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Program Overview

Program Overview

There's no better place to reach your potential as a physician assistant than in Nashville, the health care industry capital of the U.S. Let us help you prepare for a career of service; use our small class sizes to your advantage. Learn from veteran faculty in our state-of-the-art facilities. Get to know the health care community around you and gain experience in area hospitals and labs. After all, classroom learning is not all you'll need — nor all you'll receive. 

Faith is an important infusion to learning here: in ethics, mentoring, the clinical experience or servanthood. Our PA program will serve your spiritual and vocational goals, as you train to serve others.

And once you graduate, you'll join your peers — who all got the job they wanted in a field with a national 99.4 percent job placement rate.

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Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements

Requirements Overview

Admission Process



The following courses of study are designed to prepare a student for the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies degree at Lipscomb University.

  • PA 5012 - Introduction to PA Practice and Health Care

Semester I

  • PA 5012 - Introduction to PA Practice and Health Care
  • PA 5065 - Human Anatomy
  • PA 5104 - Physiology & Pathophysiology I
  • PA 5022 - Ethics in Health Care
  • PA 5033 - Medical Communications
  • PA 5042 - Biostatistics and Evidence Based Medicine

Semester II

  • PA 5204 - Physiology & Pathophysiology II
  • PA 5156 - Clinical Medicine I
  • PA 5114 - Pharmacology & Medical Therapeutics I
  • PA 5263 - Clinical Assessment
  • PA 5272 - Laboratory and Diagnostic Methods I

Semester III

  • PA 5303 - Physiology & Pathophysiology III
  • PA 5256 - Clinical Medicine II
  • PA 5214 - Pharmacology & Medical Therapeutics II
  • PA 5513 - Introduction to Surgery
  • PA 5502 - Introduction to Behavioral and Mental Health
  • PA 5282 - Laboratory and Diagnostic Methods II

Semester IV

  • PA 5356 - Clinical Medicine III
  • PA 5523 - Introduction to Women's Health
  • PA 5533 - Introduction to Pediatrics
  • PA 5233 - Advanced Clinical Skills
  • PA 6001 - Professional Practicum
  • PA 5543 - Introduction to Emergency Medicine

Semester V/VI/VII

  • PA 6016 - Pediatrics
  • PA 6026 - Behavioral and Mental Health
  • PA 6036 - Women's Health
  • PA 6046 - Emergency Medicine
  • PA 6056 - Surgery
  • PA 6066 - Internal Medicine
  • PA 6076 - Family Medicine
  • PA 6XN6 - Clinical Elective I
Tuition & Aid

Tuition & Aid

Tuition and Fees for 2020-21

  Tuition Fees* Total
Semester 1 $14,820 $2,567 $17,387
Semester 2 $14,820 $1,777 $16,597
Semester 3 $14,820 $1,777 $16,597
Semester 4 $14,820 $1,972 $16,792
Semester 5 $14,820 $1,059 $15,879
Semester 6 $14,820 $1,059 $15,879
Semester 7 $14,820 $1,254 $16,074
Total Cost** $115,205

* Student, lab, technology and graduation fees
** All amounts shown are estimates and subject to change.

Financial Aid


National job placement rate


Both our deeply connected faculty and our experiential learning opportunities offer myriad ways for you to form relationships with leaders in the industry. These connections will serve and support you throughout your career.

Research Opportunities

We know that you want to be an innovator in the field. That’s why we offer unique research opportunities in our state-of-the-art facilities with our world-class faculty so that you can hone your expertise.


A big city. An even bigger opportunity. We consider Nashville an extension of our classroom, and as a leading city in many industries, that means you’ll gain experience and insight you won’t find anywhere else.

Our Faculty

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    Thomas Denney

    Medical Director

    B.S.- Biochemistry, Lipscomb University M.D.- University of Tennessee College of Medicine Spouse- Jeanine Jolly Denney (MBA '02) Children- Julia Denney Styles ('11) , Patricia Denney Peña ('14) Wade returns to Lipscomb to join the...

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  • Linda Elrod

    Linda Elrod

    Assistant Professor

    Elrod ('77), assistant professor of physician assistant studies, holds a Master of Science in Medicine from Trevecca Nazarene University and is a Physician Assistant-Certified (PA-C). She has eight years...

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  • Stephen Heffington

    Stephen Heffington

    Assistant Professor

    Heffington is the program director of the School of Physician Assistant Studies and assistant professor of medicine. He holds a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Tennessee and...

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  • Terri Jerkins

    Terri Jerkins

    Assistant Professor

    Jerkins is the medical director and assistant professor for the School of Physician Assistant Studies. Jerkins received her Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in...

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    Casie Ramirez

    Assistant Professor

    An Alabama native, Casie comes to us with nine years of experience as a physician assistant in various clinical settings. She is a graduate of the University of Alabama at...

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  • Jenny Robinson

    Jenny Robinson

    Assistant Professor

    Robinson ('09), assistant professor of physician assistant studies and director of clinical education and quality assurance, holds a Master of Science in Medicine from Trevecca Nazarene University and is Physician...

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  • Kelly Smart

    Kelly Smart

    Assistant Professor

    Smart, assistant professor of physician assistant studies, holds a Master of Science in Medicine from Trevecca Nazarene University and is Physician Assistant-Certified (PA-C). Smart worked in orthopedics for 10 years...

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  • Matt Steidl

    Matt Steidl

    Assistant Professor

    Steidl ('00), assistant professor of physician assistant studies, holds a Master in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and is Physician Assistant-Certified (PA-C). Steidl has...

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  • Lauren Webb

    Lauren Webb

    Assistant Professor

    Lauren Webb, assistant professor of physician assistant studies, holds a Doctor of Medical Science from the University of Lynchburg, attended PA school at Mississippi College, and is a Certified Physician...

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    Cynthia Wingert

    Assistant Professor

    With over 17 years of teaching experience, Cindy comes to LU from The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Cindy's primary area of interest is teaching human gross anatomy; however,...

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    Geoffrey Wright

    Assistant Professor

    As a certified PA, Geoff has spent the past three years as a hospitalist and acute care specialist at a community hospital in the foothills of North Carolina. Prior to...

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Career Paths

Physician Assistants

Physician assistants, also known as PAs, practice medicine on teams with physicians, surgeons, and other healthcare workers. They examine, diagnose, and treat patients.