460 Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences—Department of Physician Assistant • A clinical support charge of $800 will be assessed in each of the three semesters of clinical training. • Acceptance fee is $500. This fee is required to reserve the accepted applicant’s place in the entering first-year class. This advance payment will be credited to the tuition payment due on registration day, but is not refundable in the event of a withdrawal. It is payable within two weeks of an applicant’s acceptance. • D eposit is $500. This is due February 15, under the same terms as the Acceptance Fee. The first semester’s tuition and fees, less the $1,000 previously paid, are due on or before registration day. Tuition for each subsequent semester is due on or before the appropriate registration day. Students will not be admitted until their financial obligations have been met. 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 health insurance. Students may avail themselves of the insurance plan obtainable through the university. Due to the demands of the PA curriculum, the program discourages any outside employment. 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 Academic Dismissal in the Physician Assistant Program See the suspension/dismissal section of the student handbooks. 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 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 program 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 clinical training with required clinical rotations in family medicine, emergency medicine, pediatrics, prenatal care/gynecology, general surgery, behavioral health, and internal medicine. Students must also complete two elective rotations, for a total of nine clinical rotations. The required rotations and one 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, the Physician Assistant Education Association End of Rotation Examination (PAEA EOR Exam) 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 a minimum of 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.