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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. 

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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 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 Programs

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Become a Physician Assistant

Lipscomb’s interdisciplinary, year-round PA program can be completed in seven semesters across 28 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.

About Lipscomb's PA Program
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Become a Lipscomb Nurse

As a nurse, your care of patients is the foundation for any thriving health care system. You are attentive to the physical and spiritual needs of those who are hurting. Here at Lipscomb, you learn from a Christian community of professionals focused on healing and nurturing both body and soul. As a Lipscomb Nursing student you will experience extensive study in the humanities and social sciences as well as 32 credit hours of clinical placements during your course of study. This partnership of foundational study along with hands-on training in five foundational areas of the nursing field, obstetrics, pediatrics, mental health, critical care and medical/surgical, means you will graduate both experienced and well-rounded.

About the School of Nursing

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Meet the key people that make up the College of Health Sciences

  • Jaimie Beth Colvin headshot

    Jaimie Beth Colvin

    Health Sciences Librarian

    Miss Colvin brings over nine years of research and instruction experience to Lipscomb from Pepperdine University. As a librarian she strives to better connect people to the information they seek;...

    Meet Jaimie Beth Colvin
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    Sandra Hood


    As director of strategic initiatives for Lipscomb Health, Sandra Hood is responsible for leading growth initiatives and strategic placement of all programs in the College of Pharmacy and Health Science....

    Meet Sandra Hood
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    Stefen Jordan

    Manager of Finance and Administration

    Meet Stefen Jordan
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    Russ Sturgeon

    Advancement Services Data Coordinator

    Russ Sturgeon is the Technology Coordinator for the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Mr. Sturgeon attended Lipscomb University for his undergraduate studies gaining a Bachelor of Science degree in...

    Meet Russ Sturgeon
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    Jeff Bennie

    Medical Director

    Dr. Jeff Bennie is a 1983 graduate of Lipscomb University ( B.S. Physics). He attended medical school at Washington University St. Louis class of 1987. He completed an anesthesia residency...

    Meet Jeff Bennie
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    Ed Evans

    Clinical Liaison

    Ed Evans has 35 years of clinical and education experience in Perfusion and is certified by the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion (inactive). He is an Associate Professor and Clinical...

    Meet Ed Evans
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    Nicole Smith

    Manager, Student Affairs - Cardiovascular Perfusion

    Meet Nicole Smith
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    Holly Beth Singleton

    Graduate Recruiter

    Meet Holly Beth Singleton
  • David Webb headshot

    David Webb

    Program Director

    David Webb has over 20 years experience in perfusion education and cardiovascular experience, including serving as chief perfusionist and program director of the Vanderbilt University Perfusion School where he also...

    Meet David Webb
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    David Bender

    Financial Aid Loan Coord

    David Bender joined the Lipscomb faculty in 2020 as an assistant professor in nutrition and kinesiology. In 2002, Bender enlisted in the Marine Corps. He served from 2003 to 2011...

    Meet David Bender
  • Rebecca Claypool headshot

    Rebecca Claypool

    Assistant Professor

    Dr. Rebecca Claypool brings more than twenty years of interdisciplinary industry experience in recreation, fitness, and health professions to her role as a faculty member at Lipscomb University. Her professional...

    Meet Rebecca Claypool
  • Ruth Henry headshot

    Ruth Henry

    Int. Dean, Col Health Sci

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

    Meet Ruth Henry
  • Kent Johnson headshot

    Kent Johnson

    Professor, Exercise Science Program Director

    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
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    Laurel Littlefield

    Associate Professor

    Laurel and her husband Brad are originally from West Texas, and moved to Nashville with their three sons in 2018. Laurel and Brad met while attending Lubbock Christian University (LCU)...

    Meet Laurel Littlefield
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    Andrew Mauldin

    Assistant Professor

    Andrew was born in northeast Ohio and has lived in many states over his lifetime. Andrew attended Harding University where he received his B.A. in Kinesiology. After graduating from Harding...

    Meet Andrew Mauldin
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    Linda Price

    Program Coordinator, Kinesiology

    Linda Price first came to Lipscomb in the fall of 1969 to attend college and graduated in 1973 with a B.S. teaching degree in Health and Physical Education. She taught...

    Meet Linda Price
  • Matthew Ruiz headshot

    Matthew Ruiz

    Director of Grad Studies EXNS and Professor

    Professional expertise in sport, exercise and performance psychology.

    Meet Matthew Ruiz
  • Christine Deere headshot

    Christine Deere

    Professor of Practice Nursing

    Christine Deere grew up in a Chicago and moved to Nashville, TN to attend Lipscomb University in 2012. She eared her bachelor of science in nursing degree from Lipscomb University...

    Meet Christine Deere
  • Jenny Gardner headshot

    Jenny Gardner

    Program Coordinator

    Meet Jenny Gardner
  • 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
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    Sarah Brewer

    Assistant Professor

    Sarah Brewer is originally from Topeka, Kansas. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Washburn University and her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Belmont University. She...

    Meet Sarah Brewer
  • Mary Hesselrode headshot

    Mary Hesselrode

    Assistant Exec 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
  • Jennifer Hicks headshot

    Jennifer Hicks


    Jennifer Hicks is originally from New Jersey. She earned her bachelor of science degree from Harding University in 1981, and her master of science in nursing degree from Vanderbilt University...

    Meet Jennifer Hicks
  • Lori Kelly headshot

    Lori Kelly

    Assistant Professor

    With research interests that include medication administration error reduction and reporting in nursing simulation, Lori comes to Lipscomb with years of experience from all over the country.  She was born...

    Meet Lori Kelly
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    Kathryn Mick

    Administrative Assistant

    Meet Kathryn Mick
  • Roletha Pillow

    Roletha Pillow

    Associate 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
  • Jenna Sissom headshot

    Jenna Sissom

    Assistant Professor

    Jenna Sissom is originally from Nashville, Tennessee. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Middle Tennessee State University and her Master Science of Nursing in Nursing Education...

    Meet Jenna Sissom
  • Kim Smith

    Kim Smith

    Coordinator of Operations

    Smith is originally from Knoxville. She earned her bachelor of science degree in marketing in 1990 from Lipscomb University and a master's degree in business with an emphasis in human...

    Meet Kim Smith
  • Jill Stafford headshot

    Jill Stafford

    Assistant Professor

    Jill grew up in Tuscumbia, Alabama. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of North Alabama. After graduation, Jill married her husband, Mark, and they moved...

    Meet Jill Stafford
  • Beth Twomey headshot

    Beth Twomey

    Assistant Professor

    Beth Twomey is originally from Smyrna, Tennessee. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Belmont University and her Master Science of Nursing in Nursing Education from Middle...

    Meet Beth Twomey
  • Katie Watson headshot

    Katie Watson

    Adjunct Faculty

    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 Monroe...

    Meet Katie Watson
  • Kathy Williams headshot

    Kathy Williams

    Assistant Professor

    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
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    Carlie Woodroof

    Non-Teaching Instructor in Nursing

    Carlie Woodroof is originally from San Jose, California. She earned her bachelor of science in nursing degree from Oklahoma City University in 2016 and her master of science in nursing...

    Meet Carlie Woodroof
  • Nancy Hunt headshot

    Nancy Hunt

    Associate Professor

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

    Meet Nancy Hunt
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    Anne Lowery

    Associate Professor

    Lowery is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist in the state of Tennessee who gained her bachelor's degree in Dietetics from Lipscomb; she completed her dietetic internship at National HealthCorp;...

    Meet Anne Lowery
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    Autumn Marshall

    Professor and 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
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    Tracy Noerper

    Associate 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
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    Ann Toy

    Assistant Professor

    Toy is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian and is a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD). She came to Lipscomb in 2013 as a member of the athletic department...

    Meet Ann Toy
  • Wade Denney headshot

    Wade Denney

    Medical Director

    Dr. Denney returned to Lipscomb to join the faculty of the School of Physician Assistant Studies as Medical Director and Adjunct Professor of Medicine in 2020. He obtained his undergraduate...

    Meet Wade Denney
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    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 of...

    Meet Linda Elrod
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    Jason Huddleston

    Program Director

    Jason H. Huddleston is an Associate Professor and the Director of the Physician Assistant Studies program. Dr. Huddleston holds a Doctor of Medical Science degree from the University of Lynchburg...

    Meet Jason Huddleston
  • Aven Humphreys headshot

    Aven Humphreys

    Director of Student Affairs

    Aven Humphreys serves as the Director of Student Affairs for the Lipscomb University School of Physician Assistant Studies. She has more than 12 years of graduate health care education experience...

    Meet Aven Humphreys
  • Lizzie Monroe headshot

    Lizzie Monroe

    Principal Faculty

    Dr. Monroe joined the faculty of the School of Physician Assistant Studies in 2023. She obtained her medical degree from Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University. She...

    Meet Lizzie Monroe
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    Casie Sanders-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 Sanders-Ramirez
  • Matt Steidl headshot

    Matt Steidl

    Assistant Professor

    Matt ('00) met his wife Erin (Tews '99) at Lipscomb as an undergraduate. He and Erin have three daughters. He worked as a software engineer for Lockheed Martin on the...

    Meet Matt Steidl
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    Nancy Stephen

    Manager of Operations - Physician Assistant Studies

    Nancy Stephen received her Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Nicholls State University in Louisiana. After moving to Nashville and raising a family, Nancy worked as the Project Manager for...

    Meet Nancy Stephen
  • Makena Torres headshot

    Makena Torres

    Admin Assistant Physician Asst

    Meet Makena Torres
  • Byron Turkett headshot

    Byron Turkett

    Director of Clinical Education - PA Program

    Byron E. Turkett is an Associate Professor and the Director, Clinical Education of the PA Studies Program. Mr. Turkett holds a Master's Degree in PA Studies from the University of...

    Meet Byron Turkett
  • 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

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 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.