Stand Out with Northwestern

Stand out as a healthcare professional who practices with integrity and compassion. Experience exceptional hands-on and faith-informed learning, strong support in a smaller cohort, and robust medical preparation in a rural setting. 

Academic excellence

You want to become an excellent physician assistant and develop the skillset to work with any healthcare team as soon as you graduate. At Northwestern College, you will learn evidence-based medicine through a module curriculum organized by body systems for more effective learning. You will develop your critical thinking skills and apply what you're learning to case scenarios and hands-on opportunities throughout the program.

Faith and purpose

Our intentionally faith-based program allows you to examine how your own faith informs your work as a PA and how faith will inform your patients. Learn how to be a practitioner who practices with a holistic approach to medical care, understanding how mind, body and soul connect in your medical care. Grow in your sense of purpose to lead a faithful life. 


Supportive cohort and faculty

As a PA, you will work as a vital member of a healthcare team. At Northwestern, we want you to develop your gifts as a leader and teammate to become an effective practitioner and colleague. You will be part of an intentionally smaller cohort. You will support each other, work as a collaborative team and experience a strong mentorship program.

Rural benefits

Learning through the lens of rural medicine allows you to have a more robust scope of knowledge to care for your patients. Providers in rural areas are typically primary care physicians who serve patients with a wide variety of healthcare needs. Northwestern's unique rural setting allows you to gain experience with more than may be possible in a metropolitan area. You can also gain experience in larger healthcare systems through your preceptorships. You will be prepared to pursue your career in any location or specialty. 


The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the Northwestern College Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Northwestern College

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