430 Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences—Department of Physician Assistant expenses, books, equipment, and miscellaneous expenses. Each student is required to carry adequate health insurance. Students may avail themselves of the insurance plan obtainable through the university. There are a limited number of part-time work-study assignments available. Due to the demands of the PA curriculum, the program discourages any outside employment. Academic Promotions and Progression The progress of each student through the curriculum requires continuous, satisfactory academic and professional performance. No student may advance to the clinical year of study without satisfactorily completing all of the requirements for the didactic year’s courses. In addition, no student may complete the clinical year curriculum and graduate without satisfactorily completing all the requirements of the clinical year coursework. Requirements for Graduation In order to be eligible to graduate from the Physician Assistant Program, students shall • s uccessfully complete all academic and clinical courses and degree requirements • have satisfactorily met all financial and library obligations • attend in person the commencement program, at which time the degree is conferred Academic Dismissal in the Physician Assistant Program See the suspension/dismissal section of the student handbook. Readmission Policy in the Physician Assistant Program In selected cases, and only with the approval of the program director, department chair, and college dean, a student may be allowed to be noncompetitively matriculated with the next first-year class. It is emphasized that this only refers to those few students with special academic or personal issues. Course of Study The Physician Assistant Program curriculum is completed following a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States. The comprehensive curriculum, completed in a consecutive manner, is oriented to primary care and prepares the student to practice in a wide variety of clinical settings. The first 15 months of study consist of basic sciences and clinically related didactic courses. All courses are required and must be successfully completed before advancing to the clinical year. During this time frame, students are generally in class from Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., although there are occasional evening and/or weekend hours. Because of its highly integrated and compact curriculum, the PA department requires matriculants to complete the entire curriculum at this campus. No advanced placement, transfer of credit, or credit for experiential learning will be granted. The clinical year is devoted to 12 months of training in nine required rotations. Students are required to complete sixweek rotations in family medicine, emergency medicine, pediatrics, general surgery, and internal medicine. Students are also required to complete three-week rotations in women’s health and behavioral medicine. In addition, students have three elective rotations in any area of medicine they wish to pursue. Two of the elective rotations are six weeks in length. The remaining elective rotation is four weeks in length. Each required rotation has assigned readings and learning objectives. At the end of each required rotation, a written comprehensive subject examination is administered andmust be passed. During rotations, students will be supervised by licensed practitioners and will actively participate in patient assessments, perform common laboratory procedures, interpret common diagnostic examinations, and help manage common medical problems. The work hours during clinical rotations are set by the preceptor and can include evening and weekend hours. Students are required to work approximately 40 hours per week, however many rotation sites require students to work substantially more hours per week. Upon completion of the course of study, students will be awarded the master of medical science degree in physician assistant. Graduates will be eligible to take the Physician Assistant National Certification Examination (PANCE) administered by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. The role of the physician assistant requires a high level of expertise and responsibility. The applicant must possess the ability and desire to complete a rigorous academic and clinical program and make a commitment to continued learning.