Program Director, Physician Assistant program

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West Coast University (WCU), a private university with the singular focus of educating health care professionals, is currently seeking Program Director, Physician Assistant Program for our Center for Graduate Studies located in Anaheim, CA. This is an outstanding opportunity for a professional to join a growing university as we expand our academic programs in health care and related fields.


  • Reports to both the University Provost and the campus Executive Director in a dual manner.  
  • The Program Director oversees the development, management and administration of the program, including planning, development, delivery, evaluation, budgeting, selection of faculty and staff, maintenance of accreditation, and commitment to strategies for professional development.  Ensures program compliance according to regional as well as programmatic accreditation requirements.  
  • Responsible for the development and appropriate management of all experiential learning sites, relationships, policies and procedures.  
  • Participates in fiscal administration, curriculum development and coordination, determination of teaching assignments, supervision and evaluation of faculty, design and operation of program facilities, and selection/coordination of program specific external facilities and instruction.  
  • Provides professional leadership and support for teaching faculty; serves as a mentor and facilitator for faculty assigned; and enables an environment which fosters creativity, responsiveness, and self-responsibility.


  • Plans, organizes and implements a professional master’s degree program in Physician Assistant in accordance with the accreditation standards and requirements of the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). 
  • Researches and develops an approved curriculum to meet degree requirements.  Ensures the development of catalog narrative, syllabi, identification of required textbooks and collection for the library.  Ensures consistency of syllabi, textbooks, learning outcomes, etc. across the program.
  • Holds periodic faculty meetings to provide for subject matter correlation and curriculum evaluation, and to coordinate activities of full-time and adjunct faculty.
  • Participates as part of Campus Management Team, partnering with colleagues to ensure positive student outcomes.
  • Recruits and selects qualified faculty.  Interviews, selects, trains, counsels and evaluates faculty to ensure effective support of the program.  Serves as a mentor and facilitator to faculty.  Reviews the efforts of faculty and provides direction where needed, ensuring timely completion in accordance with objectives.
  • Establishes start-up and ongoing budgets.  Monitors financial performance against approved budgets. 

  • Earned master’s degree in an appropriate healthcare field is required.
  • Earned relevant doctoral degree is preferred.
  • Degrees must be awarded by an institution that is accredited by a USDE-recognized national or regional accrediting body. 
  • Evidence of scholarship (e.g., scholarship of application, practice or engagement, scholarship of teaching and learning).
  • Credentialed physician assistant, licensed to practice.
  • Minimum five years administrative experience including program planning and implementation, personnel management, evaluation and budgeting.
  • Minimum of five years in the field of physician assistant, including documented clinical practice.
  • At least two years of experience in a full-time academic appointment with teaching responsibilities at the post-secondary level.
  • Leadership knowledge in the program field to cultivate a learner-centered environment and to foster excellence. 
  • Knowledge in technological support and delivery of program area and services. 
  • Knowledge and evidence of strong supervisory and management skills as applicable to specialized program area. 
  • Knowledge of state, federal and local laws/regulations relating to programs, governmental compliance and other regulatory standards such as Title IV, WASC, ARC-PA and other accreditation standards. 
  • Experience with MS Office. 
  • Knowledge of applicable databases and computer application systems to supply the most accurate information, reports and projections.

  • Health, dental and vision plan
  • Vacation, sick and holiday schedule
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • 401(k) Plan with employer match
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Long/short term disability and more

To learn more about West Coast University and apply for this exciting opportunity, please visit our website:

West Coast University is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and we seek candidates who desire to work in and serve an ethnically-diverse population.

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