Application and Admission
**Students applying to a LMU PA Program must apply separately to the DCOM at LMU-Knoxville PA Program and the LMU-DCOM PA Program in Harrogate.**
DCOM at LMU-Knoxville
Application and Admission (A3.16)
The DCOM at LMU-Knoxville PA Program seeks to recruit, matriculate, and graduate highly
motivated applicants whose professional and personal goals are consistent with the
mission of LMU and the vision, mission, and goals of the Program. Admissions criteria
reflect the academic aptitude, personal attributes, and prior experiences in health
care essential for success in the Program.
- April 2019: CASPA cycle opens.
- October 1, 2019: In-person, on-campus interviews begin.
- January 1, 2020: Deadline for application to be completed and verified by CASPA.
- January 1, 2020: Deadline for submission of the supplemental application (PA and OR
shadowing hours must be submitted with the supplemental application).
- March 31, 2020: Deadline for submission of patient care hours.
- March 31, 2020: Deadline for submission of matriculation materials.
- May 11, 2020: Classes begin for the PA 2022 cohort.
How to Apply
Application to the DCOM at LMU-Knoxville PA Program involves three main steps: (1) submit a complete application through
CASPA, (2) submit a complete supplemental application including payment of a $50.00
non-refundable fee, and (3) in-person, on-campus interview with program faculty and
community PAs if invited.
- Applications for admission are only accepted through the Central Application Service
for Physician Assistants (CASPA) https://caspa.liaisoncas.com/applicant-ux/#/login. Only applications that are verified by CASPA are reviewed. This means that a complete application was submitted (including
payment of fees and submission of transcripts and at least two reference letters)
and all grade point averages (GPAs) have been calculated by CASPA. Request official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores to be submitted to CASPA from Education
Testing Services (ETS) using our Designated Institution (DI) Code 4376. Please note that the DCOM PA Program at LMU-Knoxville requires at least one evaluation to be completed by a Physician Assistant. Please review our admissions requirements prior to beginning your CASPA application.
- Applicants are also required to submit the DCOM at LMU-Knoxville PA Program supplemental application. This supplemental application allows applicants to provide further information regarding
their academic performance. It also provides applicants with an opportunity to discuss
their health care experience and career goals. A $50.00 non-refundable application fee must be submitted with the supplemental application.
- A complete application includes CASPA-verified applications (including transcripts and GRE scores)
and a complete supplemental applications with the $50.00 non-refundable application
fee. After reviewing complete applications, the Admissions Committee determines which
applicants are selected for an in-person, on-campus interview with program faculty and community PAs. Those applicants are then contacted via
telephone and/or email to schedule the in-person, on-campus interview. During the
in-person, on-campus interview the applicant has an opportunity to discuss their academic
aptitude and personal attributes that will help them be successful in the Program.
This is also an excellent opportunity for applicants to determine if their expectations
for a PA training program align with the Program’s curriculum and culture. **Please note that submission of a complete application does not guarantee an invitation
for an in-person, on-campus interview and completion of an in-person, on-campus interview
does not guarantee an offer for admission.**
Evaluation Letters (Professional Reference Letters)
The Program requires 3 professional reference letters (submitted to CASPA) that address
your academic readiness for the rigor of the Program curriculum and your professional
conduct. At least 1 letter must be from a PA and at least 1 letter must be from a health care professional (e.g.
PA, physician, nurse manager, etc.).