The Applications Process
The Applications Process
The following information describes the application process for those seeking admission into the Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) Physician Assistant (PA) Program:
Step 1 - Complete the Application
LMU-DCOM's PA Program is a participant of CASPA (Central Application Service for Physician Assistants) (https://portal.caspaonline.org/). The application deadline is November 1, 2013, for the class that will begin May 2014. Applications will not be processed until the program has received both the CASPA and LMU-DCOM supplemental application. The supplemental application needs to be postmarked by November 1, 2013. The program works on a "rolling admissions" basis. Applicants should apply early. Consult the application checklist to ensure that all required admissions documents are submitted in a timely manner.
All candidates must submit official transcripts from the regionally accredited universities and/or colleges where the candidate earned a bachelor's degree and completed any of the prerequisite courses required for admission to the PA 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.
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 course work must be designated as undergraduate, graduate or professional. LMU-DCOM will honor evaluations from one of the above services. The evaluation must be sent to CASPA by the applicant after the course work has been evaluated by either one of the above services mentioned.
Applicants are required to submit three letters of reference. References should be as follows: at least one letter/reference from a physician assistant (PA), osteopathic or allopathic physician (DO or MD) or other health care professional and at least one letter/reference from the applicant's pre-professional advisor, science professor or former employer. Letters of reference should be submitted to CASPA online.
All applicants are asked to read and adhere to the CASPA Admissions Code of Cooperation available on the CASPA website at https://portal.caspaonline.org/caspa2008/admissions_Code.htm.
Step 2 - Complete the Supplemental Application
LMU-DCOM's PA Program has provided a supplemental application on the program website to complete and submit to the Office of Admissions, Physician Assistant Program, LMU-DCOM, 6965 Cumberland Gap Parkway, Harrogate, TN 37752.
The supplemental application should be returned with a $50.00 non-refundable fee.
Applicants are required to write one short essay for the supplemental application addressing the following question:
1) What personal qualities do you possess that will make you a successful Physician Assistant?
*Answering questions on racial identification and how applicants plan to finance their education are optional.
Step 3 - Submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Scores
Applicants must take the general test component of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) within five years of the application date and have official scores reported to Lincoln Memorial University (school code: 1408, PA Department code: 0634). Applicants will be required to log the score on CASPA when completing the application.
One final note: review of the application file by the Admissions Committee
Following receipt of the application from CASPA and the LMU-DCOM supplemental application, the Admissions Committee will then review the application file. (The Admissions Committee is composed of members of the PA, LMU and medical school faculty.) The Committee will then decide which applicants to invite to campus for an interview.
Interviews will be conducted between September and February. Those applicants selected for an on-campus interview will be contacted by telephone and/or email to schedule the interview. The applicant will be given pertinent information about the schedule of events for the interview day, which will include meeting with an interview panel.
Following the on-campus interview, the applicant's file will again be reviewed by the Admissions Committee regarding the extension of an offer of admission. Applicants will be notified in writing of the decision of the committee. Applicants who are offered admission will be notified of the deadline for accepting that offer and other pertinent information, some of which will be time sensitive. Applicants are advised to note all applicable deadlines.
The Admissions Committee will select students for admission based on a variety of factors. When reviewing application files the committee will consider the applicant's overall grade point average (GPA), the applicant's science grade point average (GPA), grades in individual courses, curriculum, prerequisite courses, any advanced-level science courses taken, interpersonal communication skills, previous experiences, GRE scores and other pertinent information. The committee will also consider the applicant's desire to practice medicine in underserved areas. The preceding factors are not, and should not be considered, exhaustive.
No one piece of evidence presented by an applicant will, in and of itself, determine whether or not the committee extends an offer of admission. The decision to extend an offer of admission will be based on the totality of the evidence presented by the applicant to the committee.
The LMU-DCOM PA Program seeks to attract and retain the best and brightest applicants whose career goals are consistent with the mission and purpose of the college. We seek to enroll students who are inquisitive, intuitive and compassionate; possess a passion for the science and art of medicine; and desire to serve others in underserved areas.
The level of competitions for a seat in the class will be determined by the number of applications received during the academic year and the specific qualifications of the applicant pool. The admissions process is fluid and changes from year-to-year. Successful applicants usually surpass a cumulative and science GPA of 3.0. It is expected that successful applicants will have received GRE scores at or above 1000 on the old scoring system, and at or above 150 for verbal and at or above 140 for quantitative on the new scoring system. Information about the GRE can be found at www.gre.org. .
We look forward to working with you in this process. Please feel free to contact us should you have any questions.
LMU-DCOM PA Admissions Office
800-325-0900, ext. 6669 (toll-free)