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APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED FOR PROPOSED PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT PROGRAM AT LMU



January 21, 2009 - Harrogate, Tennessee – The application deadline for the proposed Physician Assistant program at Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) has been extended to Friday, March 6, 2009.

The proposed Physician Assistant program would be housed and administered by the LMU-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM). 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 www.arc-pa.org. The proposed Physician Assistant program would grant the Master of Medical Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies (MMS).

The PA program at LMU-DCOM offers graduate level professional education for students who desire to become Physician Assistants. The program will provide the academic and clinical training needed to practice as a competent, reliable extender of the physician. The program is a full-time, 27-month curriculum that provides students the opportunity to earn a MMS and certificate of completion to meet the eligibility requirements for the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE). The program is divided into a 14-month didactic, preclinical phase and a 13-month clinical phase. The didactic program is conducted at the LMU-DCOM facility. The clinical portion of the program is provided at urban and rural single and multi-specialty clinics and community and tertiary hospital settings in the southeastern United States with physician and PA preceptors.

Applications are available online at www.lmunet.edu/dcom/pa.htm or by calling (423) 869-6669. Interviews are currently underway, and classes will begin in May 2009 pending provisional accreditation by the ARC-PA.

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 dcom@lmunet.edu, or visit us online at www.lmunet.edu/dcom.

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