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 Physician Assistant Program, Knoxville, Tennessee



Lincoln Memorial University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, educational specialist, and doctorate degrees.  Lincoln Memorial University also may offer credentials such as certificates and diplomas at approved degree levels.  Questions about the accreditation of Lincoln Memorial University may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website ( Off-campus sites owned and/or operated by Lincoln Memorial University are not individually accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools but are approved as accredited off-campus sites of the Harrogate, TN main campus. Off-campus sites' accreditation is dependent on the continued accreditation of the Lincoln Memorial University main campus in Harrogate, TN.


Professional Accreditation:

At its 2023M meeting, the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA) placed the Lincoln Memorial University - Knoxville Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Lincoln Memorial University on Accreditation-Probation status until its next review in 2025M.

Probation accreditation is a temporary accreditation status initially of not less than two years. However, that period may be extended by the ARC-PA for up to an additional two years if the ARC-PA finds that the program is making substantial progress toward meeting all applicable standards but requires additional time to come into full compliance. Probation accreditation status is granted, at the sole discretion of the ARC-PA, when a program holding an accreditation status of Accreditation-Provisional or Accreditation - Continued does not, in the judgment of the ARC-PA, meet the Standards or when the capability of the program to provide an acceptable educational experience for its students is threatened.

Once placed on probation, a program that fails to comply with accreditation requirements in a timely manner, as specified by the ARC-PA, may be scheduled for a focused site visit and is subject to having its accreditation withdrawn.

Specific questions regarding the Program and its plans should be directed to the Program Director and/or the appropriate institutional official(s).

The program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website at

Contact the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA) at 12000 Findley Road, Suite 275, Johns Creek, Georgia 30097, call 770-476-1224, or visit the ARC-PA website ( for questions about ARC-PA Standards.

**LMU has a PA Program in Harrogate, Tennessee, that is separate from the PA Program in Knoxville, Tennessee. The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) reviews each LMU PA Program separately for compliance with the ARC-PA Standards and policies and determines the ARC-PA Accreditation status for each LMU PA Program separately.**

PA graduates must pass the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) in order to practice in all states, the District of Columbia, and all American territories. PA graduates are only eligible to take the PANCE if they have graduated from a PA program accredited by the ARC-PA. The LMU-Knoxville PA Program is responsible for obtaining and maintaining ARC-PA Accreditation and for complying with ARC-PA Standards and policies. The Program will inform all matriculating and enrolled PA Students in person and/or via email or U.S. mail of any change in the Program's ARC-PA Accreditation status in addition to posting this information on the Program's website.

Accreditation Probation FAQs

Professional Licensure Disclosure Statement:

The LMU-Knoxville PA Program's curriculum meets the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) requirements for graduates to be eligible to take the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) and state licensure requirements for graduates to apply for licensure in all 50 states. The program will monitor the NCCPA and the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) websites for changes in these requirements.

Click HERE to view the full Professional Licensure Disclosure.