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Our professors are distinguished scholars, active researchers, published writers, and faithful Christians who demonstrate what it means to be both Christ-followers and leaders in their academic fields. As mentors and role models, they play a huge role in the integration of faith and learning at Bethel.

Program Directors & Lead Faculty

Wallace Boeve

Program Director | w-boeve@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: March 2012

Areas of expertise

Professional practice issues of physician assistants, physician assistant faculty job satisfaction, physician assistant reimbursement and legislative issues.


Gregory Ekbom

Director of Clinical Education | g-ekbom@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2012

Areas of expertise

Surgical oncology, with emphasis on diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer, general and vascular surgery, and GI endoscopy.

Cynthia Goetz

Assistant Professor | c-goetz@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2014

Areas of expertise

Family Medicine, Retail Medicine, Urgent Care, Bariatric Medicine and obesity issues/management, Professional practice issues of physician assistants.

Christy Hanson

Assistant Professor and Academic Coordinator | c-hanson@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2012

Areas of expertise

Family Medicine; Orthopedics, specializing in spine care; Urgent Care

Alicia Klein

Adjunct Professor | alk52326@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2016

Daniel Leafblad

Adjunct Assistant Professor and Medical Director of Physician Assistant Studies | d-leafblad@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2009

Areas of expertise

Infertility, minimally invasive endoscopic surgery, laser surgery

Lisa Naser

Assistant Professor | l-naser@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2014

Areas of expertise

Family practice with an emphasis on women's health, adolescent health and behavioral health, emergency medicine, and urgent care.

Jeanne Szarzynski

Assistant Professor | j-szarzynski@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2015

Teaching Specialty

Physician Assistant

Accreditation and Program Goals

The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the Bethel University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Bethel University.

Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program's ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding Accreditation-Provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students.

Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class.

Learn more about the PA program's accreditation, program goals, and Graduate Performance on Certification Exam.

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