Master of Physician Assistant Studies

UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program prepares exceptional students for one of health care’s fastest growing and deeply rewarding careers.

Ranked 15th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in "America's Best Graduate Schools 2016,” our program’s unique advantages truly set it apart:

  • A noted faculty recognized for student interaction and teaching excellence
  • A 30-month curriculum that blends comprehensive academic training with 15 months of clinical rotations
  • The unmatched resources of UT Southwestern, including Parkland Memorial Hospital, ranked one of the nation’s best for more than a decade
  • Tuition and fee rates that are among the most reasonable in the country
  • A premier location near the heart of Dallas, a thriving center for health care, business, education, and the arts
  • A 100 percent first-time pass rate on the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination over the last 10 years

Selecting UT Southwestern for your physician assistant education can be the first step toward a career rich in personal and professional rewards.

About Physician Assistants

  • A PA is a nationally certified and state-licensed medical professional.
  • PAs practice medicine on health care teams with physicians and other providers. 
  • They practice and prescribe medication in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the majority of the U.S. territories, and the uniformed services.

PAs Today

The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants reported there were nearly 102,000 nationally certified PAs by 2014, and 6.7 percent – almost 7,000 – practice in Texas.

Outlook for Tomorrow

The field is strong and growing. Here are some facts that tell the story:

  • The PA profession was rated the number five U.S. job for 2016 by
  • rated the master of physician assistant studies one of the best master’s degree in the U.S. in 2015
  • rated PA as a "Best Jobs For 2016 And Beyond”
  • The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported employment of PAs is projected to grow 30 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.
  • According to U.S. News and World Report Careers, PA is rated as the number four job in health care and the number five overall job in America

Postgraduate Opportunities

After graduation, physician assistants have a host of areas to consider for additional study and specialization, including cardiothoracic surgery, dermatology, emergency medicine, hospitalist care, neonatology, neurology, neurosurgery, obstetrics/gynecology, oncology, orthopaedic surgery, pediatrics, psychiatry, rheumatology, surgery, and urology.

UT Southwestern has such an opportunity in Urology. The Physician Assistant Postgraduate Urology Residency Program at UT Southwestern Medical Center prepares PAs interested in urology for a productive career. Our program emphasizes all clinical, research, and teaching aspects of urology so that the trainee completing our program has the ability to independently function as a urology physician assistant.

A number of additional postgraduate training opportunities are described by the Association of Postgraduate Physician Assistant Programs (APPAP).

Additional Information

Here are more resources for information about physician assistants, PA education, and professional opportunities.