Lincoln Memorial University (LMU), in its desire to address these significant challenges, is pleased to announce its decision to transition the current master’s degree Physician Assistant (PA) program to an entry-level doctorate program*. The program will be 36 months in length with graduates being awarded a Doctor of Medical Science (DMS) degree upon successful completion of minimum competency and all other degree requirements. The curriculum will include, in addition to the students’ undergraduate training, five didactic semesters covering all aspects of medicine and the basics of surgery. Specific courses will include cadaveric anatomy, pharmacology, pathophysiology, point of care ultrasonography and clinical medicine. This will be followed by four semesters of clinical training including a four month cognate in a primary care setting. Cognate areas will include Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Behavioral Health and Emergency Medicine.
The first class to be admitted to the doctoral degree program will be in May of 2020. Those students enrolled in the master’s degree program will continue to receive an excellent education and do have the option of completing a bridge program for the DMS degree after graduation while they work clinically.
Though the degree will not directly correlate with an altered scope of practice, as that is determined at the individual state level, graduates will be prepared to meet the demands of modern medicine and assume roles in education and administration.
Applications, through the CASPA system, will be accepted beginning in mid-April with information sessions and recruiting events being planned throughout 2019. In the interim, interested parties should not hesitate to contact PA Admissions for further questions.
*LMU’s plan to transition to the doctoral degree and the curricular changes therein have been submitted to the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) for review and approval with anticipated notification in July, 2019. The institutions regional accrediting body, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) has also been notified.
LMU-DCOM's PA Program is a participant of CASPA (Central Application Service for Physician Assistants) (https://caspa.liaisoncas.com). The current application cycle through CASPA will reopen around April 26, 2019. The class that will begin May 11, 2020, the CASPA application deadline is November 1, 2019. The supplemental application deadline is December 1, 2019, and must be postmarked by this date. Applications will not be processed until both the CASPA and LMU-DCOM supplemental application is received.
Lincoln Memorial University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, specialist, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Lincoln Memorial University.
The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the Lincoln Memorial University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Lincoln Memorial University. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.
Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be March 2022. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.
Beginning with the class entering in May, 2020, students who successfully complete the LMU-DCOM Harrogate PA program, will be awarded a Doctor of Medical Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies (DMS) and a Certificate of Completion. The graduate is then eligible to sit for the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE). This examination is administered through the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).
*The LMU-DCOM PA Program has submitted the required applications to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) to move from offering a Master of Medical Science (MMS) to a Doctor of Medical Science (DMS) degree with the first DMS cohort beginning in May, 2020. The Program anticipates a positive response to the request and should receive a final decision by or before August of 2019. If the request is denied, the Program will continue to award the MMS degree and remain at 27 months in duration. Please contact the Program’s website or the Program directly if you have questions or concerns.
LMU-DCOM PA Admissions Office
800.325.0900, ext. 6669 (toll-free)