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Physician Assistant and Occupational Therapy Residency Requirements

Students socializing in the D'Youville Academic Center

At D'Youville, we're committed to your success. To help you meet your goals we require our incoming Physician Assistant and Occupational Therapy students live on campus.

National statistics show that students who live in residence halls tend to perform better academically and are more engaged on campus. Students who share a living space and develop their own community receive integral psychological development and valuable life skills. These skills include conflict resolution, adaptability, respect, compromise, and accepting the ideas and worth of those from diverse backgrounds. 

Studies also show that students who live in residence halls also acclimate more rapidly to the collegiate environment and are more satisfied with their overall experience.  

For these reasons, incoming students in the Physician Assistant and Occupational Therapy programs are required to live on campus for the first two years of study. 


The only exceptions to the residency requirement are as follow:

  • Married students (with proof of marriage certificate).
  • Students who show proof of independent standing by maintaining financial independence for at least two years prior.
  • Students who have dependent children.
  • Students who are under the age of 16, or older than 24 years of age, before September 1 of the current academic year.
  • The student has a medical housing need that cannot be reasonably accommodated by the College.
  • Students who do not have an exception to the residency requirement but feel as though their personal circumstances are extenuating can contact the Office of Student Engagement for information regarding the petition to be released process.

Petitions to reside off campus will be considered on a holistic basis and a decision will be made and delivered to the student within ten business days.

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