Program Director for the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies Program

February 10, 2021
Priority Deadline to Apply:
May 10, 2021
Northwestern College

Position Description

Northwestern College seeks a visionary and strategic leader for the position of Program Director for the Master of Science Physician Assistant Studies program.  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 college and other organizational functions;
  • Engage in community activities that promote the PA profession; and
  • 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 its Statement of Christian IdentityVision for Learning and Vision for Diversity.  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.

About The Institution

Northwestern College Foundational Documents: 


Northwestern College is a Christian academic community engaging students in courageous and faithful learning and living that empowers them to follow Christ and pursue God’s redeeming work in the world.

Christian academic community:

Northwestern is distinctively Christian, affirming that all the world belongs to God. It is academic, oriented in all it does toward the growth and development of the mind through rigorous examination and discussion of ideas. Finally, Northwestern affirms that that learning happens best when it is done in community, whether in-person or remote.

Courageous and faithful learning and living:

Students in the physician assistant program are challenged to engage with their academic work boldly, and to consider the implications of their convictions for the working out of their practice as PA’s.

Pursuing God’s redeeming work:

At Northwestern, students learn both about God’s world and about their call to participate in God’s redemption of it.


Northwestern aims to be the leading Christian college focused on student success and Christ-centered work for the common good.


Northwestern College is a Christian college in the Reformed tradition, founded in 1882 and affiliated with the Reformed Church in America. We are committed to providing Christian higher education in the context of community among learners on campus and online. We offer bachelor's degrees in traditional and professional programs, as well as graduate degrees and certificate programs.

About The Community

Orange City, IA:

With a population of approximately 6500, Orange City, IA, has a comfortable hometown feel, yet possesses features of larger communities. Orange City is ranked 5th among the nation's top 10 Christian college towns by It has also been named the best town in Iowa in which to raise a family, the happiest city in the state, one of the  100 Best Small Towns in the U.S.and the safest city in Iowa.

Application Process

All correspondence relating to the Physician Assistant Program Director position at Northwestern College should be directed in confidence to the College’s executive recruitment consultant: 

Mr. Christopher S. Healy
Vice President
Scott Healy & Associates

The full and complete application should contain the following information:

1)      A letter of interest in which you (1) describe your teaching experience and (2) scholarly trajectory, and (3) discuss how the following statements would inform and shape your teaching, scholarship and administration: our Statement of Christian IdentityVision for Learning and Vision for Diversity;
2)      A complete CV outlining your career in higher education and within health-related areas; and
3)      The names of five professional references including their relationship to you, their position,  email, and direct phone numbers. References will be contacted only after written permission.

Applications submitted by May 10, 2021, will receive priority consideration. This search will remain open until the position is filled.