Master of Physician Assistant Studies coursework and accreditation information
Our Master of Physician Assistant Studies program prepares physician assistants for their roles within the health care setting. Our classroom, laboratory and supervised clinical practice experiences emphasize primary care, community service and health care in the rural and underserved areas of South Texas.
Our program consists of 126 credit hours of coursework and the class size is limited to a total of 45 students.
The program begins in June and runs continuously for 30 months. It is composed of 14 months in the didactic lecture phase and 16 months in the clinical phase.
The second half of the program includes supervised clinical rotations that occur at sites throughout South Texas. Our students must complete a minimum of two rotations in rural or medically underserved locations. You must be prepared to be away from San Antonio for a period of time and to assume the costs of these rotations.
Our students must complete a capstone project prior to graduation.
The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC- PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued to the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio’s Physician Assistant Program sponsored by the University of Texas. Learn more about our accreditation.
The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, to award certificates and baccalaureate, master's, doctoral, and professional degrees. The institution was last reviewed and reaffirmed in 2008. The institution's accreditation extends through 2018, and includes all programs offered on the institution's main campus as well as those offered at all extended program sites.
Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the Health Science Center. Note: The Commission should only be contacted 1) to learn about the institution's accreditation status, 2) to file a third-party comment at the time of the institution's accreditation review, or 3) to file a complaint against the institution for alleged non-compliance with a standard or requirement. All normal inquiries about admission requirements, financial aid, educational programs, etc. should be addressed directly to the Health Science Center and not the Commission's office.