Physician Assistant Studies

Physician Assistant Studies students possess the ability to process, retain comprehend, integrate, analyze, synthesize and apply a large volume of data related to the art and science of medicine, including legal, ethical, and moral concepts. Students participate in training experiences in clinical practice, research, and professional services progressing from didactic to clinical courses and clinical rotations. With physician supervision, students train at hospitals, clinics, and a variety of clinical settings and facilities in urban, rural, and metropolitan areas of the state in family medicine, emergency medicine, women's health, pediatrics, surgery, and general internal medicine.

White Coat Ceremony September 2019

Program Achievements and Successes

  • How UTMB PAS demonstrates student success
    • Over the past five years, 98% of our enrolled students have successfully completed the program and graduated.
    • The latest survey indicates nearly 20% of our graduates practice in primary care.
    • Clinical preceptor reports 100% of our clinical students are well prepared for clerkship in all clinical settings.
    • UTMB has graduated over 2,200 PA’s since 1973. UTMB PA Alumni hold leadership positions as TAPA officers, Texas Medical Board members, and Program Directors, Deans, and Provosts in Texas and around the country, as well as have pioneered to the South Pole in the name of research.
  • UTMB's full-time PAS faculty have well over 200 years of combined clinical experience. They come from diverse clinical backgrounds in primary care and are respected in their specialty areas including but not limited to underserved population, family practice, internal medicine, cardiology, rheumatology, neurology, doctorate in pharmacy, general surgery, orthopedic surgery, emergency medicine, global health and research.
  • In 2020, Physician Assistant careers were ranked as second best job on the U.S. News & World Reports 100 Best Jobs list


The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston Physician Assistant Program sponsored by the University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston 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 2027. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.


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  Contact Us
Department of Physician Assistant Studies
301 University Blvd.
Galveston, TX 77555-1345

Office: Room 7.200, UTMB Health Clinics
Phone: (409) 772-3046
Fax: (409) 772-9710

 Academic Calendar

Download the PAS 2020-21 calendar in PDF format.

Download the PAS 2021-22 calendar in PDF format.