Department Chair: Mark A. Payne, DHSc, PA-C
Faculty: Cherilyn Hendrix, DHEd, MSBME, PA-C, Academic Director
Derek Jackson, MPAS, PA-C, Clinical Director
Stacy Laack, MS, PA-C
Darin Wolf, MD, Medical Director
The Physician Assistant program seeks to educate individuals who desire to become knowledgeable, compassionate and spiritually uplifting healthcare providers. Whether they practice locally, nationally, or globally, it is the intent of this program to graduate individuals who embrace a mission of service to others as they would wish to be done to them.
Licensure and Accreditation
Adventist University of Health Sciences (ADU) is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commissions on Colleges (SACS-COC) to award Certificates, Associates, Baccalaureate, and Master's degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-697-4500 for questions about accreditation of Adventist University of Health Sciences. The University is also accredited by the Accrediting Association of Seventh-Day Adventist Schools, Colleges, and Universities.
A physician assistant is required to attend and graduate from a program that is accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). The physician assistant graduate is then eligible to sit for the nationally recognized board examination administered by the National Commission on the Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). This board certification is recognized and required in all 50 states for initial licensure.
The physician assistant program at ADU has applied for Accreditation-Provisional from the ARC-PA. The ADU Program anticipates matriculating its first class in May 2015, pending the outcome of the March 2015 meeting of the ARC-PA. Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status for a new program that has not yet enrolled students, but at the time of its comprehensive accreditation review, has demonstrated its preparedness to initiate a program in accordance with the Accreditation Standards. Graduates of a program awarded this status are eligible for the NCCPA examination as well as licensure in all 50 states of the United States of America for initial licensure