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Program History and Leadership

History

Program Development

In May 2019, the Cedarville University Board of Trustees authorized the development of a Physician Assistant program with a goal to enroll the first cohort of students by May 2023, pending required approvals. This authorization included hiring a program director, initiating the accreditation pathway, securing required faculty and staff, and allocating appropriate funding to ensure successful program development and launch.

However, this project has been long in the making. More than 20 years ago, Dr. Dee Morris, who currently serves as Professor of Allied Health in the School of Allied Health, approached Cedarville University’s academic leadership about the opportunity to start a PA program. At the time, the University had not even launched its first graduate program and priorities were focused in other areas, so the idea was not pursued. 

In 2014, the possibility of a PA program was revisited and a preliminary proposal was prepared. However, due to transitions at Cedarville and the emergence of a new PA program at the University of Dayton, the idea was again tabled. 

In 2017, as the University began to explore future graduate programs, PA professional education again emerged as a high-growth career field with strong alignment to Cedarville’s Gospel-driven mission and the University's existing healthcare programs. 

Since December 2017, the potential to bring a PA program to Cedarville University has been intentionally studied, and the following steps have been taken:

Action StepTiming
Market demand studycompleted December 2017
Feasibility analysis (phase I)completed April 2018
Meetings with key internal stakeholders (Cabinet, Graduate Task Team, Finance/Operations, Schools of Nursing and Pharmacy, School of Allied Health)ongoing
Engaging outside expertise (other university PA program directors, alumni, medical professionals)ongoing
Equipment and facility needs assessmentAugust-September 2018
Preliminary pro forma developmentAugust-September 2018
Formation of the PA Exploratory Advisory CouncilJanuary 2019
Initial Advisory Council Meeting
March 29, 2019
Recommendation to and approval by Board of TrusteesMay 2019
Hired inaugural program directorMay 2019
Entered accreditation processMay 2019
Feasibility study (phase II)September–October 2019
Program Director BeginsDecember 2019
Medical Director Begins
February 2020
Creation of the School of Allied Health
July 2020
Director of Clinical Education Begins
October 2020
ODHE Authorization & HLC Accreditation Applications Submitted
October 2020
ODHE/HLC Site Visit
April 2021
ODHE Approval Granted
June 2021
HLC Approvals Granted
July 2021
ARC-PA Application DueFebruary 2022
ARC-PA Site VisitMay 2022
ARC-PA Commission considers Cedarville Application for Provisional AccreditationSeptember 2022
Enroll First Cohort, pending approvalsMay 2023

 

Leadership

Inaugural Program Director


Jason Grahame

Cedarville 1999 alumnus Jason Grahame was hired as the founding director of the PA program. Jason previously was a practicing physician assistant at Jordan-Young Institute in Virginia Beach, and an Associate Professor and Associate Program Director for the Physician Assistant Program at Eastern Virginia Medical School. “This will be a unique opportunity to train and disciple PA students to meet not only the physical needs of patients but also the more critical spiritual needs in a loving, empathetic and discerning manner,” said Jason.

Read more in the Summer 2019 Cedarville Magazine »

Read more in Cedarville News »

 

Advisory Council

As part of exploring starting a PA program at Cedarville, the Office of the President put together an exploratory Advisory Council composed of internal and external stakeholders from the local area and across the nation. These members provided the initial recommendation to the President to pursue the degree and have continued to provide feedback to the Program Director during annual meetings and upon request.

Members of the advisory council include:

Jeff Bates, Pharm.D.
Dean, School of Pharmacy, Cedarville University

Wallace Boeve, Ed.D., PA-C
Physician Assistant Program Director, Bethel University

Andy Black, PA-C
Physician Assistant, Bellbrook Family Practice

Chris Bredesen
Chief Operating Officer, MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital

Steven Burdette, M.D.
Infectious Disease Specialist, Miami Valley Hospital

Angela Conrad, PA-C
Associate Professor, Eastern Virginia Med School

Gayle Cook, PA-C
Retired Physician Assistant

Gerald Erickson, PA-C
Physician Assistant; Former Academic Director, Lenoir-Rhyne Univ PA Program; PA Foundation Board Member

Steve Gaskins, PA-C
Physician Assistant Program Director, Sullivan University

Jason Grahame, MPA, PA-C, DFAAPA
Program Director, Associate Professor PA Program, Cedarville University

Misti Grimson, M.D.
Medical Director, PA Program, Cedarville University

Kathryn Hawley, PA-C
Director of Clinical Education, PA Program Cedarville University

Joseph Harvey, M.D.
Medical Director, Pioneer Christian Hospital

Evan Hellwig, Ph.D, AT, PT
Dean, School or Allied Health, Cedarville University

B. Matthew Hicks, M.D.
Orthopedic Surgeon, Fort Wayne Orthopedics

Lauren Hogue, PA-C
Physician Assistant Family Medicine, Genesis Medical Group

Jim Jacobs, M.D.
Jacobs and Van Cleeff Internal Medicine

Tom Mach, Ph.D.
Vice President for Academics, Cedarville University

Dominic McKinley, M.D.
Family and Primary Care Sports Physician, Guilford Orthopaedic

Rick Melson, Ph.D.
Vice President for Advancement, Cedarville University

Angie Mickle, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC
Dean, School of Nursing, Cedarville University

Adam Middleton
President, Healthcare Advisory Network, LLC

Dee Morris, Ph.D., PA-C
Professor and Coordinator of Allied Health Program, Cedarville University

June Pollydore-Adejokun, M.D.
Obstetrics and Gynecology Physician, Dukes Medical Center

Dan Sellers, PA-C
Physician Assistant, Providence Newbert Orthopedics

Kevin Snow, PA-C
Physician Assistant, OSF HealthCare; part of the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants

Janice Supplee, Ph.D.
Vice President for Marketing and Communications; Dean of Graduate Studies, Cedarville University

Lori Vasquez, PA-C
Community Bariatric and General Surgeons at Community North Hospital; Clinical Instructor for General Surgery for Butler University's PA Program

Thomas White, Ph.D.
President, Cedarville University