Faulkner University Physician Assistant Studies

Pending SACSCOC Accreditation

Allied Health careers are rapidly expanding in the United States and in Alabama. According to current estimates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 16 of the top 30 fastest growing occupations are in health-related fields. Specifically, Physician Assistant employment is expected to grow five times faster than average through 2026, with a national employment change of 37.3%.

There are projected to be over 39,000 new jobs for Physician Assistants (PAs) over the next ten years. And, in 2018,  the median annual salary was $108,610 and is expected to continue to increase! (BLS Employment Projections.) Likewise, state data indicates a comparable growth rate (36.7%) for PAs. (Alabama Rate of Job Growth.)

The vision of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies is to earn a reputation as one of the leading contributors to the field of healthcare by graduating outstanding Physician Assistants, developing distinguished faculty members, and serving the local community by providing increased access to quality medical providers.

The mission of the Faulkner University Physician Assistant program is to train competent and caring medical professionals, in a Christian environment, to address the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs of individuals in the communities where they live and work.

In order to fulfill our mission and achieve our vision, the PAS program has set the following goals:

1. Prepare students to become clinicians with the knowledge and skills to competently manage diverse patient populations.

2. Instill an appreciation of and desire for lifelong learning.

3. Teach students to apply the principles of evidenced-based medicine to every patient.

4. Train and graduate students with the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve a first time pass rate on the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE) at or above the national average.

5. Produce competent practitioners, as evidenced by an employment rate within one year of graduation above 90%.

Contact Us

Phone: 334-386-7450
Email: pjordan@faulkner.edu

To Apply:

Prospective students are required to submit applications through Faulkner University and CASPA.

Faculty and Staff Bios

Director Physician Assistant Program
Paul M. Jordan, M.D., FAAFP is a Family Medicine specialist who practiced in Orange County, California for over twenty-five years prior to coming to Faulkner University to develop the new Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant Studies program.  Dr. Jordan is a native of southern California.  After graduating Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Cal State University at Long Beach, he completed his medical school training at the University of Southern California in 1985.  Postgraduate training included an internship and residency in Family Practice, followed by four years active duty in the U.S. Air Force.

Dr. Jordan has been working with Physician Assistants since 1988.  His passion for teaching started in 1990 when he served as full-time faculty for two years at the Family Practice Residency Program at R. L. Thompson Strategic Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas.  After his honorable discharge from the Air Force in 1992, Dr. Jordan joined a thriving Family Medicine group in Yorba Linda, California.

Dr. Jordan is extremely active with church, family, and community commitments including having served as an elder at the Yorba Linda Church of Christ; serving as Chief of Staff at Placentia-Linda Hospital (2003-2006); and at various times in his career serving as Medical Director of Physician’s Care of California, Board Member of the Orange County Medical Association’s Member Services Board, Medical Director of the Mesotherapy Institute of Technology, and holding clinical faculty positions at the University of California Irvine Medical School, Western University, and Marshall B. Ketchum University.



The College of Health Sciences at Faulkner University has applied for Accreditation – Provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). The College of Health Sciences at Faulkner University anticipates matriculating its first class in October 2020, pending achieving Accreditation – Provisional status at the June 2020 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.