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Endeavor

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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.

Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements

Requirements Overview

Admission Process

Courses

Courses

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 2021-22

  Tuition Fees* Total
Semester 1 $15,250 $2,619 $17,869
Semester 2 $15,250 $1,829 $17,079
Semester 3 $15,250 $1,829 $17,079
Semester 4 $15,250 $2,024 $17,274
Semester 5 $15,250 $1,077 $16,327
Semester 6 $15,250 $1,077 $16,327
Semester 7 $15,250 $1,272 $16,522
Total Cost** $118,477

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

Financial Aid

100%

PANCE Pass Rate for the class of 2020

Networking

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.

Nashville

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.

99.4%

National job placement rate

Our Faculty

  • Wade Denney headshot

    Wade 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...

    Meet Wade Denney
  • Linda Elrod headshot

    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...

    Meet Linda Elrod
  • Stephen Heffington headshot

    Stephen Heffington

    Program Director, School of Physician Assistant St

    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...

    Meet Stephen Heffington
  • Terri Jerkins

    Terri Jerkins

    Adjunct Faculty

    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...

    Meet Terri Jerkins
  • Casie Ramierz headshot

    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...

    Meet Casie Ramirez
  • Jenny Robinson headshot

    Jenny Robinson

    Assistant Professor

    Jenny Robinson, Director of Clinical Education and Assistant Professor, has been a PA faculty member at Lipscomb University since 2017. She earned her Bachelor of Science from Lipscomb University while...

    Meet Jenny Robinson
  • Kelly Smart headshot

    Kelly Smart

    Assistant Professor

    Kelly Martelli Smart attended Austin Peay State University for her undergraduate education with a Biology/Chemistry distributive major. She then obtained a Master in the Science of Medicine degree from Trevecca Nazarene...

    Meet Kelly Smart
  • Matt Steidl headshot

    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...

    Meet Matt Steidl
  • Lauren Webb headshot

    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...

    Meet Lauren Webb
  • Cindy Wingert headshot

    Cindy Wingert

    Assistant Professor

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

    Meet Cindy Wingert
  • Geoffrey Wright headshot

    Geoff Wright

    Assistant Professor

    Geoff Wright, Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Studies, joined Lipscomb's PA program in the summer of 2020. Prior to Lipscomb, Wright, a certified PA, spent three years as a hospitalist...

    Meet Geoff Wright
Tied #1 in Nation

1st Time PANCE Pass Rate

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.