May 19, 2011 - The Physician Assistant Program at Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) welcomed its third class of students on May 16.

The 80 students in the PA Class of 2013 will pursue a full-time, 27-month program that leads to the Master of Medical Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies. The program is housed and administered by LMU-DCOM. With a class size of 80 students, the PA Program at LMU-DCOM is now in the top 5% of PA programs in the nation in terms of class size.

The PA Class of 2013 is 73% female and 27% male. The average age is 26 and the average GPA is 3.4. Approximately 66% of the class hails from the Appalachian region, with the majority of those coming from Tennessee, Kentucky or Virginia.

Ten students in the PA Class of 2013 have been selected to receive a portion of a $1.9 million federal grant awarded to LMU by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The grant was awarded under the “Affordable Care Act: Expansion of Physician Assistant Training Program” project, and will allow the 10 chosen students to receive a stipend to support them through the 27-month program. The recipients were chosen based on their commitment to becoming primary health care providers.

“We are all very excited about our third class starting and how the growth of the program is going to help in meeting the health care needs of the area,” said Assistant Dean and PA Program Director Rex Hobbs. “We have been able to recruit a fantastic and diverse group of students from the across the country who are eager to begin their educational journey. Great things are happening here at LMU-DCOM!”

The PA Program is an integral part of the health professions education taking place in the LMU-DCOM building. Medical school faculty members teach many of the PA Program courses and the PA students have full use of the building’s high quality learning labs. PA students at LMU-DCOM study cadaveric anatomy on-site in the Anatomy Lab and engage in medical scenario simulations in the building’s Simulation Lab. As with the osteopathic medical school classes, all PA Program classes are digitally recorded and archived for students’ use. All PA students are issued tablet PCs upon matriculation. Curricular materials are loaded directly onto the tablets or uploaded by the students from LMU’s online e-learning portal.

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 health care professionals to provide health care 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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Caption: The LMU-DCOM Physician Assistant Program Class of 2013.

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