Featured Associate: Trevecca Nazarene University
The first physician assistant program in the state of Tennessee, the Trevecca Nazarene University Physician Assistant Program located in Nashville was founded in 1976 by Dr. Earl Vastbinder, a leader in the early days of physician assistant education. Through its long history the program’s leaders have sought to fulfill the mission of the program, which is to “prepare professionally competent physician assistants who will use their skills to serve their communities in compassionate ministry.”
The program currently immerses 50 students per year in a 15-month didactic phase with an integrated curriculum thoroughly covering important medical knowledge, clinical skills, and critical clinical decision-making. Trevecca PA students then complete a 12-month clinical phase with clinical rotation experiences that cover a wide range of fields, practice types, settings, and patient populations. True to its mission, Trevecca students have many opportunities to help underserved populations. Opportunities include: Siloam Health Clinic, Clinic at Mercury Courts in Nashville, medical mission rotations to Swaziland in partnership with the Luke Commission, and mission trips to Gonaives, Haiti, in partnership with non-profit Agape To the Nations.
Not only is the program deeply rooted in their mission of compassionate service, Trevecca PA graduates consistently score above the national average on the PANCE. With a Five-Year First Time Taker Average Pass Rate of 99%, in comparison to the national average of 96%, Trevecca PA graduates are well prepared to fulfill their mission across the nation and abroad.
In 2022, while celebrating over 45 years of excellence in educating physician assistants, the Trevecca PA Program will be moving into a new home, the Trevecca Nazarene University Health Sciences Building. The four-story addition to the current Greathouse Science Building and eight-cadaver lab will add 33,000 square feet of classroom, lab, and other spaces. This is a strategic move designed to give the state’s longest-running PA program space to grow as well as nurture collaboration and innovation among faculty members and students. This new “home” will allow future students to thrive as part of the Trevecca PA Program legacy, known for being a supportive and student-centric community.