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Northwestern College Program Director, Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies in Orange City, Iowa

Program Director, Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies

Northwestern College seeks a strategic leader for the position (12-month, tenure-track optional) of program director of the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program. The director provides leadership and oversight of the program in alignment with the requirements of the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) and the college’s mission and policies. Northwestern’s PA program possesses Accreditation-Provisional status from ARC-PA, with highly competent faculty, a fully resourced staff, appropriate budget, new facilities, sufficient clinical sites, and strong support from college faculty and administration. Our PA faculty share a commitment to preparing Christ-centered physician assistants who will serve their communities with excellence, integrity and compassion. Preparing PAs who will serve in rural areas is of particular interest.

The successful candidate will assume leadership of a thriving new program at a growing small college. Northwestern ranks among the best colleges in the Midwest for quality, value and Christian formation, and stands out among peers in the health sciences. In 2020, pre-med students scored in the top 10% in the world on the MCAT, and 100% of its nursing students passed the NCLEX on the first attempt. Northwestern is situated on a beautiful 100-acre campus in Orange City, Iowa. Since 2010, the college has added a $26 million science building, a $12.8 million learning commons, an indoor sports complex, and a new dormitory, with significant renovations to other classroom and co-curricular spaces. Construction on a new welcome center is underway. Residents of Orange City enjoy excellent public and private K-12 schools, a flourishing economy, superior healthcare, vibrant churches and a strong community.


In accordance with ARC-PA accreditation standards, the program director will:

  • Provide effective leadership and management of the PA program

  • Supervise the medical director, principal faculty, instructional faculty and staff within the PA program

  • Provide or support faculty development activities

  • Be responsible for program organization, administration and fiscal management

  • Lead program self-study process, including continuous review and analysis

  • Plan, develop and participate in the accreditation process

  • Develop, review and revise guiding program documents

  • Develop, review and revise as necessary the program mission statement

  • Design, implement and coordinate curriculum and instruction of the curriculum

  • Participate in teaching, scholarship and institutional service at Northwestern College

  • Complete teaching responsibilities for the didactic and clinical curriculum as needed in areas of specialty, as well as participate in student assessment activities

  • Participate in clinical site development and monitoring

  • Participate in selection of students for admission

  • Oversee Progress and Remediation Committee, including responsibility for final plan related to student issues

  • Ensure services are available to students, including remedial instruction

  • Conduct student and program assessment

  • Participate in committees and faculty meetings within the department

  • Represent the PA program at university and other organizational functions

  • Engage in community activities that promote the PA profession

  • Serve on state and national PA-related committees or taskforces as needed


The program director must be a licensed physician assistant with NCCPA certification and possess at least three years of full-time experience in higher education at the time of appointment. A strong record of clinical experience, teaching, leadership and program assessment is necessary. Experience managing a departmental budget is preferred. The successful candidate will demonstrate strong written and verbal communication skills as well as the ability to organize complex processes and supervise individuals on a team.

The candidate will exhibit a love of Christ and an embrace of the Gospel, and support the college’s mission ( as expressed in our Statement of Christian Identity ( , Vision for Learning ( and Vision for Diversity ( . Northwestern College is affiliated with the Reformed Church in America. We seek faculty invested in teaching, a program of scholarly activity, and the mission of excellence in the liberal arts, as a vital expression of commitment to Christ’s redemptive work in the world. Accordingly, Northwestern College seeks to more fully reflect the cultural and ethnic diversity of the body of Christ in its faculty, staff, administration and students. Women and candidates from historically underrepresented groups are enthusiastically encouraged to apply.