Physician Assistant Program
LMU-DCOM Simulation Lab

Admissions Criteria and Requirements


The admissions committee will base all decisions upon the applicant's overall and science grade point averages (GPAs), the personal interview, personal and professional references, GRE scores, knowledge of the profession and the applicant's written personal statements. Consistent with the College’s mission, applicants from the Appalachian region (TN, KY, VA, NC, GA, AL, WV) are given preference in the admissions process.

It should be noted that the application process is very competitive and that completion of all prerequisites does not guarantee an interview for or acceptance to the program.


Candidates for admission to the LMU-DCOM PA program must meet the following requirements:

1. Baccalaureate degree earned prior to matriculation from a regionally accredited university or college. Applicants must have official transcripts submitted directly to the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) at

Prerequisite courses completed with a grade of "C" (we do not accept prerequisite courses with a grade of “C-“, “D”, or “F”) or better from a regionally accredited college or university:
- General Biological Science with laboratory (two semesters, eight to ten semester hours or
- Human Anatomy with lab and Human Physiology (separate courses of at least three to four
  semester hours each), or a combined anatomy and physiology course with lab, at least two
- General Chemistry with laboratory (two semesters, eight to ten semester hours or equivalent)
- Organic Chemistry with laboratory (four to five semester hours)
- Biochemistry (three to four semester hours) or a second semester of Organic Chemistry with laboratory (four to five
  semester hours)
- General Psychology (three semester hours or equivalent)
- Psychology elective (three semester hours or equivalent)
- Microbiology with lab (four to five semester hours or equivalent)
- English (six semester hours or the equivalent with at least one writing intensive course, such as
  English composition)
- Mathematics (three semester hours or equivalent of college algebra or higher)
- Medical Terminology (one semester) (Online courses from an accredited college or university are acceptable.)

Individuals may apply to the LMU-DCOM PA Program even though pre-requisite courses or Bachelor’s degree have not been completed; however, all pre-requisite courses and Bachelor’s degree must be completed prior to matriculation.

Applicants who have taken their prerequisite courses at different regionally accredited colleges or universities must have all official transcripts submitted directly from those colleges or universities to CASPA.

Because of the rapid evolution of the basic sciences and the rigor of the program, it is highly recommended that applicants who have completed the pre-professional basic science prerequisite coursework greater than five years prior to application may want to review materials if accepted into the program. Applicants to the LMU-DCOM PA program may submit no more than two prerequisite course grades for consideration that have lab components completed online. Anatomy cannot be one of the courses that is taken online. Applicants will be required to complete a traditional lab anatomy course in order to be considered for the program.

Strongly recommended additional courses which will strengthen an application include statistics or biostatistics, advanced psychology, cell biology, embryology, epidemiology, histology, immunology, parasitology, pathogenic bacteriology, abnormal psychology, human sexuality, physics, technical writing, advanced chemistry and quantitative analysis. Applicants who have taken these courses will be given preference.

2. It is required that the applicant has an overall and science grade point average of at least 2.8. If the GPA is below 2.8 and the applicant has taken graduate courses, the program will add up to 15 credit hours of relevant graduate classes. In order to be competitive, most students will have cumulative and science GPAs of at least 3.2.

Applicants with Foreign Coursework

Applicants who wish to use coursework completed outside the United States must submit their transcripts for evaluation to one of the following services:

World Education Services
P. O. Box 745, Old Chelsea Station
New York, NY 10113-0745

Josef Silny & Associates
7101 SW 102 Avenue
Miami, FL 33173

A course-by-course evaluation is required and all coursework must be designated as undergraduate, graduate or professional. The LMU-DCOM PA program will only honor evaluations from one of the above services. The completed evaluation must be sent to CASPA by the applicant after the course work has been evaluated by either one of the above services mentioned.

3. Applicants are also required to submit three required letters of reference which should be submitted to CASPA. References should be as follows: At least one letter/reference must be from a physician assistant (PA). A second letter must be from a physician assistant, physician, dentist, podiatrist, or optometrist. The third letter must be from an academic advisor, science/mathematics professor, or current/recent employer.

4. Applicants must take the general test component of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) within five years of the application date and have official scores sent to the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) and use the Designated Institution (DI) Code 0565 for LMU-DCOM PA program (Lincoln Memorial-DCOM PA CASPA).  Educational Testing Service (ETS) will transmit official GRE scores electronically to the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) up to twice a week for all test takers who designate LMU-DCOM PA program as a score recipient.

5. An applicant whose native language is not English needs to submit scores from the combined TOEFL and TSE examination unless the applicant is a graduate of a U.S. college or university. The minimum required score for the IBT (Internet Based Testing) is 79 and a minimum score of 26 is required for the speaking component.

6. Meet all the technical standards for admission to the PA program.

7. While not required, health care experience is strongly recommended for the PA Program applicant.

8. Complete the supplemental application. Additional materials to be included with the supplemental application include:

          - a complete curriculum vitae or resume
          - TOEFL scores (if applicable)
          - check/money order payable to Lincoln Memorial University of $50 for the supplemental
             application fee.

Please use the application checklist to ensure that you have included everything required for your application.

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