Gretchen Tighe
Position Assistant Professor and Curriculum Coordinator - Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies
EducationMaster of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska
Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, Iowa State University, Ames. Iowa, Minor coursework in Child Development
CertificationsNational Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants
American Red Cross – Disaster Instructor
Emergency Medical Services Instructor – Iowa Department of Public Health and Bureau of Emergency Medical Services

Area of Expertise

Clinical Practice:

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Neurosurgery
  • Family Practice
  • Iowa Disaster Medical Assistance Team Member
  • American Red Cross Volunteer 


  • Emergency Medicine
  • Cardiology/EKG
  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Disaster Life Support
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support
  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Clinical Skills
  • Physical Diagnosis
  • Medical Genetics
  • Infectious Disease
  • Gastroenterology
  • Respiratory
  • Endocrine
  • Neurology
  • Pediatrics
  • Clinical Patient Assessment – SPALs
  • Graduate Projects
  • Clinical Medicine – COM
Professional Organizations, Committees and Boards
  • American Academy of Physician Assistants
  • Iowa Physician Assistant Society
  • Physician Assistant Education Association
  • National Disaster Life Support Education Consortium (NDLSEC) Member



  • Iowa Disaster Medical Assistance Team 2003 – Present

  • American Red Cross 2005 – Present

  • School Physicals – various area communities


  • Jump Start School Physicals
  • Textbook Reviewer – Basic Disaster Life Support Textbook


  • DMU Desire2Learn Implementation Committee

  • DMU Educational Resources Committee

  • CHS Curriculum Committee

  • PA Curriculum Committee


Sleep Deprivation: Risk factor for the Development of Diabetes Mellitus


Using the Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP®) and Clubhouse Model to educate Faculty and students about mental illness and community based approaches to holistic treatment

Awards and honors

2008 - Iowa Physician Assistant of the Year

2012 - Des Moines University, Physician Assistant Program Clinical Faculty Award