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
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.
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 is making every effort to meet all ARC-PA accreditation standards for the purposes of achieving Accreditation-Provisional status. In the event that ARC-PA does not award Accreditation-Provisiona
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
To be the preeminent training institution for medical missionaries.
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.
Benchmark: 100% Graduation and Board Exam first-time pass rate.
Goal 2: Instill in graduates a high value of and commitment to patient autonomy and respect.
Benchmark: Survey data that indicates a commitment to patient autonomy and respect.
Goal 3: Inspire graduates to be mission and volunteer-minded.
Benchmark: Survey data that indicates a commitment to missions and or volunteerism.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 Christ-like care to those with diverse cultural and spiritual health beliefs and practices, preferred languages, health literacy, and other communication needs.
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
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.
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 Christ-like 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
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.
Upon completion of the SNU PA Program, graduates are awarded the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies.
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:
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. For more information about University ILE policies, please contact: email@example.com, 405-491-8113
Additional facts will be posted here as the program develops.
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:
Additionally, the PA program will share anatomy and simulation spaces.
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.
Demographic data about each class will be published here beginning in 2025.
Data specific to student attrition will be published here beginning in 2027.
Data specific to the program's effectiveness at meeting its goals will be published here each year, beginning in 2027.
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 PAadmissions@mail.SNU.edu.
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:
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.
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.
*Acceptance to the SNU PA program is very competitive. Successful completion of the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee admission or an interview.
2. Applicants with the highest scores will be invited for an interview. Offers of admission to the program will be based on the total interview score.
3. Interviewees will receive one of three decisions:
The SNU PA program admissions committee considers applicants on a “rolling” basis until all seats have been filled. Decisions for admission are based on the completed interview scores at the end of each interview session. For the purposes of identifying potential alternate students for acceptance (in the event that filled seats are vacated), the program may, at its discretion, continue interviews once all seats have been filled. 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.
At this time, the SNU PA program does not consider transfer students for admission.
Interested candidates can begin applying in April when CASPA opens. Completed CASPA and secondary applications are due to the program no later than September 30th. Interviews will begin in May and continue through October. Applicants notified of acceptance will have 15 days to accept their seat with a non-refundable $1,000 seat deposit. Applicants placed on the waiting list can be notified of acceptance up to the first day of classes in January.
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 “nearby” training sites. However, SNU cannot guarantee that all preceptorships will be accommodated “locally” or “nearby.” 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.
For a full listing of all SNU PA Program admission policies, please refer to the student handbook.
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.
Computer/Laptop --------------------------------------------------------- $1,500
Required textbooks or software --------------------------------------- $1,500
Required medical equipment ------------------------------------------- $1,500
Certifications (BLS, ACLS, PALS) ------------------------------
Background checks/Health Screening---------------------------------- $500
Room and Board ----------------------------------------------------------- $1,214/month
Transportation --------------------------------------------------------------- $468
Personal and Miscellaneous ---------------------------------------------$3,350
*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 options may be available through the SNU financial aid office: firstname.lastname@example.org or (405) 491 6310
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.
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.
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.
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.Read Less
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.
Mrs. Boyett is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Physician Associate Program. Her clinical experience includes 9 years of family medicine and 2 years of urgent care. She began her career in physician assistant education in 2015 as a clinical preceptor and later served as a full-time faculty member and Director of Student Affairs.
Outside of the classroom, she enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending time with her husband and two boys.Read Less
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.
The policies and procedures specific to SNU PA students can be found here in the SNU PA student handbook found here.
The policies and procedures specific to the preceptor phase of the curriculum are found here in the Clinical Handbook.
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.
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.
Health Requirements/Technical Standards
As a medical profession, the Physician Assistant profession has health and technical standards that must be met to ensure competency of practice and safety to patients and other healthcare providers.
Personal health and wellness is the sole responsibility of the student. The SNU PA program seeks to provide a healthy and safe learning environment, and the University can assist in some health needs. However, the faculty of the PA program will not provide medical care or advice to students except in cases of emergency.
All matriculants must submit a physical and health affidavit to the SNU health center. Members of the health center will review the documentation to ensure compliance with the health and technical standards. PA program faculty and staff will not have access to this information and will not make admission decisions based on an individual's health status. The program does reserve the right to deny acceptance to any applicant who does not meet the health and/or technical standards (see health and technical standards). All accepted students must be aware that non-SNU clinical facilities may have additional health or technical standard requirements that must be met to complete the program.
Medical Marijuana policy: SNU does not matriculate or continue to enroll students with a medical marijuana prescription or card.
Technical Standards: As part of the health screening for PA school, accepted students must review the minimum technical standards required for admission and attest to personally meeting all technical standards. The minimum technical standards must be maintained throughout the program.
Due to the nature of healthcare requirements, the program is mandated by the ARC-PA to follow the CDC recommendations for health professionals. Therefore, 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 recommends annual flu vaccination and COVID-19 vaccination for all adults. The flu vaccine and the COVID-19 vaccine will not be required during the didactic phase but may be required by SNU partners for clinical rotations.
There are no additional requirements from the state of Oklahoma.
COVID-19 vaccination is not required by the state of Oklahoma and the state mandates that employers must provide religious or disability accommodation for vaccine waiver. However, students must be aware that some SNU clinical partners or jurisdictions may require COVID-19 vaccination to participate in a clinical preceptorship, particularly if under a federal mandate. While the program will make every effort to find clinical placements for students who have various reasons not to be vaccinated against COVID-19, SNU cannot guarantee clinical placement during the preceptor phase to any student who is not vaccinated against COVID-19.
All SCPEs, required and electives, are developed and assigned by the SNU PA program. At no time will a student be required to recruit, develop, or in any manner set up a SCPE site. In the event the student has an interest in a particular site, that site must undergo the program’s SCPE site recruitment policies and procedures for approval and affiliation which will be initiated by the Director of Clinical Education, and not the student.
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 before a final grade is assigned, with the form of remediation left to the discretion of the course director. Remediation is no longer an option once a final course grade is assigned. 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.
Examples of acceptable remediation opportunities (not all-inclusive)
Remediation during the clinical phase requires the student to stop progression and complete the remediation process prior to continuation. In the case of SCPEs, remediation includes a minimum of 4 weeks of SCPE repeat.
If a student fails an EOR exam, a course grade of “incomplete” will be assigned, and the student will immediately repeat the SCPE for 4 weeks. The SCPE course director will tailor a remediation plan for the student (examples include assigned readings, assigned practice questions based on topics, written assignments, or other instruction modalities to remediate the student’s area of identified weakness). The student must retake and pass the EOR and must receive a passing preceptor evaluation score to progress.
If a student fails a preceptor evaluation, a course grade of “incomplete” will be assigned, and the student will immediately repeat the SCPE for 4 weeks. The SCPE course director will tailor a remediation plan for the student (examples include assigned readings, assigned practice questions based on topics, written assignments, or other instruction modalities to remediate the student’s area of identified weakness). If the student previously passed the EOR, a retake is not required. The student must receive a passing preceptor evaluation to progress.
The student’s SCPE schedule will be reassigned to accommodate the remediation plan.
The final SCPE grade is based on the repeated rotation and remediation assignments, and only the lowest passing score will be assigned.
If the student fails the repeat rotation EOR or preceptor evaluation, he/she will be dismissed from the program.
Students may remediate/repeat up to two rotations.
Students who meet all academic, professional, and institutional requirements and deadlines will progress through the program. Progression requires:
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, to accommodate unforeseen circumstances, matriculants are allotted 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 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 6 credits of the degree conferral date. Students with a delayed degree conferral date are eligible to walk in the next graduation ceremony or 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).
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, regardless of the reason, from any PAS course must be approved by the Program Director. Unless otherwise approved by the program director, withdrawal from a single PAS course will prevent the student from progressing and will result in dismissal from the PA program.
Prior to Week 1 of the semester: To withdraw for a full refund, the student must email the program director with stated intent to withdraw prior to the start of Week 1 of the semester. All courses in each semester of the PA program are taken as a group. Dropping any single course prior to the start of the semester will result in an administrative withdrawal from the program and a refund of 100%* of tuition paid for that semester.
During Week 1 of any semester: If the student attended Week 1 but wants to withdraw from the program, the student must email the program director with stated intent to withdraw prior to the start of Week 2. Withdrawal from any single course will result in an administrative withdrawal from the PA program. Withdrawal during week 1 will result in a 100%* of tuition paid for that semester.
During Week 1 of any semester: If the student did not attend Week 1, the student is automatically administratively withdrawn from the program. An administrative withdrawal will result in a 100%* refund of tuition paid for that semester.
During Week 2 of any semester: If the student wants to withdraw from the PA program during Week 2 of the semester, the student must email the program director with stated intent to withdraw prior to start of Week 3. Withdrawal from any single course in the PA program will result in an administrative withdrawal from the program. A 75%* refund of tuition paid for that semester will be issued.
Week 3 of any semester: If the student wishes to withdraw from the PA program during week 3 of the semester, the student must email the program director with stated intent to withdraw prior to start of Week 4. Withdrawal from any single course will result in an administrative withdrawal from the program. A 50%* refund of tuition paid for that semester will be issued.
Week 4 of any semester: If the student wishes to withdraw from the PA program during week 4 of the semester, the student must email the program director with stated intent to withdraw prior to start of Week 5. Withdrawal from any single course will result in an administrative withdrawal from the program. A 25%* refund of tuition paid for that semester will be issued.
Week 5 and beyond: If the student wishes to withdraw from the PA program during week 5 or beyond of the semester, the student must email the program director with stated intent to withdraw. Withdrawal from any single course will result in an administrative withdrawal from the program. No tuition refund will be issued.
Students who withdraw beyond Week 6 will be assigned a withdrawn course grade of either withdrawn passing or withdrawn failing.
*Refunds and fees are subject to federal and state regulations. Some funds may not be refundable or may be subject to refund fees.
All final decisions for dismissal from the program are made by the program director and must be affirmed by the VPAA 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 fail to meet one or more technical standards will be dismissed.
3. Students who commit an egregious act of moral turpitude, academic dishonesty or unprofessionalism will be dismissed.
4. Students who fail to meet institutional financial aid obligations will be dismissed.
5. Students who fail to submit to or have findings on background checks that violate the background check policy will be dismissed.
6. Students who fail to adhere to a university or program requirement will be dismissed.
7. A student removed from an SCPE for unprofessionalism, inappropriate behavior, or other non-academic cause will be dismissed.
8. Students with findings on drug screens consistent with illegal use of substances will be dismissed.
9. Students convicted of DUI (regardless of felony or misdemeanor charge) or other non-traffic violation crimes 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:
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.
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.
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SNU utilizes the third-party vendor Workshield for reporting and investigating sexual harassment complaints.
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 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.
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.
Health Insurance is mandatory for all students while enrolled in the SNU PA program. While the SNU program seeks to promote the health and wellness of all PA students, personal health is the individual student's responsibility. Evidence of Health insurance will be required for admission and will be verified at various times during the program.
PA program faculty (Program Director, Medical Director, Principal Faculty) must not participate in the healthcare of any SNU PA student except in the case of emergency.
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.
SNU provides spiritual life services and counseling through the office of the Chaplain. For appointments please contact: email@example.com, 405-717-6216
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Physicians and Physician Assistants interested in serving as Preceptors for 2nd year PA students should reach out to Mark Moran – Program Director at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 email@example.com.
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:
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
For Preceptors who commit to three or more students (4 week rotation blocks) a year, SNU will provide:
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.
Pending Accreditation – Provisional status from the ARC-PA, the first SNU PA Program class will begin in January 2025.
The SNU PA Program will be offered on the main SNU campus in Bethany, Oklahoma.
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.
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.
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 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.