Frequently Asked Questions
TTUHSC PA Program
1. What makes a successful physician assistant student candidate?
A minimally qualified candidate will have an academic background with a GPA of 3.2.
Stronger candidates will have a higher GPA (with an emphasis on most recent coursework).
All candidates will have a history of community service, extracurricular activities,
exposure to health-care and knowledge of the PA profession. Competitive candidates
will have documented PA shadowing experience.
2. How much clinical experience is required?
There are no set parameters for this. Although no clinical experience is required,
it does show that you have been exposed to the medical field. The students in the
Class of 2014 varied drastically. Some that were selected had no experience, while
others had over 10 years of clinical experience.
3. How does my GPA impact the selection process?
It is important because we believe it is an objective demonstration of the applicant’s
ability to perform academically. For the TTUHSC PA program selection process, the
qualifying GPA is calculated on the required prerequisite grades. The science GPA
is considered twice—once by itself and again in the cumulative GPA. Applicants should
be aware that all academic performance reported to CASPA will be reviewed and considered
as a part of the evaluation process. Applicants should realize their entire academic
transcript is reviewed.
4. How many candidates will be selected for the class beginning June 2013?
Out of over 1000 applications, approximately 180-200 students will be interviewed
and 60 students will be selected.
5. How soon after the interviews will I be notified of my acceptance status?
TTUHSC PA Program offers a “rolling” interview process. Some applicants will be notified
of their acceptance within a week of their interview, and others will be notified
of their acceptance or non-selection after all interviews have taken place (currently
scheduled for March).
6. Is there a fee for “guaranteeing” my position in the program?
Yes, there is a $100, non-refundable placement guarantee fee.
7. Why is the Texas Tech University HSC program in Midland instead of Lubbock?
At the time the TTUHSC PA program was conceived there was no PA program in West Texas,
a critically underserved health-care area. The closest program was in Fort Worth.
Political leaders favored the establishment of a program in West Texas. The legislature
and the Midland community were successful in securing significant financial and logistical
support for the program.
8. What is the relationship between faculty and students like?
The faculty is very accessible and is concerned with the welfare and success of each
9. How is the camaraderie between classmates?
This is totally up to the class itself. It helps to become involved in community
projects and to take a proactive role in the things affecting your class, program,
and profession as a whole.
10. Where will I do my clinical rotations?
Clinical sites are currently established in the El Paso, Lubbock, Amarillo, San Angelo,
Temple, Abilene, and Midland/Odessa areas. No rotation region is confined to one
city and all will require some travel. Most will require moving from the Midland
11. How does the program decide which student will go to which clinical site?
Although personal preferences are considered, the needs of the program and clinical
site availability are also considered.
12. Will I be able to work while attending this program?
The program strongly recommends that students do not work. The demands placed on
you by the coursework alone will require great amounts of time and energy.
13. Will I be able to maintain a high GPA throughout this program?
This is up to the individual student but is an attainable goal if the student is willing
to put forth the effort.
14. What is the board pass rate for the TTUHSC PA program?
The five year first-time pass rate is 95%.
15. Will the program assist graduates in finding jobs?
While the program makes no placement efforts, faculty and staff are often notified
of employment opportunities. Every attempt is made to disseminate this information
to current students as well as alumni. Most students are offered positions prior
to completion of the program.
16. Is the program currently accredited?
Yes, the TTUHSC PA Program is accredited - status probation, through the Accreditation
Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant through March, 2015.
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