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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

    Program Director, School of Physician Assistant Studies

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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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.