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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.

  •   If I don't have a bachelor's degree yet, can I still apply to the program?

    Yes, but you will need to meet all the required prerequisites, including completing a bachelor's degree prior to matriculation into the program if accepted. No prerequisite courses can be taken while in the professional phase of the program.

  •   Do I need to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)?

    Applicants to the LMU Tampa PA Program are NOT required to take or submit GRE scores for program admission. Even if submitted to CASPA, GRE scores are not part of admission consideration.

  •   What is the admissions process?

    The LMU Tampa PA Program is a participant of CASPA. You can apply to CASPA in April when they begin accepting application materials. Completed applications are reviewed as they are received. Applicants are notified as soon as possible regarding interview selection. After interviews, we will notify applicants regarding admissions decisions as soon as possible (usually within four to six weeks).

  •   Do I need to have a background check prior to attending the PA Program?

    Yes, all students accepted into the PA Program will be required to have a background check prior to being fully accepted into the program.

  •   Will I need to have a drug screen prior to admission to the PA Program?

    Yes, if accepted into the PA Program, you will be required to have a "URINE 13 PANEL" drug screen. Hospital sites during clinical rotation may also require additional drug screening. Students will be responsible for obtaining and paying for all drug screens and submitting them to the program and clinical sites.

  •   When do you interview applicants and who is allowed to interview?

    Only applicants who are selected by the admissions committee are offered interviews. Interviews will begin in July and continue regularly until the class is filled. It is important to note that only applicants with complete applications in CASPA will be considered for an interview.

  •   What does it mean if I am put on the alternate list?

    Candidates not initially offered acceptance into the Program may be placed on the alternate list. The alternate list applicants are reviewed at regular intervals throughout the admissions cycle to reconsider offers of acceptance. Candidates who are moved from the alternate list to the acceptance list will be notified once that decision is made.

  •   Is shadowing a PA or other health professional required before applying to the program?

    Applicants to the LMU Tampa PA Program are not required to shadow medical providers for program admission. However, because shadowing offers applicants a chance to increase their understanding of the role of the PA, shadowing is a part of our preferred experiences in our wholistic applicant evaluation process.

  •   Will I be able to work while a student in the program?

    The LMU Tampa PA Program strongly advises against working while attending the program. The PA Program is intense, requiring about 40 hours per week in class and an additional 3-4 hours every day for study time in order to attain success. Students who are most likely to be successful will not attempt to work during the program. Additionally, students are not allowed to serve as Program staff at any time during their enrollment in the Program.

  •   Is housing available?

    The University does not provide housing options for LMU Tampa PA Program students. Students will be responsible for locating and paying for their own housing throughout the duration of the 24-month program, including while on clinical rotations.

  •   Can I visit the LMU Tampa Campus to see the program?

    When the facilities are ready, we will offer program tours. These tours will include information about curriculum, admissions, a facility tour, and a chance to interact with faculty.

  •   Am I able to attend the program part-time?

    No, due to the structure and timing of the curriculum, all students accepted to the program must attend full-time throughout the entirety of the 24-month Program. 

  •   Do you have an orientation for new students?

    Yes, we conduct a new student orientation at the beginning of the program for those students who have been accepted into the program. Orientation for the program will take place during the first week of matriculation for each new class.

  •   What part of the application is most important for admissions decisions?

    All applicants must meet the minimum degree, GPA, and prerequisite course requirements to be considered for an interview. The admissions committee also considers cumulative and science grade point averages, reference letters, personal essays, and the Program’s preferred experiences as part of the wholistic admissions process when selecting which applicants to interview. Admissions requirements and preferred experiences are on the Program’s admissions webpage.

  •   Can I apply if I haven't completed all the prerequisite courses?

    Yes, but you must successfully complete all required prerequisite courses with a grade of "C" or higher prior to matriculation into the program if accepted. Applicants must provide documentation of the plan to complete prerequisite courses if/when invited for an interview. Applicants who have not completed all prerequisites at the time of admission will receive a contingent offer, pending successful completion of any remaining prerequisites.

  •   Do you accept transfer credits or offer advanced placement?

    No, we do not accept transfer credits or offer advanced placement. All students must complete all 115 credits/all courses in the Program to be eligible for the MMS degree.

  •   Where are the clinical sites located?

    Numerous clinical sites are available throughout Florida. The program also has established sites in other states in the continental United States. Students are responsible for their lodging, transportation, and meals throughout the 24-month program, including while on clinical rotations wherever clinical placements occur.

  •   Will I have any input into where my clinical rotations will be?

    Students will have input into this process, but ultimately, the Clinical Director will place the student where they will obtain the best experience based on their level of skill and knowledge.