Pre-Physician's Assistant Specialization


Pre-Physician's Assistant Specialization


Physician Assistants (PAs) are health care professionals who earn a master’s degree and are licensed to practice medicine with physician supervision as a mid-level healthcare provider. PAs take medical histories and conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, counsel on preventive health care, assist in surgery, prescribe medications, and do clinical research. The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) advocates a philosophy of training healthcare clinicians who expand access to care and practice patient-centered, team-based medical care.



Most entry-level PA programs require a bachelor’s degree with required courses heavy in science and healthcare experience (1,000-3,000 hours) of two types: healthcare experience (HCE) and patient care experience (PCE)The Physician Assistant College Admission Exam (PA-CAT) is required. After prerequisites are completed, application is made through the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) to include your personal statement. Prospective applicants are invited for interview.

Texas Physician Assistant Schools

There are ten physician assistant schools in Texas. 

Baylor College of Medicine PA Program  
Interservice (IPAP)  
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center PA Program  
University of Texas - Rio Grande Valley PA Program  

WTAMU Pre-Physicians Assistant Specialization Advisers

Ms. Cindy Meador
Department of Life, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Office: NSB 329
Phone: (806) 651-2582

Dr. Carolyn Bouma
Department of Life, Earth and Environment Sciences
Office: NSB 341
Phone: (806) 651-2569