Virginia L. Valentin, DrPH, PA-C

Chief, Division of Physician Assistant Program


  • English

Academic Information

  • Departments: Family & Preventive Medicine - Associate Professor (Lecturer)
  • Divisions: Physician Assistant Program

Board Certification

  • National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants

Academic Bio

Virginia L. Valentin, DrPH, PA-C is an Associate Professor and Chief of the Division Physician Assistant studies. Dr. Valentin received her a Doctorate of Public Health with a focus in epidemiology from the University of Kentucky in 2017, a Master’s in PA Studies from Barry University in 2007, a BS in Psychology from the University of Utah in 2001 and graduated from Weber State University’s nursing program in 1999.

Dr. Valentin is passionate about PA education, administration, advocacy and research. She brings nearly two decades of clinical experience to her teaching. As an instructor for the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) Faculty Skills 101 workshops she is honored to educate new PA educators from all around the United States.

Dr. Valentin has years of advocacy experience at the state and national level. She was actively involved in the Kentucky Academy of Physician Assistants for six years as the president, past president and legislative committee member. She was integral to increasing PA scope of practice in Kentucky. She was also actively involved at the national level as a member of the PAEA Government Relations and External Affairs Council from 2014-2018.

Dr. Valentin brings her passion for research to the students and faculty as she works to build a culture of research in PA education. As the Director of Graduate studies, she works with the PA students on community-engaged research projects with underserved populations. Her goal is for all PA faculty and students to engage in research that builds the knowledge of the PA profession and/or improves patient outcomes. She currently serves on the PAEA Research Mission Advancement Commission.

From Oregon to Florida to Kentucky, Virginia has had the privilege of living in variety of diverse communities and is pleased to call the Beehive state her home. Outside of work she enjoys travel and spending time with her husband and daughter.

Research Statement

Virginia L. Valentin, DrPH, PA-C research interests include PA workforce and understanding the utilization of PAs and barriers to PAs providing patient care. Her work thus far has focus on improving patient outcomes and patient access to care through identification of patient, provider and contextual barriers (e.g. organizational and regulatory) to care. Her interests also include medical education with a particular interest in disparities and barriers to success for both students and faculty.

Education History

Type School Degree
Doctoral Training University of Kentucky
Graduate Training Barry University
Physician Assistant Studies
Undergraduate University of Utah
Professional Nursing Weber State University