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Pre-Physician Assistant

Pre-Physician Assistant

Program Overview

Program Overview

For those searching for a versatile, career in health care, there are many good reasons to consider becoming a physician assistant (PA), one of America's fastest-growing health care professions.  Physician assistants have become increasingly important health care team members in the past few decades. Equipped with a Lipscomb foundation, you will be prepared to complete a professional PA program, so that after approximately two graduate years, you will be qualified to begin diagnosing diseases, creating treatment plans, prescribing medications and providing other health care services for a wide variety of patients.  Should you have the interest and opportunity to engage in clinical research, your training here can also prepare you for that option.

Our experienced faculty will provide best-practice pedagogy and up-to-date knowledge of the prerequisite content essential to the preparation of successful pre-PA students.  You also will have free access to the expert advising, guidance, information resources and scholarship opportunities of the Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC).  In addition to helping you find relevant experiences to inform your understanding of the profession, we will guide you through an accurate self-assessment, hone your interview skills and write your letter of evaluation.

You’ll have access to state-of-the-art research facilities and labs, giving you an inside look into what a physician assistant program entails. And eventually, you will have the freedom to utilize your training in all areas of medicine including primary care, surgical procedures, emergency medicine and more. That journey begins here.



Our office can assist you in determining which courses you need to satisfy professional school requirements. Looking at the website for the professional program you're interested in is also helpful in learning more about the additional courses or requirements of the program.

Course requirements can vary from one health professional program to another. Generally, these are the courses required by most PA schools:

General Biology: Eight semester hours with labs
General Chemistry: Eight semester hours with labs
Organic Chemistry: Eight semester hours with labs
Physics: Four to six semester hours with lab(s)
General Psychology: Three semester hours
Developmental Psychology: Three semester hours
Medical Terminology: One semester hour
Human Anatomy & Physiology: Eight semester hours
Microbiology: Four semester hours
Math: Usually through Calculus I
English: Six semester hours

Expert faculty, small class sizes

Learn from award-winning, experienced faculty who actually care about you. Our small class sizes allow us to get to know you personally. We lead an approachable community within our respective programs. Our faculty connections are the experts on their subject matter, too.

Job placement

With a top-tier university education on your resume, you’ll be in high demand, whether you choose to launch your career or begin graduate school. Most of our programs have a placement rate of at least 90 percent within six months of graduation.


Become more competitive in the job market with an internship related to your interests. You’ll gain experience and boost your exposure. An internship will also help you learn whether you’ve chosen a career you’ll enjoy.

Service learning

We provide you the opportunity to enhance your academic understanding by applying what you’ve learned in class to service projects that benefit our community. Before graduation, you’ll participate in at least two SALT (Serving and Learning Together) projects.

Our Faculty

No matter what major you choose, we are ready to advise you on your path to becoming a physician assistant.

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    Beth Conway

    Prof of Bio & Assoc Chair

    Beth Conway is associate professor of Biology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Lipscomb University. She received her bachelor of science (B.S.) degree in Biochemistry and Molecular...

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    Ruth Henry

    Professor and Department Chair, Kinesiology

    Long-tenured Lipscomb faculty member in exercise science, she teaches the statistics and research courses.

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    Randy Bybee

    Department Chair - Physics and Professor

    Randy is a native Tennessean, having grown up in Gainesboro, a small town about 85 miles east of Nashville. After undergraduate work at Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, TN, Randy...

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    Jon Lowrance

    Department Chair - Biology

    Jon H. Lowrance is a professor of biology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Lipscomb University. He received his bachelor of science (B.S.) degree in Biology from...

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    Linda Phipps

    Director of Environmental Health Safety

    Phipps has over 35 years of experience in environmental science and chemistry. She served as the Pretreatment Coordinator for Dallas, TX, where she administered the pretreatment permitting and enforcement program...

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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.

Medical Transcriptionists

Medical transcriptionists, sometimes referred to as healthcare documentation specialists, listen to voice recordings that physicians and other healthcare workers make and convert them into written reports. They also may review and edit medical documents created using speech recognition technology. Transcriptionists interpret medical terminology and abbreviations in preparing patients’ medical histories, discharge summaries, and other documents.

Diagnostic Medical Sonographers and Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians, Including Vascular Technologists

Diagnostic medical sonographers and cardiovascular technologists and technicians, including vascular technologists, also called diagnostic imaging workers, operate special imaging equipment to create images or to conduct tests. The images and test results help physicians assess and diagnose medical conditions.