Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies Program Director

March 16, 2023
Priority Deadline to Apply:
April 24, 2023
College of Saint Mary

Position Description

The College of Saint Mary (CSM), in partnership with the executive search firm Scott Healy & Associates, invites applications and nominations for a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies Program Director (PAS Program Director). The PAS Program Director has oversight of curriculum, planning, development, assessment, and accreditation of the PAS program. The Director is responsible for serving as an advocate of the program and as a member of the division of health professions in implementing decisions to support the goals and mission of the program and college. Reporting to the Associate Dean for Health Professions, this is a full-time, 12- month, faculty role with administrative responsibilities.


  • Provides general supervision for the PAS Medical Director, Principal Faculty, Instructional Faculty, and Administrative Support Staff to the PAS program, including providing recommendations for professional development, assisting with goal setting, responding to concerns, recruitment and retention.
  • Plans, organizes, implements, and evaluates the didactic and clinical phases of the program in collaboration with the faculty and staff of the PAS program.
  • Accountability for and oversight of the accreditation/compliance/assessment of the PAS program.
  • Represents the college and the PAS program through various community and accreditation professional development and networking opportunities.
  • Collaborates with the Associate Dean for Health Professions to develop and manage the program budget and advocate for needed resources.
  • Performs the duties of a CSM faculty member as identified in the CSM Faculty Handbook.
  • Collaborates with key institutional offices (registrar, enrollment services, etc.) to provide programmatic information.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Required Qualifications:

  • Graduate of an accredited PA program.
  • Master’s degree in appropriate field, doctoral degree preferred.
  • Three or more years of teaching experience in a PA program.
  • Current license as a Physician Assistant in the state of Nebraska or eligible for licensure.
  • Current certification as a Physician Assistant by the NCCPA.
  • Relevant leadership experience.
  • Two or more years of clinical experience. 

Knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Willingness to uphold and support the mission of the college.
  • Teaching experience at the graduate level.
  • Excellent collaboration and communication skills.
  • Supervisory and management skills.

About The Institution

About the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program:
The mission of the College of Saint Mary Physician Assistant Studies Program is to establish an educational environment fostering academic excellence and leadership and to prepare students to become competent Physician Assistants who possess the knowledge, compassion and clinical skills necessary to provide high quality medical care to all patient populations, including those that are underserved. The PAS degree is a 24-month program that begins in August with a maximum class size of 40 students. The class is selected with a combination of students admitted through CASPA and the CSM Physician Assistant Studies Accelerated Entry Program (PAS-AEP). The PAS Degree is full-time only and begins with didactic instruction in the basic and clinical sciences as applied in medicine. During the clinical phase, students are required to complete 8 required rotations in Family Practice (2), Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Women’s Health, Behavioral Health, General Surgery, and Emergency Medicine. Students will also complete four elective rotations. Students are trained in a variety of clinical settings to assure that they are well prepared to practice medicine with excellence as a part of the PA-physician team. 

About College of Saint Mary:
College of Saint Mary is a Catholic university providing access to education in an environment that calls forth potential and fosters leadership. Consistent with the works, values, and aspirations of the Sisters of Mercy, this mission inspires us to excellence, service, dignity, compassion, inclusivity, and integrity. With a student to faculty ratio of 7:1, CSM enrolls approximately 800 total students and offers more than thirty undergraduate and seven graduate programs, including an Occupational Therapy Doctorate, a Doctor of Physical Therapy, and a Master of Science in Kinesiology and Exercise Science, among others.

About The Community

About Omaha, Nebraska:
Omaha, the largest city in the state of Nebraska, is both a college town and bustling city, with culture and midwestern charm to spare. It exemplifies the feeling of an intimate small-town setting, while offering big-city amenities for all types of interests. Located on the Missouri River (bordering with Iowa), Omaha has seen tremendous growth in recent years and boasts world class restaurants, live music, shopping, and plenty of access to green spaces. Whether you enjoy museums, live entertainment, walking across the Bob Kerry Pedestrian Bridge, or strolling through Omaha’s historically revitalized neighborhoods, there are captivating activities for all. Visitors and residents can take advantage of the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, which is consistently ranked as one of the top five zoos in the world. Despite being ranked by US News as one of the Best Places to Live (28th) and Best Cities to Raise a Family (7th), Omaha has a cost of living that is significantly lower than other comparable metropolitan areas in the United States. To learn more, please see

Application Process

Please submit all applications and nominations electronically to the College’s search consultant:

Danan Tsan, Vice President
Scott Healy & Associates

Complete applications should include the following:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. CV
  3. Names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of three references, including at least one supervisor.

Applications received by April 24, 2023 will receive priority consideration.  Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Statement
College of Saint Mary is a Catholic university providing access to education for women in an environment that calls forth potential and fosters leadership. The University is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate against employees or job applicants on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, marital status or any other status or condition protected by applicable laws, except where a bona fide occupational qualification applies.