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Lesley Tipton named UC’s program director of the PA program


Williamsburg, Ky. - University of the Cumberlands (UC) is pleased to announce that Ms. Lesley Tipton has recently been named the Program Director for the Physician Assistant (PA) Program.

Since January 2012, almost immediately after graduation and passing boards, Tipton has been the Director of Clinical Education and Associate Director of the PA Program. She has been serving at the campus health clinic as a Physician Assistant with Dr. Eddie Perkins and is also an assistant professor in Pathophysiology in the PA program.

Tipton’s new job as UC’s Program Director of the PA program will give her more responsibility as she runs the administration side of things by writing curriculum, assessing the program, as well as continuing to teach students in the pathophysiology course.

“I feel honored to lead this program,” Tipton says, “Since I was graduated from this particular program, I have a certain connection with it and am invested in it. I want it to do well and I want us to produce great PA’s.”

Originally from Connersville, Indiana, Tipton was a student herself not too long ago. She was graduated from UC in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. In 2012, she attained a Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies. She considers becoming the director of the PA program a huge accomplishment.

“When I came to Cumberland in 2005, I would never have thought this is what God had in store for my life, but I am very grateful,” said Tipton. “I feel blessed my husband and I are able to come to this University and work every day.”

Tipton is also a member of the Kentucky Academy of Physician Assistants and the Physician Assistant Education Association.

Tipton has a strong passion for improving the PA Program and also has great respect for it because she was a part of the first cohort in UC’s Master of Physician Assistant Studies and is now continuing the vision by being director of the PA program.

“I was in their place close to two years ago,” she thinks back, “and I know how great it feels to get that coat and that hood. It is rewarding being on the other side and giving them the coat, feeling like you may have made a difference.”

With the program being so new, UC administrators are still trying to find what works best. “I feel we have a strong program already, but we are constantly striving for improvement,” said Tipton. “We want our PA students to have the best education possible.”

UC is already on their way with improvements, having just recently purchased an Anatomage table, which is a virtual cadaver, and as they review the standards and curriculum to see what can be more efficient.

Even with the overwhelming responsibility of heading up a program, Tipton is excited for the opportunity and challenge. “I am very grateful for this University and appreciate the education I received,” she remarked, “I know that leading a program takes a lot of work, but it is the least I can do for this University.”

University of the Cumberlands Physician Assistant program strives for professional excellence in an environment of compassion and team cooperation with the common goal of producing professionals who serve as a vital part of the health care team. It is the University’s intent to prepare clinicians whose lifestyle reflects a commitment to lifelong learning, leadership and service to their community.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; 10 pre-professional programs; ten graduate degrees distributed over eight areas, including two doctorates and seven master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs. For more information visit