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Take your PA Education to the Next Level

Applications are being accepted for:

Summer Start. Applicants seeking part-time enrollment status for the clinical cognates or to complete the Medical Education cognate should apply for Summer enrollment. The deadline to apply for spring admissions is April 15th

Fall Start. Applicants wishing to complete the Clinical Medicine cognates (Primary Care, Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, General Medicine) should apply for fall enrollment. The deadline to apply for fall admissions is July 15th

Spring Start. Applicants wishing to customize their curriculum plan should contact the Office of Admissions at The deadline to apply for spring admissions is November 15th

The admissions process operates on a rolling acceptance policy; thus, it is in the candidate's best interest to apply as early as possible.

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Admissions Criteria

1. A graduate of an ARC-PA accredited program or international equivalent;
2. Current physician assistant certification (NCCPA or other); or an unencumbered licensure as a physician assistant in the U.S.A. or International Jurisdiction within 9 months post matriculation;
3. Demonstrated potential for success in an advanced rigorous doctoral-level program (e.g., GPA & extracurricular activities);
4. No history of negative legal, administrative, or licensure action related to the practice of medicine or medical education;
5. Continue to practice medicine as a physician assistant, or be actively teaching in graduate medical education while enrolled in the program is preferred, but not required.
The program reserves the right to deny admission based on public professionalism issues.

A candidate interested in applying for the general medicine cognate must have earned a master's degree in physician assistant studies or equivalent from an ARC-PA accredited program within 9 months of matriculation into the DMS degree program. 


Application Process

The DMS program uses a rolling admissions process until all seats are filled. Each cognate will have a maximum capacity per cohort. In addition to the application process outlined below, acceptance will be dependent on the student’s ability to meet the program residency requirements.

The Doctor of Medical Science application is available online.

  •   Candidate must furnish
    • A Completed DMS application
    • Two Application Recommendation Forms completed by:
      • A doctoral-level medical practitioner
      • Professional colleague
    • Official transcript from all degree-granting institutions.
    • Official copy of PA license verification (if applicable) or NCCPA certification within 9 months of matriculation into the program.
    • Current CV.
    • Personal statement – to include your motivation for enrolling into the LMU DMS Degree Program and personal and professional goals

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

  •   Virtual Interviews

    Once the application and all the supporting material are received in the DMS admissions office, the admissions committee will review the applicant's file. The admission's process operates on a rolling acceptance policy; thus it is in the candidate's 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.

  •   Non-U.S.A. citizens

    In addition to meeting the above criterion, if English is not the native language of the applicant, he/she must submit her/his official score report from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Minimum acceptable scores are either 600 on the paper-based version, 100 on the internet-based version, or 250 on the computer-based version. The candidate must also display proficiency in English during the interview.

    Non-U.S.A. citizens must furnish evidence demonstrating means of financial support while enrolled at the University. All above documentation must be received and admission granted before issuance of an I-20 form, necessary for obtaining a student visa. The international student granted admission to LMU-SMS will receive a letter of acceptance; the letter and the I-20 form furnished by the University must be presented to the Consular Officer of the United States to whom the student applies for a student visa. LMU-SMS will not enroll any student not approved by the Department of Homeland Security; LMU-SMS will not enroll students issued visas for enrollment at other colleges or universities.


Lincoln Memorial University is a military-friendly University. We are approved by the State Approving Agency to provide education to veterans receiving VA benefits under Chapter 33-Post 911, Chapter 31, Chapter 35, and Chapter 1606 education benefits for use at LMU. To learn more, contact William Daniels, Director of Veterans Affairs, by email at or by phone at 423.869.6279.

Contact Us

For more information about the DMS program or the admissions process, email DMS Admissions at or by phone at 423.869.7415.


Student Testimonials


Valerie Bonilla

Class of 2021

"It has been such a pleasure to learn from different specialists and from my colleagues and realize our contributions to medicine and to society. I feel that the physician assistant profession is frequently challenged and underestimated, yet we are so educated and prepared for what we do. The DMS has made me even more proud to be a physician assistant!"


Juan Grado

Class of 2020

"Completing this program while having served 2 combat tours of duty overseas (Afghanistan and Iraq) and still fulfilling my demanding stateside operational tempo and travel schedule only developed a larger sense of confidence in myself. I am truly happy I started this program and was able to finish with the assistance of flexible and understanding advisors."


Sarah Buch

Class of 2021

"The DMS program has changed many things for me. The rigorous courses, open discussion, and class commiseration over the last year and a half has made me a much better clinician. I am extremely grateful to have been accepted into this program and look forward to the exciting future for the DMS graduates, and PAs as a whole."