The Physician Assistant Neonatal Post-Graduate Training Program with Pediatrix Neonatology of San Antonio is a 12-month intensive program designed for graduate physician assistants (PAs) seeking to subspecialize in neonatology. This program provides PAs with the crucial skills needed to deliver comprehensive, team-based care for high-risk and convalescing newborns. The program runs 12-months and includes:

  • Mentoring
  • Didactic teaching
  • Simulations
  • Skills training
  • Clinical experiences

North Central Baptist Hospital in San Antonio, Texas

This hospital is a level IV unit that provides the highest level of care for the most critically ill and complex newborns who need access to 24/7 medical and surgical specialty consults. The program runs for 12-months and accepts two PAs per year as salaried employees with a competitive compensation package. At the conclusion of the program, trainees will receive a certificate of completion. 

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Program Objectives

At the completion of this program, PA trainees will be able to provide complete care to neonates throughout their NICU stay, provide high-quality neonatal care to include neonatal resuscitation, stabilization and transportation and provide thorough care for neonates in the well-baby nursery and neonatal intensive care unit.


The PA Neonatal Post-Graduate Training Program begins with classroom didactics, simulation training and observation and bedside skills. This “boot camp” serves as an orientation to the field of neonatology. Following this orientation, trainees will attend weekly learning sessions that will include lectures, simulations and skills training. Teaching will be provided by an extensive faculty including:

  • Neonatologists and subspecialists
  • Neonatal nurse practitioners
  • Pharmacists and nutritionists
  • Nurses and lactation specialists
  • Therapists from speech, occupational and physical therapy


  • Graduate of an ARC-PA accredited PA Program
  • Must be a NCPPA Certified PA prior to matriculating
  • Must attain licensure as a PA in TX prior to matriculating

Application Requirements

  • Completed application form
  • Curriculum vitae
  • NCCPA current certification status verification
  • NCCPA examination scores
  • 3 letters of recommendation including 1 from your program director or current supervisor
  • Personal statement describing your desire to subspecialize in neonatology
  • Onsite interview with the program director and medical director of the program
  • Commitment to practice with Pediatrix for two years following training

How to Apply

Applications for the PA Neonatal Post-Graduate Training Program will be opened in the fall of the preceding year of training. 
For further information, please contact:

Program Director: Deborah Catland RNC, NNP-BC
Medical Director: Mary Wearden, M.D. 

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