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Chatham University

Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) Faculty and Staff

Susan Hawkins MSEd., PA-C

Susan Hawkins

Professor, PBL Coordinator
Hometown : Bethlehem, PA
Joined Chatham : 1995

Academic Areas of Interest

Problem-Based Learning in physician assistant education Test anxiety in graduate students Interprofessional Education

Personal Areas of Interest

Gardening, movies, books, bicycling


Susan Hawkins has been a physician assistant since 1981, with clinical experience in the areas of General, Cardiothoracic and OB/GYN surgery. As one of the founding faculty of the Chatham University PA program, she aided in the development of the problem-based learning curriculum at Chatham. She was also a founding faculty member of the Duquesne University PA program, helping to design their lecture-based curriculum and serving as Clinical Coordinator. At Chatham, she serves as the Problem-Based Learning Coordinator, heading the Essentials for the Physician Assistant course. She does PBL training for P.A. and other allied health programs around the country and serves on the ARC-PA Accreditation team for the PA Profession. Her research interest centers on student evaluation in problem-based learning settings, and she has made many presentations at national PA conferences on this research, as well as being published in the Journal of Physician Assistant Education. Her B.A. is from Carnegie-Mellon University, she completed her MS Ed Program at Duquesne University, and her Associate Degree in Physician Assistant from the CCAC Program.


  • MSEd., Duquesne University (Pittsburgh, PA) 1996