May 14, 2013 - The Physician Assistant Program at Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) welcomed its fifth class of students on May 13.

The students in the PA Class of 2015 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 and is now in the top 5% of PA programs in the nation in terms of class size.

The PA Class of 2015 is 63% female and 36% 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 2015 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.

The PA Program is an integral part of the health professions education taking place at LMU-DCOM. Medical school faculty members teach many of the PA Program courses and the PA students have full use of LMU-DCOM’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, email, or visit us online at

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Caption: The LMU-DCOM PA Program Class of 2015.

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