Heather Heggem, Director of Physician Assistant Program/Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Studies, 406.657.1193,
Andrew Keating, Director of Communications, 406.657.1104,  

Thirty-six new physician assistants to receive white coats August 20 at RMC ceremony

BILLINGS, August 15, 2016 – Thirty-six students will complete 26 months of training and receive a master’s degree at Rocky Mountain College Saturday, August 20, as they receive the white coats that signify becoming a physician assistant. Program faculty will speak at the 10:00 a.m. ceremony in Losekamp Hall on the RMC campus.

Each graduate has completed more than a year of rigorous didactic classroom study and weekly exams, followed by 12 months of regional clinical rotations similar to those of a medical student. In the next month, they complete their PA national certifying exam, for which RMC students merited a pass rate of 97 percent over the last five years. 

“We are so excited to celebrate this amazing achievement with this outstanding class of 2016,” said RMC’s Director of Physician Assistant Studies Program Heather Heggem. “The mission of the Rocky Mountain College Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program (MPAS) is to educate primary care providers who embody a combination of academic talents of evidence-based medicine, clinical skills, and professionalism while providing compassionate healthcare services, particularly to those in rural and underserved areas of this region.”

“Our graduates distinguish themselves through an emphasis on patient safety and quality improvement,” Heggem added. “This particular class embodies the mission of Rocky Mountain College and patients will be fortunate to receive their care.”

The following graduates are listed alphabetically by last name.

Bankhead, Martha
Becker, Katherine
Bell, Stephanie
Binger, Jonathan
Bischoff, Steven
Cielinski, Christopher
Cushing, Thomas
Fields, Sommer
Henderson, Meagan
Gerstner, Elizabeth
Halbert, Amberly
Henderson, Gage
Hilsgen, Susan
Hodges, James
Hoffner, Hannah
Hollowell, Monica
Christner, Kelly
Luis, Laurene
Maher, Meagan
Mickelsen, Shaun
Mitchell, Ellen
Moore, Jamaica
Murphy, Mattie
Baumert, Kristin
O’Shea, Austin
Peterson, Natasha
Pratt, James
Ramsey, Alexander
Staebler, Kaitlin
Sanders, Darlene
Taylor, Andrew
Tebbs, Jacob
Van Boxtel, Bridget
Wenschlag, Rhea
Whisonant, Betsey
Wondercheck, Dustin