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About Us

The LMU Tampa PA Program, located in the University Square region of Tampa, Florida, anticipates having 100 students per cohort and having a January 2024 start date pending accreditation approval. The program is designed to educate PAs to practice primary care medicine with competence, professionalism, and compassion. The desire is to develop students into medical professionals caring for medically underserved and culturally diverse populations. The program aims to provide pointed instruction in cultural competence and deliver high-quality, compassionate healthcare to disadvantaged populations. The program will help students understand how to identify the social determinants of the health of their patients and arm them with the skills they need to overcome barriers to healthcare. Students will have opportunities to serve medically underserved populations throughout their educational experience.


Program Academic Credits and Degree Conferred (A3.12e)

The LMU Tampa PA Program, located in the University Square region of Tampa, Florida, is a full-time, 24-month, 115-credit graduate program that awards successful graduates with a Master of Medical Science (MMS) degree.

Curriculum Delivery (A3.12d)

The Program is divided into a 12-month didactic year and a 12-month clinical year. Course content is delivered through live and virtual lectures, case discussions, problem-based learning (PBL) and team-based learning (TBL) sessions, simulated patient encounters, laboratory sessions, and clinically supervised patient encounters. Course content is communicated via the LMU Blackboard Learning Management System. Active course engagement and participation are required. Reading assignments will involve course texts, articles, and materials available online at the LMU Medical Library

During the didactic year conducted on the Tampa Campus, students receive education in basic medical sciences, clinical skills, clinical medicine, and other topics influencing medical care in order to lay the foundation for the subsequent clinical year. The didactic phase will be conducted on the Tampa Campus via hybrid virtual learning, with approximately 25% of course material delivered in virtual and asynchronous formats. Unique to our Program, students are taught medicine in a modular format. Each module covers all aspects of that body system, from anatomy and pathophysiology to diagnosis and treatment. A case-based clinical integration course taught alongside each module allows students to apply lecture materials in a timely and synergistic manner. A medical Spanish course allows students to integrate medical Spanish communication with each body system-based module.

The clinical year is conducted in outpatient and hospital settings with licensed medical providers serving as preceptors. Students will have a four-week transition to clinical practice course followed by nine supervised clinical experiences. Halfway through the year, students will return to campus for a two-week mid-year evaluation followed by a two-week service to underserved populations course. During the year, students will receive further training in Medical Spanish, compile a portfolio of medical cases, log clinical skills, and complete a professional development project. At the end of the year, students will return to campus for a clinical conference and final evaluation in preparation for the national certification exam.

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Professional Accreditation

The Lincoln Memorial University Tampa PA Program has applied for Accreditation-Provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). The Lincoln Memorial University Tampa PA Program anticipates matriculating its first class in January 2024, pending achieving Accreditation-Provisional status at the June 2023 ARC-PA meeting. Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding accreditation-provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students.