Pre-Physician Assistant

Selecting a Major

So what should you major in at TAMUCC? A common myth is that you have to major in a science degree as a Pre-Physician Assistant student; however, this is not true. We recommend that you choose a degree based on your interests. It is important to choose a major based on your academic interests rather than one that you think looks good to physician assistant schools. Choose a major that you are passionate about, whether it is a major in Liberal Arts, Business, Health Sciences, or something else entirely, completing the prerequisites for physician assistant schools can be accomplished. Certain degrees may cover the pre-physician assistant prerequisites; however, physician assistant schools also accept students who show broad interests in their academic coursework through a non-science major. Major in any subject you want!

If you would like to major as a Pre-Physician Assistant  student follow this degree plan:

  • Pre-Physician Assistant Degree Plan (Under Revision)

Texas Schools




Check accreditation status of Texas Programs here. The school websites and the PAEA (Physician Assistant Education Association) website will keep you informed about their current status.

Accredited – Provisional

Hardin-Simmons University Physician Assistant Program (Abilene) (Private)

Developing – Not Accredited

University of Incarnate Word Physician Assistant Program (San Antonio) (Private)

Stress Management Resources


University Counseling Center 361-825-2703

  • Individual walk-in support M-F 8-5 PM in the Driftwood Building
  • Counselor on Duty Hours M-F 9-11:30 AM & 1-4 PM
  • After Hours Crisis, call 361-825-2703 and press 2 to be connected to the Emergency counselor
  • Self Help Resources


GRE Exam

Research Physician Assistant Schools Before You Apply!

Application Services


Some health professions schools require secondary applications to be completed in addition to the primary application. Applications are not considered complete until the secondary application is submitted. Most secondary applications require an additional fee and the majority of secondary application fees are non-refundable. Please check and confirm the cost with the school as costs range from $25-$60. 

Letters of Reference

Letters of reference are key pieces to your Physician Assistant program application. Each application has its own way of collecting letters and number and type of letters vary from school to school. Check with the application service you are using for additional details. If you are applying to multiple Physician Assistant programs check with each program to see what letters they want or need.

Personal Statements

The personal statement is a critical component of your application to PA school, as the personal statement can either significantly help or harm your chances for success, it is important to take it seriously. The statement must be personal. This is your chance to let the Admissions Committee hear from you and understand who you are. Take advantage of the opportunity to express your commitments, motivations and values.

Pre-Physician Assistant Resources