Master of Physician Assistant

The Hardin-Simmons University Physician Assistant Program is dedicated to academic excellence in medical education. Our mission is to develop compassionate PA leaders who are committed to lifelong learning and community service. Working together as part of a greater healthcare team, our graduates will deliver exceptional healthcare to patients in West Texas and worldwide.

Our goals are to:

  • Recruit outstanding PA students who will display a commitment to community service.
  • Prepare PA students for the practice of medicine as exemplified by maintaining a high pass rate on the national certifying examination and attainment of employment after graduation.
  • Provide training opportunities for PA students in rural and underserved medical arenas.

Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE) Results
Hardin-Simmons University’s PA Program intends to be fully compliant with Fair Practices regarding reporting of first-time pass rates on the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE). We will report in whole the most recent five-year, NCCPA published, first-time graduate performance results in a timely manner, as results are released to us from NCCPA. Because our program has not yet graduated its first class (inaugural class began August 2017 and will graduate December 2019), we have no data to currently report. Data is expected Spring 2020.

Contact Us

Bonnie Powell

Administrative Assistant to the PA Program Director 325-670-1702

Degrees

  • Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS)

Why earn a Master's in Physician Assistant at HSU?

Designated PA Labs

Our PA program his its own anatomy lab, not shared with other departments. That includes a private cadaver anatomy lab with full dissection capabilities.

Community Service

The PA Program curriculum requires 50 hours of community service. The students may volunteer in many different ways, including an annual medical mission trip. In spring 2018, the PA Dept., collaborating with Buckner International, went to Peru. We treated 714 people in 5 days. The trip wrapped up with a visit to Machu Picchu.

White Coat Ceremony

The White Coat Ceremony is a meaningful tradition to welcome Physician Assistant students into the profession. The students take their professional oath and invite family and friends to attend. This ceremony is typically held within the first few months of a new cohort school year.

Program Details

The Physician Assistant curriculum will be delivered on a full-time basis for a total of 27 months. Students will matriculate as a cohort (30 students) into a 12-month academic phase, followed by 13 months of clinical education. Final semester (2 months) is didactic.

Course #   Credit
Hours
Semester
Hours
YEAR ONE: DIDACTIC
Semester: Fall
PA 6402 Human Anatomy 4
PA 6404 Medical Interview and Physical Examination 4
PA 6206 Preventive Medicine & Patient Education 2
PA 6208 Introduction to Health Professions & PA Practice 2
PA 6310 Physiology & Pathophysiology I 3
PA 6112 Medical Ethics 1
PA 6214 Clinical Medicine I 2 18
Semester:  Spring
PA 6416 Clinical Medicine II 4  

 

 

PA 6312 Physiology & Pathophysiology II 3
PA 6218 Diagnostic Methods 2
PA 6220 Patient Assessment I 2
PA 6224 Pharmacology & Medical Therapeutics I 2
PA 6228 Behavioral Medicine 2
PA 6130 Cross Cultural Health 1
PA 6232 Clinical Laboratory Science 2
PA 6234 Research & Evidence-Based Medicine 2 20
Semester:  Summer
PA 6418 Clinical Medicine III 4  

 

 

 

15

PA 6226 Pharmacology & Medical Therapeutics II 2
PA 6222 Patient Assessment II 2
PA 6236 Care for Special Populations 2
PA 6538 Clinical Skills 5
YEAR TWO: CLINICAL

Clinical Rotations include:  5 weeks (5 credit hours each) in the following:  Family Medicine / Pediatrics / Women’s Health / Mental Health / Internal Medicine / General Surgery  / Emergency Medicine / Elective 1 / Elective 2  / Professional Development

Semester:  Fall                         
Clinical Rotations 1,2, & 3 15
Semester: Spring  
Clinical Rotations 4,5, & 6 15  
Semester:  Summer  
Clinical Rotations 7,8, & 9 15 45
 Semester:  Last Fall Prior to Graduation
Clinical Rotation 10 5
PA 6458 Professional Practice Preparation 4
PA 6362 Capstone 3
PA 6264 Health Policy, Billing, & Coding 2 14
     
  Year One:  Didactic Year Totals 53  

112 Hours

  Year Two:  Clinical Year  Totals 59

Prerequisites must be completed prior to matriculation.

Course Hours
Anatomy 4
Biology 8
Chemistry 4
English 3
Microbiology 4
Organic Chemistry 4
Psychology 3
Physiology 4
*Sociology 3
Statistics 3
Other Requirements
Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
GPA minimum 3.0
Science GPA minimum 3.0
GRE Required
Health Care Experience Recommended
PA Shadowing Recommended
Class Size 30
Program Length 27 months

*May accept additional 3 Hours of Psychology in place of Sociology.

Human A&P I and II will be accepted as long as they are taken at the same college/university consecutively.

Graduates of the Hardin-Simmons University Master of Physician Assistant program will be qualified to take the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE). Upon passing the PANCE, graduates may become practicing physician assistants.

The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the Hardin-Simmons University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Hardin-Simmons University.

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 PA Program makes every effort to keep costs reasonable for students. However, because the Program runs continuously for twenty-seven months, applicants must review their financial resources carefully and anticipate expenses realistically. During the clinical education phase, all students will, at times, be assigned to clinical sites outside of the immediate Abilene/Big Country area. The student is responsible for the costs related to out-of-area travel and housing, if applicable. The total tuition and fee cost of the Program is estimated at $71,030. This does not include living expenses and textbook/equipment costs. The estimates for these costs vary based on student choice of housing, family size, transportation/vehicle cost, technology related costs (computer, data, and mobile phone).

Program Tuition & Fees: 2018-2020

Tuition: $9,360/semester (block tuition) x 7 +

Fees: (per 2017-2018 Graduate Handbook)

  • Departmental Examination Fee (per semester) – $40
  • Departmental Laboratory Fee (per semester) – $80
  • General Fee (per semester) – $600
  • Student Insurance Fee – $20 per year (3 years)

Total University Fees (per semester) $740 x 7

Non-University Direct Student Fees:

  • Typhon Fee: $90 – one time
  • Medical Terminology: $129 – one time

Total Estimated Tuition & Fees: ~ $71,029.95.
Same for Resident & Non-Resident

*Note – Semester for the PA Program means 3 per year Spring, Summer, Fall (mini-mesters included).

Costs of books, equipment & living expenses will vary based on student choice/lifestyle. Electronic book options, purchase of used books, and/or equipment or rental of textbooks may offset costs.

  • Estimated textbook expenses: $397 – $1,043
  • Estimated equipment expenses: $900 – $1,200

In order to ensure that patients receive the best medical care possible, the faculty have identified certain skills and professional behaviors that are essential for successful progression of PA students in the Program. A student must possess skills and behaviors at a level of capability to perform a variety of duties required of a PA as a healthcare professional. Students with disabilities who can perform these skills and successfully execute professional behavior either unassisted, with dependable use of assistive devices, or by employing other reasonable accommodations are eligible to apply for enrollment in the Program.

Minimum performance standards include critical thinking, communication skills, observation skills, motor skills, and interpersonal abilities. These following descriptions define the capabilities that are necessary for an individual to successfully complete the Hardin-Simmons University Physician Assistant curriculum.

Intellectual Capability/Critical Thinking: The PA student must possess the intellectual, ethical, physical, and emotional capabilities required to undertake the full curriculum and to achieve the levels of competence in critical thinking and problem solving required to seek entry to the profession. The ability to solve problems, a skill that is critical to the practice of medicine, requires the intellectual abilities of measurement, calculation, reasoning, analysis, and synthesis. Students in the Program must be able to demonstrate these skills in working with patients, their families, and other members of the healthcare team. Intellectual abilities also encompass learning and retaining information and the ability to make decisions in a timely manner.

Communication Skills: The PA student must be able to effectively speak, to hear, and to observe patients in order to elicit information, describe changes in mood, activity and posture, and to perceive nonverbal communications. The student must be able to communicate attentively, effectively, sensitively and efficiently in oral, written, and electronic forms with other clinicians, families, and patients in order to make appropriate and timely responses.

Observation Skills: The PA student must be able to observe a patient accurately, both at a distance and close at hand.  Students must possess sufficient visual, auditory, and tactile sensation to receive appropriate information in the classroom, laboratory, and other educational and clinical settings.  Sensation must be satisfactory to receive verbal and nonverbal communications from patients and others, and to perform inspection, auscultation and palpation techniques during the physical examination.

Motor Skills: The PA student should have sufficient strength and coordination to perform the activities required of a Physician Assistant.  The student should have sufficient motor coordination to move about patient care environments and sufficient dexterity to use common medical instruments.  Students must have sufficient stamina to sit, stand, and move within classroom, laboratory, examination rooms, treatment rooms and operating rooms for long periods of time. Students must also be able to calibrate and use large and small equipment and execute movements required for moving patients, positioning patients, and providing care to patients routinely and in emergency settings. Typical lifting requirement is a minimum of 50 lbs. unassisted.

Interpersonal Abilities: The PA student must possess the ability to establish and maintain appropriate professional relationships.  The student must possess the emotional health required for full utilization of his or her intellectual abilities, the exercise of good judgment, the prompt completion of all responsibilities required for the diagnosis and care of patients, to be compassionate, empathetic, responsible, and tolerant toward patients, families and colleagues. This also includes the ability to prioritize competing demands and function in stressful circumstances.

What is Hardin-Simmons University’s program accreditation status?
The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the Hardin-Simmons University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Hardin-Simmons University.
* 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.

Does Hardin-Simmons University have a supplemental application?
HSU does not require a supplemental application.

What does Rolling Admissions mean?
Rolling admissions means that interviews are being conducted and admission decisions being made while applications are still being accepted. Our process is specifically designed so that the class does not fill up prior to the application deadline or conclusion of interview cycle. The alternative is a lock-step admissions process, in which all interviews are conducted after the application closes and all decisions are made after all interviews have been completed.

When do most applicants submit their application?
The CASPA application opens in April. Placing a higher priority on submitting an application by an early date at the expense of quality and accuracy is not recommended. Applicants are advised to ensure their application presents the best representation they can put forth. It is generally good practice to submit all required application materials at least six weeks before the application deadline in case any issues arise. We require all CASPA applications to be verified.  The verification process can take up to six weeks.  We do not review applications until verified by CASPA.  All applications must be listed as “verified” in CASPA by the deadline to be considered.

How do I know if the courses I took meet the program’s prerequisite criteria?
TRANSCRIPTS WILL NOT BE REVIEWED PRIOR TO AN INTERVIEW. Should you receive an interview your transcript will be reviewed at that time. All prerequisites must be completed prior to matriculation.

How can I make my application stand out from the rest?
Applications are holistically reviewed, meaning all elements are considered for eligible applications that meet our minimum overall GPA requirement of at least a 3.0 and a Science GPA of 3.0. In addition to previous academic performance and pre-admission clinical experience, these include: personal statement, letters of recommendation, PA shadowing experience, volunteer or community service backgrounds, leadership experiences, GRE scores, etc. Competitive applicants stand out by being able to speak to each of these categories.

Can I send additional letters of recommendation, beyond those included in CASPA?
No, only three letters of recommendation included in the CASPA application submission are required. Additional letters of recommendation sent directly to the program will not be considered as part of your application.   

What are the factors that affect your admissions decisions?
We consider the following factors in making admission decisions: academic transcript review, GPA, GRE score, clinical experience (including level of responsibility and number of hours), shadowing experience, personal statement, references, volunteer hours, leadership and your interview performance.

Who are members of the Admissions Committee and who makes the final decision?
The Admissions Committee consists of the PA program faculty and staff.  Final admission decisions are made by the PA program director and PA program core faculty.  Interviews are conducted by PA Faculty and community health care providers.

What GRE Code should be used?
All GRE scores must be submitted to CASPA for your application to be considered complete.  When requesting official GRE Scores, use School/Institution Code “7453” for the HSU PA Program.

How should Volunteer hours be entered if they are Patient Care Experience?
Any experience that includes direct-patient clinical hours should be entered in the Patient Care section of the CASPA. For each entry, select the appropriate option for whether the experience was paid or unpaid. Volunteer patient care experiences should not be ‘double listed’ in the Volunteer section.

Does it matter what your academic major is from undergrad?
No. Applications are reviewed holistically and no specific academic major is preferred from undergraduate or graduate school experiences. Because the PA Program is a professional health science graduate program, previous coursework in the sciences is expected and grades should be competitive.

Is there a preference for residents of the state of Texas?
No. Hardin-Simmons University is a private university, and no preference is given for applicants residing in the state of Texas; however, local and HSU graduate applicants who fulfill our mission may be given priority admission.  Tuition is the same for in state and out of state students.

Is the GRE waived for any applicant, even with a Master’s or advanced degree?
No. Regardless of any past academic experiences, achievements, or degrees, the GRE is not waived.

Can I use GRE scores submitted for a previous graduate program?
Yes. Official GRE scores can be submitted to CASPA as long as they are still valid. Scores are valid for five years from the test date. This would not be affected by previous graduate work or score submissions to other schools.

Can the MCAT substitute for the GRE?
No. The GRE is a required part of the application. Other graduate-level standardized tests cannot be used as substitutes, including the MCAT or GMAT.

Can I apply before I complete all the prerequisites?
Yes.  When completing your CASPA application, include courses in progress and coursework planned in the appropriate fields to alert us to your plans. If you are accepted into the Program before you complete the required coursework, your acceptance will be on provisional status until records of your coursework and/or graduation are received. No student will be allowed to matriculate into the Program if prerequisite requirements are not met. Because of the various factors considered in selecting applicants, you are encouraged to complete the majority of prerequisites before applying.

If I took a prerequisite course 5, 10, even 35 years ago, will you still accept that? 
Yes.  We do not impose an expiration date on coursework, prerequisite or otherwise; however, more recent Science academic work is encouraged.

I need to go back to school to finish a few prerequisites. Can I take courses at a community college? 
Yes. We accept prerequisites from a regionally-accredited institution of higher-learning.  Prerequisites may also be taken online at a regionally-accredited institution.

Can prerequisites be waived or tested out of with CME or CEU credit? 
Prerequisites cannot be waived for the Hardin-Simmons University PA Program. No prerequisite can be waived due to previous academic, life, or field experiences. Prerequisites can be completed at any regionally-accredited institution of higher learning. College credit must be earned and displayed on transcripts for prerequisites. Prerequisites cannot be satisfied through Continuing Medical Education or Continuing Education Unit credit.

What is your policy regarding Advanced Placement?
Hardin-Simmons University PA Program does not grant advanced placement in their PA Program to any matriculating student.  No previous coursework will substitute for any PA courses and the program must be completed in totality.

Does HSU PA Program accept AP or CLEP for prerequisites
Yes. If a regionally accredited college/university has granted AP or CLEP credit for a course and it is displayed on the student transcript.

How often are students admitted during the calendar year?
The Hardin-Simmons University PA Program enrolls 30 students once per year into its full-time program in August.  There is no part-time option.

Can I work full time and still be a PA student in your program?
No. This is a full-time program with classes during regular business hours.  Employment of PA students by the Program itself is strictly prohibited.

Is a background check required?
Yes.  Accepted students are subject to a criminal background check preceding and during orientation. Should the background check yield any criminal information, the offer of admission may be revoked.

Do you accept transfer students, or provide credit for experiential learning?
No. The PA Program does not accept transfer students from other PA Programs and all students must have a bachelor’s degree prior to starting the PA Program. The PA Program does not allow course credit for experiential learning.

Can I apply if I have not yet completed my undergraduate degree? 
Yes. You can begin to apply in your senior year of college, provided that you successfully graduate by the time of the PA program’s start date in August. You must have obtained your Bachelor’s degree prior to matriculation into the program and completed all prerequisite coursework successfully.

Is working with or shadowing PAs required for admission?
It is strongly recommended that you document either working with or shadowing a PA. Working with or shadowing PAs will give you an understanding of the role PAs play on the health care team. It is to your advantage to have shadowing experience with PAs prior to applying to PA school. The more PA contact experience hours you have, the more competitive your application file.

Does the PA Program offer applicant assistance in finding clinical work or shadowing experience?
No, due to a high volume of applicants, we cannot offer assistance to candidates looking for clinical experience.  Once a student is admitted into the program our Clinical Team assigns the clinical rotation schedules.

Once I submit all of my application materials, how long before I hear if I will receive an interview?
It can take several months after submitting your application to be notified of your interview status.

Can I send my application materials directly to the program?
No. All application materials must be submitted directly through CASPA. Contact CASPA at http://paeaonline.org/caspa/ with questions regarding their application process.  It is not necessary to send transcripts, GRE scores, or other documentation directly to HSU unless you are accepted into the program.

Where are clinical rotation sites located?
We offer our students a wide variety of experiences in various types of clinical settings, including hospitals, small and medium size clinics, private offices and rural opportunities.  Our clinical team assigns those locations with input from each accepted student.

Does Hardin-Simmons University offer a Bachelor’s degree in Physician Assistant?
No. Our program is an entry-level Master’s program. You must have a bachelor’s degree prior to matriculation into the program; however, HSU provides many high quality undergraduate degree options to prepare students for the PA Program.

How often do classes begin?
We admit one class of students each year. Classes will start in August of each year and new students cannot enroll in the program once the class has started. Mandatory orientation will be held the week before school starts.

What is the cost of tuition?
Tuition and fees for the 27-month PA Program is approximately $68,000-$70,000.  This information is updated on our website yearly.   We do offer block tuition and the cost of your tuition does not change during the course of the 27 months you are enrolled.

If I took coursework or obtained my degree from a foreign University, will it be accepted?
According to 19 Texas Administrative Code § 5.7, academic work taken at foreign colleges, universities, or preparatory schools shall be excluded from the calculation of the GPA for students seeking admission to graduate or post-baccalaureate professional school.  Undergraduate foreign coursework that appears as transfer credit on the transcript of a regionally accredited U.S. college will count.  Prerequisites taken at a foreign college or university will need to undergo credential evaluation through WES (World Education Services).  The bachelor degree requirement must be granted from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university.  Regional accreditation is the highest available form of accreditation.  There are only 7 USDE-recognized regional accreditation agencies (as listed below).

Jennifer Eames MPAS, DHSc, PA-C
Physician Assistant Program Director/Associate Professor

Dr. Jennifer Eames is an Associate Professor and Program Director for the Physician Assistant Program at Hardin-Simmons University.  She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Physician Assistant Studies and her Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Nebraska with a concentration in Infectious Disease. Dr. Eames also obtained her Doctoral Degree in Health Science from Nova Southeastern University to further her career as a PA educator. She has practiced clinically for more than 16 years in gastroenterology, family medicine, and infectious disease. Dr. Eames later served as a faculty member, the Admissions Director, and Vice-Chair of the Physician Assistant Program at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston prior to moving to Abilene to found the new PA program at Hardin-Simmons University. As a published author in both educational and professional journals, she is passionate about educating the next generation of physician assistants. She is also passionate about serving her fellow man and has participated in mission trips to the Texas-Mexico border multiple times and traveled to Central and South America for service learning experiences with her PA and Medical students. Dr. Eames serves on committees and councils at both the state and national level for PAs including being the current Treasurer for the Texas Academy of Physician Assistants and one of twelve educators nationally to write the prestigious Physician Assistant Clinical Knowledge Rating Assessment Tool (PACKRAT) exam – given to thousands of PA Students each year across the country. For leisure, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband and two adult children.

Clay Bulls MPAS, PA-C
Assistant Professor

Photo of a professor.Clay Bulls, of Abilene, is a Physician Assistant who specializes in Hospital Medicine, working for groups such as for Shumacher Hospitalist Group at Abilene Regional Medical Center and as a PA in Internal Medicine for Abilene Physician Group. He is a member of the Texas Academy of Physician Assistants and the American Academy of Physician Assistants. He holds a Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) in Hospital Medicine from the NCCPA. He received his bachelor’s degree from McMurry University, and is a graduate of the Wake Forest University School of Medicine Physician Assistant program. He completed his Master of Physician Assistant Studies Degree from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.He currently serves as a member of the Texas Physician Assistant Board after being appointed in 2015 by Governor Greg Abbott. Mr. Bulls is an Assistant Professor for the Hardin-Simmons University Physician Assistant Program.

Dr. Kathryn Norton
Medical Director, Assistant Professor

Photo of Kathryn NortonDr. Norton was raised in Abilene, and graduated from Cooper High School in 1990. Her father has cared for patients in the Abilene community since 1976 and it is her goal to carry on the tradition. She attended Schreiner College and graduated with a BA in Biology in 1994. She then attended the medical school at Texas Tech Health Sciences Center in Lubbock and graduated with her Doctor of Medicine degree in 1998. She completed her general surgery residency at Louisiana Health Science Center in Shreveport, LA in 2004. She has continued her education, obtaining an MBA from Texas Tech in 2007. Most recently she has completed Genetics training through the City of Hope. She has a private practice performing many surgeries, but her passion is the treatment and care of breast cancer patients.

Dr. Norton is married with 2 wonderful children. She loves the community of Abilene and looks forward to raising her family here and taking care of the people of this community.

Tina Butler MPAS, PA-C
Academic Director, Assistant Professor

Tina Butler is the Academic Director for the Hardin-Simmons University Physician Assistant Program. She graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas Physician Assistant Program in 1998, and obtained her Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies, with an emphasis in Cardiology, from the University of Nebraska in 2007. Mrs. Butler has practiced clinically as a PA for over 20 years in cardiology, urgent care and family medicine. Previously Mrs. Butler served as a faculty member and Admissions Chair for the Texas Tech University Physician Assistant Program. Mrs. Butler serves on multiple committees at both the state and national level. She has been on the Board of Directors for the Texas Academy of Physician Assistants for the past 10 years, and served as President from 2017-18. Mrs. Butler is a published author in both educational and professional journals and has presented numerous occasions at CME conferences. Mrs. Butler also writes for the Physician Assistant Education Association Rotation Exam Review Committee under the Internal/Family Medicine section. For relaxation, Mrs. Butler enjoys reading and spending time with her husband of 18 years and their two children.

Kathy Robinson MPAS, PA-C
Assistant Professor

Mrs. Kathy Robinson is an Assistant Professor with the Hardin-Simmons University Physician Assistant Program.  She attended Angelo State University earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.  She graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch –Galveston with a Master of Physician Assistant Studies.  Her work experience includes administrative and managerial positions with financial planning, life/health insurance, and a non-profit, charitable medical clinic.  She has medical practice experience in psychiatry, allergy, asthma, and otolaryngology in both rural and urban settings.

Mrs. Robinson is interested in the role of technology in the practice of medicine, medical ethics, and behavioral medicine.  She is a member of the Texas Academy of Physician Assistants, American Academy of Physician Assistants, and the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities.  She currently serves as a grant and scholarship reviewer for several local and national organizations and serves on the Membership Committee for the Texas Academy of Physician Assistants.

Bonnie Powell
Administrative Assistant/Admissions Coordinator

Bonnie started her career with Hardin-Simmons University in March 2008. She began in Enrollment Services as the Admissions Coordinator. She worked in that position for 7 years before moving to the Physician Assistant Program in October 2015. She is the Administrative Assistant to the PA Director and Admissions Coordinator. Bonnie grew up in Ranger Texas, but has lived in the Abilene/Hawley area since 1989. She has two sons, Brody (HSU graduate ’13, ’15, ’16) and Spencer, a daughter, Rylee (currently attending HSU), two daughter-in-laws, Christian and Charis and grand-daughter, Emmalyn. Bonnie attends Beltway Park Church. She served on the Hawley ISD School Board for 6 years. Bonnie enjoys traveling, concerts, and spending time with her family.

Amy Davison
Clinical Administrative Coordinator

Amy Davison came to Hardin-Simmons University in 2006. She has worked in Enrollment Services, The Kelley College of Business and her latest roll was the Director of Graduate Student Services. She currently serves as the Clinical Administrative Coordinator. Amy has a true passion for students and watching them grow in their academic journey. Amy is originally from Oklahoma, but has been in the Abilene area for the last 14 years. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and has a deep love for animals. Amy and her family are active members at Beltway Park Baptist Church.

Barbara Quillin
Director of Clinical Education, Assistant Professor

Barbara Quillin is Director of Clinical Education for the Hardin-Simmons University Physician Assistant Program. She graduated from the Texas A & M University-College Station with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology. She graduated from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio’s (now UT Health-San Antonio) Physician Assistant Studies program in 2004 earning her Bachelor’s degree. In 2008, she earned her Master’s degree from University of Texas-Pan American (now UT Rio Grande Valley). Ms. Quillin has practiced clinically in family medicine, emergency medicine as well as a mobile urgent care. Previously Ms. Quillin served as a faculty member, Admissions Chair, and Program Director as well as Interim Chair for UT Health Science Center in San Antonio’s PA program. She has also been a Visiting Professor at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY. Ms. Quillin has an interest in rural health as well as underserved medical care. She volunteered in a mobile medical clinic for the uninsured in rural South Texas for 5 years. She has served on committees at the state and national levels. She is also passionate about educating the future generations of PA students. In her spare time, Ms. Quillin enjoys spending time with her husband and her seven pups.

Clay Bulls MPAS, PA-C
Clay was appointed by Governor Greg Abbott, in 2015, to serve as a member of the Texas Physician Assistant Board.

Tina Butler MPAS, PA-C
Tina was the 2017-’18 President of the Texas Academy of Physician Assistants.

Jennifer Eames DHSc, PA-C
Jennifer is currently serving as Treasurer for the Texas Academy of Physician Assistants and elected delegate to the American Academy of Physician Assistant House of Delegates.

Barbara Quillin MPAS, PA-C
Barbara was awarded “Outstanding PA Educator of the Year” by the Texas Academy of Physician Assistants in 2015.