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Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Physician Assistant Program

MDC commits $5 million to PA program


During the 2019 legislative session, Representative Tom Craddick secured $20 million in state funding to expand the Physician Assistant (PA) Program that TTUHSC operates on the campus of Midland College. To this state commitment, the MDC’s board of directors agreed to add $5 million, which will combine with a further $5 million to be raised by TTUHSC to construct a new and expanded $30 million facility. 

The lack of primary care physicians has long been a challenge in Midland and across the Permian Basin. Out of the 50 states, Texas ranks 47th for the ratio of primary care doctors to patients, and this lack is even greater in our region. The versatility and cost-effectiveness of training PAs allow 
for the amplification of the reach and care delivery of primary physicians, increasing the availability 
of healthcare. 

The new 32,500 square-foot PA Program facility is anticipated to be completed in mid-2022, and will add capacity of at least 30% to each graduating cohort. Many PAs who graduate from the Midland program will go on to practice in Midland, broadening the pipeline of healthcare providers that are accessible in the Permian Basin.   

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