Gretchen Tighe, MPAS, PA-C

Assistant Professor and Curriculum CoordinatorMaster of Science in Physician Assistant Studies Program
Office Phone 515-271-1612
  • Master 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
  • National 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
Awards and honors

2008 – Iowa Physician Assistant of the Year

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

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