Founding Director, Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies Program

Naperville, Illinois
Mar 20, 2019
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Founding Director, Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies Program


North Central College, in partnership with the national search firm Scott Healy & Associates, is pleased to announce a search for the founding Program Director of the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program to be housed in the College’s School of Education & Health Sciences. The Physician Assistant program will join a growing cadre of excellent graduate programs at the college.


We are looking for an innovative leader with strong program development skills able to assemble a team of dedicated faculty members and build a distinctive and widely respected master’s program that will produce not only skilled practitioners, but also change agents in the field. The Program Director of the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies will be responsible for leading the development of the program’s curriculum, including clinical rotations; leading efforts to secure and maintain ARC-PA accreditation; hiring, mentoring, and evaluating faculty members in the program; scheduling and staffing courses; recruiting and mentoring students; developing strong partnerships with local healthcare and similar organizations; and providing overall administrative oversight of the program.


This 12-month position will also include teaching, instruction and scholarly activities (as appropriate), program evaluation, and student recruitment. The Program Director will report to the Dean of the School of Education and Health Sciences, and will hold the appropriate academic rank, preferably at the level of associate or full professor.


North Central College has applied for Accreditation-Provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). The developing PA program anticipates matriculating its first class in September 2021, pending achieving Accreditation- Provisional status at the March 2021 ARC-PA meeting.


Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding accreditation provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students.


The anticipated start date for the position is Summer 2019.


About the School of Education and Health Sciences:

The School builds connections between the College’s liberal arts-based foundation and professional and pre-professional programs. All undergraduate and graduate programs in the School prepare students to contend with a constantly evolving professional environment by developing skills in critical thinking, communication and problem solving through experiential and applied learning.  All students are expected to develop competency in intercultural effectiveness, research skills and the implementation of evidence-based best practices. Thus, each program features a unique blend of theory and hands-on learning in supervised field experiences such as internships, clinical rotations and practicums, and student teaching. Faculty members bring diverse experiential backgrounds to the classroom daily and, as active scholars, they encourage undergraduate research and a spirit of inquiry. The intentional integration of the liberal arts and professional and pre-professional studies is a hallmark of a North Central education.


About North Central College:

Founded in 1861, North Central College is a selective, comprehensive college with about 3000 undergraduate and graduate students.  The College is in a period of growth with the addition of a $60 million Science Center that opened in March 2017. North Central is ranked as one of the top master’s colleges and universities in the Midwest by US News and World Reports. It is located in downtown Naperville, a thriving city with a population of 147,000 residents 28 miles west of Chicago. The college is a couple blocks from the Naperville Metra station, providing fast and convenient access to all the amenities available in the city of Chicago. The Naperville area is home to many excellent school districts and Naperville, IL has been ranked as one of the best places to live by Money magazine. For more information, please visit:


Though affiliated with the United Methodist Church, we welcome and encourage students and staff of all faiths. We are thoughtfully expanding our academic programs to respond to the needs of our ever-changing world, recently adding Middle Eastern and North African Studies, along with Arabic. The College is in a period of growth with the addition of a $60 million Science Center opened in March 2017.



  • Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in Physician Assistant Studies or an applicable field of study.
  • MD or DO physicians with extensive experience in PA education and/or PA program administration will be considered.
  • Current NCCPA certification or a board certified Allopathic (MD) or Osteopathic (DO) physician.
  • A license as a physician assistant or physician in the state of Illinois (or eligibility for a license)
  • At least three years of full-time clinical practice.
  • Three or more years of administrative experience in an educational setting, preferably in PA or medical education; previous PA program development and ARC-PA accreditation experience preferred.
  • Strong verbal and written skills



Preferred Qualifications: 

  • An earned doctorate (such as Ph.D., Ed.D., DHSc., DMSc.)
  • Knowledge and understanding of the accreditation process for PA programs and institutional regional accreditation processes.
  • Ability to work both independently and as a member of a leadership team.
  • Demonstrated leadership and management skills, including organizational skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to interact with students, faculty, staff and community members with tact and clarity.


Application Process:

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

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

[email protected]


Complete applications should include the following:

  1. Cover Letter outlining your interest and qualifications for the position Updated CV List of five (5) professional references including name, title, contact information and relationship to you


Applications received by April 30, 2019, will receive priority consideration.  The position will remain open until filled.


North Central College is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to increasing the diversity of our workforce. North Central College provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need reasonable accommodation, please notify the Office of Human Resources. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

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