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University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Edinburg,
TX
1201 W University Dr
Edinburg,
TX
78539

Program Website:

Admissions Office Email:

pad@utrgv.edu
956-665-5047

Program Information

Length of Program:

27 Months

Part-Time Option Available:  

No

Starting Semester: 

Fall

Accreditation:

Continued

Students per Class:

79

PANCE First-Time Pass Rate: 

85%

Cost of Attendance (Resident / Non-Resident): 

$62,352 / $105,212   Includes living expenses.

Combined Degree Program(s) Offered: 

None

Degree Program Notes:

In addition to a traditional, in -person program, UTRGV also offers a fully online Master in Physician Assistant Studies Bridge Program (MPAS) Through online learning, e-mail and telephone conferencing with faculty, and the internet library resources, the program allows physician assistants to earn an MPAS while maximizing flexibility in where and when they study.

Admissions Information

Application:

Participates in CASPA:

Yes

Application Deadline:

September 1
(Rolling Admissions)

GPA:

Minimum GPA:   

3

Minimum Science GPA:

3

Average GPA: 

3.57

Average Science GPA:   

3.52

Shadowing and Experience:

PA Shadowing Required or Recommended:

Recommended

Minimum PA Shadowing: 

None

Patient Care Experience Required:

None

Patient Care Experience Recommended: 

No Specific Recommendation

Additional Information Regarding Patient Care:

Although there is no minimum required, the Admissions Committee highly recommends direct patient care experience.

Testing

Test(s) Required:

GRE Required

GRE Deadline:

September 1

GRE Expiration:

Check with School

PA-CAT Deadline:

Not Applicable

CASPer Required:

Yes

CASPer Deadline:

September 1

Coursework Policies

Coursework Expiration:

10 Years
All applicants must have taken at least 15 semester credit hours of any coursework in the United States within the last 10 years.

Online Coursework Accepted:

Yes
Online courses and labs and courses are accepted as long as they are through an accredited institution.

Community College Coursework Accepted:

Yes

Pending Prerequisite Coursework Allowed:

No
All prerequisites must be completed by the September 1 deadline. Prerequisites taken during the Fall or Spring semesters during or after the September 1 deadline will not be considered for interview or admission.

Prerequisites

Course
Semesters
Required or Recommended
Notes
General Chemistry
2 Semesters
Required
Organic Chemistry
Not Required
Biochemistry
Not Required
Biochemistry or Organic Chemistry Options
1 Semester
Required
Introductory Biology
2 Semesters
Required
Microbiology
1 Semester
Required
Upper-Level Biology
Not Required
Genetics
1 Semester
Required
Anatomy and Physiology
2 Semesters: 1 Each of Anatomy and Physiology, OR 2 Semesters of Combined Anatomy/Physiology
Required
A human focus is recommended for Anatomy & Physiology.
Physics
Not Required
Medical Terminology
Not Required
English / Writing
Not Required
Psychology
1 Semester
Required
General Psychology or Abnormal Psychology
Social Sciences
Not Required
Statistics
1 Semester
Required
Other Math
Not Required
Foreign Language
1 Semester
Recommended
Spanish
Other Requirements
Pass or Credit grades will not be accepted for any science prerequisite coursework. Credit by examination is accepted for Statistics and Psychology only. All prerequisite science courses must be taken for science majors. Science courses taken for non-science majors will not be accepted.
Other Recommendations

None.

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