Physician Assistant Studies New Students

Welcome to the UTMB Physician Assistant Program!

Congratulations! I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to The University of Texas Medical Branch’s Physician Assistant Class of 2021. We are delighted you have chosen UTMB for your physician assistant education.  Our mission is to develop and graduate academically and clinically exceptional physician assistant students. As you know, we receive many applications for our 90 positions, and your selection to our program speaks very highly of our confidence in you as a future physician assistant student. This is a very exciting time for our PA program and our student body as you will be the first class of physician assistant students to enter under the UTMB School of Medicine. 

The administration, faculty, and staff at UTMB are committed to educational excellence and professionalism. Your new student orientation will be held on Wednesday, July 10, through Friday, July 12. We have designed experiences to help you transition to PA school, discover our network of resources, and answer questions about the program, university, and student life. The orientation concludes with the White Coat Ceremony on Monday, July 15, at 6 pm in Levin Hall. The White Coat Ceremony is a tradition and special occasion for our students and faculty and we hope your family and friends will be able to attend this milestone occasion. 

Thank you again for choosing The University of Texas Medical Branch. 


Robert J. Philpot, Jr., PhD, PA-C, DFAAPA
Professor and Chair
Physician Assistant Studies
UTMB School of Medicine

White Coat Ceremony Information

This ceremony highlights the rite of passage of entering students into the PA curriculum, profession, and patient care. Students will be cloaked with their first white coat; symbolic of their new role as a PA student and commitment to helping others. The professional oath will be administered during ceremony providing the students with the opportunity to publicly acknowledge their new responsibilities and affirm their personal and professional pledge to clinical excellence and health care. Family, friends, peers, and faculty members are invited. The ceremony usually takes about 90 minutes

Next steps:

You will need to purchase your white coat from the UTMB Campus Store. Attached is information on the white coats. The coat will come with required lettering and identification. You can purchase online and pick up when you arrive on campus. If you have questions about the coats, you may contact their staff at (409) 772-1939. White coats need to be purchased by June 24 at 5 pm. White Coat Information Sheet

Please complete the attached information card and return to Angela Donnella ( by the same deadline, June 24.

To ensure that your matriculation is complete, please download and use the Student Checklist and Welcome Guide below to complete all university required items before you arrive for New Student Orientation and classes.

Download: PAS Newly Admitted Student Checklist

Visit: New Student Orientation