The Heritage University Physician Assistant program provides a dynamic 24-month program of study that results in a Master’s of Science in Physician Assistant (MSPA) degree. Following Heritage’s tradition of small class sizes and experienced faculty, the PA program faculty to student ratio is approximately 1:8. We offer 32 seats each year per class.
One of our greatest strengths is the experience of our faculty and their heart for the mission of training experienced clinicians for the rural or under-served. The combined faculty has over 40 years of medical education experience.
Classes for the first 12 months of the PA program are held on campus at Heritage University in Toppenish, WA. The curriculum is an organ/system-based concept with basic sciences and clinical preparatory sciences coordinated in each module. The program has an emphasis in health promotion, disease prevention, cultural sensitivity, ethics, and professionalism. The class schedule is Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4 pm with occasional after hour workshops including Saturdays.
The clinical year is a longitudinal approach. During the second 12 months, students are placed in family medicine clinics which are based in rural or 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.
Graduates of the Physician Assistant Educational Program at Heritage will take the national certification exam administered by the National Commission of Certification of the Physician Assistant (NCCPA). Once certified, PAs may obtain licensure within their state of preference and begin practice with a physician.
At its September 2017 meeting, the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) placed the Heritage University Physician Assistant program sponsored by Heritage University on Accreditation-Probation status until its next review in September 2018.
Probation is a temporary status of accreditation conferred when a program does not meet the Standards and when the capability of the program to provide an acceptable educational experience for its students is threatened.
Once placed on probation, programs that still fail to comply with accreditation requirements in a timely manner, as specified by the ARC-PA, may be scheduled for a focused site visit and/or risk having their accreditation withdrawn.
Specific questions regarding the Program and its plans should be directed to the Program Director and/or the appropriate institutional official(s).
This is a message from Dr. Linda Dale, Program Director of the Physician Assistant Educational Program at Heritage University.
The program and institution are building the infrastructure, policies and procedures, necessary to provide a quality PA program. To ensure these processes are in place, we are not accepting a cohort for 2018-2019. In fall of 2018 we will put forward our new timeline.