Featured Associate: Trevecca Nazarene University
The first physician assistant program in the state of Tennessee, the Trevecca Nazarene University Physician Assistant Program, 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 effectively 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 students 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 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 both in the United States and abroad, with students serving at the Siloam Health Clinic and Clinic at Mercury Courts in Nashville, on medical mission rotations to Swaziland in partnership with the Luke Commission, and on a yearly mission trip to Gonaives, Haiti, in partnership with non-profit Agape To the Nations. At the recent Fall 2017 Tennessee Academy of Physician Assistants (TAPA) Conference, a 2017 Trevecca graduate was selected to receive the PA Student of the Year Award and a distinguished Trevecca alumnus was inducted into the TAPA Hall of Fame. Recently celebrating over 40 years of excellence in educating physician assistants, the Trevecca PA Program has achieved a 100% first time pass rate on the PANCE in the last two cohorts and has a five-year average first time PANCE pass rate of over 98%.