Congratulations on your choice to pursue a career as a Physician Assistant (PA), ranked by U.S. News & World Report #1 in “Best Health Care Jobs” in 2019 (https://money.usnews.com/careers/best-jobs/rankings/best-healthcare-jobs). PAs are in demand and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 37% increase in employment from 2016-2026 (https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/physician-assistants.htm#tab-6 ). And the median annual wage of over $104,000 provides a great return on investment (https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/physician-assistants.htm#tab-5 ).
The DCOM at LMU-Knoxville PA Program’s vision is to contribute to an improved patient experience in the Appalachian region and beyond, by providing an innovative and rigorous curriculum, with expanded training in surgical practice, that promotes patient-centered care. This will create PA graduates with the clinical knowledge and skills employers desire and the compassion and integrity patients deserve. To that end, we have developed a full-time 27-month curriculum supported by faculty and staff committed to preparing future colleagues who are regarded as highly knowledgeable, skilled, and professional.
This 115 credit hour curriculum provides a solid foundation in primary care medicine but also includes expanded training in surgical practice. During the first year (Didactic Phase), students complete 3 semesters of human cadaver anatomy and dissection. The clinical context for this course is provided by community physicians, surgeons, and PAs who demonstrate surgical exposures for common procedures on human cadavers. Topics presented in human cadaver anatomy are aligned with topics presented in clinical medicine, patient assessment, and clinical skills to help students link and apply concepts. During the second year (Clinical Phase), students complete 13 supervised clinical practice experiences (SCPEs) including required SCPEs in primary care disciplines, orthopedic surgery, and general surgery. Students complete 4 of the 13 SCPEs in an elective surgical or medicine discipline(s).
We will begin accepting applications through CASPA in the spring of 2019. We anticipate accepting 60 PA Students into our first class in May of 2020. Please email me with questions regarding application and admission or any other questions at Stephanie.Hull@LMUnet.edu. I look forward to supporting your academic success and professional development in the Program.
Stephanie Hull, EdS, MMS, PA-C
DCOM at LMU-Knoxville PA Program
LMU is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, specialist, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of LMU. LMU maintains accreditation from SACS to confer the Master of Medical Science (MMS) in Physician Assistant Studies to graduates of the DCOM at LMU-Knoxville PA Program.
The DCOM at LMU-Knoxville PA Program has applied for Accreditation – Provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). The DCOM at LMU-Knoxville PA Program anticipates matriculating its first class in May 2020, pending achieving Accreditation – Provisional status at the September 2019 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 graduation of the first class (cohort) of students.
The DCOM at LMU-Knoxville PA Program will not commence in the event that Accreditation – Provisional is not received. Contact the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc., (ARC-PA) at 12000 Findley Road, Suite 275, Johns Creek, Georgia 30097, call 770-476-1224, or visit the ARC-PA website (http://www.arc-pa.org/accreditation/standards-of-accreditation/) for questions about ARC-PA Standards.
PA graduates must pass the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) in order to practice in all states, the District of Columbia, and all American territories. PA graduates are only eligible to take the PANCE if they have graduated from a PA program accredited by the ARC-PA. The DCOM at LMU-Knoxville PA Program is responsible for obtaining and maintaining ARC-PA Accreditation and for complying with ARC-PA Standards and policies. The Program will inform all matriculating and enrolled PA Students in person and/or via email or U.S. mail of any change in the Program’s ARC-PA Accreditation status in addition to posting this information on the Program’s website.
Student candidates may apply to the program via The Central Application for Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA: https://caspa.liaisoncas.com/applicant-ux/#/login ) beginning in the spring of 2019. If you are interested in learning more about the admission requirements or program curriculum, please contact Stephanie Hull, EdS, MMS, PA-C via email at stephanie.hull@LMUnet.edu.
Our clinical partners are indispensable in the professional development of our PA Students. We are looking for health care professionals with an interest in lending their experience and expertise to developing and refining curriculum content, presenting surgical and medical topics, facilitating small group discussion, and providing supervised clinical practice experiences for our PA Students. Please contact Stephanie Hull, PA-C via email at stephanie.hull@LMUnet.edu or phone at 865.352.9868 for more information.