Master of Physician Assistant Program | Bethel University

Bethel University

Bethel University, in partnership with the national search firm, Scott Healy & Associates, invites applications and nominations for the position of Program Director of the Master of Physician Assistant Program. Bethel University seeks a strategic, collaborative, and creative individual who possesses strong personal and professional integrity to serve in this important role. The Program Director is responsible for providing oversight, coordination and programmatic leadership to ensure the efficient operation of the PA Program. This person must be knowledgeable about and responsible for program organization, administration, fiscal management, continuous review and analysis, planning, and development.



  • Oversee development, review, and revision of the mission statement, goals, and competencies of the program.
  • Oversee the design, implementation, coordination, and evaluation of the curriculum.


  • Manage program faculty, medical director, instructional faculty, and staff hiring, orientation, supervision, and evaluation demonstrating responsiveness to issues related to personnel.
  • Assign instructors to courses.
  • Communicate with Divisional Dean, Associate Provost, and Provost as appropriate.

Program Development:

  • Assist admission team with marketing, recruitment & admission events.
  • Participate in the selection of applicants for admission to the PA program.
  • Interact with internal and external audiences for program promotion.
  • Clinical site relations & medical community advocacy.

Student Contact:

  • Maintain teaching load in program.
  • Participate in evaluation of student performance and academic counseling of students.
  • Adjudicate student academic and professional issues as needed and assure availability of remedial instruction.


  • Responsible for program organization and administration including fiscal management, program planning, program development, and calendar development.
  • Complete licensure and credentialing forms and verifications for graduates.
  • Participate in and lead meetings and committees as required.

Program Accreditation:

  • Oversee program self-assessment process through continuous programmatic review and analysis.
  • Complete ARC-PA required documents and ensure program adherence to the Standards and ARC-PA policies.
  • Collaborate with other Program Directors and administrators in the overall university structure.

Other required and negotiated program activities.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in PA studies; Doctoral degree in a related discipline preferred.
  • Current or Emeritus NCCPA certification status. 
  • Eligibility for licensure as a PA in the state of Minnesota. 
  • Minimum of 3 years of full-time higher education experience in a PA program or a similar program. 
  • Leadership or management level professional experience in a high-standards, performance-based work environment preferred.
  • Experience with learning management systems (LMS) like Moodle, eCollege, Blackboard, etc. preferred.

Desired Skills:

  • Familiarity with the ARC-PA accreditation process.
  • Strong team-building skills and ability to foster collaboration.
  • Knowledge in adult learning theory and practice.
  • Commitment to make a positive contribution to the development of a culturally diverse and inter-culturally competent community.
  • Ability to handle confidential and sensitive information. 
  • Demonstrated collegiality.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively.
  • Demonstrated superior oral, interpersonal, and written communication skills to effectively translate vision and strategic goals into specific objectives and tasks for teams and individuals.
  • Keen analytical skills and strong attention to detail.
  • Unwavering commitment to the University’s mission and a strong Christian faith commitment.

About the Institution

Bethel University is a private Christian university in St. Paul, Minnesota. We’ve been a leader and model in Christian higher education since 1871. For generations, our fusion of evangelical faith with top-ranked academics has transformed women and men, preparing them for unique callings in the kingdom of God.

Bethel’s 247-acre lakeside campus in suburban Arden Hills, Minnesota, offers a natural and spacious setting for learning and working, only 20 minutes from downtown St. Paul and Minneapolis. As a comprehensive liberal arts university including a seminary, Bethel offers 106 majors and emphases of study, 41 minors, 11 pre-professional programs in medicine, law, dentistry, veterinary science, physical therapy, pharmacy, as well as 9 master’s degrees including education K-12, physician assistant, business, nursing, and strategic leadership, and 2 Ed.D. programs in Higher Education Leadership and K-12 Administration with licensure options.

Bethel’s Graduate School offers programs designed for adult students with busy lives who want to advance their careers, reach their goals, and become leaders in their fields. Bethel pushes its students to grow personally and professionally to prepare them to make a difference in their workplace, their community, and our world.

With a total enrollment of more than 4,700 students, Bethel is the largest institution in the 13-member Christian College Consortium and among the top 20% in the 180-member Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. In recent years, Bethel students have come from all 50 states and 10 countries, and have represented 21 Christian denominations.

Learn about Bethel’s mission, vision, and values.

About the Community

St. Paul is not just the seat of government for Minnesota but is also undoubtedly the state’s historical and cultural heart. The Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area, known as the “Twin Cities,” is a thriving community of nearly 3 million people, in 7 counties and 182 communities, encompassing nearly 3,000 square miles.

The Twin Cities region is home to 19 Fortune 500 corporations and countless small businesses, as well as thriving arts, music and theatre communities and several professional sports teams that help make our region a magnet for creative professionals. The regional parks and trails system includes 52 parks, 8 special recreation features, and 340 miles of interconnected trails. Popular with residents and visitors alike, regional parks boast more than 47 million visits a year — more than the Mall of America! Clean air, a growing transit system, housing options, and educational and career opportunities make the Twin Cities region a wonderful place to live, work, and play.

Life in Saint Paul itself flows deep with tradition, wide with talent and diversity, and strong with economic and cultural vitality. As the head of navigation of the great Mississippi River, Saint Paul is a City of neighborhoods. Like a network of urban villages, our neighborhoods are strong and stable, each with its own fascinating texture of historic interest, cultural landmarks, ethnic heritage and time-honored traditions, giving residents a beautiful sense of connection and belonging.

Application Process

All correspondence relating to the position of Program Director of the Master of Physician Assistant Program at Bethel University should be directed in confidence to the University’s executive search consultant:

Erin House, Assistant Vice President

Scott Healy & Associates

A complete application should include the following:

  1. Cover Letter outlining your interest and qualifications for the position;
  2. Updated CV;
  3. Three (3) professional references with contact information, title, institutional affiliation, email address and direct phone numbers. (No references will be contacted without written permission from the candidate.

Applications received by May 31, 2024 will receive priority consideration. The search will remain open until the position is filled.

 Bethel seeks to recruit, retain, develop, and support a diverse workforce who contributes to our educational and Christ-centered mission. Bethel encourages candidates to apply who can assist the University to develop a faculty that reflects the diversity of people in God’s kingdom through a variety of ethnicities, cultures, and lived experiences.

Bethel employs qualified individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, marital status, genetic information, veteran status, familial status, and status with regard to public assistance. Individuals must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodations.

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