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College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences

Make a Difference with Us.

In today’s health care industry, the needs of patients are evolving and changing and the amount of technological advancements impacting health care is increasing. More than ever, we need people in health management and administration positions who know how to apply knowledge to rapidly changing situations and establish themselves as valuable, innovative leaders in the industry. Through Lipscomb’s pioneering interdisciplinary programs and experiential education, we’ll teach you the valuable skills to get there, including creative problem-solving, quick and efficient priority-setting and compassionate care. Our selection of residency programs in various health fields throughout Middle Tennessee and dual degree opportunities in informatics and management will prepare you to navigate some of the most in-demand areas of health care.

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Undergraduate Programs

You will leave our program prepared to make a difference for the patients and community you serve, and equipped to lead with innovation, compassion and deep knowledge in a growing health care industry.

Undergraduate Programs
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Graduate & Professional Programs

A graduate degree earned in Nashville, the nation’s health care capital, holds a tremendous amount of value. At Lipscomb, you won’t just study the current health care landscape, you’ll be in the heart of it.

Graduate & Professional Programs
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Become a Physician Assistant

Lipscomb’s interdisciplinary, year-round PA program can be completed in seven semesters across 27 months. Through our graduate program, you will strengthen your knowledge in basic medical science and clinical medicine courses, and engage in hands-on industry training through eight six-week clinical rotations in pediatrics, behavioral and mental health, women’s health, emergency medicine, surgery, internal medicine, family medicine as well as a clinical elective of your choice.

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Online RN-to-BSN

Our affordable and flexible online RN-to-BSN program will prepare you to take the next step in your nursing career as you live out your calling. Our expert faculty and rigorous courses will equip you with the skills to advance in your profession and most importantly, serve patients with knowledge, compassion and quality care.

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People

Meet the key people that make up the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences.

  • Roger Davis

    Roger Davis

    Vice Provost for Health Affairs

    Roger L. Davis graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy with a Bachelor of Science in 1971 and a Doctor of Pharmacy in 1972. He served on the...

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  • Scott Akers

    Scott Akers

    Chair, Pharmaceutical Sciences

    Akers received his Pharm.D. from the University of Tennessee and his Ph.D. in Clinical Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Kentucky. While at the University of Kentucky, he was a...

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  • Beth Breeden

    Beth Breeden

    Chair, Health Care Informatics

    Beth Breeden is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice. Her practice and research efforts include healthcare informatics, cognitive computing, artificial intelligence, and innovative/disruptive technologies such as blockchain....

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  • Donita Brown

    Donita Brown

    Instructor in Health Care Management

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  • Abbie Burka

    Abbie Burka

    Assistant Professor

    Abbie Burka has been an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Lipscomb University since 2012. Burka currently serves as Director of Interprofessional Education, where she coordinates collaborative learning opportunities for...

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  • Tom Campbell

    Tom Campbell

    Interim Dean, College of Pharmacy

    Thomas Campbell is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy in Nashville. Campbell received his Doctor of Pharmacy...

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  • Chelsea Christopher

    Chelsea Christopher

    Pharmacy Resident

    Christopher received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and completed a dual Doctor of Pharmacy and Masters of Health Informatics and Information Management...

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  • Kevin Clauson

    Kevin Clauson

    Associate Professor

    Kevin A. Clauson is an Associate Professor at Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences. Clauson interacts with student pharmacists in courses including health informatics and independent research in...

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  • Sarah Collier

    Sarah Collier

    Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences

    Sarah Collier joined Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy as an Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences in the Fall of 2018. Collier earned her bachelor of science degree in Biological Sciences with...

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  • Zac Cox

    Zac Cox

    Associate Professor

    Zac Cox attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where he studied pre-pharmacy. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of...

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  • Rachel Crouch

    Rachel Crouch

    Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences

    Crouch received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Applied Biochemistry and Spanish from Lipscomb University in 2008 and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy in...

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  • Joe Deweese

    Joe Deweese

    Associate Professor

    Joe Deweese is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and received his Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from Freed-Hardeman University in 2004 and his Doctor of Philosophy...

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  • Kevin Eidson

    Kevin Eidson

    Assistant Professor

    Eidson joined Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy as an assistant professor of pharmacy practice in August of 2010. He teaches Pharmacy Law and Ethics and assists with coordinating continuing...

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  • Linda Elrod

    Linda Elrod

    Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Studies

    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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  • April Ezell

    April Ezell

    Instructor

    Ezell is an instructor in the kinesiology program. She was raised in Cincinnati, Ohio and attended Lipscomb from 1978-1983. While at Lipscomb, she was a member of the Lady Bisons,...

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  • Freda Fuller

    Freda Fuller

    Assistant Professor

    Freda Fuller is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing. Her current teaching responsibilities include Nursing Leadership, Applied Christian Values, and Pharmacology. She has taught Nursing as...

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  • Chad Gentry

    Chad Gentry

    Associate Professor

    Gentry currently is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacy and is the Director of Experiential Education Quality Assurance. Gentry received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University...

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  • Lynn Griffith

    Lynn Griffith

    Professor

    Griffith began working at Lipscomb in the fall of 1980. During his time at Lipscomb, Griffith has served as department chair of the former Health and Physical Education Department, men's...

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  • Ben Gross

    Ben Gross

    Director of Assessment COP & HS

    Gross received his Bachelor of Science degree in biology at Murray State University and his Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of Tennessee. Gross completed a specialty residency in...

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  • Susan Hamblin

    Susan Hamblin

    Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice

    Hamblin received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Mississippi in 2007. She completed her Pharmacy Practice Residency at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. in 2008 and completed...

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  • Chelsia Harris

    Chelsia Harris

    Executive Director, Nursing

    Chelsia Harris is originally from Hartman, Arkansas. She earned her bachelor of science in nursing degree from Arkansas Tech University in 2004, her master of science in nursing degree as...

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  • Sarah Hayden

    Sarah Hayden

    Assistant Professor of Nursing

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  • Stephen Heffington

    Stephen Heffington

    Assistant Professor of Medicine

    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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  • Ruth Henry

    Ruth Henry

    Vice Chair, Kinesiology and Nutrition

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

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  • Mary Hesselrode

    Mary Hesselrode

    Associate Executive Director for Academics

    Mary Hesselrode, assistant professor, earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Harding University in Searcy, Ark., and her Master of Science from Texas Woman's University in Dallas. Hesselrode worked...

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  • Gail Humes

    Gail Humes

    Associate Professor of Nursing

    Gail Humes comes to Lipscomb from Cumberland University with over 10 years experience educating BSN and MSN nursing students in the classroom, clinical and online settings. Humes' primary area of...

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  • Nancy Hunt

    Nancy Hunt

    Associate Professor

    Nancy Hunt came to Lipscomb in 1986. She completed her B.S. degree and dietetic internship at the University of Tennessee Knoxville. Hunt holds a master's degree in education with an...

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  • Randy Jerkins

    Randy Jerkins

    Assistant Professor

    Jerkins graduated from Lipscomb University with a degree in Biology. He received his Bachelor's degree in Pharmacy in 1985 and a Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 1986 from the...

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  • Terri Jerkins

    Terri Jerkins

    Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Studies

    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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  • Kent Johnson

    Kent Johnson

    Professor

    Cofounder of EXNS program Long-tenured Lipscomb faculty member in exercise physiology, leads the cardiovascular laboratory, and is a fellow in the ACSM.

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  • Justin Kirby

    Justin Kirby

    Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice

    Kirby has been an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice with Lipscomb University since 2017. His previous position was the clinical pharmacy services director at Perkins Drugs in Gallatin, Tenn. He...

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  • Jeff Lee

    Jeff Lee

    Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

    Jeff Lee has been a senior leader in the pharmaceutical industry focused on pharmacoeconomic and health outcomes research for over 20 years. Most recently, Lee worked for Allergan, Inc., where...

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  • Laurel Littlefield

    Laurel Littlefield

    Associate Professsor of Exercise Science

    Laurel Littlefield joined the Kinesiology department in 2018 as an associate professor. Prior to working at Lipscomb, Laurel was a faculty member at Lubbock Christian University from 2013 - 2018....

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  • Anne Lowery

    Anne Lowery

    Associate Professor

    Lowery came to Lipscomb in 2009 as the assistant director of the dietetic internship program and moved up to become an assistant professor and director of the internship program in...

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  • Autumn Marshall

    Autumn Marshall

    Chair, Nutrition and Kinesiology

    Long-tenured Lipscomb faculty member in nutrition, extremely well-connected throughout the region in all things nutrition and dietetics.

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  • Susan Mercer

    Susan Mercer

    Associate Professor

    Susan L. Mercer, Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, joined the faculty of the Lipscomb College of Pharmacy in 2008. She received her B.S. in Chemistry from Seton Hill University and...

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  • Lindsey Miller

    Lindsey Miller

    Associate Professor

    Miller received her Bachelor of Science in Business degree from Eastern Illinois University followed by her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from West Virginia University School of Pharmacy. She then went...

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  • Neefiyah Mousa

    Originally from Lafayette, La., completed pre-pharmacy course work at Loyola University New Orleans and received her Doctor of Pharmacy at Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy in 2018. While in pharmacy...

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  • Tracy Noerper

    Tracy Noerper

    Assistant Professor of Nutrition

    Noerper is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist in the state of Tennessee. She comes to Lipscomb with five years teaching nutrition at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU). She received her...

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  • Kam Nola

    Kam Nola

    Professor

    Kam Nola received her Bachelors of Science Degree in Psychology from Middle Tennessee State University, Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy, and Masters of...

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  • Robin Parker

    Robin Parker

    Assistant Professor

    Parker attended the University of Mississippi where she studied pre-pharmacy. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy in 2013. Since graduation, Parker...

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  • Marie Patterson

    Marie Patterson

    Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Studies

    Patterson, assistant professor of physician assistant studies, holds a Doctor of Health Science from Nova Southeastern University, is Physician Assistant-Certified (PA-C), and has been a physician assistant for 13 years...

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  • Stephen Phipps

    Steve Phipps

    Associate Professor

    Phipps earned a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the University of Montana. Shortly after this, he joined the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ where he served for three...

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  • Roletha Pillow

    Roletha Pillow

    Assistant Professor

    Roletha Pillow is a native of Nashville. After her academia appointment, Pillow earned her Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Union University. She holds several nursing licensures, certifications and professional nursing...

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  • Jonathon Pouliot

    Jon Pouliot

    Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice

    Jonathon Pouliot received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Providence College in Providence, RI. He then went on to receive his Doctor of Pharmacy training from Campbell University...

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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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  • Matthew Ruiz

    Matthew Ruiz

    Professor of Kinesiology

    Professional expertise in sport, exercise and performance psychology.

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  • Jenna Sissom

    Jenna Sissom

    Assistant Professor of Nursing

    Jenna Sissom is originally from Nashville. She earned her bachelor of nursing degree from Middle Tennessee State University. After 10 years of practice in cardiac, medical, home health and intensive care...

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  • Kelly Smart

    Kelly Smart

    Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Studies

    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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  • Jill Stafford

    Jill Stafford

    Assistant Professor

    Jill Stafford is originally from Tuscumbia, Alabama. She earned her bachelor of science in nursing at the University of North Alabama in Florence. She went on to complete a master...

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  • Matt Steidl

    Matt Steidl

    Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Studies

    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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  • Julie Stephens

    Julie Stephens

    Assistant Professor

    Julie Stephens received her Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences from Auburn University in 2007 and her Doctor of Pharmacy from Samford University McWhorter School of Pharmacy in 2010. She...

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  • Brent Thompson

    Brent Thompson

    Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice

    Thompson studied Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology at The University of Tennessee as an undergraduate. In 2010, he received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from The University of Tennessee...

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  • Richard Thompson

    Richard Thompson

    Chair, Pharmacy Practice

    J. Richard Thompson is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice at the Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy. After earning his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy and...

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  • Jimmy Torr

    James Torr

    Associate Professor

    Torr completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Accounting from Lipscomb University in 2001 and his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy...

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  • Jeremy Townsend

    Jeremy Townsend

    Assistant Professor of Kinesiology

    Jeremy Townsend is currently an Assistant Professor in Exercise and Nutrition Science at Lipscomb University. He received his Bachelor's degree from Harding University where he was a captain of the...

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  • Sarah Uroza

    Sarah Uroza

    Assistant Professor

    Uroza completed her pre-pharmacy course work at the University of Central Arkansas and received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Pharmacy...

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  • Matt Vergne

    Matt Vergne

    Assistant Professor

    Vergne received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Harding University and a Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry from Vanderbilt University. Vergne completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Analytical...

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  • Allison Provine

    Allison Provine

    Assistant Professor

    Allison Provine received her Bachelor of Science in Education and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from Samford University. She then went on to complete a pharmacy practice residency at Emory Healthcare...

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  • Jessica Wallace

    Jessica Wallace

    Assistant Professor

    Wallace received her Bachelor of Science degree from Middle Tennessee State University followed by her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy. She then went on...

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  • Katie Watson

    Katie Watson

    Assistant Professor - RN-to-BSN Program

    Katie Watson is a Nashville native who graduated from Lipscomb University with a bachelor of science in nursing in 2007. She spent her career as a registered nurse working at...

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  • Jennifer Weber

    Jennifer Weber

    Instructor of Nursing

    Jennifer Weber is originally from Canton, Ohio. She earned her bachelor of science degree from the University of Mount Union in Alliance, Ohio. She went on to earn...

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  • Greg Young

    Greg Young

    Associate Dean, Experiential Education

    Prior to joining the faculty at Lipscomb University, Young served for six years as a Nuclear Pharmacist and Pharmacy Manager for Cardinal Health Nuclear Pharmacy Services. He previously served as...

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Undergraduate Programs


Lipscomb’s advanced technologies and one-on-one relationships with expert faculty will instill in you the skills, confidence and expertise of a 21st century successful health care professional, ready to meet the challenges of a changing health care landscape.

Graduate & Professional Programs


Study and practice in some of the nation’s premier health facilities alongside supportive faculty and peers. Recognized as a leader in health care innovation, Nashville provides the opportunity for a diversity of experiences to take you further in your profession, and we will ensure you are equipped to get there.