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School of Physician Assistant Studies

Overview

Lipscomb’s School of Physician Assistant Studies is committed to producing knowledgeable and compassionate health care providers of the highest quality. Located in the health care capital of the U.S., Lipscomb is home to one of the top pre-health care professional programs in the region. In addition to our rigorous academics, our qualified faculty and industry connections will help you stand out. Through extensive hands-on clinical opportunities, interdisciplinary programs, the newest technology and our small class sizes, you will develop the skills necessary to become an integral part of the health care field. We’ll help you gain exposure, become employed and immediately begin living out God’s calling for your life — to serve others and save lives.

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Graduate Programs

Become a highly skilled clinical provider through Lipscomb’s innovative and immersive Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree program. Our 27-month, full-time, year-round program will equip you to begin making a difference in the health care industry from day one. And our faith-based environment will prepare you to lead others with compassion, understanding and care for the whole person.

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13:1

Student to faculty ratio

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Our Unique Approach

At Lipscomb, we provide you with a unique program that will prepare you to succeed professionally and personally, no matter what specialty you pursue. With our interprofessional training and our distinct family atmosphere, you will gain a broad and deep understanding of the health care field to address the changing needs of patients, and the confidence, skills and heart necessary to make a difference.

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Accreditation

The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the Lipscomb University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Lipscomb University.

Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding Accreditation-Provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students.

Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class.

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99.4%

National job placement

#1

In Job Satisfaction of all Health Care Fields

People

Meet the key people that make up the School of Physician Assistant Studies.

  • 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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  • Stacey Beyer

    Stacey Beyer

    Administrative Assistant

    Stacey Beyer serves as the Administrative Assistant for the School of Physician Assistant Studies currently assisting with clinical education. Beyer received her bachelor's degree in Business from Lipscomb University. Previously,...

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    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...

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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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  • Aven Humphreys

    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 comes to Lipscomb with almost seven years of health professions graduate...

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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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    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...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Nancy Stephen

    Nancy Stephen

    Coordinator 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...

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  • Lauren Webb

    Lauren Webb

    Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Studies

    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...

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    Cindy Wingert

    Assistant Professor

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

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  • Geoff Wright headshot

    Geoff Wright

    Assistant Professor

    As a certified PA, Geoff has spent the past three years as a hospitalist and acute care specialist at a community hospital in the foothills of North Carolina. Prior to...

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Graduate Programs


With our physician assistant program, you will engage in seven semesters of study, broken down into a 15-month didactic phase and a 12-month clinical phase. Sharpen your mind through basic medical science and clinical medicine courses, and engage in hands-on industry training through eight six-week clinical rotations. Courses cover topics like pediatrics, behavioral and mental health, women’s health, emergency medicine, surgery, internal medicine and family medicine.