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Physician Assistant Program

Prospective Students

Welcome to the Baylor College of Medicine Physician Assistant Program. There are many schools that can train you to be a physician assistant. Why should you choose Baylor?

Texas Medical Center

As the largest medical center in the world it offers world class facilities for the training of fellows, residents, medical students, psychology, pharmacy, nursing students, social work, and others in the allied health disciplines. As the only PA Program within the Texas Medical Center, students have access to the faculty and facility resources required to support a quality learning experience.

Baylor College of Medicine

Baylor College of Medicine is recognized as the premier private academic health science center in the Greater Southwest, known world-wide for excellence in education, research and patient care, ranked as one of the top 20 medical schools for research, and trains more than 3,000 medical, graduate, nurse anesthesia, and physician assistant students, as well as residents and post-doctoral fellows.

Multicultural Experiences

A mix of public and private institutions and community-based facilities provides a rich exposure to patients and families from many cultures and ethnic groups that expose students to health beliefs and practices influenced by cultural origins that provide an understanding of how to approach the provision of patient-centered care.

Interdisciplinary Education

Team-based instruction occurs within the didactic and clinical phases of the curriculum with interdisciplinary experiences involving various mixes of medical, nurse anesthesia, physician assistant, pharmacy, social work, and nursing students providing a rich experience in the area of role socialization.

Experienced Faculty

The education, research and service roles of the eight principal faculty of the PA Program ensure student exposure to seasoned instructors, reputable researchers, and clinicians in active clinical practice in the specialties of emergency medicine, internal medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, surgery, and obstetrics and gynecology.

Academic Preparation

Our students consistently outperform national averages for the Physician Assistant National Certification Examination  (PANCE) given by the  National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. In 2011, 98 percent of Baylor students taking PANCE passed with an mean score of 603 – the national mean was 544. Of those taking the test for the first time, the pass rate was also 98 percent. The national pass rate for the exam was 86 percent with 91 percent pass rate for those taking the exam for the first time.

Baylor students have consistently outperformed national mean scores and pass rates since 1973.

Educational Leadership

Faculty of the program are leading educational efforts to change the brief screening and treatment practices of resident in substance abuse, preparing faculty for expanded roles in the teaching of behavioral counseling skills, developing instructional resources to enhance the quality of cancer education in PA Programs, and devising strategies for the assessment of student perceived self-efficacy with respect to core competencies of the profession.

Service Orientation

An important element within the curriculum of the PA Program is the service learning requirement that provides students with early exposures to underserved members of the Burmese refugee community in Houston and the social and medical issues that beset this linguistically isolated population.

Student Leadership

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.

Educational Resources

The College provides access to standardized patients, a simulation skills center, Internet course and rotation evaluation tools, streaming videos of lectures, and quality after-class environments for study.