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 by completing a withdrawal form through the registrar.

For additional information, please see Dominican University Refund and Requirements for Withdrawal policies.

Student Employment Policy

Physician Assistant Studies Program students may not work for or teach in the PAS program in any capacity—volunteer or paid positions. During year two, 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.

The PAS program discourages students from holding outside employment while enrolled in the didactic or clinical years. In the case that students find it necessary to hold outside employment while taking courses or during clinical rotations, they should speak to their assigned faculty advisor and the program director. Expectations, assignments and due dates are not changed for students who are employed.

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. Students are required to adhere to the CDC-immunization guidelines for health care personnel.

TB testing: students must have baseline screening for TB with QuantiFERON-TB Gold testing. Testing must have been done within one year of beginning the program and again before beginning clinical rotations. Proof of testing must be on file with Wellness Center. Records from family physician accepted.

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 five years
  • MMR: titer demonstrating immunity done within the past five years
  • Varicella: titer demonstrating immunity done within the past five 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 program.

Students are required to have a physical examination within one year prior to matriculation. The Physical Form will be provided electronically to all admitted students. Forms from family physicians are accepted if they cover the same information solicited by the PAS Physical Form. The Physical Form must be uploaded by the student to their individual Wellness Center portal 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.

The 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 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:

  • Flush the area with copious amounts of water; wash the exposed site with soap and water as appropriate.
  • If the exposure occurs on campus (i.e.. lab setting), notify supervising faculty immediately and call the Wellness Center at (708) 524-6229 as soon as possible and seek further direction.
  • If the exposure occurs on campus after hours, follow Wellness Center directions for after-hour care needs.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Notify the PAS Program Director.
  • Notify Wellness Center so student’s medical record can be updated as appropriate.

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

The PAS Program requires a Criminal Background/Sex Offender (CBSO) check and urine drug screen (10 panel) of each student prior to matriculation into the program. Accepted students will be given instructions for completing the Criminal Background/Sex Offender check. The CBSO must be repeated prior to the start of the clinical year (Year 2) of the program. All CBSO checks are done at the expense of the student.

Urine Drug Screening is required prior to enrolling in classes in the program. The initial urine test will be completed by Certified Background prior to matriculation. An additional urine drug test through Certified Background also will be required prior to participation in clinical rotations (Year 2). All Urine Drug Screen testing is 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-prescription drugs may be grounds for withdrawing the offer of admission or dismissal from the program.

Academic Progression Policy

The PAS Program is a rigorous program of study with each semester building upon the last. Therefore, all students must successfully complete the didactic courses of one semester before moving onto the next semester

The Student Progress Committee will review each student’s academic progress at the conclusion of each semester to ensure compliance. The Student Progress Committee will review student professionalism each semester and good standing in this core competency will be required for progression. Satisfactory academic performance will be judged by the following:

  • Obtaining a passing grade in all courses
  • Maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Demonstrating clinical competence in all six NCCPA core competencies commensurate to level of training. 

At the conclusion of each semester, the PAS student must have maintained an overall 3.00 GPA for the semester and received no more than one C during that semester in order to progress to the next semester.

Advancement to the clinical year will be recommended when:

  • All didactic coursework should be C or above, maximum one C per semester
  • Didactic cumulative GPA 3.0 or higher
  • Student health clearance and insurance verified
  • HIPAA training completed
  • Drug screen and Criminal Background Check clearance
  • Successful completion BLS, ACLS and Bridge courses

During the clinical year rotations, the student must receive an evaluation of Pass. A grade of Non-Pass (unsatisfactory) requires a Remediation Plan as described in the Remediation Policy. 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. The 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 arrive punctually and participate in all didactic activities and submit all assignments on time. Conventional wisdom is to plan to arrive 15 minutes early each day so unexpected delays such as weather or traffic are accounted for. Student 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 is one of the six NCCPA core competencies for physician assistant students. and will be assessed and graded in both the clinical and didactic year and 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

Physician Assistant Studies Program students will demonstrate they have:

  • Met all PAS program learning outcomes
  • Successfully completed all PAS course work
  • Achieved a minimum overall 3.00 GPA
  • Successfully passed all components of the summative evaluation
  • Remained in good professional standing
  • No outstanding financial obligations (including to the Library) with Dominican University
  • Completed a graduation application with the Office of the Registrar
  • Paid their graduation fee

All PAS coursework must be completed within five years of matriculation

PAS Student Handbooks

PAS 2018 Didactic Year Student Handbook
PAS 2018 Clinical Year Student Handbook

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.