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The LMU-DCOM PA Program is a full-time, graduate level, 27-consecutive month curriculum divided into a 14-month didactic, preclinical phase and a 13-month clinical phase. The didactic program will be conducted at the LMU-DCOM facility only on the Harrogate campus. The clinical portion of the program will be provided at urban and rural single and multi-specialty clinics and community and tertiary hospital settings with physician and PA preceptors. Clinical rotations are mainly located in the southeastern United States, but other locations throughout the U.S. are available as well.

 

No advanced placement, transfer credit or credit for experiential learning will be awarded for the program.

In the didactic phase of the curriculum, students will pursue intensive coursework in the basic medical, clinical and behavioral sciences, which will include medical gross anatomy, clinical skills training, clinical medicine, physical examination and history taking, physiology, pharmacology, pathophysiology and PA professional issues. This phase of the curriculum will provide a foundation for the subsequent clinical phase of the program.

The clinical phase of the curriculum will be made up of four to eight-week rotations, which will include family practice, internal medicine, pediatrics, general surgery, emergency medicine, women's health, orthopedics and long term care. Elective experiences are available in many areas of medicine. The PA program has core clinical sites in Florida, Texas, Connecticut and Arkansas. Students can expect to travel to one or more of these locations during the clinical phase. Transportation, room and board is taken into account for financial aid.

During the clinical year, students will be required to complete a capstone project which is a paper designed to provide the PA student with an opportunity to gain further information on a selected and approved medical topic. The student will have, in advance, defined the topic and research methods to be used to complete the project and will ultimately produce a written paper in a format and style suitable for publication in a medical journal. The topic of the paper will be presented orally to PA faculty, students and the LMU-DCOM and University communities. The student will work with an approved advisor on the capstone project.

Curriculum for LMU-DCOM Physician Assistant Program
PA Program Schedule of Courses

Summer Semester (15 sem. hrs.)  

Sem. hrs.

PAS 500: Introduction to the PA Profession

  1.0

PAS 510: Anatomy

  5.0

PAS 520: Physical Diagnosis I

  3.0

PAS 515: Physiology/Pathophysiology I

  3.0

PAS 575: Public Health Issues

  2.0
PAS 505: Pharmacology   1.0
     
Fall Semester (18.5 sem. hrs.)    

PAS 516: Physiology/Pathophysiology II

  2.0

PAS 521: Physical Diagnosis II

  3.0

PAS 535: Pharmacology & Pharmacotherapeutics I

  2.0

PAS 550: Clinical Medicine I

  9.5

PAS 560: Research Methods

  2.0
     
Spring Semester (18.5 sem. hrs.)    

PAS 517: Physiology/Pathophysiology III

  2.0

PAS 536: Pharmacology & Pharmacotherapeutics II

  2.0

PAS 551: Clinical Medicine II

  9.5

PAs 545: Clinical Skills I

  3.0

PAS 540: Behavioral Medicine

  2.0
     
Summer Semester (11 sem. hrs.)    

PAS 565: Surgery/Emergency Medicine

  2.0

PAS 552: Clinical Medicine III

  5.0

PAS 546: Clinical Skills II

  3.0

PAS 525: Medical Law, Ethics & the Health Care Delivery System

  1.0
    63.0
     
Clinical Year   Sem. hrs.

PAS 600: Capstone Project       

  4.0

PAS 610: Family Medicine  

  8.0

PAS 620: Internal Medicine       

  8.0
PAS 625: Behaviorial Medicine   4.0

PAS 630: Emergency Medicine           

  4.0

PAS 640: Surgery

  4.0

PAS 650: Pediatrics                  

  4.0

PAS 660: Elective                  

  4.0
PAS 665: Selective   4.0

PAS 670: Women's Health      

  4.0

PAS 690: Orthopedics

  4.0
*Clinical rotations are minimum 40 hours a week.   52.0
Total: 115 credits for full program.    

Academic Policies and Standards
Requirements for the Successful Completion of the Didactic Year

Successful completion of the Didactic Phase of the LMU-DCOM PA Program requires that students have met all of the following:

  • Demonstrated compliance with all policies and procedures published by LMU and the LMU-DCOM PA Program
  • Demonstrated compliance with the LMU-DCOM PA Program’s professionalism and student code of conduct expectations
  • Earned a grade of 70% (C) or higher for all didactic courses
  • Passed all practical and written summative examinations
  • Achieved minimum competency thresholds in all domains

Requirements for the Successful Completion of the Clinical Year

Successful completion of the Clinical Phase of the LMU-DCOM PA Program requires that students meet all of the following:

  • Compliance with all policies and procedures published by the LMU and the LMU-DCOM PA Program
  • Compliance with the LMU-DCOM PA Program’s professionalism and student code of conduct expectations
  • Earned a grade of 70% (C) or higher for all clinical courses
  • Passed all preceptor evaluations
  • Passed all practical and written summative examinations
  • Achieve minimum competency thresholds in all domains

Requirements for Graduation

Students matriculating into the LMU-DCOM PA Program have a maximum of 54 (fifty-four) months to complete all required components of the curriculum including time for recess and leave of absences. Any alterations to the student curriculum must be approved by mechanisms listed in this handbook. LMU-DCOM PA Students recommended for the degree of Master of Medical Science (MMS) in Physician Assistant Studies MUST:

  • Successfully complete all components of the program (didactic, clinical, capstone, competency, and summative) AND
  • Fulfill all financial obligations to LMU

Academic Standing

LMU-DCOM PA Students in good academic standing will have met all of the following criteria:

  • Earned a grade of 70% (C) or higher in all didactic and clinical courses required by the LMU-DCOM PA Program
  • Met the LMU-DCOM PA Program professionalism and student code of conduct expectations
  • Complied with all University and LMU-DCOM PA Program policies and procedures

Academic Progression

Progression in the LMU-DCOM PA Program is contingent upon continued mastery of program objectives, course content, competency minimums, and demonstration of professional behaviors consistent with health care professionals. Students who fail a didactic or clinical course will be placed on academic probation and may be recessed or dismissed from the Program. Students who fail to meet professionalism expectations will be placed on professional probation or may be dismissed from the program. Please see the Student Progress Committee (SPC) section for further information regarding academic and professional probation.

 

Dismissal and Withdrawal

 

Dismissal

The LMU-DCOM PA Program reserves the right to dismiss any LMU-DCOM PA Student at any time while enrolled in the LMU-DCOM PA Program. Circumstances warranting such action may be of an academic, professional, or legal nature. Any student who is dismissed from the LMU-DCOM PA Program by the SPC will be notified by the SPC Chair and will be advised to complete the check-out procedure. The SPC Chair will create a memorandum stating the change in the student’s status and notify the appropriate faculty and staff. Failure to complete this check-out procedure will cause the LMU-DCOM PA Program to withhold all records pertaining to the student’s attendance. Any student who is dismissed from the LMU-DCOM PA Program will NOT be eligible for re-admittance to the program. The check-out procedure is as follows:

  • Complete an exit interview with financial aid
  • Return their student ID badge and parking sticker to security

 

Leave of Absence / Withdrawal

A leave of absence may be granted to an LMU-DCOM PA Student by the PA Program Director for one of the following reasons:

  • Medical emergency
  • Financial emergency
  • Maternity
  • Call to active military service
  • Pursuit of an academic endeavor other than the established curricular work, either on campus or at another recognized teaching facility
  • The discretion of the PA Program Director where appropriate

Only students who are in good standing with the LMU-DCOM PA Program can be granted a leave of absence without condition.

An LMU-DCOM PA Student may be granted a leave of absence in good academic standing if the student has no failures at the time the leave of absence is granted. An LMU-DCOM PA Student may be granted a leave of absence, not in good academic standing, if the student has one or more failures on his/her transcript in any term, including the term in which the request for leave of absence is made. The student must personally discuss the reason for the leave with the PA Program Director. The student must then submit a written request for a leave of absence to the PA Program Director who will then approve or not approve the request. Any student granted a leave of absence in good academic standing will receive a letter from the PA Program Director outlining the requirements for the student’s return to the LMU-DCOM PA Program. Any student granted a leave of absence, not in good academic standing MUST meet with the SPC before he/she is allowed to return to the LMU-DCOM PA Program. The SPC will decide if the student should be readmitted to continue his/her training in the LMU-DCOM PA Program.

Leave of absences are granted for no more than one year. The official date of the leave of absence will be the date of receipt of the student’s written request. Any tuition refunds or outstanding balances will be based on this date. Students who are absent longer than the approved leave of absence duration may have to reapply to or restart the LMU-DCOM PA Program. Students matriculating into the LMU-DCOM PA Program have a maximum of 54 (fifty-four) months to complete all required components of the curriculum including time for recess and leave of absences. Any alterations to the student curriculum must be approved by mechanisms listed in this handbook.

Students seeking to return from a leave of absence must complete all requirements related to the leave of absence and provide notification of completion to the PA Program Director in writing. Students must notify the PA Program Director of their intent to return to the LMU-DCOM PA Program in writing no less than four months before the anticipated date of return.

Students seeking to return from a medical leave of absence must have a licensed physician certify in writing that the student’s physical and/or mental health is sufficient to continue their training in a capacity consistent with the technical standards (please see Section II: LMU-DCOM PA Student Policies and Procedures, Technical Standards and Typical Demands and Performance Requirements) of the LMU-DCOM PA Program. This letter must be submitted to the PA Program Director.

Students seeking to return from a financial leave of absence must provide the finance office/financial aid office with sufficient documentation to demonstrate their financial capability to advance their education.

Any student voluntarily withdrawing from the LMU-DCOM PA Program must provide the PA Program Director with a letter of resignation. The PA Program Director will create a memorandum stating the change in the student’s status and notify the appropriate faculty and staff.

It is imperative that any student who leaves the LMU-DCOM PA Program for any reason goes through the check-out procedure before their dismissal, withdrawal, or leave of absence can said to be final. Failure to complete this exit procedure will cause the LMU-DCOM PA Program to withhold all records pertaining to the student’s attendance. The check-out procedure is as follows:

  • Complete an exit interview with financial aid
  • Return their student ID badge and parking sticker to security

Fair Practices

PA students have equal access to facilities and programs of the Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine as students of other programs. LMU-DCOM is committed to equality of opportunity and does not discriminate against applicants, students, or employees based on race, religion, color, creed, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, or disability. All policies concerning equal opportunity/affirmative action, sexual harassment, discrimination, and conflicts of interest are found in the LMU Student Handbook and the PA Student Handbook and Catalog.

Employment During the Program

Because of the intensity of the LMU-DCOM PA Program, students are strongly discouraged from seeking or maintaining employment during the entire program. If a PA student chooses to work during the first year of the program, it is his/her responsibility to ensure that employment does not interfere with or hinder academic progress. Having a job is not an excuse for missing lectures, examinations, clinical labs or assignments. During the clinical year, students will be required to rotate through a clinical site a minimum of 40 hours a week. In addition, students may be required to take on call, weekends, holidays, evenings and/or nights. PA students are not allowed to work for the program or be substituted for administrative or technical support at any time.

 

LMU-DCOM PA Admissions Office
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423-869-6669 (direct)
PAAdmissions@lmunet.edu

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