Our Physician Assistant Studies Program | Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

The TTUHSC Physician Assistant program is a graduate program 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 134,000 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 in a dedicated, first-class facility. 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 Health Professions 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 Health Professions Physician Assistant Program is to provide comprehensive medical education to physician assistant students.  Through an environment of academic excellence and the promotion of life-long learning and professionalism, graduates will be prepared to practice patient-centered primary care, increasing access to healthcare for communities of West Texas and beyond.


The goals of the TTUHSC PA Program are to:

  • Provide student clinical opportunities in primary care in rural and underserved populations in West Texas
  • Admit highly qualified individuals with diverse backgrounds and life experiences
  • Maintain first time pass rate on NCCPA PANCE at or above the national average

Mission and Goals Outcome Report 2019

NCCPA PANCE Pass Rate Report


Didactic Curriculum: TTUHSC’s unique curriculum combines active learning modalities with interactive lectures, practical lab sessions, simulated patient cases, and case-based discussions. The curriculum aims to for students to move beyond memorization to developing critical thinking skills, preparing them as life-long learners.

Clinical Rotations: Students are educated in primary care with the ability to specialize in medicine. All students will rotation through family medicine, internal medicine, prenatal and gynecology, pediatrics, emergency medicine, psychiatry and behavioral health, and surgery. Many rotations are available in rural areas of West Texas. All students have the opportunity to complete an elective rotation in a specialty discipline.

Faculty expertise: TTUHSC PA faculty not only have years of experience in the clinical setting, but also have the expertise to be effective PA educators. In addition, faculty are engaged in scholarly, professional service, and clinical activities. Two faculty serve in national leadership positions within our profession.

Diverse Student Body: Using a holistic admissions process to evaluate the entire applicant file, the program is able to select students with significant and varied life experiences, bringing a high level of diversity and perspectives to the learning environment.


The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.  Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.

Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards.  The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be March 2023.  The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.

Technical Standards

A student admitted into the TTUHSC Physician Assistant Program must meet basic and essential requirements that are necessary for obtaining employment and performing as a Physician Assistant. The following link will provide an overview of what those requirements are.

PA Technical Standards


Program contact information:

TTUHSC Physician Assistant Program
3600 N. Garfield
Midland, TX 79705
(432) 620-1120
Fax: (432) 620-8605