L-R) David Metcalf, Michelle Heinan and Rex Hobbs.


October 7, 2008 - Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) is continuing its preparations for the University’s proposed Physician Assistant Program, slated to begin in May 2009. As National Physician Assistant Week is being celebrated around the country, the University is pleased to introduce the Physician Assistants who are at the helm of LMU’s proposed PA Program.

Dr. Michelle Heinan, EdD, MS, PA-C, serves 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 (Ohio) in 1998. Heinan has served as PA program director at two universities and most recently 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.

David Metcalf, PA-C, MPAS, serves as assistant professor of physician assistant studies and director of clinical education. Metcalf received his undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky and his master’s in physician assistant studies from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Prior to joining the faculty at LMU-DCOM, Metcalf worked as a physician assistant for 23 years, spending most of his healthcare career in general surgery, surgery subspecialties and primary care, including internal medicine. Metcalf spent much of his career practicing in Claiborne County, Tenn., and Bell County, Ky. His chief program responsibilities are to coordinate all clinical rotation sites for the proposed PA program.

Rex Hobbs, PA-C, MPAS, serves as assistant professor of physician assistant studies and director of didactic education. Hobbs received his physician assistant training from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and his master’s in physician assistant studies from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Prior to entering academia Hobbs spent 14 years working in rural and family medicine in Texas. Hobbs taught at the University of Texas Southwestern before joining the faculty at LMU-DCOM. Hobbs will be coordinating the on-campus curriculum of the PA program.

As part of LMU’s ongoing efforts to address the health-care shortage that plagues the University’s Appalachian service region, the University announced earlier this year that it was pursuing a proposed Physician Assistant Program to be housed and administered by LMU-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM). The 27-month program is slated to begin in May 2009. Applications are currently being accepted, and interviews will begin October 15. Interested applicants should visit the LMU-DCOM website at for more information about applying to the PA program.

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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