School of Medical Sciences

Preparing the Next Generation of Health Care Providers and Educators

Doctor of Medical Science (DMS)

Advanced Medical Training

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PA - Harrogate

Primary Care and Preventative Medicine Curriculum

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Primary Care with Expanded Surgical Science Curriculum

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Medical Laboratory Science (MLS)

Diagnosis and Treatment of Pathological Conditions

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As part of its mission of service to Appalachia, Lincoln Memorial University established the physician assistant program at its main campus in 2009.  Building on the PA program’s success and the University’s mission, the University developed the Doctor of Medical Science for physician assistants in 2016 and a second physician assistant program at its Knoxville campus in 2018. Due to the rapid growth of these programs and the physician assistant profession, the LMU School of Medical Sciences was established in 2019. Each of the school’s programs offers the highest quality medical education with state-of-the-art facilities and experienced faculty.  We hope you enjoy learning more about these programs as you browse our website.


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Medical Laboratory Science (MLS)

Bachelor Degree

Medical Laboratory Science is a healthcare career that combines advanced laboratory science with modern medical care. Analytical analysis performed in clinical laboratories by medical laboratory scientists assists physicians in both the diagnosis and the treatment of pathological conditions. Please explore our website to learn more about our MLS program.

Medical Laboratory Science
PA programs

Physician Assistant (PA) Program

Master Degree

LMU offers two separate and distinct Physician Assistant Programs, one in Harrogate TN at the main LMU campus and one in Knoxville, TN at a branch campus. These programs have separate leadership, faculty, and accreditation status. To learn more about these programs, please visit their individual web pages.

 PA- Harrogate (Primary Care Focus)       

PA- Knoxville (Surgical Focus)



Doctor of Medical Science (DMS)

Doctorate Degree

It is the mission of the DMS program to have a positive impact on health care in underserved regions by preparing highly qualified Physician Assistants with a new set of advanced medical skills and knowledge base. To learn more about our clinical doctorate (DMS) program, please explore our website .

Doctor of Medical Science
3 Educational Opportuinities 3 Educational Opportuinities
3 Campus Locations 3 Campus Locations
488 Students Enrolled 488 Students Enrolled

School of Medical Sciences News

pa2022 July 22, 2021 LMU Physician Assistant Students Set Out on Clinical Rotations

Eighty-five physician assistant (PA) students at Lincoln Memorial University-School of Medical Sciences (LMU-SMS) are entering hospitals to begin their clinical rotations on Monday, July 26.

pawhitecoad July 20, 2021 Physician Assistant Class of 2022 White Coat Ceremony Set for June 19

Lincoln Memorial University-School of Medical Sciences (LMU-SMS) will hold a White Coat Ceremony for the Physician Assistant Program Class of 2022 June 19, at 10 a.m. in Tex Turner Arena on the LMU main campus in Harrogate, Tennessee. The keynote speaker will be Pangela H. Dawson, PhD, MSPAS, PA-C, assistant dean and founding program director for Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia.

Betsy Piburn July 14, 2021 Alumni Spotlight: Betsy Piburn, DMS, PA-C

Betsy Piburn, DMS, PA-C, says earning her Doctor of Medical Science (DMS) from Lincoln-Memorial University-School of Medical Sciences (LMU-SMS) helped her confidence and patient care while working in the challenging environment of rural medicine as an emergency medicine physician assistant (PA) during COVID-19.

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