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Physician Assistant Program

About Us

U.S. News & World Report ranked Baylor College of Medicine as one of the 2015 top medical schools for research.

The Master of Science Physician Assistant Program at Baylor College of Medicine educates PAs who will provide excellent healthcare to individuals and communities in a broad range of settings.

Located in the largest medical center in the world, Baylor College of Medicine is one of the nation’s leading health science centers. The 30-month Master of Science Physician Assistant Program is ranked sixth among the country’s top physician assistant training programs. 

Our mission is to educate PAs 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.

Baylor College of Medicine was the first institution in Texas and the fourth in the nation to grant a Master of Science degree upon completion of a PA program. Read about our history to see the evolution of the program. 

Wondering if being a physician assistant is the right career for you? Learn more about the profession.

Accreditation

The 30-month Master of Science 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 Baylor PA Program was site visited as part of the review for continued accreditation in April 2011 by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA).

“The ARC-PA has granted Continued Accreditation to the Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Baylor College of Medicine. Continued accreditation status is granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards. Continued 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remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards.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 comprehensive review of the program by the ARC-PA will be September 2018.”

Goals

The goals of the Baylor College of Medicine Master of Science Physician Assistant Program are:

  • Recruit highly qualified applicants for enrollment as students in the Master of Science Physician Assistant Program
  • Offer a didactic curriculum comprised of basic science, behavioral and pre-clerkship sciences of medicine along with clinical and critical thinking/problem solving skills that provides the foundation required for entry to the clinical year of the program
  • Offer a clinical experience that facilitates the development of judgment, critical reflection, professional responsibility, and clinical competence using a biopsychosocial approach to patients, families and communities
  • Prepare graduates with the analytical skills required to locate, appraise, and apply evidence from scientific studies to improve patient care practices
  • Prepare graduates that exhibit respect and compassion for others, responsiveness to diverse populations, and a commitment to the ethical, legal and regulatory standards guiding clinical practice
  • Maintain an accredited program with a curriculum that prepares entry-level graduates for the contemporary practice of medicine

Achieving Our Goals

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

The ARC-PA Standards require that the program define, publish and make readily available to enrolled and prospective students general program information to include success of the program in achieving its goals.