Welcome to the LMU-Knoxville PA Program. Consistent with the mission and purpose of LMU, the mission of the LMU-Knoxville PA Program is to train future PAs to provide high-quality, patient-centered care in the Appalachian region and beyond by providing a rigorous educational experience, with expanded training in surgical sciences, which supports each student’s academic success and professional development. To that end, we have developed an innovative 27-month curriculum supported by faculty and staff committed to preparing future colleagues who are regarded as highly knowledgeable, skilled, and professional. 

Students complete four semesters in the classroom (Didactic Phase) and three semesters in the clinical setting (Clinical Phase).  Instruction during the Didactic Phase includes a blend of learning activities including traditional lectures, small group discussions, laboratory sessions, and simulated patient encounters.  In addition to providing a solid foundation in primary care medicine, the curriculum includes three (3) semesters of Clinically Oriented Anatomy and Dissection in a donor laboratory where, in addition, to the use of prosected donors, students complete dissections and practice clinical procedures.  During Supervised Clinical Practice Experiences (SCPEs) in the Clinical Phase, students apply concepts learned in the Didactic Phase to patient encounters in primary care and surgical disciplines. Three (3) SCPEs may be completed in surgical and/or acute care disciplines offered by the Program. This provides students with an opportunity to “customize” part of the Clinical Phase experience to meet their professional goals. 

Successful completion of this curriculum requires a high degree of dedication and personal sacrifice. During orientation in the first semester, students are assigned a Faculty Mentor who will help them develop a plan for academic success and professional development in the Program and serve as a resource for academic concerns. In addition, I encourage all students to share in each other’s academic and personal successes and to lean on classmates and Program faculty and staff when challenges arise. 

Thank you for trusting the LMU-Knoxville PA Program to help prepare you to become a compassionate and respected PA in the Appalachian region and beyond.


Stephanie Hull, EdS, MMS, PA-C
Assistant Dean, and Program Director
LMU-Knoxville PA Program