LMU Confers Degrees on 94 LMU Physician Assistant Graduates

LMU Physician Assistant Class of 2020

Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) President Clayton Hess conferred 94 Master of Medical Sciences degrees on candidates from the LMU-School of Medical Sciences Physician Assistant Program that completed the degree requirements at the close of the summer semester on Friday, September 25.

"The Class of 2020 has made it through what I would consider the toughest circumstances that anyone could have envisioned. As we navigated through a global pandemic, they stayed the course, they persevered," said Dr. Stephen Noe, program director for LMU-SMS Physician Assistant Program. "This class will forever hold a special place in our hearts and in the history of this program. We’re sad to see them go, but we are excited for what lies ahead for them."


Below is a complete listing of degree recipients and additional honors bestowed at the conclusion of the semester.


The physician assistant (PA) profession is one of the fastest growing health professions in the country and has been repeatedly named by Forbes magazine as the best master’s degree for jobs in the United States. A physician assistant is educated in the medical model. PAs are nationally certified to work side by side with both osteopathic and allopathic physicians in every medical specialty. PAs are licensed to diagnose illness, prescribe medications and assist in surgery. They conduct physical exams, order and interpret medical tests and provide counseling on preventive health care. A PA has at least six years of education: a four-year undergraduate degree and the master’s-level physician assistant degree. PA students complete more than 2,400 hours of clinical rotations prior to graduation.

Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The main campus is located in Harrogate, Tennessee. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at LMU, contact the Office of Admissions at 423.869.6280 or email at admissions@LMUnet.edu.

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