Teresa Thetford, DHSc, MS, PA-C

Teresa Thetford, DHSc, MS, PA-C

Program Director,Clinical Associate Professor

Professional Interests

  • Primary Care Medicine
  • Improving Patient Safety and Healthcare Outcomes
  • Interprofessional Education
  • Decreasing healthcare disparities

Primary Professional Service/Affiliations

  • Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA)
  • American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA)
  • National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA)
  • Connecticut Academy of Physician Assistants (ConnAPA)
  • California Academy of Physician Assistants (CAPA)


  • Family Medicine
  • Emergency Medicine

Degrees and Certifications

    • DHSc (Doctor of Health Science), Leadership and Organizational Behavior, A.T. Still University.
    • M.S. (Masters of Science). Education and Leadership, A.T. Still University.
    • RNP (Registered Nurse Practitioner), California licensed.
    • B.S. (Bachelor of Science), Physician Assistant Studies, University of Southern California (USC).
    • A. A. (Associate of Arts) Registered Nurse, Riverside Community College, CA


    • National Board Certified Physician Assistant
    • Registered Nurse Practitioner

Teaching Responsibilities

    • PA 512 & 513 Diagnostic Medicine I/II
    • PA 514 Professional Practice
    • PA 521 Clinical Skills and Procedures
    • PA 522 Healthcare Delivery
    • PA 524 Clinical Integration
    • PA 603 Pediatrics
    • PA 610 Clinical Elective – Global Health
    • PA 612 Co-teach Masters Capstone
    • PA 613 Graduate Seminar

Research Interests and Grants

    • Interprofessional Education in Healthcare Professions
    • Improving Healthcare Access and Quality Care for the Medically Underprivileged
    • PA Education

Awards and Fellowships

    • Inspirational Speaker, Riverside County Regional Medical Center/Riverside Community College
    • Phi Kappa Phi International Academic Honor Society
    • Magna cum Laude, USC
    • Humanitarian Award, Riverside Community Hospital Emergency Dept. 

Publications and Presentations

Teresa Thetford

Contact Information

Office Location & Hours

  • Location:
    Physician Assistant Studies
    Tandet Building
    College of Health Professions
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