Physician Assistant Program
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.
Accreditation Status (ARC-PA Standard A3.14.a)
ARC-PA has accepted the voluntary withdrawal of the Heritage University PA Program from the ARC-PA accreditation process. Effective May 31, 2021, ARC-PA shall withdraw accreditation from the Heritage University PA Program. Subject to fulfillment of all requirements imposed by the ARC-PA, the Heritage University PA Program will remain accredited on probation through May 31, 2021. The Heritage University PA Program will not accept any new students for enrollment. Specific questions regarding the Heritage University PA Program and its plans should be directed to the Program Director and/or Dr. Andrew Sund, President.
The program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website by clicking on the document accessed at http://www.arc-pa.org/accreditation-history-heritage-university/ .
This is a message from Dr. Linda Dale, Program Director of the Physician Assistant Educational Program at Heritage University.