Master of Science in Physician Assistant

Physician Assistant Educational Program

In today’s ever-changing healthcare system, our graduates have the skills and knowledge to establish themselves as innovative leaders in the delivery of healthcare. We provide a learning environment that supports your desire to advance your critical thinking and practical communication skills on your journey to life-long professional development.

About Our Program

Our 24-month program of study results in a Master of Science in Physician Assistant (MSPA). Following Heritage’s tradition of small class sizes and experienced faculty, our PA program faculty to student ratio is approximately 1:8.

Classes for the first 12 months of the PA program are held on the Toppenish campus. The curriculum is an organ/system-based concept with basic sciences and clinical preparatory sciences coordinated in each module. Our program has an emphasis in health promotion, disease prevention, cultural sensitivity, ethics and professionalism. During the second 12 months, students are placed in family medicine clinics which are based in rural and underserved communities. In order to provide continuity, the student will remain in the family medicine clinic for two to three days per week while rotating through various medical specialties. Sites are primarily in Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska. 

Degree Offerings

Science Department

Master of Science in Physician Assistant Degree, M.S.P.A.
Physician Assistant

Program Faculty

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Tami Anderson

Clinical Administrative Coordinator

Doug Berndt

Douglas Berndt

Director, Data Management

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Leanne Brink

Assistant Professor

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Jillian Calhoun

Assistant Professor

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Linda Dale

Director, Physician Assistant Program

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Joseph DiMeo

Associate Professor

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Renee DiMeo

Workshop Coordinator/Didactic Faculty

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Sean Hancock

Assistant Professor

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Judith Hargis

Assistant Professor

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Bill Hatch

Assistant Professor, Academic Coordinator

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Dyann Kanzler

Assistant Professor

Thomas Miller

Thomas Miller

Assistant Professor

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Jonathan Neau

Assistant Professor

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Maria Sanchez

Administrative Assistant

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Anthony Stephas

Assistant Professor

Joel Thome

Joel Thome

Associate Professor Arts & Science

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Adam Wyble

Assistant Professor, Clinical Coordinator