Frequently Asked Questions
The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor MSPA program has applied for Accreditation - Provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor MSPA program anticipates matriculating its first class in January 2021, pending achieving Accreditation-Provisional status at the September 2020 ARC-PA meeting. Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding accreditation-provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students.
A degree of Master of Science in Physician Assistant (MSPA) will be awarded upon successful completion of the UMHB MSPA program.
The UMHB MSPA program is 28 consecutive months long starting in January and ending in late April.
The first class of UMHB MSPA students will start January 11, 2021.
The UMHB MSPA program accepts forty students per admissions cycle.
The pre-clinical phase is designed to provide students with basic medical knowledge, understanding of disease processes, and skills to evaluate and treat healthy and ill patients across the life span.
The clinical phase includes clinical experiences in inpatient and outpatient internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology (women’s health), behavioral and mental health, surgery, emergency medicine, family medicine, and elective experiences. A clinical preparation week and a graduation preparatory month are included in the clinical curriculum.
No. The UMHB MSPA program pre-clinical phase is a fixed sequence and all students must enroll on a full-time basis.
We recommend that you review medical terminology, human physiology, and human anatomy to prepare for the first year of didactic courses. The curriculum is rigorous with a large quantity of information delivered in a short amount of time. Preparation before the start of school will allow for an easier transition into the first semester subjects.
Yes. The UMHB MSPA program will offer on-campus information sessions throughout the year. View more information at: https://go.umhb.edu/graduate/physician-assistant/information-sessions#1845
In the event Accreditation-Provisional status is not granted, the UMHB MSPA program will not admit students in January 2021. All applicants for the 2021 admissions cycle will be notified of the ARC-PAs decision on assigning the UMHB’s MSPA program Accreditation-Provisional status following their meeting in September 2020. Additional information on accreditation is available at http://www.arc-pa.org/accreditation/. The CASPA and UMHB graduate application fees will not be refunded.
The second phase of the Accreditation-Provision process is a program self-study and site visit within six months prior to the graduation of the first class of students. If the UMHB MSPA program fails to maintain Accreditation-Provisional, the current first year and second year students will receive full training throughout the end of the program and be considered graduates of an Accredited program. No further applicants will be accepted into the UMHB MSPA program.
Clinical rotations will be scheduled by the MSPA program. Students are not permitted to schedule their own clinical rotations.
Students will be assigned rotations with affiliated facilities in Texas.
No. However, students are required to obtain health insurance with coverage during the entirety of the program.
It is very difficult to improve an overall GPA with one or two course retakes. CASPA will average in all grades and not perform grade replacement. It is recommended that you demonstrate improved scores in upper level courses and discuss on the CASPA essays the reasons for your low scores and now your improvement.
All transcripts and other application materials should be sent to CASPA.
No. Neither the GRE and/or MCAT will be considered in reviewing a candidate’s application.
Students accepted into the UMHB MSPA program may apply for a one-year deferment by writing to the Program Director by December 1st prior to the year matriculating. The UMHB MSPA Admissions Committee will review each case and decisions will be made on an individual basis. Students not granted deferment must reapply to the program through CASPA.
Yes. Applicants need to apply through https://caspa.liaisoncas.com/applicant-ux/#/login
April 30, 2020: CASPA Application Opens
June-September 2020: Rolling Admissions
August 1, 2020: CASPA Application Closes
September 20, 2020: ARC-PA meets to determine Accreditation-Provisional Status
January 11, 2021: Matriculation of first class
No. Upon completion of your application the Graduate Admissions Office will notify the MSPA Admissions Committee that it is complete for review.
It is recommended by CASPA that applicants complete their application 4-6 weeks prior to the deadline. Your application may be completed later; however, you may risk processing delays which could impact your admission status. The UMHB MSPA program uses a rolling admission process so it is recommended you complete your application early.
Please review the prerequisite course requirements at: https://go.umhb.edu/graduate/physician-assistant/prerequisite-requirements#1845
All prerequisite courses must be completed by August 31st in the year prior to matriculation. For example, prerequisite courses should be completed August 31, 2020 prior to beginning January 11, 2021. Prerequisite courses may be pending during the application process. A course in progress during the Spring or Summer semesters prior to enrollment should be indicated on the CASPA application.
Yes. The UMHB MSPA program accepts prerequisites from any regionally accredited university or college, online or in person, including community college. Online laboratory courses will not be accepted.
The UMHB MSPA program requires four credit hours of Human Anatomy + lab and four credit hours of Human Physiology + lab. We will accept Comparative Human Anatomy + lab or Vertebrate Anatomy + lab to fill the Human Anatomy + lab requirement. Or you may take Anatomy and Physiology I and Anatomy and Physiology II to meet the requirements for both Human Anatomy and Human Physiology.
Enrollment in the program is a full-time commitment, and employment during the academic year is not recommended. If a student chooses to be employed while enrolled in the program, academic attendance, performance, and participation standards will not be altered in any way to accommodate employment. Students should be aware that the program will require evening or weekend classes, clinical experiences, and related activities.
Students are neither required nor permitted to work for the program. The program will not utilize students in place of administrative staff, clinical staff, or as instructional faculty during the pre-clinical or clinical phases of student training. Lectures, structured clinical experience, and overall instruction are the responsibility of the faculty and not students. This policy will be reviewed with all students, instructional faculty, and clinical preceptors on a yearly basis. Acknowledgement of this policy will be demonstrated through the signed MSPA Program Student Acknowledgement and Agreement, Didactic Instructional Faculty Agreement, and Preceptor Site Visit forms.
Yes. In accordance with our mission and vision of developing competent, compassionate, service-driven leaders; UMHB offers many opportunities to provide service to the local communities as well as distant international service projects that occur during Spring Break and Christmas Break.
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