October 1, 2008 - Harrogate, Tennessee – As Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) continues preparations for its proposed Physician Assistant Program, the University is recognizing National Physician Assistant Week.

National Physician Assistant Week is observed each year from October 6 to October 12. The theme for this year’s National PA week is “Certified Physician Assistants: Valued Partners in Care.” This year also marks the 40th anniversary of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), a group whose mission is to promote quality, cost-effective, accessible health care, and to promote the professional and personal development of physician assistants.

A physician assistant is educated in the medical model. PAs are nationally certified and work side by side with both osteopathic and allopathic physicians in every medical specialty. PAs are licensed to diagnose illness, prescribe medications and assist in surgery. PAs are valued members of the physician-directed health care team.

As part of LMU’s ongoing efforts to address the health-care shortage that plagues the University’s Appalachian service region, the University announced earlier this year that it was pursuing a proposed Physician Assistant Program to be housed and administered by LMU-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM). The 27-month program is slated to begin in May 2009. Applications are currently being accepted, and interviews will begin October 15. Interested applicants should visit the LMU-DCOM website at for more information about applying to the PA program

The LMU-DCOM Physician Assistant Program is applying for accreditation from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA). Accreditation is anticipated to be granted in March, 2009. Accreditation is required prior to starting the program in order for graduates to be able to sit for the national certification examination for physician assistants, a credential required for state licensure. Should the program not receive accreditation, all deposits will be returned to candidates. Information on accreditation is available at The proposed Physician Assistant program would grant the Master of Medical Sciences degree in Physician Assistant Studies (MMS-PAS).

The DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine is located on the campus of Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee. LMU-DCOM is an integral part of LMU’s values-based learning community, and is dedicated to preparing the next generation of osteopathic physicians to provide healthcare in the often underserved region of Appalachia and beyond. For more information about LMU-DCOM, call 1-800-325-0900, ext. 7082, e-mail, or visit us online at


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