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PENNSYLVANIA COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY

                                  COLLEGE PHILOSOPHY

We believe in the dignity and wo...
PENNSYLVANIA COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY

                                     MISSION STATEMENT

Pennsylvania College of Techno...
PENNSYLVANIA COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY
                         SCHOOL OF HEALTH SCIENCES

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Intellectual: Candidates must be able to measure, calculate, reason, analyze and
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PHA 352 Community/Pub...
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WITHDRAWALS
If for academic, personal or medical reasons, a student decides to terminate his/her enrollment at
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Medical records are also strictly confidential and may not be released to anyone except with the
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Students granted re-entry must return within the following academic year. A student
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  1. 1. PENNSYLVANIA COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT MAJOR POLICIES AND PROCEDURES ON-LINE MANUAL Thank you for downloading the Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Physician Assistant On- Line Manual. This document contains some, but not all of the Policies and Procedures that are current for the PA Major. The complete Policies and Procedures Manual is available for Professional Phase students upon entering the major.
  2. 2. POLICIES AND PROCEDURES ON-LINE MANUAL TABLE OF CONTENTS Click on topic to be taken to that page 1. College Philosophy 3 2. College Mission 4 3. PA Major Overview 5 4. PA Major Mission Statement 6 5. PA Major Objectives 7 6. Non-Discrimination Statement 8 7. Technical Standards Statement 8 8. Technical Standards 9-10 9. Post-Admission Request for Accommodation 11 10. ADA (Assistance For Individuals With Disabilities) 12 11. Health and Safety Requirements 13 12. Health and Safety Issues 14 13. Scholarships 15 14. PA Major Curriculum 16-17 15. PA Major Academic Policies 18-22 2
  3. 3. PENNSYLVANIA COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY COLLEGE PHILOSOPHY We believe in the dignity and worth of all individuals. We further believe that learning is a lifelong process, and that all individuals should have opportunities for lifelong education. Education should help individuals realize their maximum potential academically, culturally, and technically, while also providing for personal enrichment. To prosper in a complex and changing society, individuals must learn to think independently, value logical and tested conclusions, develop problem solving abilities, and function collaboratively. The successful application of learning contributes significantly to health and happiness and benefits the organizations and communities in which individuals live and work. The College is an integral part of society and must respond to identified needs and interests. In the delivery of educational services, there is no substitute for excellence. Return to Table of Contents 3
  4. 4. PENNSYLVANIA COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY MISSION STATEMENT Pennsylvania College of Technology offers an array of academic programs – in a student- centered learning environment – at the certificate, associate and baccalaureate levels, with a strong emphasis on technology. The College is a statewide-focused institution, with nationally recognized programs and a commitment to hands-on experiential learning. Pennsylvania College of Technology seeks to implement its philosophy by providing: • Opportunities to develop intellectually, ethically, socially, culturally and personally. • Quality, academic programs with emphasis on pre-professional, technological, and service areas. • Accessible full and part-time educational opportunities and services that address a wide spectrum of individual needs and abilities through varied formats, schedules and geographic locations. • Educational programming responsive to economic and employment realities. • Enhanced learning opportunities through cooperation with industry, business, government, and other educational institutions, and through international experiences. • Comprehensive majors that integrate communications, math, science, art, technology, humanities, interpersonal skills, problem solving, critical thinking, information literacy, and health and safety. • Opportunities to develop skills needed to enter and succeed in academic majors. • Opportunities to increase skills, knowledge, and interest through lifelong learning. • Assistance with career planning, employment preparation and advanced study. • An environment that fosters lifelong learning, creativity, and respect for difference. Providing excellence in instruction and appropriate educational opportunities is the College’s highest priority. Return to Table of Contents 4
  5. 5. PENNSYLVANIA COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY SCHOOL OF HEALTH SCIENCES PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT MAJOR The Program is committed to providing the comprehensive medical education necessary to develop highly skilled, well-educated physician assistants who are committed to providing quality, cost-effective health care to patients. The Physician Assistant Program is one of several health science majors within the School of Health Sciences at Pennsylvania College of Technology. As an integral part of the School of Health Sciences, the PA Program supports the Mission and Philosophy of the School of Health Sciences. The Program presents an integrated longitudinal curriculum designed to provide students with a sound knowledge base, professional attitudes and mastery of clinical skills. Students are challenged to apply knowledge in clinical settings, and to develop the skills that are necessary for a lifetime of continued learning. The ultimate objective for students is professional competence. This goal requires knowledge, clinical reasoning and problem solving, cultural sensitivity to human differences, and an understanding of ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Additionally, socioeconomic, gender, and ethical concerns must inform clinical reasoning as it applies to medical practice. In the pursuit of this goal, the ability to work effectively as a member of a health care team and a dedication to the highest standards of professional integrity and behavior are required. Return to Table of Contents 5
  6. 6. PENNSYLVANIA COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY SCHOOL OF HEALTH SCIENCES PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT MAJOR MISSION STATEMENT Pennsylvania College of Technology Physician Assistant Program will graduate professionals who possess the knowledge and are proficient in the skills necessary to excel in Physician Assistant practice. The program is dedicated to insuring that its students develop the interpersonal skills that allow them to interact with patients and health care team members effectively, ethically and with empathy. We strive to respond to the identified needs for practitioners in our community, state and nation and, through our graduates, improve access to quality healthcare. Return to Table of Contents 6
  7. 7. PENNSYLVANIA COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY SCHOOL OF HEALTH SCIENCES PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT MAJOR PROGRAM OBJECTIVES This program will prepare the Bachelor of Science in Physician Assistant graduate to: 1. Integrate ethical and moral behavior and serve as a role model for the Physician Assistant profession. 2. Demonstrate intelligence, sound judgment, and intellectual honesty 3. Demonstrate effective written and verbal communication skills. 4. Develop and maintain clinical competence sufficient to address the needs of ambulatory and hospitalized patients. 5. Develop, demonstrate, and appreciate techniques and skills for problem solving and decision making. 6. Recognize and adapt to the changing health care environment. 7. Develop skills for and commit to the process of lifelong learning. 8. Evaluate professional/medical literature to maintain an operational knowledge of new medical evidence. 9. Appreciate and adapt to diverse/alternative cultures, processes, and ideas. 10. Develop, demonstrate, and appreciate empathy with students, faculty, colleagues, and patients. 11. Contribute service and knowledge to the community and the profession. 12. Demonstrate effective organizational, operational, and management skills in Physician Assistant practice. 13. Identify and appreciate the nature of the physician assistant relationship with physicians and other health care providers 14. Demonstrate an understanding and devotion to primary care medicine. 15. Identify and distinguish the importance of health promotion and disease prevention. Return to Table of Contents 7
  8. 8. PENNSYLVANIA COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY SCHOOL OF HEALTH SCIENCES PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT MAJOR NON-DISCRIMINATION STATEMENT Pennsylvania College of Technology does not discriminate in admission by race, color, religion, national origin, sex, handicap, age, sexual orientation, political affiliation, status as a disabled or Vietnam Era veteran, or any characteristic against which discrimination is prohibited by applicable law and operates on a non-discriminatory basis throughout the institution. PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT MAJOR TECHNICAL STANDARDS POLICY All applicants accepted to the Pennsylvania College of Technology Physician Assistant Program must be able to meet the School’s technical standards. Students are asked to review the standards, and to sign a form certifying they have read, understand, and are able to meet the standards. The College is prepared to provide reasonable accommodations to students who are accepted by the PA Program and who may have physical and learning disabilities (e.g.: mobility impairments, dyslexia, and other learning disabilities). The College will review the information in order to determine whether a reasonable accommodation can be made. The College reserves the right to reject any requests for accommodation that, in its judgment, would involve an intermediary that would, in effect, require a student to rely on someone else’s power of selection and observation, Impairments cannot fundamentally alter the nature of the College’s educational program, lower academic standards, cause an undue hardship on the College, or endanger the safety of patients or others. Return to Table of Contents 8
  9. 9. PENNSYLVANIA COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY SCHOOL OF HEALTH SCIENCES PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT MAJOR TECHNICAL STANDARDS All candidates for the Physician Assistant Certificate must have the intellectual ability to learn, integrate, analyze and synthesize data. They must have functional use of the senses of vision, hearing, equilibrium and taste. Their exteroceptive and proprioceptive senses must be sufficiently intact to enable them to carry out all activities required for a complete PA education. Candidates must have functional motor capabilities to meet the demands of PA education and the demands of total patient care. In the pursuit of their academic and clinical responsibilities they must exhibit flexibility, sensitivity and interpersonal maturity. Observation: Candidates must have sufficient sensory capacity to observe in the lecture hall, the laboratory, the outpatient setting, and the patient's bedside. Sensory skills adequate to perform a physical examination are required. Functional vision, hearing and tactile sensation must be adequate to observe a patient's condition and to elicit information through procedures regularly required in a physical examination, such as inspection, auscultation and palpation. Motor: The ability to participate in basic diagnostic and therapeutic maneuvers and procedures (e.g. palpation, auscultation) is required. Candidates must have sufficient motor function to execute movements required to provide routine and emergent care to patients. The strength and coordination necessary may include lifting patients and responding promptly to patients needs in emergency situations. Candidates must be able to negotiate patient care environments and must be able to move between settings, such as clinic, classroom building, and the hospital. Physical stamina sufficient to complete the rigorous course of didactic and clinical study is required. Long periods of sitting, standing, or moving are required in classroom, laboratory, and clinical experiences. Communication: Candidates must be able to communicate effectively and sensitively in both academic and health care settings. Candidates must show evidence of effective written, verbal, non-verbal and electronic communication skills. A candidate should be able to effectively speak and listen to patients in order to elicit information, perceive nonverbal communications, and discuss changes in mood, activity and status. Students must be able to communicate with patients and their families concerning the patient's needs in a sensitive and professional manner. Communication via oral, written, and electronic form with faculty, supervisors, and the health care team must be open, effective and efficient. 9
  10. 10. Intellectual: Candidates must be able to measure, calculate, reason, analyze and synthesize. Problem solving, a critical skill demanded of Physician Assistants, requires all of these intellectual abilities. In addition, candidates should be able to comprehend three-dimensional relationships and understand the spatial relationships of structures. Candidates must be able to read, abstract, and understand medical literature. A candidate must be able to collect, organize, prioritize, analyze and assimilate large amounts of technically detailed and complex information within a limited time frame. In order to complete the Physician Assistant degree, candidates must be able to then analyze, integrate, and apply this information appropriately for problem solving and decision-making in patient care. Behavioral and Social: Candidates must possess the emotional health and maturity required for full utilization of their intellectual abilities, the exercise of good judgment, and the prompt completion of all academic and patient care responsibilities. The development of mature, sensitive and effective relationships with patients, supervisors and other members of the health care team are essential. A candidate must possess the qualities of adaptability and flexibility and they must be able to function in the face of uncertainty. Candidates must have a high level of compassion for others, motivation to serve, integrity, and a consciousness of social values. A candidate must possess the necessary interpersonal skills to interact positively with people from all levels of society, all ethnic backgrounds, and all belief systems. Moreover, students must be able to accept feedback and criticism and respond professionally to faculty and supervisors, including an appropriate modification of behavior. Students admitted to the program will receive a copy of these standards with a request for acknowledgment and return. Return to Table of Contents 10
  11. 11. PENNSYLVANIA COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY SCHOOL OF HEALTH SCIENCES PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT MAJOR TECHNICAL STANDARDS POST ADMISSION REQUEST FOR ACCOMMODATION Based on your review of the Technical Standards, what accommodations, if any, would you request to assist in satisfying the objectives and competencies required of a Physician Assistant student? _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ In consideration of the Technical Standards, reasonable accommodation will be provided to students with disabilities in accordance with federal and state statutes. I have reviewed the Technical Standards and have had the opportunity to request accommodation to any disabling condition. __________________________________________ Student Name (printed) __________________________________________ _________________ Student Signature Date Return to Table of Contents 11
  12. 12. PENNSYLVANIA COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY ADA ASSISTANCE FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES 1. Eligibility for Services To ensure the provision of reasonable and appropriate services, students with disabilities must identify themselves in a timely manner when an accommodation is needed and present current, comprehensive documentation of their disability. Records are confidential and are not part of the student's academic file. Eligibility for disability-related accommodations at Pennsylvania College of Technology requires current documentation of the disability from an appropriate professional source verifying the nature of the disability, the functional impact, and the need for specific accommodations. 2. Accommodations for registered students: Students must meet with a staff person from Disability Services for an assessment interview during each semester for which they are requesting accommodations. Based upon the history of disability, current documentation, and the nature of the request, the disability specialist will identify accommodations. The students will be informed of the procedures for accessing them. Disability Services promotes student self-advocacy. Therefore, it is a student's responsibility to inform faculty of accommodation needs through the Accommodations Request Forms that are completed by the Disability Services staff person. 3. Requests for Services The Disability Services staff person can address a range of issues in addition to accommodations including: self-advocacy development, referral to campus and community resources, and liaison with faculty in conjunction with the student-signed consent. 4. Participation with Disability Services is voluntary. It is a student's responsibility to request services. Return to Table of Contents 12
  13. 13. PENNSYLVANIA COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY SCHOOL OF HEALTH SCIENCES PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT MAJOR HEALTH AND SAFETY REQUIREMENTS CPR CERTIFICATION The School of Health Sciences requires that all students be certified in Basic Life Support. All students are required to provide the Program secretary a copy of the Basic Life Support (CPR) by August 30th of the didactic year the student is enrolled. Re-certification may be necessary if students are not certified by the American Heart Association course, which is valid for two years. HEALTH REQUIREMENTS All students entering into the Professional Phase of the PA Program MUST fully comply with the following prior to the start date: 1. Matriculating students must complete and submit the required Health Questionnaire and Physical Exam and the Dental form. 2. Complete all the immunizations required, including titers. 3. Submit documentation of Health Care Coverage. Return to Table of Contents 13
  14. 14. PENNSYLVANIA COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY SCHOOL OF HEALTH SCIENCES PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT MAJOR HEALTH AND SAFETY ISSUES TOBACCO USE RESTRICTIONS No tobacco use of any kind is permitted inside College buildings unless otherwise noted. This applies to all interior space including, for example, rest rooms, corridors, lobbies, private offices, the Campus Center and the Susquehanna Room. These restrictions have been adopted out of concern for the health and comfort of employees and students. Fines will be levied for violations of the tobacco-use restrictions and repeat offenders may be subject to College disciplinary proceedings. POLICY ON ILLICIT DRUGS The illegal manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession or use of a controlled substance on campus is prohibited. The College’s primary objective is to prevent illicit conduct, and to help offenders where possible by providing counseling, and other rehabilitative strategies. Violation of College prohibitions on possession, use or distribution may be grounds for disciplinary action as provided in College policy on student conduct. Workplace drug testing is required of Physician Assistant students. ALCOHOL AND CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES The use, possession and distribution of alcoholic beverages are prohibited upon the property of the College, unless specifically authorized. Also, the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession or use of controlled substances on College property is prohibited. Violation of these policies will result in the imposition of disciplinary sanctions up to and including termination of employment, and referral for prosecution by the appropriate law enforcement agency. These policies are consistent with local, state, and federal law and are in compliance with the Higher Education Act of 1965 as amended by the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989. Return to Table of Contents 14
  15. 15. PENNSYLVANIA COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY SCHOOL OF HEALTH SCIENCES PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT MAJOR SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS Students attending Penn College may be eligible for scholarship awards administered by Penn College or Penn College Foundation. These scholarships are available to students who meet specific eligibility criteria. For more information or to obtain a scholarship brochure form, please contact Financial Aid or see the Penn College Web site. Return to Table of Contents 15
  16. 16. PENNSYLVANIA COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY SCHOOL OF HEALTH SCIENCES PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT MAJOR (BPA) CURRICULUM PRE-PROFESSIONAL PROGRAM FIRST SEMESTER (Year 1) SECOND SEMESTER (Year 1) BIO 115 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4 BIO 125 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4 CHM 111 General Chemistry I 4 CHM 203 Organic Chemistry I 4 ENL 111 English Composition I 3 MTS Math Elective (Math 160 or higher) 3 SPC Speech Elective 3 PSY 111 General Psychology*** 3 CSC 110 Intro to Information Technology 3 ENL 121 English Composition II 17* OR 3 ENL 201 Tech/Professional Communication PSY 111 General Psychology 3 17* THIRD SEMESTER (Year 2) FOURTH SEMESTER (Year 2) BIO 213 Human Cell & Molecular Bio + BIO 241 Medical Microbiology + OR 3 OR 3 Biology with a Biochemical or other Microbiology ++ Human Cellular component ++ Directive Elective 3 MTS Math Elective (MTH 160 or higher)3-4 ART Art Elective 3 Humanities Elective ** 3 ELECTIVE 3 Humanities/Social Science/Art/ Social Science Elective *** 3 Foreign Language 12-13 FIT Fitness & Lifetime Sports Elective 2 14 PROFESSIONAL PROGRAM FIFTH SEMESTER (Didactic Phase, Year 3) SIXTH SEMESTER (Didactic Phase, Year 3) PHA 310 History Taking/Interviewing Tech. 3 PHA 305 Clinical Laboratory Medicine 3 PHA 315 Pathophysiology 3 PHA 337 Clinical Procedure II 4 PHA 322 Pharmacology I 2 PHA 338 Physical Assessment II 3 PHA 327 Clinical Procedures I (STS) 2 PHA 342 Pharmacology II 2 PHA 328 Physical Assessment I 2 PHA 349 Psychopathology 1 PHA 346 Principles of Clinical Medicine I 3 PHA 351 Pediatrics 2 HTH 330 Medical Ethics 2 PHA 366 Principles of Clinical Medicine II 4 HTH 333 Human Cadaver Anatomy 4 19 16
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  18. 18. SEVENTH SEMESTER (Didactic Phase, Year 3) EIGHTH SEMESTER (Clinical Phase, Year 4) PHA 352 Community/Public Health (CUL,WRT)2 PHA 411 Family Practice Internship 4 PHA 353 Issues in PA Practice 1 PHA 412 Internal Medicine Internship 4 PHA 357 Clinical Procedures III (STS) 2 PHA 421 Pediatrics Internship 3 PHA 362 Pharmacology III 1 PHA 409 Internship Seminar I 1 PHA 367 Principles of Clinical Medicine III 4 12 PHA 368 Physical Assessment III 3 PHA 370 Clinical Decision Making 3 16 NINTH SEMESTER (Clinical Phase, Year 4) TENTH SEMESTER (Clinical Phase, Year 4) PHA 419 OB/GYN Internship 4 PHA 417 Surgery Internship 4 PHA 415 Emergency Medicine Internship 4 PHA 418 Elective Internship 3 PHA 416 Psychiatry Internship 3 PHA 490 Clinical Preceptorship 4 PHA 422 PA Internship Seminar II 1 PHA 496 Senior Capstone (CUL, WRT) 1 12 12 * Students who need a decompressed schedule can elect to take SPC, CSC, ENG or MTH in the summer term following their second semester and create a 14 credit term in either their 1st and/or 2nd semester ** We recommend PHL 210 for Penn College students *** We strongly recommend PSY 201 Abnormal Psychology or PSY 203 Developmental Psychology for Penn College students (Prerequisite : PSY 111 for either) + Required for Penn College Students ++ Transfer students will be evaluated on an individual basis +++ Directed Elective will be evaluated on an individual basis Return to Table of Contents 18
  19. 19. PENNSYLVANIA COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY SCHOOL OF HEALTH SCIENCES PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT MAJOR ACADEMIC POLICIES COURSE TRANSFER Courses taken previously will be evaluated on course equivalency to determine relevancy and content required in the major. A copy of the evaluation will be provided to the student. It is the student’s responsibility to make certain all coursework has been evaluated for transfer credit prior to scheduling, to avoid duplication of coursework. 1. It is the student’s responsibility to submit official college transcripts and course descriptions for courses not already evaluated. 2. The Admission’s Office will review and determine the eligibility of coursework less than 10 years old. 3. The Advisement Center and the School of Integrated Studies will evaluate coursework older than 10 years based on appropriate materials, transcript and course descriptions. Should there be a need to talk with the student, the academic school or the Advisement Center will contact the student. 4. The Admissions Office, in conjunction with the Schools, will attach the courses approved for transfer to the student’s academic record, and send notification of the transcript’s evaluation to the student. 5. It is the student’s responsibility to make certain all courses have been evaluated prior to scheduling to avoid repeating any coursework. It is the student’s responsibility to make certain all transcripts have been received by Penn College in time to avoid being scheduled for repeat coursework. The College refund policy will apply if coursework cannot be evaluated prior to the beginning of classes. 19
  20. 20. WITHDRAWALS If for academic, personal or medical reasons, a student decides to terminate his/her enrollment at the College he/she must: 1. Officially drop all classes for which he/she is registered by completing required forms and processing the forms through the Student Records Office. 2. Satisfactorily account for all property issued by the College. 3. Settle all outstanding College obligations. Students that withdraw after being admitted to the Professional Phase of the Physician Assistant Program will not be permitted to continue in the program with their class. Students that withdraw may be permitted to re-enter the program on a space available basis. The guidelines for re-entry, as outlined, will be enforced for any withdrawal. STUDENT PARTICIPATION IN THE EVALUATION OF FACULTY AND CURRICULUM Due to the Pennsylvania College of Technology PA Program’s desire for, and commitment to, improvement of the educational environment, we value student feedback. Students’ perceptions of the educational process provide much of the information to assess faculty, staff, courses, and internships. It is critical to improve the quality of assessment and, therefore, the expectations exists that ALL students take assessment seriously and participate in the process. Because of the nature of the educational experience, the PA Program REQUIRES that all students participate in assessments of courses, staff, faculty and internships. CONFIDENTIALITY It is essential that the confidentiality of patients, health care providers and fellow students is adhered to at all times. Any discussions that occur during the educational process including small group exercises, competency exams, and at clinical settings must remain confidential unless explicitly instructed otherwise. Discussing a patient’s medical condition, or providing any information to unauthorized persons, may have serious consequences for the disclosing party. Patients should not be discussed with friends, in public or with families. 20
  21. 21. Medical records are also strictly confidential and may not be released to anyone except with the written consent of the patient or in other limited circumstances. Students who have access to medical records must be certain that care is taken to preserve the patient’s confidentiality. No medical charts may be removed from clinical internship sites without a legitimate reason. PROGRESSION THROUGH THE PROFESSIONAL PHASE Students must complete all didactic course work (junior year) with a grade of “C” or better in order to progress to the clinical internships (senior year). Because of the integrated nature of the curriculum, all Professional Phase course work must be completed in sequence. A deficient student who is unable to progress with their class may be permitted to re-enter the following class year on a space available basis. A deficient student will fit into one of the following categories: A. Fifth Semester Failure (Fall semester of didactic year) Any student that receives a failing final grade in a Fall semester course (Fifth Semester Physician Assistant Major) will be dismissed from the Program and can only be re- admitted through the admission screening process. Students in this situation will be required to repeat the failed Fall semester course, as a condition of re-admission. In addition, students will be required to repeat or audit all Fall courses and/or other Pre- Physician Assistant courses that are beneficial in creating or maintaining a strong clinical knowledge base, as determined by Program faculty and staff. B. Sixth or Seventh Semester Failure (Spring or Summer semester of didactic year) A student who receives a letter grade of F in one course during the Sixth or Seventh semester of the major will be considered for deceleration. Deceleration consists of withdrawal from the Program until the next semester that the course is offered. A student in this situation may be considered for re-entry under the following guidelines: a. Request re-entry, in writing, within three (3) weeks of final notification of failure. b. Granting of re-entry is based on space availability. c. Enroll in and pass the previously failed course and courses with a B grade or higher. d. Agree to a Physician Assistant Program re-entry/remediation plan. e. Repeat or audit courses that are essential for maintaining a strong clinical knowledge base as decided by Program faculty and staff. 21
  22. 22. f. Document current CPR certification, health insurance and malpractice insurance, and complete an updated Health Questionnaire (medical and dental exams) at the point of re-entry. g. Demonstrate competency at 90% level for physical examination and clinical procedure skills. The specific physical exam components and procedures will be determined and evaluated by the PA program faculty/staff. Students will be advised of expectations in advance of evaluation. The re-entry process is initiated on a space available basis only. (In order for a PA student to re-enter the Professional Phase of the program, a seat must be available at the beginning of the semester in which the deficient student needs to repeat course work.) The number of students in a given class year will not exceed the maximum limit designated through the accreditation process. A student will be given the opportunity to utilize the re-entry process one time only. Should more than one student seek re-entry for a single available class space, re-entry will be granted to the student attaining the higher Grade Point Average (GPA) in Professional Phase course work. If the GPA of the competing candidates is equal, re- entry will be granted to the student attaining the higher GPA in both professional and pre- professional phase course work. Should an insufficient number of seats or no seats become available in a given class year, re-entry opportunities will not be approved. Students affected in this situation must re-apply to the program through the admission screening process. Failure to successfully complete all of the above requirements will result in termination from the program. Accruing two (2) or more final course grades of “F” (in the same or different courses) during the Professional Phase of the PA program (HTH and PHA courses) will result in termination from the program (Consideration for extenuating circumstances may be evaluated on a case by case basis). For re-entry and re-admission purposes, all HTH and PHA designated courses must be completed at Penn College. 22
  23. 23. Students granted re-entry must return within the following academic year. A student granted re-entry who does not enroll in this designated time frame, will be terminated from the program. C. Clinical Year Failure Any student receiving a failing grade in a clinical internship: a. Must repeat the failed internship and must pass an end of rotation exam for that repeat rotation. The student should note that this will delay completion of the Program, and may result in a delay in graduation and may result in a delay in eligibility for the National Certification Exam. b. Students who fail two (2) clinical internships (either same or different) will be terminated from the program. c. Clinical Directors have the authority to schedule repeated internships according to the timelines and availabilities of clinical sites. Students who are unable to complete a clinical internship due to extenuating circumstances (i.e. accident, serious illness), will be required to complete the entire rotation at the end of the scheduled clinical year. The student should note that this will delay completion of the program, may result in a delay in graduation and may result in a delay in eligibility for the National Certification Exam. Return to Table of Contents 23

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