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The mission of UT's physician assistant medicine program is to engage in collaborative training to produce competent graduates who provide quality medical care to their community.


The physician assistant medicine program will provide excellence in medical education,  advancing the well being of our community and improving access to healthcare in the region and beyond.


UT's PA program strives to instill in students the following core values throughout the curriculum and training:

Integrity: Be honest. Do the right things at the right time and place. Focus on the best interests of patients.

Compassion: Be kind. Treat patients, families, learners and each other with kindness and empathy. Connect with patients and families individually and personally and engage them as partners in their care decisions.

Accountability: Be responsible. Be individually and collectively responsible for the work we do and for the outcomes and experience of every patient, every learner, every day.

Excellence: Be the best. Strive to be the best and work continuously to improve performance and exceed expectations.

Collaboration: Be a team player. Work together within the program and in community partnerships in the pursuit of our common mission.

Leadership: Be a role model. Model and expect behavior that contributes to the community through professionalism, leadership and service.


The physician assistant medicine program will:

  • Select qualified applicants, through an evidence-based process, who successfully complete the program. 
  • Provide a quality educational experience that allows graduates to gain the knowledge, skills and competencies required for entry-level medical practice. 
  • Provide a quality educational experience that allows graduates the knowledge, skills and competencies required to provide medical care to diverse patient populations in a wide variety of clinical settings.
  • Provide a quality educational experience that prepares graduates to meet or exceed the national first-time Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE) pass rate.

Upon completion of an entire cohort cycle, the program will provide documentation of our success in meeting our goals. A link to that documentation will be posted here.