Master of Science in Physician Assistant Program

Mission

The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Physician Assistant Program’s mission is to recruit and prepare graduate students to become competent, compassionate, service-driven physician assistant leaders who deliver evidence-based medical care to meet universal healthcare needs. 

Program education occurs in a Christian environment guided by faculty who teach and mentor with integrity, sensitivity, and a commitment to excellence.

Vision

The vision of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Physician Assistant program is to be a regionally and nationally recognized medical education program, with a reputation for developing highly sought after physician assistants who are dedicated to the delivery of compassionate evidence-based healthcare, professional leadership, and community service. 

UMHB PA Program Goals

Goal 1: Recruit and admit diverse qualified graduate students committed to the PA profession

Goal 2: Provide a competency-driven, practice-based training experience that prepares students for entry into clinical practice

Goal 3: Deliver quality clinical instruction that provides experiences in a variety of patient care settings. 

Goal 4: Encourage professional involvement, leadership, and service

Goal 5: Graduate competent medical practitioners who are in high demand for careers as Physician Assistants

Goal 6: Create a supportive environment for faculty and staff that promotes continued educational development, ingenuity, scholarship, and collaboration.

 

Physician Assistant Program Curriculum

The Physician Assistant Program will consist of 28-months of graduate curriculum resulting in a Master of Science in Physician Assistant.  The Physician Assistant  program is comprised of pre-clinical and clinical educational experiences.  The pre-clinical curriculum is 12-months in duration and will be delivered via lecture, small-group discussion, case-based training, and inter-professional experiences.  

The clinical training is 15-months in duration and includes five week rotations in surgery, in-patient and out-patient internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology, emergency medicine, and psychiatry.  These experiences will be summarized in a ten week family medicine rotation and two advanced five week elective rotations.  The last month of the clinical training will be devoted to preparation for graduation and the Physician Assistant National Certification Examination.  Students will also compete a capstone research project by the completion of their clinical year. 


Entrance Prerequisite Courses

 

Required

Semester Credit Hours

Examples

Human Anatomy + Lab *

4

Science Majors or 2 Semesters of Human Anatomy and Physiology

Human Physiology + Lab

4

Science Majors or 2 Semesters of Human Anatomy and Physiology

Microbiology

4

Science Majors

Genetics

3

Science Majors

General Chemistry + Lab

8

Science Majors

Organic Chemistry I + Lab

4

Science Majors

Science Electives

3

Immunology, Cell Biology, Neurology, Pharmacology, Histology

Statistics

3

Science Majors

General Psychology

3

General Psychology

                                                                                                     *Comparative Human Anatomy will be accepted

Recommended

Semester Credit Hours

Biochemistry

3

Psychology Elective

3

Medical Terminology

3

 

  • All prerequisite courses must be completed by September prior to matriculation  
  • AP and CLEP credit will not be accepted for any science prerequisite courses 
  • No more than 9 hours of prerequisite courses may be in progress at the time of application
  • Prerequisite courses must be taken at a regionally accredited US University
  • Transfer credit from a school outside of the US or Canada will not be accepted 
  • Prerequisite courses completed within the last 7 years are preferred, and all science courses must be less than 10 years old at time of application
  • Application through CASPA
  • Submit official transcripts from all undergraduate institution through CASPA
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • GRE not required
  • Clinical experience and shadowing not required but recommended
  • Basic Life Support Certification required



UMHB PA Program Curriculum
UMHB PA Program Curriculum