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Physician Assistant Program

College of Health Sciences

Bethel's physician assistant studies program graduates go on to be compassionate healthcare professionals who practice medicine within an ethical framework grounded in Christian principles.

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Welcome to the Bethel University Physician Assistant Program (BUPAP). We have developed an innovative and comprehensive curriculum that will maximize your learning experience as a physician assistant student. BUPAP will confer a Master of Science degree in physician assistant studies upon completion of the 27-month educational program. Our program consists of 12 months of didactic education and 15 months of clinical experience.

Information Sessions

The BUPAP hosts information sessions four times a year in March, May, June, and August.

2024 Information Session Dates:

  • Thursday, March 7
  • Friday, May 17
  • Wednesday, June 12
  • Tuesday, August 6

All information sessions begin at 10:00 AM Central Standard Time and will be held virtually, via Zoom. These sessions are designed to present general information about our PA Program and the Physician Assistant profession.

If you are interested in attending, please complete the registration form and email it to

Questions and RSVPs should be sent to the Admissions Coordinator at

Accreditation Status

At its March 2024 meeting, the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA) placed the Bethel University – TN Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Bethel University on Accreditation-Probation status until its next review in March 2026.

Probation accreditation is a temporary accreditation status initially of not less than two years. However, that period may be extended by the ARC-PA for up to an additional two years if the ARC-PA finds that the program is making substantial progress toward meeting all applicable standards but requires additional time to come into full compliance. Probation accreditation status is granted, at the sole discretion of the ARC-PA, when a program holding an accreditation status of Accreditation - Provisional or Accreditation - Continued does not, in the judgment of the ARC-PA, meet the Standards or when the capability of the program to provide an acceptable educational experience for its students is threatened.

Once placed on probation, a program that fails to comply with accreditation requirements in a timely manner, as specified by the ARC-PA, may be scheduled for a focused site visit and is subject to having its accreditation withdrawn.

Specific questions regarding the Program and its plans should be directed to the Program Director and/or the appropriate institutional official(s).

The program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website at

Student Society (SAAAPA)

The mission of the Student Academy of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (SAAAPA) is to foster the personal and professional development of physician assistant students, encourage educational excellence, and advocate for student and professional issues.

The purpose of the society shall be to serve as the official organization for the students to promote academic achievement, clinical excellence, the physician assistant as a member of the health care delivery team.

For more information about the PA Program Student Society, call (731) 407-7663.

Contact Us

The PA Program Office is located at the address below, adjacent to the Henry County Medical Center Diagnostic Center and across Tyson Avenue from the Henry County Medical Center in Paris, Tennessee, approximately 18 miles north of the Bethel University main campus in McKenzie, Tennessee.

PA Program
Paris Campus, Bethel University
302B Tyson Avenue, Paris, TN 38242
(731) 407-7650

Meet the Faculty and Staff

Please feel free to reach out to any of our faculty or staff with questions. We're here to help.

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Professional Licensure

Please note that the Bethel University Physician Assistant Program meets the requirements for professional licensure in Tennessee, as well as all states recognizing our accredited program.