440 Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences—Department of Physician Assistant subsequent semester is due on or before the appropriate registration day. Students will not be admitted until their financial obligations have been met. The financial ability of applicants to complete their training at the college is important because of the limited number of positions available in each class. Applicants should have specific plans for financing 27 months of professional education. This should include tuition, living expenses, books, equipment, and miscellaneous expenses. Each student is required to carry adequate personal medical and hospital insurance. Students may avail themselves of the hospitalization insurance plan obtainable through the university. Opportunity for a limited number of part-time work-study assignments is available. Due to the demands of the PA curriculum, the programdiscourages any outside employment. Requirements for Graduation In order to be eligible to graduate from the Physician Assistant Program, students must • s uccessfully complete the program of study required for the degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 (C) • successfully complete all didactic and clinical coursework • d emonstrate professional behavior throughout the program • satisfactorily meet 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 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 attainment of a baccalaureate degree, including specified course prerequisites. 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 14.5 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 program requires matriculants to complete the entire curriculum at the NSU Fort Myers Campus and will not grant requests for advanced placement, transfer of credit, or credit for experiential learning. The clinical year is devoted to 12.5 months of training with required six-week rotations in family medicine, emergency medicine, pediatrics, prenatal care/gynecology, general surgery, and internal medicine; one six-week selective rotation of behavioral health, otorhinolaryngology, orthopedics, rural or underserved primary care medicine, or an internal medicine subspecialty; and one six-week and one four-week elective rotation that may include other selectives or specialties. All required rotations must be completed in Florida, primarily within 80–100 miles from NSU’s Fort Myers Campus. Each student will complete at least one rotation in a rural or underserved area. This will likely entail traveling beyond the 80–100-mile radius of Fort Myers, Florida. For core rotations assigned by the program outside of the 100-mile radius, student housing will be provided. Each required rotation has assigned readings and learning objectives. At the end of each rotation, a written comprehensive examination is administered and must 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 a minimum of 40 hours per week, although many rotation sites require a greater student participation. Upon completion of the course of study, students will have earned a master of medical science (M.M.S.) in physician assistant degree. Graduates will be eligible to take the Physician Assistant National Certification Examination (PANCE) administered by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). 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.