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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 offer 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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Utilizing dedicated, experienced faculty in academia with clinical and research expertise, and state-of-the-art technology our students experience first-class, hands-on medical education.

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Utilizing a mixture of synchronous and asynchronous online didactics, the case-based curriculum design allows the students to interact with and learn from these physician experts.

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Contribute to an improved patient experience in the Appalachian region and beyond, by providing an innovative and rigorous curriculum, with expanded training in surgical practice, that promotes patient-centered care.

PA Programs:  Lincoln Memorial University offers two separate and distinct Physician Assistant Programs, one in Harrogate Tennessee 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 webpages.

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School of Medical Sciences News

Joshua Shepherd December 20, 2019

Five LMU Physician Assistants Return to Harrogate to Teach

Five graduates from Lincoln Memorial University’s (LMU) Physician Assistant (PA) program have returned to their alma mater to help educate the next generation of PAs. Lauren Anderson, PA-C (Class of 2011), Mike Stephens, PA-C (Class of 2015), Joshua Shepherd, PA-C (Class of 2011), Tonya Skidmore, PA-C (Class of 2011) and George “Bradley” Thompson, PA-C (Class of 2014) returned to Harrogate to teach in the same program from which they graduated.

Doctor of Medical Science Graduation December 10, 2019

LMU Holds Commencement Ceremony for Graduates in the DMS Program

The Lincoln Memorial University-School of Medical Sciences (LMU-SMS) celebrated commencement for the Doctor of Medical Science program Friday, Dec. 13, at 2 p.m. at Tex Turner Arena on the LMU main campus in Harrogate, Tennessee. Randal Dabbs, MD, co-founder and president of Practice Development for TeamHealth, served as commencement speaker. Dabbs also serves as an instructor in the DMS program.

LMU Celebrates PA Week October 5, 2019

What is a PA?

When patients think of going to the doctor’s office, they probably picture a physician first. But in reality, there is a whole team of health care professionals, including physician assistants (PA), nurse practitioners, nurses and support staff, who work collaboratively to provide high quality health care. So, what exactly is a PA, and what can a PA do?