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Physician Assistant (M.P.A.)

 

Physician assistant programs are primarily master's degree programs although a small number of bachelor's degree programs exist. At the graduate level, completion of a physician assistant program results in either a master of physician assistant studies (MPA) or a master of science in physician assistant studies (MS-PA) degree. Most PA programs are 2-2.5 years in length and involve a combination of course work and clinical experience. Some PA programs require students to conduct research as part of the curriculum. 
 
There are currently 217 accredited or provisionally accredited PA programs in the United States. These accredited PA programs are represented by the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA). The PAEA oversees CASPA. For the 2015-2016 application season, 177 accredited PA programs and 15 developing programs participate in CASPA, including all of the Texas PA programs.
 
Texas has seven universities that offer master's level PA programs. Below is a table listing the names of the Texas universities offering PA programs, the locations of these universities, and their Web sites.
 
 
Name
Location
Web site
Baylor College of Medicine
 
Houston
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Dallas
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Midland
University of North Texas Health Science Center
Fort Worth
University of Texas Medical Branch
Galveston
University of Texas – Pan American
Edinburgh
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio