Lincoln Memorial University




Professional Prerequisites

  • No history of negative legal, administrative, or licensure action related to the practice of medicine.
  • At least three (3) years of full-time equivalent experience in the practice of medicine as a physician assistant. Applicants wishing to pursue the clinical track must have three (3) years of clinical experience in family medicine, internal medicine, or emergency medicine.

Academic Prerequisites

  • Graduate of an ARC-PA accredited program or graduate of an internationally recognized Physician Assistant training program.
  • Must hold a master’s degree.
  • Demonstrated potential for success in an advanced rigorous doctoral level program.


The DMS program uses a rolling admissions process until all seats are filled. In addition to the total number of seats within the class. Each track will have a maximum capacity per cohort. In addition to the application process outlined below, acceptance to the clinical track will be dependent on the student’s uninterrupted clinical practice enabling them to meet the required clinical encounters.

Application file consideration based on:

    • Candidates must furnish:
      1. Two written letters of recommendations from
        • Doctoral level medical practitioner
        • Supervising Physician or current employer
      2. Official transcript from all degree granting institutions.
      3. Official copy of evidence of licensure
      4. Current CV
      5. Personal statement – of interest in and motivation for the program and personal and professional goals.
      6. Current BLS certification
      7. Must complete the Doctor of Medical Science questionnaire.

 Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for applicants when English is not their first language.

  • For Clinical Track:
    1. Must provide evidence of current employment in a primary care clinical position as a practicing Physician Assistant.
    2. Must have an appropriately board certified or board eligible supervising physician to serve as the On-site supervisor during the clinical residency.


Applications are being accepted for Fall 2017.

A complete application file must be received no later than June 8, 2017, for consideration for fall 2017 admission.  All applications received after June 8, 2017, are considered for fall 2018 admission.

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Once the application and all the supporting material received in the DMS admissions office, the admissions committee will review the applicant’s file.  Interviews will be scheduled from March to June for the following August start date. The admission’s process operates on a rolling acceptance policy thus; it is in the candidates’ best interest to apply as early as possible.

Admissions Notifications

Following the interview and receipt of all necessary information, the admissions committee will again review the applicant’s file. Applicants are then assigned to one of the following categories: 1) Accept, 2) Alternate/Hold, or 3) Reject.  Applicants will be notified in writing as soon as possible following the committee’s decision. 


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