Professor Whitney Balmert is a licensed and certified physician assistant (PA) with more than 10 years of experience in clinical medicine and medical education. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Service Administration from the University of Central Florida Burnett Honors College, graduating with minors in both Business and Biology. In 2010, Professor Balmert earned a Master of Medical Science degree in Physician Assistant studies at Nova Southeastern University. Since graduation she has been practicing as a PA in the field of pediatrics and has obtained experience in pediatric outpatient, inpatient and urgent care settings.
In addition to acquiring clinical experience Professor Balmert has held leadership roles clinically and has worked in a medical advisory role for electronic medical record (EMR) development. In practice, she has served as the lead training provider and has also served as a preceptor to both medical and PA students. In addition to her clinical experience, she served as adjunct faculty at both AdventHealth University (AHU) and Nova Southeastern University (NSU) Physician Assistant Programs.
In 2018 Professor Balmert joined AHU as full time principal faculty and currently serves as Clinical Director for the PA Program. Her responsibilities include oversight of the clinical curriculum, developing and maintaining clinical sites, visiting and evaluation of preceptors and clinical rotations to ensure ARC-PA standards are met. She is responsible for coordinating and teaching clinical courses as well as providing support evaluation, and advisement to students during their clinical phase. Professor Balmert continues to teach courses during the didactic phase under the direction of the academic director and the program director.