New Online Medical School!

The other day, I saw a tweet advertising an online medical school. It read, “Become part of the future of primary care as a Medical Doctor. Carson-Newman offers an online MD degree. Clinical placement support is provided.”

I never heard of a school offering online medical degrees, so I went to their website. 

  • Enjoy stress-free clinical placements and unrivaled student support
  • Study when it’s convenient for you with 100% online coursework (excluding clinicals and residency) and no mandatory login times
  • Learn from passionate and experienced faculty who are active medical doctors in their own communities
  • Graduate ready to take the national certification exam as a Medical Doctor
  • Apply for free and get your transcript evaluated at no additional cost

Join the ranks of in-demand MDs who will fill more than 60,000 new medical doctor positions expected over the next decade. Carson-Newman offers three MD programs based on your level of education:


  • Program completion in as few as 32 months
  • Stress-free clinical placements for clinical rotations
  • Meet your classmates and instructors in person in one on-campus residency
  • BS required

Sounds unbelievable?

It is.

There is no such thing as an online school for physicians, and definitely no “stress-free” clinical rotations. But, the ad is real. I copied the text verbatim from the school’s website, except that I changed the letters “NP” to “MD” and the words “Nurse Practitioner” to “Medical Doctor.”

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  6 comments for “New Online Medical School!

  1. Joe Smegma, DO
    February 1, 2020 at 9:43 pm

    Ouch!!!! Online medical training?! Shame,shame,shame. Pay your dues. Don’t get me started about the years of didactic and clinical training that leads to competence. The great pretenders! The system is broken. Financials are driving hospitals to hire the cheapest labor to fill a hole. Sad. Shame on you.

  2. Steve O'
    January 25, 2020 at 9:19 pm

    Wow. Remember the NP Movement, like transgender and recreational marijuana, took a hard turn when Big Enterprise realized that there was $$$$$ to be had in the story. Recreational marijuana didn’t pop over from concerning to harmless in reality; just in the “narrative.” What you are being told is what you are being sold. The Transgender Movement needed a Caitlyn Jenner to show both men and women that only a huge expenditure of money could make them pretty. Of course, that racket’s been there for women for a long time. When you see things flip around like that, you know that Serious Money is involved, and Real People are the target.

  3. Rebekah
    January 25, 2020 at 7:06 am

    The only one I do know if is Oceana. I’ve spoken with several physicians who went there. Part of the curriculum is online but the clinical rotations are not. Of course, there’s the bigger challenge of matching into a residency, without which no physician can treat patients.

    Thanks for this article!

  4. NN
    January 24, 2020 at 2:28 pm

    This was jarring to say the least…..

  5. CGallMD
    January 24, 2020 at 2:11 pm

    I’m from East Tennessee and close to Carson Newman ( who doesn’t have a med school btw) so you had me going!! I googled Carson Newman med school and came up with an add for an online MED program ? Masters of Education! On line too??‍♀️
    We must all take this so very seriously!! Non physicians practicing medicine is dangerous and deceptive. It promotes disparity of care. It decreases access to physicians and places our most vulnerable at risk! Fights in FL and TN; PA independence in WI!! Please speak up! #WeAreAllPatients

  6. Pat
    January 24, 2020 at 12:36 pm

    Uh oh, Big NP isn’t gonna like you suggesting there are online ways for wannabe doctors to be as they… ?

    C’mon all you independent NP advocates: come tell us why you support THIS!

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