Master in Physician Assistant (Bridge Program)
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Program Details

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley offers the online Master in Physician Assistant (Bridge Program). This curriculum enables a practicing physician with a Bachelor’s degree to obtain a Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies allowing the physician assistant to remain in their community while completing their course of study. The courses are designed to augment and update the existing clinical skills and knowledge of the primary care Physician Assistant. In addition, students will have the opportunity to evaluate current literature from the medical journals in light of research design and data collection.


  • Bachelor's degree in Physician Assistant Studies from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or a recognized international equivalent
  • Minimum undergraduate 3.0 GPA
  • Official transcripts from each institution attended
  • Current license to practice as a PA
  • Current NCCPA certification
  • Be employed as a PA (for clinical hours participation)
  • Letter of reference from their supervising physician agreeing to precept the PA
  • Must have medical malpractice insurance
  • Cleared Criminal Background Check

Special Accreditation

Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA)

School Accreditation Statement

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges