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Admissions

Your PA Career Begins Here

The LMU SMS Tampa PA Program seeks to recruit students whose personal goals are consistent with both the LMU Tampa PA Program’s and Lincoln Memorial University’s mission. Students who are professional, compassionate, enjoy the study of medicine and have the desire to serve diverse medically underserved populations are an optimal fit for the LMU Tampa PA Program.

Basic Admissions Requirements:

The CASPA application opens on April 27, 2023, for the 2023/2024 Admissions cycle.

The deadline for applicants to submit their CASPA application is November 1, 2023, for the class that will begin in January 2024.

  •   Minimum Degree Requirements:

    Applicants must have earned a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited University/College or a bachelor’s degree certified through World Education Services or other similar services prior to matriculation.

     

  •   Minimum GPA requirements:

    The minimum required GPA for PA Program applicants is 2.80 cumulative GPA and a 2.80 science GPA. Applicants with higher GPA scores are more likely to be selected for an interview. 

  •   Minimum Prerequisite course Requirements:

    1. Microbiology- a minimum of 3 credit hours
    2. Organic chemistry or Biochemistry- a minimum of 3 credit hours
    3. Human anatomy and Physiology- a minimum of 6 credit hours
    4. Statistics- a minimum of 3 credit hours
    5. Psychology- a minimum of 3 credit hours
    6. Medical Terminology- 1 semester credit hour or an online certification course 

    All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to matriculation. If a candidate is selected for admission with incomplete prerequisite courses, it is a provisional acceptance, and the student must provide proof of successful completion of the courses prior to matriculation.

    Prerequisite course grades below “C” are not accepted.

    Prerequisite 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 to Pass/Fail or Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory due to COVID adjustments are acceptable. Any other courses taken as Pass/Fail will not be considered prerequisite course fulfillment.

    Applicants must report course information for prerequisite courses on their CASPA application prior to submission.

    Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) of equivalent courses are considered in the fulfillment of the Program’s course prerequisite requirements.

  •   Technical Standard Requirements

    Applicants must be able to meet all of the program’s technical standards.

    Technical Standard Requirements

  •   CASPA Application Requirement (Central Application Service for Physician Assistants)

    An electronic application must be completed via the CASPA portal.

  •   Recommendation Letter Requirement

    Two letters of recommendation from individuals, medical providers, and/or academic instructors who know you well and can attest to your potential for success. Recommendation letters cannot be submitted from family members or friends.

     

  •   Official transcript requirement

    Official transcripts must be sent through the CASPA portal.

Application Checklist

The following three (3) items must be submitted through the CASPA (Central Application Service for Physician Assistants) Portal before an application is reviewed by the LMU Tampa PA Program:

1. CASPA electronic application 
2. Two letters of recommendation
3. Official transcripts 

Admission Process

The LMU Tampa PA Program follows a rolling admissions cycle. Applications are reviewed as soon as they are received by the Program and will continue to be reviewed until all available seats in the upcoming cohort are filled. Applications 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 the submission of transcripts and two reference letters. The application, official transcripts, and letter of recommendation must be submitted before applicants are considered for an interview. Applicants with stronger academic profiles and those who have backgrounds demonstrating that they will be most successful in fulling the program’s mission are more likely to be selected for an interview. Applicants selected for an interview are contacted via telephone and/or email to schedule the interview. The Admissions Committee meets after applicant interview sessions and makes one of three decisions: (1) offer admission, (2) place the applicant on the waitlist, or (3) decline the offer of admission. Applicants are notified of the Admission Committee’s decision in writing as soon as possible (usually within 4-6 weeks) following their interview.

Application Process

The LMU Tampa PA Program strives to select candidates who desire to practice primary care, who will strive to improve the health of medically underserved communities, and who have the professional qualities to advance the PA profession. Candidates with backgrounds demonstrating that they are most likely to be successful in fulfilling the program’s mission will be considered as part of our holistic admissions process. In addition to those with strong academic profiles, applicants with the following backgrounds are given preference in the application review process:

 

  •   Medical and Healthcare Experience:

    Medical experience hours are not required for admission to the LMU Tampa PA Program. However, medical experience is preferred in the holistic admissions process. We review applications for both quantity and quality of medical experience. In accordance with the program's mission, candidates with experiences in medically underserved areas will be given special consideration.

  •   Volunteer Service:

    Volunteer service is not required for admission to the LMU Tampa PA Program. However, applicants who demonstrate outstanding and altruistic commitment to service and volunteerism will be given preference in the admissions process.

  •   Shadowing Hours:

    Shadowing hours are not required for admission to the LMU Tampa PA Program. However, shadowing hours are preferred in the admissions process as they help applicants learn more about their chosen field prior to entering a PA program.

  •   Leadership roles held:

    Past leadership roles are not required for admission to the LMU Tampa PA Program. However, applicants who have held leadership positions will be given preference in the admissions process. We review applications for both quantity and quality of leadership roles in the application review process.

  •   Extracurricular Activities (including athletics participation):

    Extracurricular activities are not required for admission to the LMU PA Program-Tampa. However, applicants who have participated in extracurricular activities will be given preference in the admissions process.

  •   Military Service

    Military Service is not required for admission to the LMU PA Program-Tampa. However, applicants who have served in any military branch will be given preference in the admissions process.

  •   LMU Laboratory Science Degree or LMU GPA Degree

    An undergraduate degree from LMU is not required for admission to the LMU PA Program-Tampa. However, applicants who have graduated from the LMU Laboratory Science or LMU GPA programs will be preferred in the application review process.

    * Note, students enrolled in LMU’s GPA program who apply to the Program through CASPA are guaranteed an interview if they meet the Program’s criteria for application and admission. Completion of an interview does not guarantee an offer of admission.

  •   an economically disadvantaged background or an underrepresented minority group (URM).

    Being from an economically disadvantaged group or an underrepresented ethnic minority is not required for admission to the LMU PA Program-Tampa. However, applicants from economically disadvantaged backgrounds or medically underrepresented minority ethnic groups will be given preference in the admissions process.

Equal Opportunity Statement

We welcome applications regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, or age. Our commitment to equal opportunity includes nondiscrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

Financial Information and Resources

Your education is one of the most important investments you will ever make. The University's financial aid office's goal is to provide a comprehensive system of financial services and help the student become informed borrower and student.

For more information about financial services, visit Graduate & Professional Student Financial Services (lmunet.edu)

Visit Current & Prospective Students: Tampa, FL (lmunet.edu) for a quick view of the estimated program fees, University's refund policy, and health insurance requirements.

 

International Applicants

For applicants who have earned degrees outside the United States, the following must be completed, in addition to the above admission requirements, prior to applying:

* Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with minimum scores of 550 (paper based), 173 (computer based), or 61 (internet-based), if the applicant’s native language is not English.

* Completion of the LMU Tampa PA Program prerequisite coursework at an accredited institution of higher education in the United States, even if these courses were previously taken in the applicant’s native country. International coursework will not be accepted for prerequisite requirements.

* Students who have taken coursework outside the United States must submit a course-by-course academic credential evaluation from a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES)  credentialing organization. The agency must find that the coursework is equivalent to at least a bachelor’s degree for the applicant to be considered for admission to the LMU Tampa PA Program.

Student Transfers/Advanced Placement

Due to the nature of the program and its curriculum, the LMU Tampa PA Program will not accept transfers from other PA programs, nor will advanced placement be considered in the program. Prerequisite courses will NOT be considered substitutes for any content within the LMU Tampa PA Program.

 

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.