Program Spotlight: University of Texas - Medical Branch of Galveston


Location:   Galveston, TX

Number of students:  80-90 students

Application Cycle:  CASPA with supplemental application by September 1st

Interview dates:  ~August - December

Start date:  July

Length of Program:   26 months

Public/Private:  Public, but no preference to TX residents

HCE:  No specific requirement, but recommended

GPA:  Minimum overall and science of 3.0, with a minimum C in all prerequisites

Shadowing:  No specific requirement, but recommended

The Good Stuff:

  • Open house information sessions are available, and are typically on Friday afternoons.
  • There is no time restraint on how long ago courses were taken, but if more than 10 years old, it is recommended to repeat anatomy and physiology.
  • Interview - one on one with 2 faculty members (about 20 minutes each)
  • There's a bridge program with the respiratory therapy program at UTMB.  During the last year of the program, 4 students are invited to interview, and 2 are chosen to begin the PA program after completing the RT program and work as an RT for a year.
  • Also a bridge program with Clinical Laboratory Sciences program, and up to 4 students may transition into the PA Program
  • They have a long waitlist after interviews with known number on the list, and last year went to #36 on the list, so that's pretty significant!
  • Here is a video interview with a student from UTMB

Program Link:   UTMB PA Program

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Program Spotlight: Baylor College of Medicine


Houston, Texas

Number of students:  40

Application Cycle:  April - Sept 1st CASPA and supplemental app

Interview dates:  Second week in January

Start date:  June

Length of Program:  30 months

Public/Private:  Private

HCE:  No specific requirement

GPA:  Minimum 3.0 overall and science with a minimum C in each course

Shadowing: No specific requirement

The Good Stuff:

  • Information sessions available
  • The interview process is pretty specific with invites going out in December for January and then applicants being notified within a week after the interview
  • Here is a blog post of an interview with a Baylor student.  And another one as well!  

Program Link:  Baylor PA Program