Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies Faculty and Staff

The MSPAS program is in development, with commitment to hire experienced educators who are dedicated to our relationship-based and patient centered curriculum. Please return for updates.

Dean of the School of Education and Health Sciences

Dr. Marci J. Swede, Ph.D. Professor of Health Sciences

  • NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, Molecular Biology and Genetics. Washington University, in St. Louis, MO.
  • PhD, Genetics and Biochemistry. Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • BA, Biology. Brandeis University, Waltham, MA.

Chairperson, Department of Medical Sciences

Dr. Mary E. Groll, MD MS. Professor of Health Sciences

  • University of Chicago, Pediatrics Residency (Board Certified in Pediatrics)
  • MD, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago IL. Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Society.
  • MS, Microbiology. Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL.
  • BA, Honors in Biology, Cum Laude. Knox College, Galesburg, IL.
  • Specialty: Pediatrics, Infectious Disease

Program Director

Dr. Thomas Meersman, PA-C, DHSc. Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Studies NCCPA Certified

  • DHSc, A.T. Stills University. Mesa, AZ. Highest Honors
  • MMS, Midwestern University. Downers Grove, IL.
  • BS, Kinesiology. Indiana University, Bloomington IN.
  • Specialty: Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine

Principal Faculty

Dr. Tiffany Delane, PhD, PA-C, EMT-P. Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Studies NCCPA Certified

  • PhD, Walden University, Minneapolis, MN.
  • MS, A.T. Stills University, Mesa, AZ.
  • BA, Hampton University, Hampton, VA.
  • Nationally Registered / Licensed Paramedic, Loyola University Medical Center
  • Specialty: Public Health, Emergency Medicine

Principal Faculty

Ericka L. Stoor-Burning, MS, PA-C, Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Studies NCCPA Certified

  • DHSc, A.T. Stills University. Kirksville, MO. (Anticipated Graduation May 2021)
  • MS, Philadelphia University. Philadelphia, PA.
  • BS, Philadelphia University. Philadelphia, PA.
  • Specialty: General Surgery, Trauma Surgery and Acute Care

Principal Faculty

Dr. Timothy Woods, PhD. Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Studies

  • NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders (NIDCD). University of California Davis, Davis, CA.
  • PhD, Biological Sciences, in the Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology. University of California, Irvine, CA.
  • AB, Psychology. Princeton University, Princeton, NJ.

Medical Director

Dr. Ashwani Garg, MD. Clinical Associate Professor of Physician Assistant Studies

  • Fellowship in Integrative Medicine. University of Arizona. Tucson, AZ. Fall 2021
  • Faculty Development Certificate. University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. Chicago, IL.
  • Family Medicine Residency, Hinsdale Hospital. (Board Certified in Family Medicine)
  • MD, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Chicago, IL.
  • BS, Biomedical Engineering. Northwestern University, Evanston IL.
  • Specialty: Family Medicine, Lifestyle Medicine

Program Coordinator

Ms. Rebecca Mitchell

  • BS, Business Administration. Valparaiso University. Valparaiso, IN.

Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (P.A.) Program


The North Central College Master's Degree Physician Assistant program will prepare our diverse students to become competent medical providers who deliver humane, patient and relationship-centered primary care in collaboration with healthcare professionals while developing future leaders committed to community service, life-long learning and advancement of the PA profession. 

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