questions regarding the program and its plans should be directed to the Program Director and/or the appropriate institutional official(s).

  Contact Us
Department of Physician Assistant Studies
301 University Blvd.
Galveston, TX 77555-1345

Office: Room 7.200, UTMB Health Clinics
Phone: (409) 772-3046
Fax: (409) 772-9710

 PAS Academic Calendar

Download the 2018-19 calendar in Word format.

Download the 2019-20 calendar in Word format.