In order to practice in this field, individuals must obtain a Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) degree. This may require additional education and clinical experience, for more information contact HealthProfessions@LCU.edu.
Physician Assistants (PAs) practice medicine as part of a team of physicians, surgeons, and other healthcare workers to assess, diagnose, and treat patients. Click here for a full description of what PAs do.
Employment growth for PAs is projected at 37 percent from 2016 to 2026, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for PAs is driven by baby boomers, who require more care for chronic diseases.
(Retrieved from www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/physician-assistants.htm)
Texas Physician Assistant Programs
*Programs are public and fully accredited unless otherwise indicated
Texas Tech University Health Science Center, Midland -Physician Assistant Program
University of North Texas Health Science Center, Ft. Worth - Department of Physician Assistant Studies
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio - Department of Physician Assistant Studies
University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston - Physician Assistant Studies Program
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Edinburg - Physician Assistant Studies Department
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas - Physician Assistant Studies Program
Baylor, Houston - College of Medicine Physician Assistant Program (Private)
Developing programs or in accreditation process
Hardin-Simmons University, Abilene - Physician Assistant Program (Private)
University of Incarnate Word, San Antonio - Physician Assistant Program (Private)
Click here to check accreditation status of Texas Programs on Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) website.
For the pre-physician assistant degree plan, you will need to enroll in Bachelor of Arts in Biology curriculum. Visit the University Catalog here to view the pre-physician assistance degree plan and other LCU degree plans.