Physician Assistant Program


Union College brings a 125-year history of excellence in the medical field to the PA Program. In an environment that offers the opportunity to master responsible health care, we carefully foster lifelong learning.

You will develop constructive, critical thinking and effective communication skills. But at Union, PA education moves beyond the academic. Union brings a commitment to living responsible, Christian lives, serving others with the compassion of Christ in humility, with competence. Our goal is to equip students to serve humanity through an academically strong, Christian education.

The Union College PA classes of 2017 and 2018 all passed the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE) on their first attempt. The PANCE is the culmination of 33 months of postgraduate study. Passing the exam means a new PA can practice anywhere in the country. 

“We are quite proud of both of these classes,” said Megan Heidtbrink, PA Program director. “This demonstrates both the quality of our program and the quality of graduates.”

See our five-year PANCE pass rates.


We are located in the Don Love Building: PA/IRR wing, room LS201


Monday–Thursday: 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday: 7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Contact us

Phone: 402.486.2527
Fax: 402.486.2559

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Meet the team

Our vision and mission


Prepare excellent PAs who transform lives through quality healthcare and Christian service.  


Matriculate high quality students from diverse backgrounds to become successful PAs by equipping them with the competency to provide excellent patient care through application of teamwork, demonstration of academic excellence, practice of clinical acumen, display of professionalism and evidence of servanthood within a Christian program.


The Union College PA Program goals are in line with the Union College strategic goals, which specifically address preparation of graduates to include the following:

(Click here for a complete listing of data showing the PA program's success in meeting goals.)

Teamwork—Graduates will proficiently perform medical care as part of an interdisciplinary team.

Learn about how we self-evaluate our progress toward the teamwork goal.

Academic Excellence—Graduates will demonstrate a broad knowledge base for successful delivery of primary care medicine.

Learn about how we self-evaluate our progress toward the academic excellence goal.

Clinical Acumen—Graduates will apply an investigatory and analytical thinking approach to clinical situations.

Learn about how we self-evaluate our progress toward the clinical acumen goal.

Professionalism—Graduates will demonstrate an attitude of professionalism and positive values.

Learn about how we self-evaluate our progress toward the professionalism goal.

Servanthood—Graduates will render medical care and service with compassion.

Learn about how we self-evaluate our progress toward the servanthood goal.

Quality—To provide a quality educational program.

Learn about how we self-evaluate our progress toward the quality goal.

Diversity—Our admissions strategy seeks to select qualified candidates from a diverse applicant pool.

Learn about how we self-evaluate our progress toward the diversity goal.

Program learning outcomes

The program learning outcomes represent the medical knowledge, interpersonal skills, clinical and technical skills, professional behaviors, and clinical reasoning and problem solving abilities that, upon completion of the Union College Physician Assistant Program, the graduate will be able to demonstrate competence in. These competencies were informed by the PAEA "Core Competencies for New Physician Assistant Graduates" and the "Competencies for Physician Assistant Profession, "adopted by the 4 organizations (NCCPA, ARC-PA, AAPA, and PAEA). 

The Union College PA faculty review, revise, and approve the program learning outcomes annually to ensure that they are representative of current standards of medical care and are in alignment with the program's mission and goals. 

Learning Outcome 1    
Demonstrate interpersonal communication skills that result in effective information exchange with patients, physicians, professional associates, and other individuals within the healthcare system to promote optimal patient-centered care.

Learning Outcome 2
Utilize information technology to critically analyze medical literature to make evidence-based medical decisions that maximize diagnostic and therapeutic effectiveness.

Learning Outcome 3
Apply medical knowledge to evaluate and treat patients across the lifespan by obtaining a history and performing a physical examination, selecting and interpreting diagnostic studies, formulating a differential and final diagnosis, and developing a treatment and management plan for primary care conditions.

Learning Outcome 4
Perform common clinical and technical skills and procedures seen in a primary care setting.

Learning Outcome 5
Provide counseling, patient and family education, interventions, and appropriate referral for promotion, restoration, and maintenance of optimal levels of health for patients.

Learning Outcome 6
Exhibit ethical behavior and professional conduct expected of the PA in a medical practice setting while acknowledging professional and personal limitations.

Learning Outcome 7
Demonstrate the delivery of healthcare to disadvantaged and underserved populations.

Learning Outcome 8
Commit to professional and public service by carrying out compassionate and wholistic medical practice in light of a Christian faith and Biblical practice.

Learning Outcome 9
Demonstrate proficient clinical reasoning and problem solving abilities to form an accurate diagnosis and appropriate patient management.

Learning Outcome 10
Integrate essential aspects of value-based health care and apply this understanding to the delivery of safe and quality patient care.

Important links

Union College PA Student Handbook (PDF)
Refer to this handbook for a complete listing of information and policies related to studying in the Union College PA Program.

AAPA Guidelines for Ethical Conduct

American Academy of PAs (AAPA) -
The national professional society for PAs in the United States.

Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) -
The national association for PA educators.

National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) -
Oversees the certification of PAs in the United States, including the PANCE certification exam.

Nebraska Academy of Physician Assistants (NAPA) -
The professional society for PAs in Nebraska.

Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) -
The national organization that accredits PA education programs in the United States.

Additional information

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