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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Medical Laboratory Science (MLS)

Advanced Laboratory Science with Modern Medical Care

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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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medical laboratory science (MLS)

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 assist physicians in both the diagnosis and the treatment of pathological conditions. Medical laboratory scientists perform and interpret a wide variety of diagnostic tests and are readily equipped to serve in supervisory leadership roles in a variety of clinical settings.


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master of medical science (MMS)

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.

Physician assistant - harrogate, Tn
primary care focus

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.

Physician Assistant - knoxville, tn 
surgical focus

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.

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doctor of medical science (DMS) 

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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School of Medical Sciences News

PA Class of 2022 at Lincoln Memorial University 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.

Betsy Piburn, DMS, PA-C 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.

Elizma Mercier, DMS, PA-C July 12, 2021

Alumni Spotlight: Elizma Mercier, DMS, PA-C

Elizma Mercier, DMS, PA-C, celebrated her 20th anniversary as a practicing physician assistant by reaching an additional milestone – receiving her Doctor of Medical Science (DMS) degree from Lincoln-Memorial University-School of Medical Sciences (LMU-SMS).