Frequently Asked Questions
The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Physician Assistant 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 Physician Assistant 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 Physician Assistant program.
The UMHB Physician Assistant program is 28 consecutive months long starting in January and ending in late April.
The first class of UMHB Physician Assistant students will start January 11, 2021.
The didactic curriculum 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 curriculum includes clinical experiences in internal medicine, pediatrics, women’s health, 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.
The UMHB Physician Assistant program curriculum is challenging and time consuming. To be successful in the program, PA students are strongly encouraged not to hold any employment while enrolled in the program.
No. The UMHB Physician Assistant program didactic curriculum is a fixed sequence and all students must enroll on a full-time basis.
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.
No. Religious affiliation or lack of affiliation will have no adverse effect on an applicant’s candidacy to the UMHB PA program.
The ideal candidate to the UMHB PA program embodies the program’s mission and vision of a competent, compassionate, service-driven leader. They will have a strong work ethic and demonstrate respect, integrity, accountability, dedication, tolerance, flexibility, and self-reflection. In addition, the applicant will have superior communication skills, a high level of maturity, and understand the role of the PA in today’s healthcare environment.
The UMHB PA program Admission Committee’s decisions are based on a holistic review of the candidate’s application. Areas of consideration include overall GPA, science GPA, advanced degrees, CASPA essays, letters of recommendation, areas and extent of service, paid and non-paid work experience, and interviews.
The UMHB PA program will grant an interview to all applicants who are current full-time students or graduates of UMHB who meet the minimum requirements for admission. An interview does not guarantee admission into the program.
The UMHB PA program requires an overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and a science GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. To be a competitive applicant, most of your science grades need to be above a grade of “C.” This will demonstrate that you are academically prepared to successfully handle the demands of the program’s curriculum.
Grades are just one component of the applicant package reviewed by the UMHB PA program Admissions Committee. The applicant will also need to demonstrate strong letters of recommendation, self-reflection and superior communication on the CASPA essays, PA profession knowledge, service experiences, prior academic and community awards, and leadership evidence.
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 PA program will offer on-campus information sessions throughout the year. View more information at: https://go.umhb.edu/graduate/physician-assistant/information-sessions#1845
A College Day will be held each fall where Texas College Pre-PA organizations are invited to campus for an information session and tour of campus.
Faculty will also be visiting Texas colleges throughout the year to hold information sessions.
Please feel free to contact us to set up a visit for your university organization. 254-295-5444 or firstname.lastname@example.org
In the event Accreditation-Provisional status is not granted, the UMHB PA 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 PA 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 PA 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 PA program.
Clinical rotations will be scheduled by the PA program. Students are not permitted to schedule their own clinical rotations.
Students will be assigned rotations with affiliated clinics in the Central Texas area.
No. However, students are required to obtain health insurance with coverage during the entirety of the program.
The UMHB PA program is a master’s program and requires a bachelor’s degree to apply for admission. Degrees in progress are considered if the completion date is prior to matriculation.
There are no specific degree requirements other than a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited US university or college.
Applicants are required to have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited US university or college. All prerequisite courses are required to be taken at a regionally accredited US university or college.
Yes. There is a formal interview process for UMHB PA program applicants.
Candidates selected for an interview will be invited to the UMHB campus in Belton, Texas, for a one 1-day interview process. The interview will include a campus tour, information session, and multiple mini interviews. Candidates will be assessed for appropriate fit based on program vision, mission, and goals.
Yes. The UMHB PA program offers admissions on a rolling basis. The Admissions Committee will determine which candidates will be offered positions after each interview. These candidates will be notified within a week or two following their interview date. The rolling admission process will continue until the end of the interview cycle (October) at which time offers will be issued to fill all incoming class openings. Additional candidates from the interview cycle will be placed on our Alternate List. If a spot becomes available, the PA Program Admission Committee will review all candidates on the Alternate List and select the candidate they feel best fits with the other students in the admitted class.
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.
While clinical shadowing experience with a physician assistant and a physician is highly recommended, the UMHB PA program does not have a required number of shadowing hours or clinical medical experience required for admission.
Yes. In alignment with the university mission of leadership and service, the UMHB PA program requires applicants to have 100 hours of service-oriented volunteerism or work. This includes community work, Peace Corps, military, paramedic, firefighter, emergency medical technician, mission trips, religious, and environmental services.
Three professional letters of recommendation are required. These letters can be from professors, medical professionals, employers, ministers, or area leaders.
Students accepted into the UMHB PA program may apply for a one-year deferment by writing to the Program Director by December 1st prior to the year matriculating. The UMHB PA 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
The application cycle for the UMHB PA program is mid-April to August 1.
-April 23, 2020- CASPA Application Opens -June-September 2020- Rolling Admissions -August 1, 2020- CASPA Application Closes -September 20, 2020- ARC-PA meets to determine Accreditation- Provision Status -January 11, 2021 Matriculation of first class
No. Upon completion of your application the Graduate Admissions Office will notify the PA 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 PA 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
Yes. 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.
-August 31st prior to the year of matriculation -Example: Due August 31, 2020 for a January 11, 2021 start date.
Yes. All science courses must be less than 10 years old at the time of application.
Yes. The UMHB PA 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 PA 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.
A minimum grade of C is required for all prerequisite course; however, it is strongly recommended that prerequisites be completed with a grade of A or B.
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