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Program Overview

The LMU-Knoxville PA Program’s vision is to contribute to an improved patient experience in the Appalachian region and beyond, by providing an innovative and rigorous curriculum, with expanded training in surgical practice, that promotes patient-centered care.  This will create PA graduates with the clinical knowledge and skills employers desire and the compassion and integrity patients deserve.  To that end, we have developed a full-time 27-month curriculum supported by faculty and staff committed to preparing future colleagues who are regarded as highly knowledgeable, skilled, and professional.

This 115 credit hour curriculum provides a solid foundation in primary care medicine but also includes expanded training in surgical practice.  During the first year (Didactic Phase), topics presented in human cadaver anatomy and dissection are aligned with topics presented in clinical medicine, patient assessment, and clinical skills to help students link and apply concepts.  During the second year (Clinical Phase), students complete 12 4-week supervised clinical practice experiences (SCPEs) including required SCPEs in primary care disciplines, general surgery, and selective SCPEs in general surgery or surgical subspecialties.

We will begin accepting applications through CASPA in the spring of 2019.  We anticipate accepting 60 PA Students into our first class in October of 2020.  

Professional Accreditation

The LMU-Knoxville PA Program has applied for Accreditation – Provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA).  The LMU-Knoxville PA Program anticipates matriculating its first class in October 2020, pending achieving Accreditation – Provisional status at the June 2020 ARC-PA meeting.  Accreditation – Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding Accreditation – Provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for graduation of the first class (cohort) of students.

The LMU-Knoxville PA Program will not commence in the event that Accreditation – Provisional is not received.  Contact the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc., (ARC-PA) at 12000 Findley Road, Suite 275, Johns Creek, Georgia 30097, call 770-476-1224, or visit the ARC-PA website  (http://www.arc-pa.org/accreditation/standards-of-accreditation/) for questions about ARC-PA Standards.

PA graduates must pass the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) in order to practice in all states, the District of Columbia, and all American territories.  PA graduates are only eligible to take the PANCE if they have graduated from a PA program accredited by the ARC-PA.  The LMU-Knoxville PA Program is responsible for obtaining and maintaining ARC-PA Accreditation and for complying with ARC-PA Standards and policies.  The Program will inform all matriculating and enrolled PA Students in person and/or via email or U.S. mail of any change in the Program’s ARC-PA Accreditation status in addition to posting this information on the Program’s website.

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