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UTRGV Announces Physician Assistant Career Track Program (PACT)

PACT will provide South Texas high school students with a career path to becoming a future physician assistant while studying close to home.

physician assistant students at PACT press conference         

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To learn more about PACT and eligibility requirements, click here.

This past weekend, the Department of Physician Assistants celebrated its 25th White Coat Ceremony, welcoming 100 students into its program.

Congratulations to each one of them on reaching this new milestone and receiving their very own White Coat!

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Family and friends gathered for a White Coat Ceremony on Friday, Aug. 16, at the Performing Arts Complex in Edinburg to watch 100 new PA students receive their white coats, symbolizing the start of their careers. This event also commemorated UTRGV's Department of Physician Assistant Studies 25th anniversary. 

The Department of Physician Assistant Studies
is located in Edinburg, Texas in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. We are located approximately 4 hours south of San Antonio. The campus is located just 20 minutes from the Texas-Mexican border. The local population is primarily Hispanic. The Department of Physician Assistant Studies serves primarily the four counties of the Rio Grande Valley: Starr, Hidalgo, Willacy, and Cameron. Both Hidalgo and Cameron counties are urban/metropolitan counties with large rural areas while Starr and Willacy counties are almost exclusively rural. All Rio Grande Valley counties are classified as medically underserved areas (MUAs). The Rio Grande Valley experiences a unique population dynamic in that it shares its culture and livelihood with the much larger metropolitan border cities of Mexico, specifically Reynosa and Matamoros, both in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas.

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the Physician Assistant Program sponsored by The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards

Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be September 2023. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy. 

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Alumnus of the University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley PA Program Nationally recognized.

Juliana Abreu


Johns Creek, GA, March 21, 2017 – Juliana Abreu, PA-C, a certified physician assistant who graduated in 2012 from the University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley PA Program, was recently awarded a specialty credential called a Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). 

Read the full press release here.

UTRGV Master of Physician Assistant Studies program gets expansion approval - OCT. 11, 2016 – The UTRGV Department of Physician Assistant Studies, in the College of Health Affairs, has received approval from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education to enlarge its physician assistant master’s program over the next three years. 

Read the full article here.


UTRGV Physician Assistant students urged to pay it forward, during White Coat Ceremony
AUG. 19, 2016 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s 52 new Physician Assistant Studies students were selected from among hundreds of top candidates, and on Friday, university officials challenged them to use what they learn to serve their communities.

Read the full article here.