272 Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences Strength and Mobility Candidates and students must have sufficient mobility to attend emergency codes and to perform such maneuvers as CPR when required. They must have the physical ability to move sufficiently from room to room and to maneuver in small places. Physical therapy and occupational therapy students must be able to administer treatment in a variety of settings and positions and move patients when required. Hearing Candidates and students must have sufficient auditory ability to monitor and assess health needs. They must be able to hear information given by the patient in answer to inquires; to hear cries for help; to hear features in an examination, such as the auscultatory sounds; and to monitor equipment. Visual Candidates and students must have visual ability sufficient for observation, assessment, and rendering of treatment necessary in patient care. It must be consistent in many cases with being able to assess asymmetry, range of motion, and tissue texture changes. Physician assistant students must have sufficient visual ability to use ophthalmologic instruments. It is necessary to have adequate visual capabilities for proper evaluation and treatment integration. Candidates and students must be able to observe the patient and the patient’s responses, including body language and features of the examination and treatment. Tactile Candidates and students must have sufficient tactile ability for physical assessment. They must be able to perform palpation and functions of physical examination and/or those related to therapeutic intervention. Sensory Physician assistants are required to have an enhanced ability to use their sensory skills. These enhanced tactile and proprioceptive sensory skills are essential for appropriate evaluation and treatment of patients. Behavioral and Social Attributes Candidates and students must possess the emotional health required for full use of their intellectual abilities; the exercise of good judgment; the ability to take responsibility for their own actions—with respect to policies, protocols, and processes—with faculty and staff members, students, patients, patient surrogates, and administration during the student’s educational program; the prompt completion of all responsibilities attendant to the diagnosis, care, and treatment of patients; and the development of mature, sensitive, and effective relationships with the patients. Candidates and students must be able to physically tolerate taxing workloads, to adapt to changing environments, to display flexibility, and to learn to function in the face of uncertainties inherent in the clinical problems of many patients. Compassion, diversity, integrity, concern for others, interpersonal skills, interest, and motivation are all personal qualities that will be assessed during the admissions and education process. Expenses and Financial Aid Students should anticipate spending approximately $3,000 for books and $36,000 per academic year for living expenses. The primary financial responsibility for a student’s education rests with the student and his or her family, but economic circumstances for some families may make it necessary for the student to obtain assistance fromother sources. The purpose of the Student Financial Assistance Programat Nova Southeastern University is to help as many qualified students as possible to complete their health professions education. Various loans, scholarships, and grants are available to qualified students to help ease the high cost of a health professions education. These assistance programs are described in a variety of separate university publications. The demands of these programs limit the number of hours a student can work at an outside job. During the months of clinical rotations, it is difficult or impossible for the students to work. Transfer Credits Any students wishing to transfer from another university into a Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences programmust provide the following: • official transcripts fromall colleges or universities previously attended, sent directly to Nova Southeastern University Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences Office of Admissions • a letter of recommendation to the department chair or program director of the program in which the applicant is currently enrolled Transfer credits, if awarded, will be given pending transcript evaluation and for courses that are directly applicable to courses outlined in the curriculum of the allied health department or program in which the student is applying. All transfer credit decisions will be made at the discretion of the department chair or program director. Promotion, Suspension, Dismissal, and Readmission The policies for promotion, suspension, dismissal, and readmission are outlined in the Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences Student Handbook, which is revised, updated, and distributed annually to all students.