Joseph K. Bethle

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Joseph K. Bethle

Clinical Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Studies

Office: CCHS 356
Phone: 843-661-1574

Mr. Bethle joins Francis Marion University Physician Assistant Program after 16 years in clinical practice with Strand Orthopaedic Consultants in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. He will serve as the Clinical Coordinator and Associate Professor.  His goal to help provide a strong educational and clinical base for the physician assistant students so they, in turn, will be ready to provide excellent medical care to the people they will care for not only in the Pee Dee Area community, but throughout the country.

Mr. Bethle is a 1986 graduate of Slippery Rock University where he earned his B.S. in Health Education with emphasis in Athletic Training. He served has the head athletic trainer at St. Vincent College, Latrobe, PA, from 1986-88, as well as, at Derry Area High School, Derry, PA, from 1986-97. Mr. Bethle completed his M.S. in Exercise Science from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1992 and his physician assistant studies at Seton Hill University in 2000, where he served as Class President. He has also served as the Grand Strand Area Representative for multiple years and one year as Vice President for the South Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants.

In his free time, he enjoys bass fishing, turkey hunting, golfing.  His family includes his wife, Lynn, and his three children, Griffin, Serena, and Ryley.


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