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 select Baylor?

Texas Medical Center

As the largest medical center in the world it offers world class facilities for the training of fellows, residents, medical, psychology, pharmacy, nursing, and social work students 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 an unrivaled 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, physician assistant, and orthotics and prosthetics students, as well as residents and post-doctoral fellows. See 2015 Fast Facts.

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. See Harris County Facts.

Interdisciplinary Education

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

Experienced Faculty

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

Academic Preparation

The learning experiences provided PA students in the didactic and clinical phases of the program’s curriculum have repeatedly prepared graduating students for the challenges of entry-level clinical practice. Performance of the Physician Assistant National Certification Examination (PANCE) represents a national measure of readiness for entry to practice in conjunction with state licensure. In 2014, 98 percent of Baylor students taking the PANCE for the first time passed with a mean score of 603 – the national pass rate was 95 percent with a mean score of 544. (NCCPA Report) Baylor students have consistently outperformed the 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 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.