Donna DeGracia, MPAS, PA-C

Assistant Professor, Curriculum Coordinator


Donna DeGracia is a physician assistant with a background in family practice and urgent care. She has worked in a variety of clinical settings including several community clinics serving immigrant and refugee and other underserved populations. Her undergraduate education was in art and international studies followed by time in the Peace Corps where she developed an interest in teaching and health care, especially global health.

She obtained her certificate in physician assistant certificate from Wake Forest University and then her master’s degree in physician assistant studies from the University of Nebraska. Her master’s research project focused on barriers to health care faced by minority populations in the Twin Cities. She was involved in PA education for 11 years prior to joining the faculty at St. Kate’s

Donna joined St. Catherine University first as a consultant to help develop the PA curriculum in 2010, and then as the Curriculum Coordinator in 2011.

Master of Physician Assistant Studies
University of Nebraska, Omaha, Nebraska, 2002

Certificate in Physician Assistant Studies
Bowman Gray School of Medicine of the Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, 1977

Bachelor of Arts, International Studies – East Asia
Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, 1972

Donna DeGracia has been the recipient of the PA Foundation Global Outreach Grant in 2007 and 2017 for work in Nicaragua and Zambia, GHR Foundation scholarship grant for case studies on global partnerships, and St. Catherine University course development grant in 2013.

The integrated curriculum of the St. Catherine University MPAS program requires close collaboration among faculty, providing an opportunity for all faculty to teach within each didactic course. Courses are arranged by body system, population, and care setting. Donna DeGracia was instrumental in developing all courses in the curriculum and teaches in most, if not all courses every year.

Urgent Care physician assistant, Allina Health, Twin Cities, MN, 2017

Urgent Care physician assistant, Express Healthcare, Blaine, MN, 2004–2016

Family Practice physician assistant, Westside Community Services, St. Paul, MN, 2008–2011

Assistant Professor in the Physician Assistant Program, Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN, 1998–2011

Urgent Care physician assistant, Aspen Medical Group, Twin Cities, MN, 1999–2004

Department of Family Practice physician assistant, Park Nicollet Clinics, Inc., St. Louis Park, MN, 1998–2002

Family Practice physician assistant, Quello Clinics, Inc., Southwestern suburbs, Twin Cities, MN, 1989–1998

Family Practice physician assistant, Pueblo Neighborhood Health Centers, Pueblo, Colorado, 1977–1979

DeGracia, Donna (Pending) Survivors: on breast cancer

DeGracia, Donna (2017) Waiting for the Bus: a collection of short stories about women and relationships. Amazon Publishing

DeGracia, Donna (2011) An Intricate Tapestry: the acculturation of missionaries and their children. Kirk House Publishing

Pedersen, K., DeGracia, D. (2007) Global Health Workforce and Physician Assistants. Prepared as part of an education project of the Global Health Education Consortium and collaborating partners.

DeGracia D., Newberry C. (2017) The Global Village: Teaching about Refugees and Social Determinants of Health through Film. St. Catherine University Opening Workshop

Bidinger, H., DeGracia D. (2016) Innovation Through Curriculum Integration. Physician Assistant Education Association Conference. (Minneapolis, MN)

Marinelli, J., Mumm, J., Hearst, M., DeGracia, D. (2015) Inter-professional Education: A Community Focused Narrative Study: Community Health Worker, Holistic Health Studies, Physician Assistant and Public Health Students. St. Catherine University IPE Conference (St. Paul, MN)

Mumm, J., Hearst, M., Marinelli, J., DeGracia D. (2014) Outcomes of a Case-Based Interprofessional Education Exercise. Undergraduate Education for Public Health Summit (New Orleans, LA)

DeGracia, D., panel. (2009) Collaboration + Assessment= Sustainability. Global Health Education Consortium. (Seattle, WA)

DeGracia, D., Miniclier, N., Fahringer, D. (2008) Creating Sustainability in International Programs. Physician Assistant Education Association Conference. (Savannah, GA)

Pedersen, K., DeGracia, D. Pedersen, D. (2008) Answering the Rhetorical Question: How Do We Start a PA Program in Our Country, and Should We? The Global Health Workforce and PAs. Physician Assistant Education Association Conference. (Savannah, GA)

DeGracia, D., Pedersen, K. (2008) Opportunity Cost of Global Health Programs. Physician Assistant Education Association Conference. (Savannah, GA)

DeGracia, D. (2007) Global Health: A three-pronged Approach. Global Health Education Consortium. (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic)