Christina Hanson Director, Physician Assistant program
Christina Hanson, MPAS PA-C, is the director of Northwestern's developing Master of Science in physician assistant studies program, which is expected to begin in May 2020. She has been a certified physician assistant since 2008, providing care at family practice, orthopedics, urology and urgent care clinics in three Minnesota communities. She was also a physician assistant professor at Bethel University in St. Paul, where she helped launch that program and participated in a successful accreditation process.
Hanson earned a doctorate in higher education leadership from Bethel University. She also has a Master of Science in physician assistant studies from Des Moines University's College of Health Science and a bachelor's degree in biology from Bethel.
Northwestern College has applied for Accreditation–Provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). Northwestern College anticipates matriculating its first class in May 2020, pending achieving Accreditation–Provisional status at the September 2019 ARC-PA meeting. 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. Should Northwestern College not receive Accreditation–Provisional, the program will not be permitted to start in May 2020.