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Application and Admission

LMU-Knoxville PA Program

Welcome

The LMU-SMS-Knoxville PA Program seeks to recruit, matriculate, and graduate highly motivated student applicants whose professional and personal goals are consistent with the mission of LMU and the mission and goals of the Program.  Application and admission criteria reflect the academic aptitude, personal attributes, and experiences in health care essential for success in the Program. The evaluation criteria include the following:

1. Academic performance 
2. Health care experiences
3. Personal statement submitted to CASPA
4. Evaluation letters submitted to CASPA
5. Written response on the application
6. Behaviors demonstrated throughout all communications with the Program
7. Performance during the student applicant interview

Admission Process

Application for the LMU-SMS-Knoxville PA Program is separate from the LMU-SMS-Harrogate PA Program.  The LMU-SMS-Knoxville PA Program follows a rolling admissions cycle.  Applications are reviewed after they are received by the Program.  The CASPA application, LMU-SMS-Knoxville PA Program Supplemental Application, and GRE scores must be submitted before student applicants are considered for a student applicant interview.  Student applicants with stronger academic profiles are more likely to be selected for a student applicant interview.  Student applicants selected for a student applicant interview are contacted via telephone and/or email to schedule a student applicant interview, which begin in the fall of each year.  The Admissions Committee meets after one or more student applicant interview sessions and makes one of three decisions: (1) offer admission, (2) place on the waitlist, or (3) decline offer of admission.  Student applicants are notified of the Admission Committee’s decision in writing as soon as possible following their interview.  Student applicant interviews continue until the maximum class size of 100 is reached.  Student applicants benefit from completing their application early in the CASPA cycle.

Application Process

Please note that submission of a complete application does not guarantee an invitation for a student applicant interview and completion of a student applicant interview does not guarantee an offer for admission.

  •   IMPORTANT DATES

    April 28, 2022: CASPA cycle opens.
    November 2022: Interviews begin.
    January 15, 2023: Deadline for application to be completed and verified by CASPA. GRE scores (within 5 years) should be submitted at the time of application.
    January 15, 2023: Deadline for submission of the supplemental application. Shadowing experience hours should be submitted at time of application.
    August 31, 2023: Deadline for submission of matriculation materials.
    October 1, 2023: Classes begin for the PA 2025 cohort.

  •   Application Submission

     Applications for admission are only accepted through the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) https://caspa.liaisoncas.com/applicant-ux/#/login. Only applications verified by CASPA are reviewed.  A CASPA verified application includes a complete application, including submission of transcripts and three evaluation (reference) letters, and calculation of all grade point averages (GPAs) by CASPA.  Student applicants are also required to submit the LMU-SMS-Knoxville PA Program Supplemental Application before consideration for a student applicant interview. Apply here http://applynow.lmunet.edu 

    •   Grade Point Averages (GPAs)

      Cumulative and science GPAs are calculated by CASPA.  A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 and a minimum science GPA of 2.8 are required for application; however, students with stronger academic profiles are more likely to be invited for student applicant interviews.

    •   Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Score

      Student applicants must request submission of official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores from Education Testing Services (ETS) to the LMU-SMS-Knoxville PA Program using the Designated Institution (DI) Code 4376.  The date of the GRE scores must be within five years of the date of application to the Program.  There is no minimum GRE score required for application; however, students with stronger academic profiles are more likely to be invited for student applicant interviews.

    •   Evaluation (Reference) Letters

      Student applicants must submit three professional evaluation letters to CASPA that address the student applicant’s readiness for the rigor of the Program curriculum and professional conduct.  At least one evaluation letter must be from a PA, MD, DO, DPM, or NP.  The Program does not consider personal recommendations.

    •   shadowing and health care experience requirements

      Student applicants must provide verification of a minimum of 24 hours of shadowing a PA, MD, DO, DPM, or NP with the LMU-SMS-Knoxville PA Program supplemental application.  Shadowing must be completed through direct observation of patient interaction by a PA, MD, DO, DPM, or NP.  Shadowing via telemedicine may be considered. Work hours completed with a PA, MD, DO, DPM, or NP are not considered. 

      The Program does not require a minimum number of health care experience hours; however, student applicants are encouraged to seek out opportunities to obtain health care experience in either paid or volunteer positions in a variety of health care settings as these experiences are valuable to professional growth.

    •   Admission Seat Deposit

      Student applicants who are offered admission to the Program must submit a non-refundable seat deposit of $500.00 to secure their seat.  The seat deposit is applied to the balance of tuition and fees for the first semester.  The seat deposit is not refunded to students who do not matriculate into the Program.

    •   Deferral of Admission Offer

      Students may request to defer their admission offer to the next student cohort once.  This request must be submitted in writing to the Program Director no less than 90 days prior to the first day of class.  Any student who does not matriculate with the next student cohort following approval for deferral for admission offer loses their offer of admission but is eligible to reapply to the Program.

    •   Reapplying to the Program

      Any student reapplying to the Program must follow the same application procedure as new student applicants and is evaluated using the same process and new student applicants.  The Program does not maintain student application records for student applicants who do not matriculate into the Program.

    •   CASPA Code of Conduct

      Student applicants are held to CASPA’s Code of Cooperation and Conduct Policies.  As such, all student applicants are expected and required to take full responsibility for their application throughout the application and admissions process and abided by CASPA’s Professional Code of Conduct.

  •   Preferences

    Consistent with the mission of LMU and the vision and mission of the LMU-Knoxville PA Program, preference is given to applicants with permanent residence in the Appalachian region of the following states: TN, KY, VA, NC, OH, WV, PA, AL, and GA. The preference is applied with a 3-tiered system. The greatest preference is given to applicants with permanent residence in the Appalachian region of Tennessee. Applicants with permanent residence in the Appalachian region of KY, VA, NC, and WV are given greater preference than applicants with permanent residence in the Appalachian region of OH, PA, AL, and GA.
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    Click HERE to see if your county is in the Appalachian region. 

    LMU’s GPA Program
    LMU undergraduate students enrolled in LMU’s GPA Program, who apply to the Program through CASPA are guaranteed a student applicant interview if they meet the Program’s criteria for application.  Students enrolled in LMU’s GPA Program must complete the same application process as all other student applicants. 

    Military Service
    Student applicants with military service including honorably discharged veterans, active duty, guard, and reserve members, are given preference. 




  •   International Student Applicants

    Student applicants must be a United States Citizen or a permanent resident of the United States. All prerequisite course requirements must be completed in the United States at a regionally or nationally accredited college or university.

    Student applicants who completed courses and/or degree outside of the United States must submit a transcript evaluation from World Education Services (www.wes.org), Educational Credential Evaluators (www.ece.org/ECE), or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. (www.jsilny.com) to CASPA.

    Student applicant whose native language is not English must submit scores from the combined Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and Test of Spoken English (TSE) examination (https://www.ets.org/toefl) unless that applicant is a graduate of a regionally or nationally accredited college or university in the United States. The minimum accepted score is 79 for Internet-Based Testing (iBT) and 26 for the speaking component. 

Admission and Enrollment Requirements

  •   Academic Standards

    Grade Point Averages (GPAs)
    Cumulative and science GPAs are calculated by CASPA.  A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 and a minimum science GPA of 2.8 are required for application. 

    Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Scores
    The date of the GRE scores must be within five years of the date of application to the Program.  There is no minimum GRE score required for application.

     

  •   Prerequisite Course Requirement

    Prior to matriculation, all prerequisite courses must be completed at a regionally or nationally accredited college or university in the United States with a course grade of “C” or higher.  Course grades of Pass (P), Satisfactory (S), or equivalent for prerequisite courses completed during the spring and summer 2020 semesters that were converted from a letter grade are acceptable.

    Prerequisite Course Requirements

    Prerequisite Courses Table

    Course

    Minimum number of total credit hours

    Clarifications

    Biology

    7

    Two courses/two semesters of biology. General biology and/or upper-level biology courses will be considered. Any course(s) fulfilling the microbiology prerequisite will not count as biology prerequisites. A laboratory component for at least one of the biology courses is recommended.

    Microbiology

    3

    One course/one semester of microbiology. This course should include the study of microorganisms.

    Organic Chemistry or Biochemistry

    3

    One course/one semester of organic chemistry or biochemistry. Any course(s) fulfilling the organic or biochemistry prerequisite will not count towards additional chemistry prerequisites.

    Chemistry

    7

    Two courses/two semesters of any combination of inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, or biochemistry. Any course(s) fulfilling the organic or biochemistry prerequisite will not count towards additional chemistry prerequisites. A laboratory component for at least one of the chemistry courses is recommended.

    Human Anatomy

    4

    One course/one semester of human anatomy, or *two courses/two semesters if combination course. This course should cover all organ systems. A laboratory component is recommended. Course must be completed within 8 years of application *If a combined human anatomy and physiology course is completed with eight (8) credit hours required.

    Human Physiology

    4

    One course/one semester of human physiology, or *two courses/two semesters if combination course. This course should cover all organ systems. A laboratory component is recommended. Course must be completed within 8 years of application. *If a combined human anatomy and physiology course is completed, eight (8) credit hours is required.

    Psychology

    3

    One course/one semester of psychology. A psychology course covering the full spectrum of psychological development from childhood to advanced age and an abnormal psychology course will best prepare an applicant for success in the Program.

    Statistics

    3

    One course/one semester of statistics. This course should cover descriptive and inferential statistics.

    English Composition

    3

    One course/one semester of English composition. Other writing-intensive courses will be considered.

    Medical Terminology

    1

    One course/one semester of medical terminology. This course should cover all organ systems. Certificates are not accepted.

    Student applicants with greater than 16 credit hours of prerequisite courses to complete prior to their student applicant interview are not considered for admission. 

    Student applicants must self-report course information on the CASPA application prior to submission to the Program.  Official transcripts, from all institutions attended, confirming course grades must be submitted directly from the degree-granting institution to CASPA. 

    Survey science courses are not considered.  Student applicants are advised to complete of thorough review of course material for any science course completed greater than four years prior to matriculation. 

    Advanced Placement (AP) courses are considered.  Credit is not offered for prior experience.  Advanced standing is not offered.

  •   Degree Requirements

    Prior to matriculation, student applicants must earn a minimum of a baccalaureate degree from a regionally or national accredited college or university.  Student applicants must self-report degree information on the CASPA application prior to submission to the Program.  Official transcripts confirming degree completion must be submitted directly from the degree-granting institution to CASPA.

  •   Immunization and Screening Requirements

    Prior to matriculation, students must have a licensed health care provider verify the student’s immunization, tuberculosis screening, and urine drug screening status relative to the requirements listed below.  Clinical sites may have additional requirements.  Students are responsible for all costs associated with obtaining the Program’s immunization and screening requirements and any additional requirements of clinical sites providing supervised clinical practice experiences (SCPEs) for the student.  Students must submit their immunization records, tuberculosis screening results, and urine drug screen results to the online central screening service by the Program’s submission due dates.   

    The Program follows the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations for healthcare workers.  https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/adults/rec-vac/hcw.html  https://www.cdc.gov/tb/topic/testing/healthcareworkers.htm

     

    Immunization Table

    Hepatitis B

    Students are required to provide proof of immunity against hepatitis B virus (qualitative or quantitative Hep B Surface AB titer). 

    Students who do not have serologic evidence of immunity must get a 3-dose series of Recombivax HB or Engerix-B or a 2-dose series of Heplisav-B and then an anti-HBs serologic test 1-2 (one to two) months after the final dose.

    Measles, Mumps, & Rubella (MMR)

    Students are required to provide proof of immunity against measles, mumps, and rubella (qualitative or quantitative MMR antibody titer). 

    Students who do not have serologic evidence of immunity against measles, mumps, and rubella or who show insufficient immunity against any of the three components must get a booster vaccination and then a serologic test 6 (six) weeks later.

    Varicella

    Students are required to provide proof of immunity against varicella (qualitative or quantitative Varicella antibody titer or proof of a prior history of varicella or herpes zoster infection verified by a licensed health care provider). 

    Students who do not have serologic evidence of immunity against varicella must get two (2) doses of the varicella vaccine at least 4 (four) weeks apart and then a serologic test six (6) weeks later.

    COVID-19 Vaccination/Booster

    Matriculating and enrolled students in the LMU-SMS-Knoxville PA Program are not required but are encouraged to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination/booster. Students may apply for an exemption to the COVID-19 vaccine/booster through LMU. The Program will make every reasonable effort to accommodate clinical site placement for students who do not have proof of COVID-19 vaccination/booster or who have an exemption to the COVID-19 vaccine/booster through LMU; however, since clinical sites may require proof of COVID-19 vaccination/booster and may not accept an exemption to the COVID-19 vaccine/booster, this may result in a delay in graduation or failure to complete the Program curriculum within 54 months of initial matriculation.

    Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Tdap)

    Students are required to provide proof of Tdap vaccination as an adult.  Vaccination must be current through graduation.

    Influenza

    Students are required to provide proof of annual influenza vaccination.

    Tuberculosis (TB)

    Students are required to provide proof of TB blood test (QuantiFERON-TB Gold Plus [QFT-Plus] or T-SPOT TB test [T-Spot]) or TB skin test (Mantoux tuberculin skin test [TST]). 

    Students with a positive TB test (blood or skin) are required to have additional testing to determine if they have latent TB infection or TB disease.

    Urine drug screen

    Students are required to submit to a 10-panel urine drug screen.  A copy of the urine drug screen results with the list of substances tested is required.  A copy of the related prescription is required for any positive findings.

    Updated 4.6.2022

    Students may request a religious or medical exemption to the immunization/vaccination requirements by contacting the Program Director; however, clinical sites that provide supervised clinical practice experiences (SCPEs) may not allow for exemptions to the above requirements and may have additional requirements.

    Arrest/Criminal Background Check Policy 

    To ensure the safety of students, faculty, colleagues, and most importantly, patients; the Physician Assistant profession requires that both students and licensed health care professionals be able to pass criminal background checks.

    Therefore:
    Prior to matriculation, accepted students must submit to a criminal background check.

    Prior to beginning supervised clinical practice experiences (SCPEs), students must submit to a repeat criminal background check.

    From time to time, students may be required to submit to additional criminal background checks, which may include fingerprinting, based on clinical affiliation agreements with the Program’s Clinical Affiliates (Clinical Sites) or at the Program Director’s discretion.

    Any student arrested or formally charged with a violation of the law (other than minor traffic violations) must report the arrest or formal charge to the Program Director within two (2) business days after the arrest/formal charge.

    Students are responsible for the costs of criminal background checks and fingerprinting.

    The Program Director reviews any positive findings on pre-matriculation criminal background checks to determine if matriculation is appropriate. Any positive finding(s) on post-matriculation criminal background checks are reviewed by the Program Director to determine if referral to the Student Progress Committee for recommendations on progression in the Program is appropriate. Any student with felony convictions, pending felony charges, misdemeanor convictions, and pending misdemeanor charges are evaluated and advised on a case-by-case basis. 

    The Program reserves the right to rescind an offer of admission and prohibit progression in the Program to any student at any time based on the results of a criminal background check(s) or student refusal to submit to a criminal background check(s).  Additionally, Clinical Affiliates reserve the right to refuse students or remove students from their Clinical Site(s) based on the results of a criminal background check(s) or student refusal to submit to a criminal background check(s)/fingerprinting.  Positive findings on a criminal background check or student refusal to submit to a criminal background check may prevent the student from completing one or more components required by the Program and thereby prevent graduation.  Additionally, positive findings on a criminal background check may prevent a graduate from obtaining state licensure and/or hospital/practice credentialing.

    Drug/Alcohol Screen, and Driving While Under the Influence (DUI) Policy 

    Safe and competent delivery of patient care requires all providers to be free of impairment from drugs and alcohol. Prior to matriculation and prior to beginning SCPEs, students must submit the results of a urine drug screen to the Program. At times students may also be required to submit to additional drug and/or alcohol screens. Students are responsible for the cost of drug and alcohol screens. The Program Director reviews any positive findings (s) on the pre-matriculation urine drug screen to determine if matriculation is appropriate. Any positive findings on post-matriculation drug and alcohol screens are reviewed by the Program Director to determine if referral to the Student Progress Committee for recommendations on progression in the Program is appropriate. Students with prior DUI conviction or pending DUI charges are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

    The Program reserves the right to rescind an offer of admission and prohibit progression in the Program to any student at any time based on the results of a drug and/or alcohol screen(s) or student refusal to submit to a drug and/or alcohol screen(s).  Additionally, Clinical Affiliates reserve the right to refuse students or remove students from their Clinical Site(s) where SCPEs occur based on the results of a drug and/or alcohol screen(s) or student refusal to submit to drug and/or alcohol screens.  Positive findings on a drug/alcohol screen(s) or DUI arrest may prevent the student from completing the SCPEs required for graduation and may prevent graduates from obtaining state licensure and/or hospital/practice credentialing.

    Students under the age of 21 years may not possess, consume, sell, distribute, or be in the presence of alcoholic beverages on LMU grounds, in LMU facilities, at LMU activities, and at Clinical Sites of the Program’s Clinical Affiliates. 

  •   Technical Standards for Enrollment

    Minimum Technical Standards for Enrollment and Progression 

    The Program has identified minimum technical standards all applicants must meet to ensure successful completion of the Program and the delivery of competent, safe, and appropriate patient care during training and following graduation. All students in the Program must be able to demonstrate these health standards, cognitive and motor skills, and professional behaviors, including students with disabilities when reasonable accommodations are made by the Program, for Program matriculation, progression, and graduation.

    •   General Health

      Students must be able to participate in all educational activities (classroom, laboratory, and clinical settings). These educational activities may require more than 8 hours of active participation (sitting, standing, performing procedures, etc.) and exposure to various body fluids, communicable diseases, radiation, and toxic substances. Students must maintain a general state of physical and mental health necessary to operate under the typical demands and performance requirements of the Program and the PA profession. This includes standard preventive health measures such as annual immunizations. Students must be medically cleared (form provided in matriculation package) for enrollment if accepted to the Program. The Program requires all students enrolled in the Program to maintain health insurance coverage from matriculation through graduation.

    •   Motor and Fine Skills

      The provision of patient care often requires upright posture with sufficient total body strength, mobility, and cardiovascular endurance. Students must be able to tolerate physically taxing workloads and be able to sit, stand, and perform other activities for long periods of time. Students must be able to execute the physical movements required to maneuver in small places, calibrate and use equipment, position and move patients, and perform the technical procedures involved in the practice of medicine in surgery. 

    •   Critical Thinking and Cognitive Abilities

      Students must possess the intellectual capabilities required to complete the full curriculum and achieve the level of competence delineated by the Program and the PA profession. Critical thinking requires the intellectual ability to measure, calculate, synthesize and analyze a large and complex volume of medical and surgical information. The ability to comprehend three-dimensional and spatial relationships of structures is also required.  

    •   Computer Technology Skills

      Students must be able to utilize computerized information technology to access and manage online medical information, access learning management systems and participate in computerized testing as required by the Program, conduct research, prepare multimedia presentations, and participate in the management of computerized patient records and assessments.  

    •   Communication Skills

      Students must be able to speak, hear, and observe patients to gather pertinent data, describe their observations, and perceive nonverbal communications. Students must be able to effectively, efficiently, and with sensitivity, communicate with peers, faculty, staff, members of the health care team, patients, and families from different social and cultural backgrounds, orally and in writing, with clarity and accuracy. 

    •   Visual Ability

      Students must have the visual acuity needed to evaluate a patient during a physical examination, monitor patient stability, and perform a wide range of technical procedures involved in the practice of medicine and surgery. 

    •   Hearing and Tactile Ability

      Students must have the motor and sensory functions needed to elicit information from patients by palpation, auscultation, and percussion, as well as perform a wide range of technical procedures involved in the practice of medicine and surgery. 

    •   Interpersonal Ability

      Students must possess a wide range of interpersonal skills, including (1) the emotional health required for management of high stress situations while maintaining full intellectual abilities; (2) the ability to exercise good judgment; (3) the ability to complete all assigned patient care responsibilities; (4) the ability to manage time (arrive on time, prioritize activities, complete tasks efficiently); (5) the ability to develop a mature, sensitive and effective relationship with peers, faculty, staff, all members of the health care team,  patients, and families; (6) the ability to identify, use, understand and manage emotions in positive ways to relieve stress, communicate effectively, empathize with others, overcome challenges and defuse conflict; (7) the ability to recognize one’s own emotional state and the emotional states of others and engage with patients and families in a way that establishes confidence and trust; and (8) be able to accept constructive criticism and respond via appropriate behavior modification.

We look forward to working with you in this process. Please feel free to contact us should you have any questions.
LMU-SMS Knoxville PA Admissions Office:
[email protected] 
865.338.5685