University of North Texas Health Science Center PA Program
The mission of the PA program at the University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC) is to “Create solutions for a healthier community by providing an exemplary education for physician assistant students with interests in primary care medicine and in meeting the needs of underserved populations.” Our goal is to provide students with a safe environment that is conducive to learning both the art and science of medical practice. We strive for students to grow personally and professionally as healthcare providers. For the past decade, US News and World Report has ranked the UNTHSC PA program among the top 35 graduate-level PA programs in the Nation.
The PA program at the UNTHSC accepted its first class of 12 students in 1997. The first three graduating classes earned a Bachelor of Science degree in PA Studies. In 2000, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board approved the UNTHSC PA program as the first publically funded Texas PA program to award the Master of PA Studies (MPAS) degree. The first class to receive this degree graduated in 2003. In 2004, the program graduated its first ever dual-degreed PA student. At Commencement, this student received both a PhD in Biomedical Sciences from UNTHSC’s Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and the MPAS degree from UNTHSC’s Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. In 2008, the PA program was moved into the new UNTHSC School of Health professions. Since then, the PA program has continued to grow and now accepts 75 new students each year. In 2015, the program will have graduated over 500 alumni.
Learn more about The University of North Texas Health Science Center PA Program.
Both photographs are courtesy of The University of North Texas Health Science Center PA Program.