Physician Assistant Studies Academics & Accreditation

Program Goals

Upon completion of the program, students are awarded a master's degree, Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS), and may sit for the national certifying examination to achieve licensure and certification. The UTMB Physician Assistant Studies (PAS) program strives to:

  1. Maintain and develop quality clinical rotation sites to promote exposure to a variety of patient care settings.
    • UTMB PA students not only train at UTMB's own hospitals and clinics, but at a variety of clinical settings and facilities in urban, rural, and metropolitan areas of the state in family medicine, women's health, pediatrics, surgery, and general internal medicine. Clinical preceptors report our clinical students are well prepared for clerkship in all clinical settings.
  2. Maintain a 95% or better graduation rate for students entering the UTMB PAS program.
    • In the past 5 years, only 2% of UTMB PA students have not graduated. Overall, UTMB has graduated over 1,900 students since 1973.
  3. Provide an exceptional education to PAS students and maintain a PANCE first-time pass rate above the national average.
    • UTMB graduates continue to meet or exceed the national pass rate for first time takers on the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination. UTMB's full-time PA Program faculty have well over 100 years of clinical experience combined. They come from diverse clinical experiences in primary care and are respected in their specialty areas including but not limited to underserved populations, family practice, internal medicine, cardiology, rheumatology, neurology, pharmacology, general surgery, emergency medicine, global health, and research. Currently, over 25% of full-time PA Program faculty possess doctoral degrees.

Download: UTMB NCCPA Pass Rate 2018 (PDF)


At its July 2017 meeting, the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) placed the University of Texas Medical Branch Physician Assistant program, sponsored by the University of Texas Medical Branch, on Accreditation-Probation status until its next review in June 2019.

Probation is a temporary status of accreditation conferred when a program does not meet the standards and when the capability of the program to provide an acceptable educational experience for its students is threatened.

Once placed on probation, programs that still fail to comply with accreditation requirements in a timely manner, as specified by the ARC-PA, may be scheduled for a focused site visit and/or risk having their accreditation withdrawn.

Specific questions regarding the program and its plans should be directed to the Program Director and/or the appropriate institutional official(s).

For verification, you may contact the Commission at the following address:

Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant
12000 Findley Road, Suite 275
Johns Creek, Georgia, 30097

Phone: (770) 476-1224


 PAS Academic Calendar

Download the 2018-19 calendar in Word format.

Download the 2019-20 calendar in Word format.