Cora Peine, MPAS, PA-C

Assistant Professor


Cora Peine is a PA-C whose career is centered on providing Family Medicine to the people of St Paul; she enjoys caring for people of all ages, orientations, backgrounds and income levels. She brings this experience to the classroom and helps her students understand that being an excellent PA means many things, but understanding the patient's background is something that is often missed. With that in mind, she is especially interested in exposing students to diverse people.

Cora studied Latin American Area Studies at the University of Minnesota, Morris. She then graduated from Augsburg College with a Master's Degree in Physician Assistant Studies. She is a retired Captain from the United States Air Force, and served at the 133rd Medical Group as a medic and PA until 2015. There, she served with a specialized team of people who were trained to respond to chemical, biologic and radiologic disasters. She came to St Catherine University in 2014 and enjoys the challenge and rigor of teaching the integrated PA curriculum. While she teaches in most of the courses offered, she coordinates the Dermatology, ENT, Pulmonology, Genitourinary and Aging and Elderly courses during the didactic year. She is also interested in bringing material to class in a non-lecture format and integrating pharmacologic teaching in innovative ways. To maintain clinical relevance, she continues to work at United Family Medicine.

Cora's scholarship focuses on Community Engagement and innovative ways of teaching cultural diversity to PA students. She presented Integrating Community Engagement into a PA Curriculum at AAPA in 2016. She has mentored several quality improvement and student research projects, and is editing a book. Within the department, she serves on the admissions committee and worked to develop standards for faculty promotion. Service to the community includes speaking on a formal and informal basis to any community who wants a better understanding of health, disease and illness. She pioneered group diabetes visits at her clinic. She recently spoke with residents of a local apartment complex and consulted with childcare facilities about the risks of measles and the benefits of vaccination.

On a personal level, Cora and her family enjoy experiencing cultural diversity here and abroad; watching and playing sports; cooking, eating and reading together. Cora serves on a local elementary school's School Advisory Board. She is also bilingual in Spanish and English.

Master of Science, Physician Assistant Studies
Augsburg College, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2005

Bachelor of Arts, Latin American Area Studies
University of Minnesota, Morris, Minnesota, 2000

Physician Assistant, United Family Medicine, 2005–Present

Assistant Professor, St Catherine University, 2014–Present

Peine, C. (2015). "MPAS Service Learning in an Integrated Curriculum." Center for Work and Learning Spring Event