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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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97.96%

2019 First-time NCLEX Pass Rate

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Master in Health Care Informatics in the U.S.

People

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

  • 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...

    Meet Scott Akers
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    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....

    Meet Beth Breeden
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    Donita Brown

    Director of Health Care Programs

    Donita Brown is a professor, author, speaker, coach, and Director of Health Care Programs within the College of Business. She teaches courses in the Master of Management in Health Care Administration...

    Meet Donita Brown
  • Abbie Burka headshot

    Abbie Burka

    Associate Professor

    Abbie Burka is an Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Director of Interprofessional Education, where she coordinates opportunities for students in the health science programs to collaborate and learn together....

    Meet Abbie Burka
  • Tom Campbell headshot

    Tom Campbell

    Dean, College of Pharmacy

    Thomas Campbell is the Dean at Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy in Nashville. Campbell received his Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree from the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy and...

    Meet Tom Campbell
  • Kevin Clauson

    Kevin Clauson

    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...

    Meet Kevin Clauson
  • Sarah Collier headshot

    Sarah Collier

    Assistant Professor

    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...

    Meet Sarah Collier
  • Zac Cox headshot

    Zac Cox

    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...

    Meet Zac Cox
  • Rachel Crouch headshot

    Rachel Crouch

    Assistant Professor

    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...

    Meet Rachel Crouch
  • Nate Daniels headshot

    Nate Daniels

    Assistant Professor

    Daniels received his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry at The Ohio State University in 2003 after which he worked in the pharmaceutical industry at Abbott Laboratories and Hospira Inc....

    Meet Nate Daniels
  • Kevin Eidson headshot

    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...

    Meet Kevin Eidson
  • 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
  • April Ezell

    April Ezell

    Adjunct Faculty

    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,...

    Meet April Ezell
  • Chad Gentry headshot

    Chad Gentry

    Associate Professor

    Chad grew up in East Tennessee and attended the University of Tennessee Knoxville and received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center. He then...

    Meet Chad Gentry
  • Ben Gross headshot

    Ben Gross

    Director of Assessment College of Pharmacy and He

    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...

    Meet Ben Gross
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    Susan Hamblin

    Assistant Professor

    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...

    Meet Susan Hamblin
  • Chelsia Harris headshot

    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...

    Meet Chelsia Harris
  • Sarah Brewer headshot

    Sarah Brewer

    Assistant Professor

    Meet Sarah Brewer
  • 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
  • Ruth Henry headshot

    Ruth Henry

    Department Chair, Kinesiology

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

    Meet Ruth Henry
  • Mary Hesselrode headshot

    Mary Hesselrode

    Associate Executive Director for Academics

    Mary Hesselrode grew up in a military family and lived in several locations nationally and internationally.  She earned her bachelor of science in nursing degree from Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas...

    Meet Mary Hesselrode
  • Gail Humes

    Gail Humes

    Associate Professor

    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...

    Meet Gail Humes
  • Nancy Hunt headshot

    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...

    Meet Nancy Hunt
  • 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...

    Meet Randy Jerkins
  • 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
  • Kent Johnson headshot

    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.

    Meet Kent Johnson
  • Justin Kirby headshot

    Justin Kirby

    Assistant Professor

    Dr. Justin Kirby is a native of middle Tennessee having grown up in Lafayette before moving to Cookeville for college and, ultimately, to Nashville for pharmacy school. He remained in...

    Meet Justin Kirby
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    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...

    Meet Jeff Lee
  • Laurel Littlefield headshot

    Laurel Littlefield

    Associate Professor

    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....

    Meet Laurel Littlefield
  • Anne Lowery headshot

    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...

    Meet Anne Lowery
  • Autumn Marshall headshot

    Autumn Marshall

    Chair, Department of Nutrition

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

    Meet Autumn Marshall
  • Susan Mercer headshot

    Susan Mercer

    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...

    Meet Susan Mercer
  • Lindsey Gorrell headshot

    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...

    Meet Lindsey Miller
  • Tracy Noerper headshot

    Tracy Noerper

    Assistant Professor

    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...

    Meet Tracy Noerper
  • Kam Nola headshot

    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...

    Meet Kam Nola
  • 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...

    Meet Robin Parker
  • Steve Phipps headshot

    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...

    Meet Steve Phipps
  • 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...

    Meet Roletha Pillow
  • Jon Pouliot headshot

    Jon Pouliot

    Assistant Professor

    Jon was born and raised in Rhode Island. After completing his undergraduate studies at Providence College, he moved to North Carolina for his graduate work, receiving a Doctor of Pharmacy...

    Meet Jon Pouliot
  • 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 obtained her MS in Physician Assistant Studies from the...

    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
  • Matthew Ruiz headshot

    Matthew Ruiz

    Professor

    Professional expertise in sport, exercise and performance psychology.

    Meet Matthew Ruiz
  • Jenna Sissom headshot

    Jenna Sissom

    Assistant Professor

    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...

    Meet Jenna Sissom
  • 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
  • Jill Stafford headshot

    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...

    Meet Jill Stafford
  • 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
  • Brent Thompson headshot

    Brent Thompson

    Assistant Professor

    Dr. Thompson is a native Tennessean. After attending the University of Tennessee for his undergraduate work in Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology, he attended the University of Tennessee Health...

    Meet Brent Thompson
  • 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...

    Meet James Torr
  • Jeremy Townsend headshot

    Jeremy Townsend

    Assistant Professor

    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...

    Meet Jeremy Townsend
  • Sarah Uroza headshot

    Sarah Uroza

    Associate Professor

    Sarah is a native of Arkansas. She completed her pre-pharmacy work at the University of Central Arkansas and completed her Doctorate of Pharmacy at the University of Arkansas for Medical...

    Meet Sarah Uroza
  • Matt Vergne

    Matt Vergne

    Associate 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...

    Meet Matt Vergne
  • Allison Provine headshot

    Allison Provine

    Associate 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...

    Meet Allison Provine
  • Jessica Wallace headshot

    Jessica Wallace

    Associate 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...

    Meet Jessica Wallace
  • Katie Watson

    Katie Watson

    Assistant Professor

    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...

    Meet Katie Watson
  • Jennifer Weber

    Jennifer Weber

    Assistant Professor

    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...

    Meet Jennifer Weber
  • Kathy Williams headshot

    Kathy Williams

    Instructor

    Kathy Williams brings over 35 years of nursing experience into the nursing program here at Lipscomb University. She grew up in Henderson, Tennessee where she attended Freed-Hardeman College and earned...

    Meet Kathy Williams
  • 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
  • Greg Young headshot

    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...

    Meet Greg Young

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.