Program Policies

Refund Policy

The Physician Assistant Studies program will follow the Dominican University Refund policy and procedure guidelines:

Withdrawal from the program during the:

1st week – 100% refund of tuition

2nd week – 80% refund of tuition

3rd week – 60% refund of tuition

4th week – 40% refund of tuition

5th week – 20% refund of tuition

After the 5th week – no tuition will be refunded

Program fees will not be refunded. In order to receive a tuition refund, withdrawal from the Physician Assistant Studies program must be done officially by informing the Program Director in writing of the intent to withdraw and completing a withdrawal form through the Registrar.

For additional information please see Dominican University Refund and Requirements for Withdrawal policies at dom.edu/about/consumer_information.

Student Employment Policy

  • Physician Assistant Studies students may not work for or teach within the PAS program in any capacity – volunteer or paid positions.  During Year 2, while on clinical rotations, students are not permitted to substitute for clinical or administrative staff
  • The PAS program is a rigorous academic and clinical program.  It is expected that students will have a full time commitment to their academic course of study and it is highly recommended that students not be employed while attending the PAS program
  • Didactic class and Clinical Rotation schedules cannot be modified to accommodate any individual student’s outside commitments

Immunization and Student Health Policy

  • All PAS program students are required to maintain health insurance, at their own expense, for the duration of the 24 month program
  • Proof of insurance must be on file with the Wellness Center
  • PAS students are required to adhere to the CDC immunization guidelines for health care personnel
  • TB testing – students must have baseline screening for TB with either a tuberculosis skin test (2 part) or Quantiferon testing. Testing must have been done within one year of beginning the PAS program and again before beginning clinical rotations. Proof of testing must be on file with Wellness Center.  Records from family physician accepted
  • PAS students must be current with the following by the first day of class:
    • Hepatitis B – titer (antigen and antibody) demonstrating immunity done within the past 5 years
    • MMR – titer demonstrating immunity done within the past 5 years
    • Varicella – titer demonstrating immunity done within the past 5 years
    • Diphtheria/Tetanus/Pertussis – Documentation of the completed primary series of immunizations to include boosters every 10 years
    • If the student has not received Tdap previously, they must get a one-time dose of Tdap prior to the first day of class
    • Influenza – Flu vaccine will be required of all students annually
  • Proof of immunity by titer level must be on file in the Wellness Center. Records with lab results from family physician accepted
  • TB testing, titer level testing and subsequent needed immunizations are the financial responsibility of each student during their enrollment in the PAS program
  • PAS students are required to have a Physical Examination within one year prior to matriculation.The Physical Form will be provided electronically to all admitted PAS students. Forms from family physicians are accepted if they cover the same information solicited by the PAS Physical Form. The Physical Form must be turned in to the Wellness Center before the first day of class. Record of TB testing and results, titer level testing with results and immunization records are kept on file by the Wellness Center
  • Students will sign a release of ‘immunization records only’ form with the Wellness Center so that the health center can release to the PAS program office verification that a student has successfully met the TB testing and proof of immunity requirements of the PAS program. This form will be maintained in the PAS program office in the student file
  • PAS Program Director, Medical Director, faculty and/or staff will not (except in case of emergency) provide medical treatment to Physician Assistant students.
  • The PAS program office staff and/or faculty will not keep or have access to student health records

Infectious and Environmental Hazard Policy

The PAS program will address Universal Precautions and action required of students in the event of exposure to infectious or environmental hazards.  This will be accomplished throughout the Curriculum and will be covered in depth during PAS 600 Bridge Course which prepares students to enter the clinical setting.

In the event that a student has an exposure to an infectious agent or an environmental hazard:

  1. Flush the area with copious amounts of water; wash the exposed site with soap and water as appropriate
  2. If the exposure occurs on campus (i.e. lab setting), notify supervising faculty immediately and call the Wellness Center (708-524-6229) as soon as possible and seek further direction
  3. If the exposure occurs on campus after hours, follow Wellness Center directions for after-hour care needs
  4. If the exposure occurs at a clinical site (SCPE), notify preceptor immediately and follow their direction for seeking care – the office to contact will vary by site, but is usually Infection Control, Employee/Occupational Health or the Emergency Department
  5. Complete in detail an Incident Report at the site where the exposure occurred.  If a form is not available for an Incident Report – write a Memorandum for the Record with the facts of what happened and any action you have taken.
  6. Notify the PAS Program Director
  7. Notify Wellness Center so student’s medical record can be updated as appropriate
  8. Be aware that the financial costs incurred in the case of an infectious or environmental hazard injury may fall entirely on the student and/or the student’s health insurance

Criminal Background (CBSO) Check and Urine Drug Screen Policy

PAS program requires a Criminal Background/Sex Offender (CBSO) check and urine drug screen (10 panel) of each student 30 days prior to matriculation into the program. Accepted students will be given instructions for completing both the Criminal Background/Sex Offender and Urine Drug Screen.  In addition, these must be repeated no sooner than 30 days prior to the start of clinical rotations in Year 2 of the program. CBSO check and Urine Drug Screen are done at the expense of the student.

Information obtained for the purpose of and during the CBSO and Urine Drug Screen will be retained by the PAS program office separate from other student educational and academic records. Confidentiality will be maintained consistent with FERPA and any other appropriate guidelines. 

Grievous report in criminal background check or a positive Urine Drug Screen for non-prescribed drugs will be grounds for withdrawing the offer of admission or dismissal from the program.

Academic Progression Policy

  1. PAS program is a rigorous program of study with each semester building upon the last. Therefore, all student must successfully complete the Didactic courses of one semester before moving onto the next semester
  2. The Student Progress Committee will review each student’s academic progress at the conclusion of each semester to ensure compliance
  3. The Student Progress Committee will review student professionalism each semester and good standing will be required for progression
  4. At the conclusion of each semester, the PAS student must have maintained an overall 3.0 GPA for the semester and received no more than one ‘C’ during that semester in order to progress to the next semester
  5. During the Clinical Year, the student must receive an evaluation of Pass. A grade of Non-Pass (unsatisfactory) requires a Remediation Plan as described in the Remediation Policy
  6. During the Clinical Year the Directors of Clinical Education will review the clinical student’s progress monthly. Any concerns will be discussed with the Student Progress Committee
  7. Student Progress committee will follow all remediation actions/plans to ensure compliance and student forward progress

Professionalism

Dominican University PAS students are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner in the classroom, at clinical sites, on campus and at all other times. Students are expected to interact with each other, faculty, staff and patients and their families in a manner that reflects the Dominican University values of integrity, fairness, respect, community, responsibility and truthfulness. Student professionalism will be reviewed at the end of each semester by the Student Progress committee.  Serious or repeated breaches of professional behavior will be referred to the Program Director for review and action, up to, and including dismissal from the program. 

Additional information regarding evaluation mechanisms for the clinical year will be delineated in the PAS Student Handbook and will be given to each student at matriculation.

Graduation Requirements Policy

  1. PAS students will demonstrate they have met all PAS program learning outcomes
  2. Have successfully completed all PAS course work
  3. Have achieved a minimum overall 3.0 GPA
  4. Have successfully passed all components of the summative evaluation
  5. Are in good professional standing
  6. Have no outstanding financial obligations (including to the Library) with Dominican University
  7. Have completed a graduation application with the Office of the Registrar
  8. And have paid their graduation fee
  9. All PAS coursework must be completed within five years of matriculation

Accreditation Statement

The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the Dominican University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Dominican University. Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding Accreditation-Provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students. Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class.