April 8, 2008 - Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) has announced the appointment of Dr. Michelle Heinan, EdD, MS, PA-C, as director of the University’s proposed Physician Assistant program.

Heinan received her undergraduate degree from Alderson-Broaddus College in Philippi, W.Va.; her master’s in health administration from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, Wis.; and her doctorate of education from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Heinan served as a physician assistant in family practice and occupational medicine settings before joining the faculty of the University of Findlay in Findlay, Ohio, in 1998. Heinan has served as physician assistant program director at East Carolina State University in Greeneville, N.C. and Methodist College in Fayetteville, N.C. She also served as associate professor and director of didactic education at Arizona School of Health Sciences in Mesa, Ariz. Most recently, Heinan served as Dean of the School of Health Sciences and Program Chair for Health Services Management at Argosy University/Twin Cities in Eagan, Minn.

Heinan was recently named a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. She is a member of the Physician Assistant Education Association, the American Academy of Physician Assistants, Phi Gamma Sigma International Professional Society and Society for the Preservation of Physician Assistant History. She serves as a reviewer for a number of publishers and publications, including the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice (IJAHSP).

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 . 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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