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Students in the physician assistant program should be aware of the demanding time and work commitment needed to be successful in the program.

Academic Regulations

The 4 1/2-year BS/MS curriculum is composed of two phases, which extend across five years. Phase I, the pre-professional phase, includes the first two years of study, which is comprised of the prerequisites and core curriculum.

Phase II is the third, fourth, and fifth year, which is the professional phase, and includes the didactic preparation for practice and clinical rotations, and the master's curriculum. Each phase of the program is considered a prerequisite to the next phase and must be satisfactorily completed prior to advancement.

In addition to general college policies and regulations, which apply to all students, academic regulations of the physician assistant department are applicable to both full- and part-time students.

Student Responsibilities

The D’Youville phyiscian assistant department offers a 4 1/2 year program that accepts both traditional freshman and transfer students. Freshman students enrolled in the PA department must complete four summer sessions in addition to the nine regular full-time semesters for a total of 175-credit hours which includes the pre-professional and professional phases.

Transfer students’ credit hours in the pre-professional phase will depend on what prior coursework was completed and accepted to the program. Transfer students, once matriculated to the professional phase, will complete 86-credit hours.

During the clinical phase, students are responsible for all incurred expenses while on rotation which may include travel to and from the clinical site, lodging, food, etc. Due to the availability of clinical rotations, extended daily travel may be required. It is required that each student have a valid driver’s license and his or her own vehicle. Due to the time commitment of the program, particularly in the professional phase, off-campus work is not recommended.

Students are encouraged to be a member of the D'Youville College Student Physician Assistant Association. PA students must not be required to work for the program. Students must not substitute for or function as instructional faculty.

Program Contents and Requirements

  • As noted above, the physician assistant curriculum is composed of two distinct academic phases. Each phase of the program is considered a prerequisite to the next phase and must be satisfactorily completed prior to advancement.
  • Students enrolled in the D’Youville physician assistant department are expected to demonstrate high standards of personal behavior and professional conduct in all academic and clinical environments. Dishonesty or misconduct, whether academic or professional, in any form will not be tolerated. D'Youville policy regarding academic dishonesty will be followed with the possible recommendation that the offender be dismissed from the physician assistant department. Professional misconduct will be reviewed by the progress committee and may result in probation and/or dismissal from the department.

Other specific requirements include the following:

Phase I: Good Academic Standing
  1. Once students are matriculated and enrolled in the first two years of the curriculum, they must maintain a cumulative science grade point average (G.P.A.) of at least 3.00.
  2. Once students are matriculated and enrolled in the first two years of the curriculum, they must maintain an overall semester and cumulative grade point average (G.P.A.) of at least 3.00.
  3. A minimum grade of a B- for all science courses (C for all other coursework) specified as a Phase I prerequisite in the curriculum plan is required. However, students must be aware of the 3.0 minimum semester and cumulative G.P.A. requirements and 3.0 minimum cumulative science G.P.A.
Phase I: Academic Probation
  1. If the student fails to achieve a 3.00 (semester and cumulative) overall and science G.P.A. (cumulative), they will be placed on probation, will be required to retake courses at D'Youville in which they did not meet the minimum, and may also be decelerated. These are the minimum grade standards of all PA department curricular requirements.
  2. If a student fails to achieve these standards in any department required course, they will be placed on probation.
  3. Students who do not meet academic requirements for two science course requirements in the same semester will be automatically decelerated into the next graduating class, and at the very least, placed on probation.
  4. A student will be placed on academic probation when there is a failure to satisfy specific departmental academic standards or regulations. The period of probation extends until completion of the two full-time semesters immediately following conferral of probation status and includes any coursework completed during summer term while on probation.
  5. Academic deficiencies that result in departmental academic probation must be corrected within the two full-time semesters that immediately follow the date of probation.
  6. Probationary students on a decelerated or part-time schedule must continue to meet all conditions of the probation while on a part-time schedule and will remain on probation until the completion of their next two full-time semesters.
Phase I: Dismissal
  1. Failure to meet the conditions of probation will result in dismissal from the department.
  2. To appeal a decision rendered by the School of Health Professions faculty/administration that has academic consequences, the student must follow the appeal procedures which are available at www.dyc.edu/appeals.
  3. Dishonesty or misconduct, whether academic or professional in any form, will not be tolerated. College policy regarding academic dishonesty will be followed with the recommendation that the offender be dismissed from the physician assistant department.
Phase II: Good Academic Standing
  1. A minimum grade of B- (80 percent) is required for all courses included during the didactic year of curriculum (Phase II) with the exceptions of PA 311 Clinical Skills, and PA 305 Behavioral Medicine in which the minimum passing grade is 73 percent.
  2. Students are required to obtain permission of the department faculty prior to registration in clinical rotations included in Phase II of the program.
  3. All 400-level clinical rotations must be completed with a minimum grade of C (73 percent). All 500-level clinical rotations must be completed with a minimum grade of B (83 percent). Formal or informal remediation may be required prior to returning to the clinical experiences. All clinical rotations must be completed within 21 months of completion of didactic academic coursework or repetition of academic courses may be required.
  4. A student must possess current certification in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), child abuse recognition certification, HIPAA and New York State in-servicing on bloodborne pathogens, prior to matriculation into the clinical phase of the program. All students in the clinical and graduate phase will be required to have professional liability insurance specified by the program. Students must also have evidence of vaccinations/ immunizations and annual history and physical examinations in compliance with CDC recommendations for health care professionals.
  5. During the final year of study in the 4 1/2-year B.S./M.S. degree program, as a requirement of the primary care rotation, all senior level students must satisfactorily complete a community service project with a corresponding poster presentation. This project must have prior approval of the department and the IRB and be overseen by a faculty advisor.
  6. A minimum passing grade for all masters-level courses will be a B (83 percent). Achieving and maintaining a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0 is a requirement for completion of the program.
  7. All master's degree candidates must satisfactorily complete a research project with a corresponding presentation. This project must have prior approval of the department and the IRB and be overseen by a faculty advisor.
Phase II: Academic Probation
  1. Students who fail to obtain the required grades in any Phase II course during the didactic year will not be permitted to progress in the professional curriculum without review by the progress committee, which may entail probation, deceleration and possible remediation. Students may be permitted to decelerate and repeat 300-level courses on a case-by case basis, depending on their past academic history and next available class seat. Any department-required course may be repeated only once. Students who must repeat a 300-level course will be required to repeat and demonstrate continued proficiency in any or all other 300-level courses prior to enrollment in 400-level courses.
  2. Despite meeting minimum academic standards, permission to progress into the clinical phase may be denied on the basis of demonstrated weakness or inability to meet the program academic and/or professional standards.
  3. Students who do not meet these minimum criteria in any 400- or 500-level clinical rotation course, or who voluntarily withdraw from the clinical rotation, must receive formal approval by the faculty to repeat that course or to continue with subsequent rotations. A student will not be allowed to repeat more than one 400- or 500-level clinical course required in the major.
  4. If a students fails to obtain the minimum passing grade for any course in the clinical phase of the curriculum, the student will be placed on academic probation. Failure to meet the conditions of probation will result in dismissal from the department.
  5. To appeal a decision rendered by the School of Health Professions faculty/administration that has academic consequences, the student must follow the appeal procedures which are available at www.dyc.edu/appeals.
  6. Dishonesty or misconduct, whether academic or professional in any form, will not be tolerated. College policy regarding academic dishonesty will be followed with the recommendation that the offender be dismissed from the physician assistant department.
Phase II: Dismissal
  1. Second failure of the same 300-level course will result in automatic dismissal from the physician assistant department. Any student who fails more than one 300-level course in the same semester will be automatically dismissed from the department.
  2. Failure of a second 400- or 500-level course will result in dismissal from the department.
  3. Failure to meet the academic standards or conditions of probation will result in dismissal from the department.
  4. Failure to meet the conditions of probation will result in dismissal from the department.

 

Appeals

To appeal a decision rendered by the School of Health Professions faculty/administration that has academic consequences, you must follow the appeal procedures which are available at www.dyc.edu/appeals.

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