Physician Assistants provide healthcare services under the supervision of physicians. They should not be confused with medical assistants, who perform routine clinical and clerical tasks. Physician Assistants conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, counsel on preventive health care, assist in surgery and can write prescriptions in 47 states.They are formally trained to provide diagnostic, therapeutic, and preventive healthcare services as delegated by a physician.
Pre-Physician Assistant is considered a designation at Texas Tech University; it is not a major. Pre-Physician Assistant students take the required courses in order to apply to a Physician Assistant Program. Pre-Physician Assistant students also have the option to major in any area they choose as long as they take the prerequisite courses required to enter a Physician Assistant Program along with the courses needed to earn a degree at Texas Tech University.
|COURSE NAME||Texas Tech University||Texas Common Course Numbering System|
|HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I and LAB
||BIOLOGY 2401, 2101, 2301
|HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II and LAB
||BIOLOGY 2402, 2102, 2302
|GENETICS and LAB2||BIOL 3416
|MICROBIOLOGY and LAB or
PRINCIPLES OF MICROBIOLOGY and LAB2
|MBIO 3400 or
MBIO 3401 (preferred)
|ORGANIC CHEMISTRY 1 and LAB or
|CHEM 3305/3105 or
|GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY||PSY 1300||PSYCHOLOGY 2301|
|STATISTICAL METHODS||MATH 2300||MATH 1342, 1442, 2342, 2442|
1- General Chemistry (CHEM 1307/1107 and CHEM 1308/1108) are no longer prerequisites for the Physician Assistant program, but are still pre-requisites for Organic Chemistry (CHEM 3305/3105). Biochemistry (CHEM 3310) has a pre-requisite of Organic Chemistry II (CHEM 3306/3106). Any questions on this can be directed to the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.
2- Biology I and II (BIOL 1403 and 1404) are no longer prerequisites for the Physician Assistant program, but are still prerequirements for Genetics (BIOL 3416) and Principles of Microbiology (MBIO 3401). To enroll in Microbiology (MBIO 3400), students need to complete 1 freshman or sophomore level biology course (including A&P 1 or any 1400-level biology course). Any questions can be directed to the Department of Biological Sciences.
- Bachelor's Degree
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
- Minimum 40 hours of PA shadowing with at least 20 hours in primary care/family medicine
- MInimum 40 hours of community service
- The required science courses must be completed within the previous 7 years of application.
While it is highly encouraged to take science courses in class, online courses will NOT be rejected.
For application and/or prerequisite information, please contact each professional program and check their websites frequently.
Other Master of Physician Assistant Programs in Texas:
- Baylor College of Medicine
- University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio
- University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
- University of Texas-Pan America
- Southwestern Medical Center
- University of North Texas Health Sciences Center