Master of Physician Assistant Medicine (MPAM)

The MPAM program is new within LC’s Graduate Health Sciences. The facilities located adjacent to campus are being renovated to include state-of-the-art space for classrooms and simulation training. The program will also utilize an anatomy lab that features flat screen monitors and twenty-one cadaver stations.

Physician Assistants are advanced medical practitioners who are able to obtain medical histories, perform examinations, diagnose illness and prescribe medications.

Students who enroll in the Master of Physician Assistant Medicine (MPAM) will complete a curriculum of 101 credits over twenty-seven continuous months. Twelve months of the program will focus on didactic instruction.

The MPAM coursework will include:

  • Pharmacology
  • Clinical medicine
  • Physical examination techniques
  • Research
  • Health ethics

The clinical phase will offer students opportunities in most specialties of medicine. The final month will be a summative phase on campus. Students are projected to complete a total of ten to twelve clinical rotations of four to five weeks in duration. A given rotation requires the student to work the typical shift of his/her preceptor (for example 8 to 12 hour shifts).

About the Program

The overarching goal for Lynchburg College is to build a strong program that attracts top-quality faculty and students who will serve local, regional and national needs for well-educated physician assistants. The curriculum is designed to prepare students to serve as generalists. Students will also be mentored in leadership to provide opportunities for professional growth within their careers, and foster advancement of the profession. There are currently no physician assistant degree programs in the Lynchburg region.

The program will initially enroll a cohort of up to 25 students and future cohorts of up to 40 students. Applications are available online through the Central Application System for Physician Assistants (CASPA). According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of physician assistants is expected to increase 38 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than average growth for most occupations.

The information provided here will be updated on a regular basis as the program is developed.

News about program accreditation

The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the Lynchburg College Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Lynchburg College. 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 programs 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. The program offering is contingent upon the approval of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

For additional information please contact us at or 434.544.8876.