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 TN 

Primary Care and Preventative Medicine Curriculum

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PA-Knoxville TN

Primary Care with Expanded Surgical Science Curriculum

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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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With three semesters of human cadaver anatomy and up to 20 weeks of clinical experiences in surgical disciplines, the curriculum prepares graduates to provide safe and effective care of patients in surgical and acute care settings.

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

Veteran PAs Choose LMU's DMS Program November 11, 2020

Veteran Physician Assistants Are Choosing LMU’s Doctor of Medical Science Program

Veterans make up 25% of the current students in the Doctor of Medical Science (DMS) program at Lincoln Memorial University-School of Medical Sciences (LMU-SMS), and 34% of alumni are veterans or retired military. For physician assistant (PA) veterans wanting to gain a competitive edge within their profession, they can earn a DMS degree with the help of the veterans GI-Bill educational benefits.

Dr. Rex Lee Hobbs, Jr. November 5, 2020

LMU Mourns the Loss of Beloved Faculty Member Dr. Rex Hobbs

The Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) community is mourning the loss of Rex Hobbs, DMS, PA-C, associate dean of academic affairs for the LMU-School of Medical Sciences (LMU-SMS). Hobbs, 49, a native of Mount Pleasant, Texas, passed away in his home surrounded by his family and loved ones on November 3, 2020, after more than three years of battling cancer. Hobbs was a founding faculty member of the LMU Physician Assistant (PA) Program and cherished by many. He and his family have made Harrogate, Tennessee, their home since 2008.

Masks in class November 3, 2020

LMU to Continue Seated Classes For Spring Semester

Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) President Clayton Hess announced today the decision to continue seated courses and the on-campus experience for the Spring 2021 semester. Social distancing and enhanced safety practices, including wearing masks, will continue for students, faculty and staff, with limited events and visitors allowed on campus during the spring semester.