Physician Assistant Studies

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

30 months
33009 USD/year
33009 USD/year
14417 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Established in 1972, the Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program is a full-time, postbaccalaureate program that begins once a year in May and ends 30 months later in November.


The hub of your training is Parkland Memorial Hospital, a high-energy, 990-bed county facility that admits nearly 41,000 patients a year and delivers more babies than any other hospital in the nation. Parkland has earned a place on U.S. News and World Report’s list of America’s Best Hospitals for more than a decade. It operates internationally recognized trauma and burn centers and delivers specialty emergency care in medicine, surgery, psychiatry, and obstetrics and gynecology.
For students, residents, and fellows, the new William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital is a dynamic learning environment that includes areas for collaborative, team-based education – the learning style preferred by many millennials, the next generation of health care professionals.

  • Conference rooms on patient floors (complete with interactive whiteboard technology and videoconferencing capabilities) offer a place to gather for instruction or to discuss cases with UT Southwestern teachers or experts anywhere in the world.
  • A simulation room in the Intensive Care Unit provides an active learning opportunity, where students can simulate a procedure or care scenario and then see it carried out in the hospital setting.
  • “Touch down” areas provide a more informal setting for smaller groups of faculty, residents, fellows, and students to confer, taking advantage of the real-time learning opportunities in a large, urban hospital
In addition to Parkland, your clinical training will take you to other teaching hospitals with formal affiliations with UT Southwestern Medical Center, including Dallas Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Methodist Hospital, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, and Scott & White Hospital in Temple, Texas. Your clinical training will broaden your experience even further, with rotations in hospitals, clinics, private physician practices, long-term care facilities, and other settings.
At the end of 30 months, successful students receive a Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree and are eligible to sit for the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination. In the last eight years, 100 percent of our graduates passed the exam on the first try.
The mission of the Physician Assistant Studies Program is to:
  • Excel in the art and science of physician assistant education and promote inter-professional primary health care delivery to a diverse and dynamic population.
  • Encourage leadership, service, and excellence among our faculty, staff, students and graduates.
  • Foster a commitment to evidence-based practice, quality improvement and patient safety.


The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued to the Physician Assistant Program sponsored by UT Southwestern. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • medical and behavioral sciences
  •  clinical rotations
  •  high-intensity lecture  science
  • concepts of health care and disease
  •  medical history and physical examination skills
  •  disease process identification
  • pharmacology
  • pathology
  • clinical prevention
  • population health
  • evidence-based medicine 
  • psychiatry

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 30 months

Start dates & application deadlines




112 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Three letters of recommendation from health care professionals you’ve worked with, professors, employers, community leaders, and other people who know you and your abilities
  • Original transcripts from all of the colleges you’ve attended
  • Your official GRE scores by September 1. (Scores are acceptable within five years of taking the exam.) Our GRE school code is 6686.
  • TOEFL scores if you’re an international student
  • Quality and quantity of academic preparation; the typical candidate has earned a bachelor’s degree with more than 50 hours of science courses, with a science and overall required grade-point average of at least 3.0 on a 4-point scale

Tuition Fee

  • International

    33009 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 82524 USD for the full programme and a duration of 30 months.
  • National

    33009 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 82524 USD for the full programme and a duration of 30 months.
  • In-State

    14417 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 36044 USD for the full programme and a duration of 30 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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Physician Assistant Studies
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