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Program Directors & Lead Faculty

Wallace Boeve

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

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

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

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

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

Infertility, minimally invasive endoscopic surgery, laser surgery

Lisa Naser

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

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

Chad Peterson

Adjunct Professor | petcha@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2013

Pharmacy practice, clinical pharmacy, medication access and transitions of care

Jeanne Szarzynski

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

Physician Assistant

Accreditation and Program Goals

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the Bethel University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Bethel University. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.

Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be September 2026. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.

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

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