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PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT PROGRAM AT LMU RECEIVES INITIAL ACCREDITATION



March 17, 2009 - The Physician Assistant Program at Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) has received provisional accreditation from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA).

ARC-PA site visitors visited the campus in January for an on-site review. The program’s accreditation application and supporting materials were reviewed at the most recent ARC-PA meeting. The next full review of the program will occur no earlier than four months after students have entered the program’s clinical phase and no later than six months after graduation of the inaugural class.

“We are excited to have received provisional accreditation,” said Dr. Michelle Heinan, director of the Physician Assistant Program. “The inaugural class is made up of students who are from the Appalachian region. The students are dedicated to the Physician Assistant Program’s mission of working in medically underserved areas with a focus in primary care and preventive medicine.”

The Physician Assistant Program’s inaugural class of 40 students will matriculate on May 18, 2009, with their first day of orientation. The program is a full-time, 27-month program that leads to the Master of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies. The program is housed and administered by the LMU-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM).

“We are pleased to have the Physician Assistant Program become a part of the many health professions programs at LMU,” said Dr. Ray Stowers, vice president and dean of LMU-DCOM. “PAs are a valuable member of the health care team and will help alleviate the health care shortages facing our region.”

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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