Meet Kole Knutson 

Physician Assistant Studies

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Who I am 

I am a high school football player and college shot putter from Mansfield who had my fair share of injuries. I spent a lot of time sitting in doctors’ offices, and I realized might like to work with athletes one day. I’ve always had an interest in medicine.  

Why I want to be a physician assistant 

Before PA school, I worked as a medical scribe at a Dallas hospital, which means I basically followed doctors around and took notes on patient charts. I saw PAs interact with physicians and thought the PA seemed like the best role for me. And I got to interact with PA graduates from across the state, and UNTHSC grads always seemed most prepared and ready for the real world. 

What I love about UNTHSC 

The PA program is great, and the faculty and administration really listen to us when students have suggestions to make it even better. If a change makes sense, they’ll look at the policies and figure out how to make things better for us. The school respects us and our ideas.  

About the School of Health Professions 

The School of Health Professions educates and trains providers of the future for careers in two of the most rewarding and in-demand fields in all of health care: physician assistants and physical therapy. 

What you should know

  • 100% employment: Every 2018 graduate of the Department of Physical Therapy was employed within six months of leaving UNTHSC. 
  • Perfect pass rate: Graduates of the Physician Assistant Studies program have a 100 percent, first-time pass rate on the national certification exam for four straight years, the second-longest streak in Texas. 
  • Competitive program: The PA program has approximately 1,900 applicants for its 75 spots. 

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About UNT Health Science Center 

Located in Fort Worth’s beautiful Cultural District, UNTHSC is a graduate university for more than 2,000 students in medicine, science and public health. It has six schools that educate and train providers of the future to become doctors, public health experts, biomedical scientists, pharmacists, physical therapists and physician assistants. 

Working in health care teams and training in a strong culture built on shared values, UNTHSC team members are dedicated to transforming lives in order to improve the lives of others.