About the Physician Assistant Program

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Our students learn from physician assistants who are leaders in their field, Professor Carl Fasser, seen here providing instruction to students.

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.

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.

Program Goals

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

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 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.


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.