LMU is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, specialist, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404.679.4500 for questions about the accreditation of LMU. LMU maintains accreditation from SACS to confer the Master of Medical Science (MMS) in Physician Assistant Studies to graduates of the LMU-Knoxville PA Program.
**LMU has an established PA Program in Harrogate, TN that is separate from the developing PA Program in Knoxville, TN. The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) reviews each LMU PA Program separately for compliance with the ARC-PA Standards and policies and determines the ARC-PA accreditation status for each LMU PA Program separately. **
The LMU-Knoxville PA Program has applied for Accreditation – Provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). The LMU-Knoxville PA Program anticipates matriculating its first class in October 2020, pending achieving Accreditation – Provisional status at the June 2020 ARC-PA meeting. 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 graduation of the first class (cohort) of students.
The LMU-Knoxville PA Program will not commence in the event that Accreditation – Provisional is not received. Contact the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc., (ARC-PA) at 12000 Findley Road, Suite 275, Johns Creek, Georgia 30097, call 770-476-1224, or visit the ARC-PA website (http://www.arc-pa.org/accreditation/standards-of-accreditation/) for questions about ARC-PA Standards.
PA graduates must pass the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) in order to practice in all states, the District of Columbia, and all American territories. PA graduates are only eligible to take the PANCE if they have graduated from a PA program accredited by the ARC-PA. The LMU-Knoxville PA Program is responsible for obtaining and maintaining ARC-PA Accreditation and for complying with ARC-PA Standards and policies. The Program will inform all matriculating and enrolled PA Students in person and/or via email or U.S. mail of any change in the Program’s ARC-PA Accreditation status in addition to posting this information on the Program’s website.