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Physician Assistant

Become a highly competent, servant-oriented Physician Assistant.  

Welcome to the SNU Physician Assistant program webpage. We are excited that you are interested in our program. The SNU PA program exists as an extension of the Church of the Nazarene's mission to make Christlike disciples and the University's mission to make Christlike disciples through higher education. We exist to train PAs to practice medicine and to serve in a Christlike way. Please explore our webpage and reach out to us with questions.

Mark Moran, Program Director

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Southern Nazarene University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The Higher Learning Commission has approved SNU to offer the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies.

PA Program

SNU has applied for Accreditation-Provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). SNU anticipates matriculating its first class in January 2025, pending achievement of Accreditation-Provisional status at the September 2024 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.

SNU will not matriculate students if Accreditation-Provisional status is not granted by the ARC-PA. If Accreditation-Provisional status is not granted, applicants will be notified, and any funds received by the university will be refunded.

Pending accreditation provisional approval, SNU PA program graduates will be eligible to take the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) and subsequently qualify for application for licensure in all U.S. states and territories. Some states may have additional requirements for licensure separate from the PA education. Individual graduates are responsible for achieving state specific requirements not specific to PA training.


SNU's PA Program will be offered at the main campus in Bethany, OK. The program will occupy over 12,000 square feet of designated space that will consist of dedicated classroom space, lab space, clinical space, student space, and shared anatomy lab and Simulation lab spaces.

For inquiries, please email Program Director, Mark Moran, PA-C, DMS at

Program Mission 

SNU PA Program Mission: The SNU PA program strives to train competent Physician Assistants to practice medicine with empathy and compassion, serving Oklahoma and all nations in a Christlike manner.

Program Vision

To be the preeminent training institution for medical missionaries.

Program Goals

The SNU PA Program has identified goals specific to its program. These goals are missional and highlight several key areas that the program values and will measure. Success at meeting program goals will be published here when relevant data is collected and analyzed.

Goal 1:  Achieve exceptional graduation and board examination outcomes.

Goal 2: Instill in graduates a high value of and commitment to patient autonomy and respect.

Goal 3: Inspire graduates to be mission and volunteer minded.

Program Outcomes

PLO 1: The SNU PA graduate will, within the framework of Christian Principles, be able to provide competent, evidence based, entry level, preventive and interventional healthcare in a variety of settings.

PLO 2: The SNU PA graduate will serve as an interprofessional member and leader of the healthcare team exhibiting professionalism, cultural sensitivity, accountability, leadership, and self-awareness within the framework of Christian moral and ethical principles.

PLO 3: The SNU PA graduate will promote the PA profession among patients, health care professionals, administrators, and the community and will advocate for the profession through its organizations, legislative efforts, and academic institutions, while being committed to lifelong learning.

PLO 4: The SNU PA graduate will successfully navigate the framework of the U.S. healthcare system, stay abreast of public policy, medical literature, and best practices for the purposes of advocating for patients, protecting patients from harm and ensuring patient autonomy by safeguarding and implementing informed consent.

Program Competencies

Competencies are the integration of specific skills and knowledge that demonstrate not only mastery of concepts, but a practical ability to apply knowledge and skills in the practice of medicine. The PA profession has defined specific competencies for practice, and the PA Education Association has adapted the profession specific competencies to PA education and entry level practice. The following program specific competencies have been adapted from the PAEA competencies and will be met by all SNU PA program graduates.

Patient Respect and Autonomy

1.1 Demonstrate Christian respect for the dignity and privacy of patients while maintaining confidentiality in the delivery of team-based care

1.2 Develop meaningful, therapeutic relationships with patients and their families through Christlike service

1.3 Interpret information for patients to understand and make meaning out of the information conveyed to them, ensuring informed consent in all medical decision making.


Patient-Centered Practice Knowledge

2.1 Recognize normal and abnormal health states

2.2 Discern among acute, chronic, and emerging disease states

2.3 Use current, valid medical literature to make evidence-based decisions on patient care


Society and Population Health

3.1 Recognize the potential impacts of the community, biology, spiritual life and genetics on patients and incorporate them into decisions of care

3.2 Understand the role structural disparities play in the management of health and illness

3.3 Provide effective, equitable, understandable, and respectful quality care and services that are responsive to diverse cultural and spiritual health beliefs and practices, preferred languages, health literacy, and other communication needs


Health Literacy and Communication

4.1 Elicit and understand the stories of individual patients and apply the context of their lives (including environmental influences, spiritual influences, cultural norms, socioeconomic factors, and communication barriers) when determining healthy versus ill patients

4.2 Demonstrate insight and understanding about emotions and human responses to emotions that allow one to develop and manage interpersonal interactions

4.3 Organize and communicate information with patients, families, community members, and health team members in a form that is understandable, avoiding discipline-specific terminology where appropriate, and ensure understanding

Interprofessional Collaborative Practice and Leadership

5.1 Articulate one’s role and responsibilities to patients, families, communities, and other professionals

5.2 Direct the focus of the health care team to the needs of the patient over anyone/anything else

5.3 Recognize when continued patient care exceeds one's knowledge, skills and/or resources and make appropriate, timely referrals for safe and ongoing health management.

Professional and Legal Aspects of Health Care

6.1 Articulate standard of care practice and develop an ongoing pattern of self-assessment and improvement to adhere to standard of care practice.

6.2 Practice with humility, recognize personal and professional limitations to providing care and demonstrate a willingness to admit to and learn from mistakes, errors, and miscommunications.

6.3 Exhibit an understanding of the regulatory environment


Health Care Finance and Systems

7.1 Recognize that healthcare is a business

7.2 Promote the PA profession to the community, health care team, legislators, and educators

7.3 Appreciate the value of collaboration with physician and other members of the health care team.


Credential Offered

Upon completion of the SNU PA Program, graduates are awarded the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies.

Intercultural Learning and Engagement

SNU PA Program Intercultural Learning and Engagement (ILE) Statement: The SNU PA program values each person created in the image of God and desires to be a community that embodies this belief. Supported by the Institutional climate that cares about inclusion and equity through refining of our character, the way we create culture, and the way we serve Christ, the SNU PA Program seeks to:

  1. Develop an academic community that welcomes, respects, supports and values the contributions and experiences of all people;
  2. Embody and model this value to students, and to train students to serve and competently care for individuals whose habits, practices, values and beliefs differ from their own.

These goals will be supported by: 1. Intentional faculty recruitment and retention processes, 2. Intentional student recruitment and retention processes, 3. Intentional Curriculum development and competency measurement processes.

Program Facts

  • The proposed SNU PA Program is a 24-month curriculum with two phases. The didactic phase is 12 months, and the preceptorship phase is 12 months.
  • The proposed didactic phase curriculum is 70 credits (1494 contact hours)
  • The proposed preceptor phase curriculum is 52 credits (1992 contact hours)
  • The proposed class size for the SNU PA program is 36 seats.
  • The approved degree to be awarded is the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS).

Additional facts will be posted here as the program develops.

Program Facilities

The SNU PA Program will be located on the main SNU campus in Bethany, OK. The University is renovating approximately 12,000 square feet of dedicated space for the program. Dedicated space will include:

  • Dedicated faculty and staff office space
  • Dedicated large classroom 
  • Dedicated wet/dry lab 
  • Dedicated clinical suite 
  • Dedicated physical exam lab 
  • Dedicated conference/small classroom
  • Dedicated student lounge areas 

Additionally, the PA program will share anatomy and simulation spaces.


Program Data


The proposed SNU PA Program will prepare its graduates to sit for the Physician Assistant National Certification Exam (PANCE). Graduate performance on the exam will be posted here each year, beginning in 2027.

Matriculant Data

Demographic data about each class will be published here beginning in 2025.


Data specific to student attrition will be published here beginning in 2025.


Congratulations on your decision to pursue Physician Assistant training. PA school entry is competitive, and PA training is a lot of hard work. The result, however, is invaluable! SNU strives to train PAs to provide excellent care and we are glad that you are interested in our program. The SNU PA program has applied for a class size of 36 students and anticipates a January 2025 start date. Please read through the process and the requirements for admission, and if you have any questions, please contact our admissions department

The SNU PA program seeks to provide equal opportunity for all qualified applicants to enter the Physician Assistant profession. All admissions policies are consistent with the University’s Intercultural Learning and Engagement policies and procedures.


Those interested in pursuing PA training at SNU should follow these steps:

  1. Review the prerequisites for admission below
  2. Complete a CASPA application and indicate SNU on your application
  3. Complete the supplemental application for SNU

Applicants who are determined to be competitive based on the admissions committee review of applications, will be invited to campus for an in-person interview. Interviewees will receive one of three decisions:

  1. Immediate acceptance –  A seat is being offered and the applicant may claim the seat by submitting a non-refundable seat deposit the goes towards the tuition. If the applicant chooses not to accept the seat, then he/she will no longer be considered during the admission cycle. The program does not offer deferred acceptance.
  2. Alternate list option The applicant is offered an opportunity to be placed onto a waiting list. Alternates may be offered a seat in the program at any time during the admission cycle, including the first day of classes. The waiting list is only for the current admissions cycle, and admission to the program is not guaranteed. Applicants on the waiting list who are not offered a seat must reapply to the program for any future admission cycles.
  3. Decline Applicants not accepted to the program or to the wait list are no longer considered during the current admission cycle. Applicants are welcome and encouraged to reapply for future admission cycles.

It is important to note that the SNU PA program does give preference in the admissions process to SNU alum, alumni of other Nazarene institutions, and members of the Church of the Nazarene.


  1. All applicants must complete the CASPA application, and it must be submitted by the program deadline. (to be published here in 2024)
  2. All applicants must compete the SNU supplemental application, and it must be submitted by the deadline. (to be published here in 2024)


  1. A bachelor’s degree (applicants may apply prior to graduation, but the bachelor’s degree must be awarded prior to matriculation)
  2. The following courses may be taken at a two-year or a four-year college or University
      • College English – 6 credits
      • College Algebra – 3 credits
      • Statistics – 3 credits
      • Medical terminology – 1-3 credits

Course grades of “C-“ or lower will not be considered for admission. Courses in which a student makes a “C-“ or lower may be retaken and considered for admission if the grade is “C” or better.

  1. The following courses must be taken at a four-year college or University
      • General Biology with lab – 8 credits
      • General Chemistry with lab – 8 credits
      • General Psychology – 3 credits
      • Biochemistry with or without lab – 3-4 credits
      • Microbiology with lab – 4 credits
      • Human Anatomy and Physiology with lab - 8 credits (may also be satisfied with a 4 credit anatomy course with lab and a separate 3-4 credit physiology course with or without lab)

Course grades of “C-“ or lower will not be considered for admission. Courses in which a student makes a “C-“ or lower may be retaken and considered for admission if the grade is “C” or better.

  1. The SNU PA Program will not require any entrance examinations such as the GRE, PACAT or other.
  2. 20 hours of shadowing a physician assistant (must be verifiable by the PA(s))
  3. 100 hours of documented and verifiable direct patient care experience. Examples of direct patient care experience include: CNA, LPN, RN, Pharmacy tech, EMT of any level, military corpsman or medic, medical scribe, EKG tech, phlebotomist, radiology tech of any type, medical technologist or medical laboratory technician, and others. If you have questions about your experience, please contact admissions for guidance.

*Acceptance to the SNU PA program is very competitive. Successful completion of the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee admission or an interview.


  1. Applicants to the SNU PA program will be ranked using a scoring system that considers the following criteria:
    1. Overall GPA
    2. Science GPA
    3. Last 30 hours GPA
    4. Coursework that exceeds the minimum requirements
    5. Shadowing/Patient care experience
    6. Written components of the supplemental application
    7. Status as SNU Alum, Alum of other Nazarene institutions, member of a Nazarene church
  1. Those with the highest application scores will be invited for an on-campus interview. The program does not have a predetermined rubric score that qualifies for an interview as the number and qualifications of applicants will vary from year to year.
  2. Interview candidates will be subsequently ranked with an interview scoring system.
  3. Admission to the program will be offered based on combined application and interview scores.

The SNU PA program admissions considers applicants on a “rolling” basis until all seats have been filled. The program may, at its discretion, continue interviews once seats are filled to identify potential alternate students for acceptance, should a seat become vacant. The program will not notify applicants that all seats have been filled until the second day of classes as seats may become available late into the admissions cycle.


Applicants accepted to the program, must complete the following steps before they are eligible to begin the program. Failure to meet these requirements will require the program to rescind the letter of acceptance for failure to comply with admissions requirements.

  1. Accepted applicants must submit a $1,000 non-refundable seat fee by the date indicated on their acceptance letter. Failure to submit the fee will automatically remove the applicant from the class. The seat fee is applied towards the tuition.
  2. The practice of medicine as a physician assistant requires professional certification and licensure. The SNU PA Program will only knowingly accept applicants who will be eligible for professional certification and licensure. As such, all matriculants must pass a background check, a drug screen, and sign an affidavit of eligibility.
  3. Applicants accepted to the program must have final transcripts submitted to the program prior to the first day of classes. If transcripts are not yet available, applicants must submit a letter of good standing from their institution’s registrar or advisor indicating that all outstanding coursework have been satisfactorily completed.
  4. Accepted applicants must submit to a health screening exam by the provider of their choice. The purpose of this health screening is to ensure that applicants are physically and mentally capable of participating in the rigor of PA education and able to provide safe and effective patient care. This information is held by the University health center and is not available to program faculty and staff.
  5. All accepted applicants must meet the vaccine requirements of the institution and program.
  6. All accepted applicants must meet and attest to the technical standards for entry into the PA program.

Transfer Students 

The SNU PA Program does not consider transfer students except in one circumstance: 1. Assisting other PA programs in a planned “teach out.” Please review the student handbook for specific details on this policy.

Attending the SNU PA Program / Housing 

The SNU PA program is a full-time, in seat, graduate program. The SNU PA program has a mandatory attendance policy and all students must be able to attend all required courses. Therefore, all accepted students must make their own housing and living arrangements to attend the classes in Bethany, OK. Students interested in on-campus housing should contact University Housing.

During the Preceptor phase of the program, students will be assigned to preceptorships in the community. SNU will make every effort to assign students to “local” or “near-by” training sites. However, SNU cannot guarantee that all preceptorships will be accommodated “locally” or “near-by.” In the event a student is assigned to a preceptorship distant or remote from the Bethany campus, the student will be responsible for making housing arrangements and accommodations. The Program will give the student ample notice to allow the student to make necessary living arrangements. Please see the “cost of living” section under the cost of attendance tab for more information.

Select Admissions Policies

For a full listing of all SNU PA Program admission policies, please refer to the student handbook.

  • The program does not defer admission. Should an applicant be accepted and for various reasons choose not to or determine they cannot begin with the class they were accepted to, they must reapply in a future admission cycle to be reconsidered for acceptance.
  • The program does not offer advanced standing for previous academic work or experience- often referred to as advanced placement.
  • The program does not consider transfer credit except in one limited circumstance. (see handbook for details)
  • The program does not offer advanced placement or priority consideration to graduates of foreign or domestic medical schools, international physician assistant programs or other healthcare professionals.
  • Individuals dismissed from SNU or any other PA or professional program for unprofessional reasons are not considered for admission or readmission to the SNU PA Program.
  • Medical Marijuana policy: The SNU PA program does not matriculate or continue to enroll students with a medical marijuana prescription or card. 

Cost of Attendance

SNU makes every effort to make PA education affordable and the cost of attendance transparent. It is the SNU PA program policy that the published tuition is the only cost to the student in terms of University charges for PA education. The SNU PA Program and University do not assess any fees associated with curriculum or attending PA school. Students may choose to opt-in to campus housing, a campus meal plan, or purchase technology from the University. These are costs separate from tuition.


The tuition for the 2025-2026 year will be $799/credit. The cost per credit does not change for the duration of the program.* The program is 122 credits, bringing the total tuition to $97,600.

*Students who are recessed or take a leave of absence will be assessed the tuition rate of the class that they return with.

Other estimated* costs of attendance

Computer/Laptop --------------------------------------------------------- $1,500

Required textbooks or software --------------------------------------- $1,500

Required medical equipment ------------------------------------------- $1,500

Background checks/Health Screening--------------------------------- $500

Room and Board ----------------------------------------------------------- $1,214/month

Transportation ------------------------------------------------------------- $468

Personal and Miscellaneous --------------------------------------------$3,350

  • Health insurance is mandatory for all students while enrolled in the SNU PA program (included in the "Personal and Miscellaneous" line above). Evidence of health insurance will be required for admission and will be verified at various times during the program.

*These values are estimates and other personal/individual factors must be considered when estimating costs of attendance. Please visit with our financial aid department for more specific details.

During the Preceptor phase of the program students may be required to find temporary or short-term housing in locations away from the Bethany campus. Students are responsible for housing costs and living expenses while participating in preceptorships, regardless of locations.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid options may be available through the SNU financial aid office: or (405) 491 6310

Veterans Services


SNU is proud to partner with U.S. veterans and service members for their educational endeavors. Veterans interested in attending PA school at SNU are encouraged to reach out to the Office of Veterans Services to help navigate the specific needs and requirements associated with veteran and active service education.


Refund policy

Students who withdraw from the program may be entitled to a refund of part or all of tuition expenses. To be eligible for any refund, a student must complete the appropriate withdrawal procedure with the Program Director.

If a student withdraws from school during the semester, tuition, room, and board will be refunded by the following SNU policy:

Tuition – Tuition charges are prorated over a 4-week period of each semester starting from the first day of classes. Refund proration (as outlined below) is only applicable during the first 4-week class period. All charges are upheld at 100% after the first 4 class weeks of each semester.

Room and Board – If a student has signed a housing contract and/or signed up for a meal plan, a 20% charge is automatically applied beginning on the first day that a student moves into their dorm room or meal service begins for the semester. Additional room & board refund proration begins after the 5th class days (as outlined below).

Withdrawal from the University Refund Proration Schedule

If a student completely withdraws within the:
first 5 Class Days – receive 100% Tuition Refund / 80% Room & Board
6th-10th Class Days – receive 75% Tuition Refund / 75%Room & Board
11th-15th Class Days – receive 50% Tuition Refund / 50% Room & Board
16th-20th Class Days – receive 25% Tuition Refund / 25% Room & Board

21st- beyond Class Days – receive 0% (zero) Tuition / 0% (zero) Room & Board

For additional information regarding tuition refund policies, please visit the University Financial services page here.


The SNU PA program is a 24-month, full-time curriculum divided into two phases that are 12 months each.

The first phase is primarily didactic in nature and is delivered in four consecutive 12-week semesters and will be taught by SNU PA and basic science faculty with adjunct and guest lectures from Physicians, PAs and other health care providers. The second phase consists of twelve 4-week preceptorships and two didactic courses. The preceptorships will occur primarily with physicians and PAs.

For more information, please explore the curriculum map and course descriptions.

Meet our SNU Faculty

Mark Moran, PA-C, DMS

Program Director

Mark Moran, PA-C, DMS will serve as the founding Program Director. Dr. Moran comes to SNU will 19 years of experience as a physician assistant. His clinical experience includes 7 years of full-time emergency medicine and 2 years of family medicine.  He has been in PA education for 12 years, having served in various faculty and administrative roles. Dr. Moran has extensive experience with new program development and leadership.

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Mark and his wife relocated to Oklahoma from northeast TN. They have 11 children ages 6 months to 20 years old and enjoy homeschooling their children, going on field trips, and being part of their church community.

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Michael Johnson, MD, MBA, CPE, FAAP

Medical Director

Michael Johnson, MD, MBA, CPE, FAAP will serve as the founding Medical Director for the PA program. Dr. Johnson is a board-certified pediatrician who is currently serving as the Chief Medical Officer of the Bethany Children’s Health Center in Bethany, OK. Dr. Johnson has served as clinical faculty at the University of Oklahoma and has extensive experience in executive leadership development.

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Student Policies & Handbooks

School of Professional and Graduate Studies

The SNU PA Program is housed within the School of Professional and Graduate Studies (PGS). All policies in the PGS handbook apply to PA students unless the PA handbook specifies otherwise. Find the PGS handbook here.

Physician Assistant Student Handbook

The policies and procedures specific to SNU PA students can be found here in the SNU PA student handbook found here.

Physician Assistant Clinical Handbook

The policies and procedures specific to the preceptor phase of the curriculum are found here in the Clinical Handbook.

Select Policies


Students must always identify themselves as Physician Assistant Students. During the program, students may not use any other identification that may be misleading, inappropriate, or controversial. All SNU PA students must wear their SNU issued name badge at all times and all white coats must contain the student’s name and PA-S credential; as well as an SNU PA program patch.


The SNU PA program is an “in-person” and “in-seat” program. Attendance is required for all courses and SCPEs.

Student Work Policy

Due to the “full-time” nature of the program and the mandatory attendance policy, student employment and routine extracurricular commitments (clubs, teams or positions that require regular practice and/or large amounts of dedicated time) are highly discouraged.

PA students may not work for the program and may not substitute for or act as faculty or staff within the program.


The SNU PA program follows the SNU PGS grading policies and procedures. Students must achieve a B- or better in all courses to progress. Students are allowed up to two C+ during the didactic phase of the program (no C+ during the preceptor phase). Students who accumulate more than 2 C+ course grades will be dismissed from the program. Students who make less than a C+ are considered to have failed the course. See the student handbook for more details.


The process of ensuring students obtain concepts, skills or competencies not grasped during the normal curriculum delivery and assessment process.

Due to the rapid pace of the PA program curriculum and limited intervals of downtime, it is the SNU PA program policy that all remediation occurs within the course that demonstrates the deficiency, at the discretion of the course director, before a final grade is assigned. Once a final course grade is assigned, remediation is no longer an option. Remediation opportunities may require an additional temporary load on the student, but the process is designed to allow the student to rectify the deficiency and continue to progress in the program without significant delay. The following procedures apply to all remediation exercises.

  1. Remediation should occur as soon as possible once an insufficiency is identified.
  2. Remediation is at the discretion of the course director and not the student.
  3. Retesting is not remediation and is not an acceptable form of remediation.
  4. Repeat is not a form of remediation per this policy.
  5. Recess is not a form of remediation per this policy.
  6. Remediation goals must be clearly defined.
  7. Remediation objectives must be clearly identified.
  8. Remediation processes must be clearly defined.
  9. Remediation evaluation must have objective measure (rubric, quiz, etc)
  10. Remediation success or failure must be clearly documented.
  11. Successful remediation tied to a previously failed assessment will replace the previous assessment score with the minimum passing score on that assessment.
  12. Final exams or summative evaluations are assessment tools and are not subject to remediation.

 Examples of acceptable remediation opportunities (not all inclusive)

  • Oral conversation after a concept has been revisited by the student with the faculty member.
  • Written essay demonstrating the successful mastery of a concept after the concept has been revisited by the student with the faculty member.
  • Redemonstration of a skill or procedure after the student has revisited the skill or procedure with the faculty member.
  • New quiz or evaluation tool after remedial instruction.


Progression and Deadline

Students who meet all academic, professional, and institutional requirements and deadlines will progress through the program. Progression requires:

  • Meeting all course grade and competency requirements
  • Meeting all program professional standards
  • Complying with university policies and procedures
  • Meeting all University financial obligations

Students must successfully complete all components of a semester before progressing to the subsequent semester.

All decisions to halt the progression of any PA student are made by the program director.

While all matriculants are expected to finish the program with their class, in order to accommodate unforeseen circumstances, matriculants have a total of 36 months to complete the program beginning the first day of the class. Any student requiring more than 36 months will either be recessed (generally through the leave of absence policy) or dismissed depending on the circumstances. Students recessed to the beginning of the program have their timeline restart on the first day of classes.

In order to walk with the graduating class, students must have submitted their graduation application and be within three months of their actual graduation date. Students with a delayed graduation will be able to walk with the next graduating class.


Defined by ARC-PA as “the loss of a student from the entering cohort, who remains matriculated in the physician assistant program.” The SNU PA program offers deceleration through the leave of absence policy only (see policy below).

Leave of Absence

All leaves of absence must be approved by the program director. Leave of absence may be granted in accordance with the University guidelines. A leave of absence will not be granted to students who are failing a course or who are not expected to achieve the minimum required score in a course to progress. See the student handbook for more information.


All withdrawals must be approved by the program director. Withdrawal from a single PAS course will prevent the student from progressing in the program and may result in dismissal. See the student handbook for more information.


All final decisions for dismissal from the program are made by the program director and must be affirmed by the VP of PGS. Students considered for dismissal will be notified by the program director and any final decision of dismissal will be affirmed in writing to the student.

The SNU PA Program dismissal policy is as follows: 

  1. Students who fail a course will be dismissed.
  2. Students who exceed 2 C+ course grades during the didactic phase of the curriculum will be dismissed.
  3. Students assigned a C+ or lower grade on any SCPE will be dismissed.
  4. Students who fail to meet one or more technical standards will be dismissed.
  5. Students who commit an egregious act of moral turpitude, academic dishonesty or unprofessionalism will be dismissed.
  6. Students who fail to meet institutional financial aid obligations will be dismissed.
  7. Students who fail to submit to or with findings on background checks which violate the background check policy will be dismissed.
  8. Students who fail to adhere to a university or program requirement will be dismissed.
  9. Student removed from a SCPE for unprofessionalism, inappropriate behavior, or other non-academic cause will be dismissed.

Upon Graduation, the student will be awarded the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies and will be eligible to sit for the Physician Assistant National Certification Exam (PANCE)

To qualify for graduation, students must meet all academic, professional, and financial requirements/obligations as follows:

  1. Pass all didactic courses 
  2. Complete and pass all clinical rotations 
  3. Complete and pass all program summative evaluations
  4. Achieve all program required competencies and learning outcomes
  5. Be in good academic and professional standing
  6. Receive a letter of recommendation for graduation from the Program Director,
  7. Meet all financial obligations to the University
  8. Be eligible to sit for the PANCE and apply for licensure

Due to the nature of healthcare requirements, accepted students must demonstrate evidence of vaccination against or immunity to Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Hepatitis B and Varicella. In addition, accepted students must show evidence of TDaP within the last 10 years and either a negative PPD or negative CXR for TB. The CDC also recommends annual flu vaccination for healthcare providers. The flu vaccine will not be required during the didactic phase but may be required by SNU partners for clinical rotations. COVID-19 Vaccination is not currently listed by the CDC as a recommended vaccine for healthcare workers, and SNU will not require COVID-19 vaccination.   However, students must be aware that some SNU clinical partners or jurisdictions may require COVID-19 vaccination to participate in a clinical preceptorship. SNU cannot guarantee clinical placement during the preceptor phase to any student who is not vaccinated against COVID-19.

Teach Out

In the event SNU or the SNU PA Program is subject to adverse accreditation action or other cause which require it to discontinue, close or otherwise cease to offer the Physician Assistant Program, the University and the PA program will follow its catastrophic events policy which addresses the University teach out plan in compliance with the Higher Learning Commission’s (HLC) and ARC-PAs standards to have a plan in place in the event a teach-out becomes necessary. This plan will include providing ongoing personnel, budget, facilities, and preceptors to ensure that each enrolled student reaches graduation or until the University is able to place remaining students with programs actively recognized by and approved by the ARC-PA to accept students from the SNU program.

Safety, Security & Wellness


Student safety and security is of primary importance to the program and University. While on campus, students benefit from on campus police and extensive safety policies and procedures related to personal safety, personal health, inclement weather, fire and disaster. The campus police partners with Bethany, OK fire, rescue, and police for added support. For specific on campus safety measures, please visit the campus police website here.


SNU maintains the responsibility of student safety while students participate in clinical preceptorships off campus. Student safety is ensured through a regular site visit schedule, which among other things, assesses student safety. In addition, SNU contracts with all clinical sites to orient students to the safety measures in place at the individual site and for the provision of emergency medical care.

Student Mistreatment

SNU Grievance Policy and Complaint Process 


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SNU utilizes the third-party vendor Workshield for reporting and investigating sexual harassment complaints. 


SNU Sexual Assault and Offenses Policies and Procedures

Counseling Services

On campus counseling services are available to PA students through the Renew counseling center for a reduced office visit fee (Adult Studies rate). To learn about the Renew counseling center services and to contact the center, click here.


Disability Services

Disability services are available through the SNU office of Disability Services. Students in need of or requesting accommodations while enrolled in the PA program, must contact the office of Disability Services directly. The PA program faculty and staff are not involved in or privy to any student health or disability needs. For more information on available disability services, accommodations, or general disability questions, please contact the office directly.


Health Center

An on-campus health center is available to PA students at a small office visit fee. The health center provides primary care services when the campus is open. It is important that students have a source for primary care while enrolled in the PA program. PA faculty cannot participate in the healthcare of PA students. Visit the Health Center page for more information.


Exercise Facilities

SNU offers many on-campus exercise facilities for students to enjoy. The Sawyer center boasts an indoor track and a weight room that can be accessed when athletes are not in training sessions. The Broadhurst gymnasium houses a weight room, a basketball gym and a small gym (with pickleball courts.) Outdoor facilities include tennis courts/pickleball courts, sand volleyball, and a disc golf course.


Campus Resources

  • Technology Support

    Each student, upon enrollment will be issued a University e-mail address. The University e-mail address will serve as the primary form of contact between the University and the student. Students must check their e-mail often to ensure timely communication with the University and PA program.


    In addition to e-mail, the University office of Information Technology manages internet access and security, Office365 for students, printing services, and the technology HelpDesk. Students looking for new technology hardware should consult the SNU IT website, as SNU negotiates student pricing on many products.

  • Canvas

    The University uses the Canvas learning management system to assist in the delivery of curriculum. Each student will be given a Canvas account upon matriculation and will gain access to course material, assignments and syllabi through canvas.

  • Library

    The R. T. Williams Library provides access to books, texts, journals, databases and study spaces. Librarians are available to help find resources and can assist with research needs.


    Need a coffee, snack or a place to chill? The Library boasts a Starbucks with lots of snacks and other non-coffee drinks. There is ample seating to relax in or can be used for study.

  • Commons

    The Webster Commons offers food options through the cafeteria upstairs or the grill downstairs. The bookstore, a chapel, and mail services are located in the Webster Commons.  

  • Registrar

    The SNU Registrar maintains all records of student course enrollment and student records in the form of transcripts. Students needing SNU transcripts can click here.

  • Campus Map

    Need to figure out what is where? This campus map can help you out! 

  • Professional Links

    • AAPA – American Academy of Physician Associates
    • PAEA – Physician Assistant Education Association
    • ARC-PA – Accreditation Review Commission on Physician Assistants
    • NCCPA – National Commission on the Certification of Physician Assistants
    • OAPA – Oklahoma Academy of Physician Assistants

For Preceptors

Physicians and Physician Assistants interested in serving as Preceptors for 2nd year PA students should reach out to Mark Moran – Program Director at or (405)491-8182. Please see below for more information about precepting SNU PA students.


Thank you for your interest in precepting SNU PA students and being part of their education to become skilled, effective and compassionate members of the health care team.


Letter to Preceptors

Dear Clinician,


The Physician Assistant Studies Program at Southern Nazarene University is requesting your active participation in the provisional accreditation of its PA Program with the Accreditation Review Commission (ARC-PA).


The provisional accreditation process for the SNU PA program begins with the submission of an application to the ARC-PA in January of 2024. The ARC-PA will visit the program in April of 2024 and make its accreditation decisions in September of 2024. While this is some time away, a large portion of the accreditation success hinges on the development of clinical preceptor partnerships. As part of the application process for January 2024, the PA program must demonstrate affiliation with enough clinical preceptors for its entire class size. Students will not start clinical rotations until January of 2026, but accreditation requires our due diligence to guarantee students have rotation sites when they join the SNU PA program.


As you can see, the success of Southern Nazarene University’s PA Studies program is contingent upon the commitment of providers like yourself to training our PA students clinically. Your early engagement with the SNU’s PA Program, as a preceptor, is instrumental to the successful provisional (and ongoing) accreditation of the PA Program at Southern Nazarene University.


Please return the following completed documents to the Southern Nazarene University PA Program electronically at

  1. A preceptor application
  2. A copy of your Curriculum Vitae.
  3. A copy of your state licensure.
  4. A copy of your board certification or NCCPA ID number.
  5. A signed affiliation agreement

As Program Director, it is my goal during the clinical phase of the program to ensure the success of not only the Southern Nazarene University PA students, but also the collegial partnership between SNU’s PA Studies Program and “you” as the preceptor.


To support preceptor’s commitment to training SNU students, SNU will make the following resources available to preceptors upon request:


  1. Preceptor Orientation/Training
  2. Classroom teaching opportunities
  3. SNU library access
For preceptors who take 3 or more students (4 week rotation blocks) a year, SNU will offer:
  1. UpToDate Access through SNU
  2. CME opportunities (Category 1 for PAs)
  3. Clinical faculty appointment

Thank you so much for your support of the Southern Nazarene University Physician Assistant Studies Program during its provisional accreditation process with ARC-PA. Please feel free to contact me at any time should you have any questions about the PA Program, by phone at (405) 491-8182 or by email at:



Mark Moran

Chair and Program Director

Physician Assistant Studies


SNU is actively recruiting Physicians and Physician Assistants to serve as primary clinical preceptors. The minimum requirements are Board certification and licensure for physicians and NCCPA certification and licensure for physician assistants. Other healthcare professionals (Nurse Practitioners, Pharmacists, Physical Therapists, Dentists, Optometrists, Podiatrists, Medical Residents, etc) are valuable to the SNU preceptorship and are organized to participate through primary clinical preceptors.


SNU collects and verifies primary clinical preceptor credentials and practice information through a preceptor application. Once the credentials are verified, the preceptor is approved to participate. Upon approval, an affiliation agreement is entered into by both SNU and the primary preceptor. Upon execution of this agreement, SNU visits the practice site and works with the preceptor(s) to assign students.


Benefits of Precepting

For Preceptors who commit to three or more students (4 week rotation blocks) a year, SNU will provide:

  • Opportunity to support and improve community healthcare and impact the training of future colleagues.
  • Appointment as an SNU Clinical Faculty
  • Access to SNU Library, including Up To date
  • CME
    • Physicians can usually claim CME for precepting or teaching healthcare students. Physicians should check with their particular board to determine eligibility. The SNU PA program will assist in providing any necessary documentation for claiming CME activity. For example, see the AAFP
    • Physician Assistants can generally claim Category 2 CME for precepting and teaching activities. In addition, SNU is seeking approval from AAPA to provide Category 1 CME to PA preceptors.


General Precepting Responsibilities
  • Ensure the physical safety and security of the student
  • Guide and mentor students through patient encounters
  • Mentor students in the following:
    • Patient communication, particularly obtaining patient histories and both pertinent positive and negative findings
    • Patient examination, particularly focused, problem oriented physical examination
    • Identifying appropriate, problem focused laboratory and radiologic studies for ongoing patient care
    • Critically evaluate collected data for medical decision making
    • Patient autonomy and informed consent
    • Utilizing pharmacotherapeutics safely
    • Best business practices
    • Interprofessional relationships
    • Personal and patient safety
  • Provide opportunities to document patient care
  • Provide opportunities to perform supervised procedures
  • Give professional feedback for practice improvement
  • Document the student’s progress on SNU forms
  • Notify the program of any significant student or program deficiencies identified



Is the SNU PA Program Accredited?

On April 15, 2022 SNU was approved by the Higher Learning Commission to offer the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies.


SNU has applied for Provisional Accreditation with the Accreditation Review Commission on Physician Assistants (ARC-PA). The ARC-PA will review the SNU application in January of 2024, perform a site visit in April of 2024, and the commission will review the application and site visit materials in September of 2024. The commission will determine in September of 2024 if the SNU PA Program meets the requirements for provisional accreditation.


When will the SNU PA Program accept its first class?

Pending Accreditation – Provisional status from the ARC-PA, the first SNU PA Program class will begin in January 2025.

Where will the SNU PA Program be located?

The SNU PA Program will be offered on the main SNU campus in Bethany, Oklahoma.

Where will the SNU PA Program Clinical Rotations occur?

The University administration and PA program faculty are developing clinical partners for preceptorships across the City of Oklahoma City and the greater state of Oklahoma. Some partnerships are likely to be developed outside of the state of Oklahoma.

What is the cost of attendance at the SNU PA Program?

The total tuition for the SNU program is $97,600 for the class entering in 2025. Additional costs include cost of living, books, technology, medical equipment and background checks and health screening. Please refer to the Cost of Attendance section for more details.

*subject to change prior to student enrollment.

Is the PA program full-time?

PA education is an extensive professional master’s degree program, and it is a full-time, on-campus endeavor which requires nights and weekends for study and preparation.

What makes the SNU PA Program different from other PA Programs in the region?

What sets the SNU PA Program apart from others is its mission. While all programs must meet the rigorous accreditation standards to train qualified and skilled PAs, each does it from its own perspective. SNU is a faith based institution whose mission is to make Christ-like disciples. The PA program mission is consistent with the University mission in training PAs to be compassionate and empathetic; treating others in a Christ-like manner. SNU PA students will be taught by, mentored by, and surrounded by Christian faculty who seek to honor Christ with the practice of medicine.


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