At Austin College, the PA program strives to impart the knowledge, skills, professional behaviors, and concepts of medical humanities that graduates must acquire to deliver compassionate, high-quality healthcare to each patient along their professional journey. Being a PA is an honor and extends beyond history taking, physical examination, and treatment planning. Understanding the impact of illness and disease on the lives of others and creating partnerships is essential to providing high quality care.
The Austin College PA Program curriculum is an integrated set of courses that extends 24 months, beginning with 13 months of intensive didactic classroom training followed by an 11-month clinical phase. Courses are sequenced in a manner to build upon previous knowledge, skills, and experiences to fully develop an understanding of medical science. This allows students to integrate, synthesize and apply knowledge and skills as they progress through the program, which awards a Master of Medical Science degree at its completion. Students will undergo a summative assessment within four months prior to graduation to ensure they have acquired the PA program competencies.
Experienced faculty facilitate student learning and professional growth through evidence-based instruction, weekly active learning experiences, quality supervised clinical rotations, and structured academic coaching. The program incorporates universal curricular design with a diverse blend of learning and assessment methodologies to foster an inclusive, student-centered learning environment. Opportunities for community service foster servant leadership and a commitment to improve the lives of others.
Through this transformational journey, PA students at Austin College will experience personal attention, a rigorous curriculum, and excellent, hands-on supervised clinical experiences that prepare them to enhance the lives of patients and positively impact the communities in which they serve.