Carson-Newman University’s leadership has prayerfully sought God’s will in beginning a new graduate health profession program that will positively impact the community, region, and the world. In early 2018, Carson-Newman began the process of establishing a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS) Program. The Physician Assistant (PA) Program will be a 24-month continuous curriculum with 12 months of pre-clinical education and 12 months of clinical education.
The C-N PA Program is currently in the accreditation process and will commence on May 2020 if provisional accreditation is received (see Accreditation Status section below). Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for physician assistants through the National Commission on the Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) and will be able to apply for licensure through the Board of Medical Examiners in the state in which they desire to practice medicine.
The mission of the Carson-Newman University Physician Assistant Program is to prepare and graduate well-trained, competent, patient centric medical professionals in a Christian community who are compassionate servant leaders and advocates for their patients, profession and community.
Clinical Reasoning and Problem-Solving Abilities
Clinical and Technical Skills
Carson-Newman University has applied for Accreditation-Provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). Carson-Newman University anticipates matriculating its first class in May 2020, pending achieving Accreditation-Provisional status at the September 2019 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 the 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. In the event Accreditation-Provisional is not received, the Program will not commence, and students will not be enrolled. Deposits received from accepted students will be refunded in full.
This program is pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).