Pre-PA Information

TAPA pre-PA members have an exclusive offer of 25% off PAMO services check out the PAMO YouTube Channel for tips and tools for pre-PA students and interviews of PAs. Learn more about PAMO by checking out their website

Texas PA Programs

Baylor College of Medicine
Physician Assistant Program
School of Allied Health Sciences, Room 108
Baylor College of Medicine
One Baylor Plaza
Houston, Texas 77030
(713) 798-3663
Application deadline: September 1
Program begins: June
Duration of program: 30 months
Graduation month: December

Hardin-Simmons University
Physician Assistant Program
Holland College of Science and Mathematics
2200 Hickory Street
Abilene, TX 79698
(325) 670-1702
Application deadline: October 1
Program begins: August
Duration of program: 27 months
Graduation month: December

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Physician Assistant Program
3600 North Garfield
Midland, TX  79707
(432) 620-1120
Application deadline:  Oct. 1st
Program begins:  May
Duration:  27 months
Graduation month:  August

University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth
Physician Assistant Studies Program
3500 Camp Bowie Blvd.
Fort Worth, TX 76107-2699
(817) 735-2003
Application deadline: Nov. 1st
Supplemental Application deadline: November 15th
Program begins: July
Graduation month:  May
Duration of program: 34 months

University of Texas Health Science Center  - San Antonio
School of Health Professions
Dept. of PA Studies
7703 Floyd Curl Drive
San Antonio, TX  78229
(210) 567-4240
(210) 567-4241 (fax)
Application deadline: September 1st
Program begins: July
Graduation month:  June
Duration of program: 24 months

The University Of Texas Medical Branch
Physician Assistant Program
Galveston, TX 77550
(409) 772-3046
(409) 772-9710 (fax)
Application deadline: September 1st.
Program begins: June
Duration of program: 26 months
Graduation month: August

UT Southwestern Medical Center
Physician Assistant Program
5323 Harry Hines Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75235
(214) 648-1700
(214) 648-1003 (fax)
Application deadline: September 1st
Program begins: May
Duration of program: 30 months
Graduation month: December

University of Texas - Rio Grande Valley
Physician Assistant Program
1201 W. University Dr.
Edinburg, TX 78539
(956) 665-2298
(956) 665-2438 (fax)
Application deadline:  October 1st
Program begins: Fall Semester
Duration of program: 28 months
Graduation month: December

For additional information on PA Programs throughout the United States, call the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) at (703) 836-2272, Ext. 3409, or go to  The AAPA, as well as the individual programs, can provide you with information on financial aid.

Shadowing Information

TAPA does not have a shadowing program.  If you are looking to shadow a PA, we suggest that you either go to PA Shadow Online, or contact one of the regional PA chapters that is closest to you.

Please see the list below to see all the PA chapters that we know of.  You can also try your local hospitals for volunteer opportunities or your local County Medical Society.

Local PA Chapters

Austin Area

Central Texas PA Society
Co-Presidents: Richard Bottner, PA-C and Sarah Arcement, PA-C
Phone: (512) 888-9680

Dallas Area

North Texas Chapter of Physician Assistants
Contact: Heidi Medcalf, PA-C
**Disclaimer:  DCPAS does not have a shadowing program.

El Paso Area
Southwest Texas PA
Contact:  Carol Marquette PA-C
(915) 592-5146

Fort Worth Area
Fort Worth/Tarrant County Area Physician Assistants
Contact: Heidi Medcalf, PA-C
**Disclaimer:  TCPAS does not have a shadowing program.
Houston Area
Texas Gulf Coast Physician Assistant Association, Inc.
P.O. Box 300344
Medical Center Station
Houston, TX 77230-0344
(832) 714-0059
Contact:  Alisha Praznik, PA-C
**Disclaimer:  TGCPAA does not have a shadowing program.

Lubbock/Amarillo Area
Northwest Texas Physician Extenders
Contact: Al Bendeck, PA-C

Midland/Odessa Area
Permian Basin Physician Assistant Society
Contact:  Sissy Hinojos, MPAS, PA-C
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Physician Assistant Program
(432) 620-1014

Rio Grande Valley Area
Rio Grande Valley PA Society
Contact:  Lisa Longoria, PA-C
Subscribe for SMS alerts: Text (469) 352-2776
with this message: @rgvpa

San Antonio Area
Bexar County PA Society
Contact:  Monique Ochoa
Phone: (210) 465-1872

Tyler Area
Tyler Area Association of Physician Assistants
Contacts:  Gerry Brown, PA-C (903) 877-7277 or
Rene' McCarty, PA-C (903) 877-5633

Wichita Falls Area
Wichita Falls PA Association
Contact: Ken Phillis, PA-C

If changes need to be made to the contacts for this listing, please email changes to the TAPA Office.

Pre-PA Elevation

When you get into a PA program you must notify TAPA.  You can do this by emailing the TAPA Office with the PA program you have gotten into and your proposed graduation date.  You can be elevated from Pre-PA to Student for free.