Physician Assistant Program
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About the PA Program


The Physician Assistant (PA) Program at Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine recruits, educates, and mentors a diverse group of students to become physician assistants providing quality health care.

  • Emphasizes primary care and preventive medicine and seeks to interest students in providing care to the medically underserved population within the Appalachian region and beyond;
  • Promotes the physician/PA team care;
  • Fosters an appreciation for research, leadership, and flexibility in meeting the changing needs of the health care climate;
  • Empowers faculty and students to be advocates for the physician assistant profession for the delivery of primary health care.


Provide an academic and clinical training experience that will prepare the culturally competent PA student to function as a nationally certified PA in a reliable and competent fashion by:

1. Teaching fundamentals of biomedical and basic sciences, clinical medicine, health policy, and technical skills, with an emphasis upon primary care practice.
2. Providing training and experiences that enable students to perform the duties and functions of a PA in diverse practice settings, incorporating evidence based medicine in clinical decision making and applying medical informatics and technology.
3. Providing basic foundational skills in scholarly inquiry, medical literary analysis, medical writing, and professional presentation.
4. Providing students with the opportunity to care for diverse patients, families, and populations in outpatient and inpatient settings with compassion, empathy, and tact, while supervised by a physician, PA, or nurse practitioner.
5. Inculcating basic aspects of professionalism, ethics, and other attributes required to establish and maintain appropriate collaborative relationships with patients, families, colleagues, and the community at large.
6. Providing medical services to underserved persons, including rural, minority, and geriatric groups, thereby developing an awareness of social and professional responsibility.
7. Providing an understanding of the approach to care of the whole person, and emphasis on the aspects of health care that include disease prevention and health maintenance, and an appreciation of the role of rehabilitation care in diagnosis and disease management.

Program Success

  • The program is continually accredited by the ARC-PA through the Spring of 2015.
  • The program has graduated four cohorts.
  • The program’s first time pass rate is currently 94% with the Class of 2013.
  • 60% or greater of each class is comprised of students from the Southern Appalachian region.
  • Graduates are employed locally, regionally and nationally in rural and underserved communities.


University Regional Accreditation

Lincoln Memorial University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, specialist, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Lincoln Memorial University.

Professional Accreditation

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation - Continued to the Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Lincoln Memorial University. Continued accreditation is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards. Continued Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next comprehensive review of the program by the ARC-PA will be March 2015.

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Non-Discrimination Policy

In support of the Mission Statement and the principles on which it is based, Lincoln Memorial University is committed to equal opportunity for all students, staff and faculty and to nondiscrimination in the recruitment, admission and retention of students and the recruitment, hiring, promotion and retention of faculty and staff.

Lincoln Memorial University reaffirms its commitment to personnel and educational policies that comply with the requirement applicable to equal opportunity/affirmative action laws, directives, executive orders and regulations to the effect that no person at Lincoln Memorial University shall, on the basis of age, color, creed, disability, ethnic/national origin, gender, military status, pregnancy, race, religion, sexual orientation or any other class protected by applicable law, be excluded from participating in, or be denied benefits of, any employment or educational opportunity.

LMU-DCOM PA Admissions Office
800-325-0900, ext. 6669 (toll-free)
423-869-6669 (direct)