About the Program
Established in 1999, the TTUHSC Physician Assistant program is a graduate program within the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Allied Health Sciences. The program is located in Midland, TX; an inviting West Texas city, conveniently located on Interstate 20, halfway between Fort Worth and El Paso. Midland is a thriving community of more than 111,000 people.
With a focus on primary care and family medicine, the TTUHSC PA program awards a Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree following 27 months of intensive academic and clinical training. Of the 27 months, the 15-month academic phase is conducted in Midland with state-of-the-art training equipment and facilities. The 12 month clinical experience is conducted at a variety of sites throughout west Texas.
The vision of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Allied Health Sciences Physician Assistant Program is to be regionally and nationally recognized for graduating excellent healthcare providers.
The mission of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Allied Health Physician Assistant Program is to educate and provide superior medical training to physician assistant students. This training will be offered in a setting of academic excellence fostering the development of exceptional primary care providers; thereby increasing access to healthcare to underserved areas of West Texas and beyond.
The goals of the TTUHSC PA Program are to:
- Promote access to medically underserved areas
- Attract highly qualified applicants and
- Rank above the national average PANCE scores for first time takers.
At its March 2013 meeting, the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) placed the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Physician Assistant program on Accreditation - Probation until its next validation review in March 2015. Probation is a temporary status, limited to two years, of accreditation conferred when a program does not meet the Standards and when the capability of the program to provide an acceptable educational experience for its students is threatened.
Once placed on probation, programs that still fail to comply with accreditation requirements in a timely manner, as specified by the ARC-PA, may be scheduled for a focused site visit and/or risk having their accreditation withdrawn.
Specific questions regarding the program and its plans should be directed to the program director and/or the appropriate institutional official(s).
Upon notification of the probation status, the School of Allied Health Sciences immediately initiated steps to move the program toward compliance with educational standards established by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA).
Program Address and Contact Information
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Program contact information:
TTUHSC Physician Assistant Program
3600 N. Garfield
Midland, TX 79705