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School of Health Professions

Physician Assistant Program

Master
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Our program is ranked first in Texas and third in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. What puts us among the best? We offer:

The diversity of clinical settings in the Texas Medical Center – the world’s largest medical complex -- that ensures you have the opportunity to explore the full range of practice options open to PAs.

Faculty who are leaders of their profession and dedicated to your success. Our faculty includes seasoned educators, renowned researchers, and clinicians in active practice in the specialties of emergency medicine, internal medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, surgery, and obstetrics and gynecology.

Curriculum that leverages all the resources of Baylor College of Medicine, which include one of the largest biomedical research enterprises in the nation and a top-ranked School of Medicine, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and Doctor of Nursing Practice-Nurse Anesthesia program as well as the National School of Tropical Medicine.

Interdisciplinary training with students and faculty from Baylor College of Medicine’s renowned School of Medicine and the other programs of the School of Health Professions as well as nursing, social work and pharmacy students from leading programs in and around the Texas Medical Center.

A service learning requirement that provides students with early exposure to underserved members of the Houston community and the social and medical issues that beset linguistically isolated individuals.

Extensive academic and support services to help you succeed at every stage of your training.

The program offers extensive support for student involvement in the activities of their profession with a continuing record of students filling leadership roles in the national student academy at the highest levels on a repeat basis.

Our program mission is to educate physician assistants who will provide excellent healthcare to individuals and communities in a broad range of settings. The core values embraced by the program's faculty include honesty, integrity, self-motivation, flexibility, lifelong learning, reflective practice, teamwork, and primary concern for the patient's welfare

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PA Profession

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Wondering whether the physician assistant profession is right for you? Learn more about the profession.

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Job Bank

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Looking for an exceptional physician assistant for an open position? Reach our alumni through our job bank.

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Proven Success

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100 percent employment upon graduation.

Our students have consistently outperformed the national average and first-time pass rates on the Physician Assistant National Certification Exam (PANCE) since 1973. See our PANCE report.

View our Annual Performance Report Card.
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Program Goals

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The goals of the Baylor College of Medicine Physician Assistant Program:

  • Enrollment and Retention: Recruit, enroll and retain diverse community of highly qualified applicants committed to the PA profession
  • Curriculum: Offer curriculum that provides foundational knowledge and skill requisite to entry-level practice as a Physician Assistant
  • Knowledge and Analytical Skills: Equip graduates with the knowledge and analytical skills required for practice-based learning and systems-based practice
  • Graduate Preparation: Prepare graduates that exhibit respect and compassion for others, responsiveness to diverse populations and a commitment to ethical, legal and regulatory standards guiding clinical practice
  • Program Completion Time: Prepare students to successfully complete the curriculum in the specific period of time
  • National Credentialing Exam: Preserve historical standard of excellence manifest by sustained high performance on the national credentialing exam
  • Practice Preparedness: Monitor satisfaction with training and performance abilities of entry-level graduates
  • Accreditation: Maintain accredited program that prepares entry-level graduates for the contemporary practice of medicine
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Achieving Our Goals

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The manner in which we achieve these goals is continuously reviewed. First, institutional accreditation granted by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to Baylor College of Medicine requires that all areas of the institution participate in a process of comprehensive planning and evaluation.

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, requires that all accredited institutions participate in a process of comprehensive planning and evaluation. View information about the College's SACSCOC accreditation.

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Accreditation

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The 30-month Physician Assistant Program offered by Baylor College of Medicine consists of a 13-month didactic phase and a 17-month experiential learning phase inclusive of a Master’s Paper research project.

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the Baylor College of Medicine Physician Assistant Program sponsored by the Baylor College of Medicine. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.

Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be June 2029. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.

The program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website.

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School of Health Professions

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The Physician Assistant program is under the auspices of the Baylor College of Medicine School of Health Professions. Visit the School's site to learn about other programs offered, academic and support services available to students, view the School of Health Professions Student Handbook, School-related news and more.

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