Fall 2020 Information

UVU has identified new modalities for the Fall 2020 semester.

  • Online
  • Live Stream 
  • Face-to-Face 

We have provided information as to what these courses mean, and how to identify these courses on your schedule and in the registration menu, in our CHPS Town Hall, on June 24, 2020. You can watch a recording of the town hall below.

If you have questions about your individual schedule, please email or schedule a phone/video appointment with your academic advisor.

Advisement at Utah Valley University is a teaching and learning process focused on student success. Academic advising is more than just meeting with an advisor to determine your class schedule. Advising encourages students to think critically, seek out resources, and develop action plans and goals. An advisor provides students with the information and encouragement they need to take personal responsibility for their education, exploring options, and making decisions. Academic Advising is a shared partnership between the student and advisor, which requires participation and involvement on both parties.

The College of Health and Public Service includes programs in Community Health, Dental Hygiene, Nursing, Respiratory Therapy, Aviation, Criminal Justice, Emergency Services, Forensic Science, and National Security Studies.  Our academic advisors see students based on their major and last name.  The advisors are located in different buildings, both on and off main campus.  When scheduling an appointment, please note the address and location of the advisor's building.

 

To reduce community exposure of COVID-19 and keep our students safe, we are only taking phone and online appointments at this time

Find your advisor by clicking on your major below

The academic advisors in the College of Health and Public Service assist students in the following ways:

  • assessing and matching your personal strengths and interests with career and educational options
  • selecting a major or career pathway
  • understanding class sequences and requirements
  • avoiding or overcoming academic challenges
  • identifying additional activities and experiences that will expand your educational progress

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INTRODUCTION

INTRODUCTION

A3.02

The Physician Assistant Student Handbook has been created as a reference for students enrolled in the Utah Valley University Physician Assistant Program (“program” or “PA program”) and others seeking information about the program.  These policies and procedures apply to all PA students. This handbook also serves to demonstrate Utah Valley University’s (UVU) compliance with the accreditation standards established by the ARC-PA.

This handbook provides an overview of all aspects of the program.  It contains policies and procedures for academic and professional standards, and progress throughout the program.  It also contains university wide policies and information about resources available through UVU.  This handbook was designed to supplement existing university policies and procedures that relate to the program.  All students are strongly encouraged to become familiar with this handbook, other program policies, and applicable university policies.

It is the responsibility of the student to be cognizant and abide by the rules, regulations, and policies described in this handbook. Any questions or concerns should be directed to the program director.  When the handbook does not cover a specific circumstance or the interpretation is not clear, the program director will make necessary decisions or interpretations.

Students are expected to remain current on all policies and procedures of the university and those specific to the program throughout their enrollment in the program.  This handbook will be reviewed during orientation.  At orientation, the student will sign an acknowledgement form which states that the student agrees to follow program and university policies and procedures throughout their enrollment. Students will be given ample time to review this handbook prior to signing the acknowledgement form (see Appendix M).

2

UVU MISSION AND VALUES

UVU MISSION AND VALUES

Utah Valley University is an integrated university and community college that educates every student for success in work and life through excellence in engaged teaching, services, and scholarship.

UVU's culture supports our mission of student success. Student success encompasses both terminal degrees and the holistic education of students, and we believe that we can fulfill this mission best in an environment that allows all individuals to thrive personally and professionally. To this end, UVU operates in accordance with three core values: exceptional care, exceptional accountability, and exceptional results.

  1. Include
    1. Objective 1: UVU integrates educational opportunities appropriate to both community colleges and universities.
    2. Objective 2: UVU provides accessible, equitable, and culturally diverse learning experiences and resources for students of all backgrounds, including those historically underrepresented in higher education.
    3. Objective 3: UVU fosters an inviting, safe, and supportive environment in which students, faculty, and staff can succeed.
  2. Engage
    1. Objective 1: UVU faculty, staff, and students practice excellent, engaged teaching and learning activities as a community of scholars, creators, and practitioners.
    2. Objective 2: UVU develops relationships and outreach opportunities with students, alumni, and community stakeholders.
    3. Objective 3: UVU employees demonstrate a commitment to student success, professionalism, ethics, and accountability.
  3. Achieve
    1. Objective 1: UVU supports students in completing their educational goals
    2. Objective 2: UVU students master the learning outcomes of the university and their programs.
    3. Objective 3: UVU prepares students for success in their subsequent learning, professional, and civic pursuits.

 

UVU ESSENTIAL STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

The Essential Learning Outcomes (ELOs) are a comprehensive set of learning goals that are fostered and developed across a student's entire educational experience. They reflect the knowledge, skills, and competencies needed to meet the challenges of an ever-changing and complex world. The ELOs prepare students for future employment, life, and citizenship. With the achievement of these outcomes, UVU graduates will possess breadth and depth of knowledge, highly developed intellectual and practical skills, commitment to personal and social responsibility, awareness of the interdependence of communities, and the ability to synthesize and apply their learning to solve complex real-world problems.

  1. Integrative and Applied Learning: A student will engage in discipline-appropriate experiences with the academic and broader community through integrated and applied learning
  2. Intellectual and Practical Skills Foundation: A student will acquire a foundation of intellectual and practical skills including communication, quantitative reasoning, qualitative reasoning (critical, analytical, and creative thinking), and technical and information literacies.
  3. People of Integrity: A student will become personally and socially responsible by acquiring, developing and demonstrating skills in ethical reasoning and understandings.
  4. Professional Competency: A student will demonstrate professional competence by meeting the established standards of the discipline, working as a valued member of a team, effectively formulating and solving problems, and actively seeking and honing lifelong learning skills.
  5. Stewards of Place: A student will demonstrate stewardship of local, national, and global communities by cultivating awareness of: interdependence among those communities; issues within those communities; and organizations and skills that address such issues.
  6. Knowledge Foundation: A student will demonstrate knowledge of human cultures and the physical and natural world in the following areas of essential study: arts, history, humanities, languages, science and mathematics, social sciences. Knowledge Foundation refers to GE Distribution courses and other courses and experiences within the major.

 

3

PROGRAM MISSION

PROGRAM MISSION

The mission of the Physician Assistant Program at Utah Valley University is to graduate academically and clinically prepared compassionate providers who strengthen our regional healthcare workforce through exceptional patient care.

 

4

PROGRAM GOALS

PROGRAM GOALS

A3.12b, A3.12c

  1. Recruit qualified applicants who can successfully practice within the UVU service region (Utah, Wasatch, and Summit counties) and the Wasatch Front.
    1. Indicator of success:
      1. More than half of admitted students will come from the UVU service region or from the sponsoring institution.
      2. Students will complete 50% of SCPEs within the UVU service region.
  2. Provide physician assistant educational and training opportunities to students from disadvantaged backgrounds, particularly those who are first generation to college.
    1. Indicator of success:
      1. 10% of accepted students will be first generation to college based on institutional criteria.
      2. 20% of accepted students will come from disadvantaged backgrounds as defined by HRSA.
  3. Students will develop and display professionalism.
    1. Indicator of success:
      1. All students will increase or maintain their emotional intelligence score.
      2. 100% of graduating students will demonstrate professionalism as defined by the program competencies.
  4. Provide students with the knowledge, skills, and experience to be successful, competent PAs.
    1. Indicator of success:
      1. Five-year average first-time PANCE pass rate at or above the national average as reported by the NCCPA.
      2. Average of 4 (on a 5-point Likert scale) or higher on Graduate Survey.

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ACCREDITATION

ACCREDITATION

A3.12a

Utah Valley University has applied for provisional accreditation from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). UVU anticipates matriculating its first class in January 2022, pending achieving Accreditation – Provisional status at the June 2021 ARC-PA meeting. 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.

Utah Valley University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Applications will open in April of 2021. If UVU’s program does not receive Accreditation-Provisional at the June 2021 ARC-PA meeting, admissions processes will cease and no interviews for a January 2022 cohort will be conducted.  Application fees incurred to that point will not be refunded.

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UVU PA PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

UVU PA PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

A3.12d, A3.12e, A3.16a,b,c

The PA program at UVU is a full-time, 28-month, year-round graduate program, consisting of 95 credit hours completed over 7 semesters. The curriculum structure is specially designed to prepare students with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to become competent PAs who demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that result in more effective and compassionate patient care.

All PA didactic courses are offered and must be fulfilled on location at UVU west campus. There are no provisions for substituting or waiving program courses.

UVU confers a Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree to students upon successful completion of all program requirements which include:

  1. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 must be maintained within program.
  2. 100% of the course credits required for the Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) degree must be completed at Utah Valley University. No transfer credits will be accepted.
  3. Students must pass the PA program Summative Exam with a grade of 80% or better in order to graduate. The Summative Exam is administered in the final semester of the PA program.

Students are required to participate in all program activities, comply with all program and university policies, and demonstrate professional behavior as defined in this student handbook. Students are assessed through a variety of methods that include written examinations, objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs), practical workshops, written and oral assignments and group presentations. Students must pass each component of the curriculum to make satisfactory progress in the program.

SPRING 1 COURSE TITLE CREDIT HOURS
PAS 6701

Human Anatomy for the Physician Assistant I

Course Description:

Provides an in-depth, graduate-level understanding of human anatomy using a regional approach with instruction via lecture, simulation, and prosected cadavers.  Helps students correlate the interactions between diverse structures and systems.  Aligns content with the clinical medicine series.  This is the first in a three-course series.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Identify anatomical structures using terminology appropriate for physician assistant practice.
  2. Differentiate anatomic structures, organs, and systems.
  3. Correlate the relationship between anatomic structure and function.
  4. Evaluate human anatomy using electronic imaging and prosected cadavers.
  5. Discriminate between normal and abnormal human anatomy.
  6. Integrate knowledge of human anatomy into clinically relevant scenarios.
1
PAS 6711

Physiology / Pathophysiology for the Physician Assistant I

Course Description:

Examines how the human body functions from the cellular level to the interaction of organs and systems. Introduces functions related to anatomy and associations with common dysfunctions and diseases. Delivers course content in an organ system-based approach with the goal of preparing physician assistant students for clinical practice. Aligns content with the clinical medicine series. This is the first in a three-course series.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Identify anatomical structures using terminology appropriate for physician assistant practice.
  2. Differentiate anatomic structures, organs, and systems.
  3. Correlate the relationship between anatomic structure and function.
  4. Evaluate human anatomy using electronic imaging and prosected cadavers.
  5. Discriminate between normal and abnormal human anatomy.
  6. Integrate knowledge of human anatomy into clinically relevant scenarios.
2
PAS 6721

Clinical Medicine I

Course Description:

Provides an in-depth, graduate-level understanding of human anatomy using a regional approach with instruction via lecture, simulation, and prosected cadavers. Helps students correlate the interactions between diverse structures and systems. Aligns content with the clinical medicine series. This is the second in a three-course series.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Explain human physiology and normal physiologic function.
  2. Differentiate human physiology from the cellular level to the systems level including how function/homeostasis is maintained.
  3. Integrate physiologic concepts into clinical contexts.
  4. Evaluate abnormal physiologic function.
  5. Propose probable symptoms based on physiologic dysfunction.
3
PAS 6731

Pharmacology / Pharmacotherapy for the Physician Assistant I

Course Description:

Applies clinical principles of pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamics. Focuses on the concepts of pharmacotherapy necessary for clinical prescribing decisions and includes discussion about side effects, complications, dosages, and contraindications. Aligns content with the clinical medicine series. This is the first in a four-course series.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Explain the desired effects of pharmacologic interventions.
  2. Identify mechanisms of action, adverse actions, and interactions of medications.
  3. Calculate proper dosing and route of administration for desired therapy.
  4. Differentiate drug classifications.
  5. Generate accurate written and verbal prescriptions/orders appropriate for disease states.
  6. Communicate orders to the healthcare team and pharmacy in a clear, legal, and safe manner.
  7. Generate instructions for patients on all aspects of a prescribed medication in a clear, legal, and safe manner.
3
PAS 6741

Clinical Skills I

Course Description:

Teaches the knowledge and skill set needed for history taking, focused and comprehensive physical examination, and use of diagnostic studies. Emphasizes patient dignity and autonomy as well as provider communication skills. Develops oral and written documentation skills appropriate for medical records. Aligns content with the clinical medicine series. This is the first in a three-course series.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Perform a general survey including vital signs.
  2. Complete a comprehensive patient history.
  3. >Demonstrate proper technique in performing physical examination skills appropriate to each organ system.
  4. Perform comprehensive focused history taking and physical exams.
  5. Recognize normal and abnormal exam findings.
  6. Interpret basic diagnostic studies based on history and physical examination.
  7. Perform clinical procedures appropriate to the primary care setting.
  8. Document accurately the subjective and objective components of the patient encounter.
4
PAS 6771

Physician Assistant Profession

Course Description:

Introduces the origin of the PA profession, PA professional organizations, and the culture of American medicine. Covers topics including credentialing, certification, team-based care, and the future trends of the PA profession.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Summarize the history and origins of the PA profession.
  2. Identify the purpose and function of each of the major professional organizations serving the PA profession.
  3. Describe the regulations and requirements for clinical practice as a physician assistant.
  4. List the steps required to become licensed as a physician assistant in Utah.
  5. Analyze medical ethics in the clinical practice setting.
  6. Defend the importance of interprofessional relationships in the provision of quality patient care.
2
PAS 6751

Clinical Decision Making I

Course Description:

Provides students the opportunity to work through clinical scenarios coinciding with the clinical medicine series and content covered in other courses within a small group, case-based setting. This is the first in a three-course series.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Obtain a focused patient history.
  2. Evaluate pertinent positive and negative review of system findings.
  3. Interpret normal and abnormal physical examination and diagnostic study findings.
  4. Evaluate when to order appropriate diagnostic studies.
  5. Construct a differential diagnosis based on history, physical, and diagnostic studies.
  6. Formulate a working diagnosis based on history, physical, and diagnostic studies.
  7. Generate a treatment plan including patient education and follow-up.
  8. Integrate social determinants of health into the formulation of patient treatment plans.
  9. Convey patient information to other members of the healthcare team through written and verbal communication.
1
  Total 16
SUMMER 1 COURSE TITLE CREDIT HOURS
PAS 6702

Human Anatomy for the Physician Assistant II

Course Description:

Provides an in-depth, graduate-level understanding of human anatomy using a regional approach with instruction via lecture, simulation, and prosected cadavers. Helps students correlate the interactions between diverse structures and systems. Aligns content with the clinical medicine series. This is the second in a three-course series.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Identify anatomical structures using terminology appropriate for physician assistant practice.
  2. Differentiate anatomic structures, organs, and systems.
  3. Correlate the relationship between anatomic structure and function.
  4. Evaluate human anatomy using electronic imaging and prosected cadavers.
  5. Discriminate between normal and abnormal human anatomy.
  6. Integrate knowledge of human anatomy into clinically relevant scenarios.
1
PAS 6712

Physiology / Pathophysiology for the Physician Assistant II

Course Description:

Examines how the human body functions from the cellular level to the interaction of organs and systems. Introduces functions related to anatomy and associations with common dysfunctions and diseases. Delivers course content in an organ system-based approach with the goal of preparing physician assistant students for clinical practice. Aligns content with the clinical medicine series. This is the second in a three-course series.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Explain human physiology and normal physiologic function.
  2. Differentiate human physiology from the cellular level to the systems level including how function/homeostasis is maintained.
  3. Integrate physiologic concepts into clinical contexts.
  4. Evaluate abnormal physiologic function.
  5. Propose probable symptoms based on physiologic dysfunction.
2
PAS 6722

Clinical Medicine II

Course Description:

Teaches students to recognize, diagnose, and manage common medical conditions covering all organs and systems. Organizes the clinical medicine course series content into sets of modules. This is the second in a four-course series.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Recognize signs and symptoms of common medical conditions across the lifespan (infant, child, adolescent, adult, elderly) in the primary care setting.
  2. Develop a differential diagnosis for acute and chronic medical conditions and mental health disorders.
  3. Select appropriate diagnostic studies based on a patient’s chief complaint, history, signs, symptoms, and physical exam findings.
  4. Interpret results of the most commonly used diagnostic tests for each organ system.
  5. Develop a diagnosis based on information gathered from patient history, physical exam, and results of any diagnostic studies.
  6. Create a treatment plan consisting of pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic interventions including guidelines for follow-up.
  7. Discuss how to compassionately educate a patient about their disease/condition, pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic interventions, expected prognosis, and potential complications.
  8. Identify patient referral guidelines and collaboration processes with other healthcare professionals.
3
PAS 6732

Pharmacology / Pharmacotherapy for the Physician Assistant II

Course Description:

Applies clinical principles of pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamics. Focuses on the concepts of pharmacotherapy necessary for clinical prescribing decisions and includes discussion about side effects, complications, dosages, and contraindications. Aligns content with the clinical medicine series. This is the second in a four-course series.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Explain the desired effects of pharmacologic interventions.
  2. Identify mechanisms of action, adverse actions, and interactions of medications.
  3. Calculate proper dosing and route of administration for desired therapy.
  4. Differentiate drug classifications.
  5. Generate accurate written and verbal prescriptions/orders appropriate for disease states.
  6. Communicate orders to the healthcare team and pharmacy in a clear, legal, and safe manner.
  7. Generate instructions for patients on all aspects of a prescribed medication in a clear, legal, and safe manner.
3
PAS 6742

Clinical Skills II

Course Description:

Teaches the knowledge and skill set needed for history taking, focused and comprehensive physical examination, and use of diagnostic studies. Emphasizes patient dignity and autonomy as well as provider communication skills. Develops oral and written documentation skills appropriate for medical records. Aligns content with the clinical medicine series. This is the second in a three-course series.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Perform a general survey including vital signs.
  2. Complete a comprehensive patient history.
  3. Demonstrate proper technique in performing physical examination skills appropriate to each organ system.
  4. Perform comprehensive focused history taking and physical exams.
  5. ecognize normal and abnormal exam findings.
  6. Interpret basic diagnostic studies based on history and physical examination.
  7. Perform clinical procedures appropriate to the primary care setting.
  8. Document accurately the subjective and objective components of the patient encounter.
3
PAS 6761

Behavioral Medicine

Course Description:

Focuses on how to identify, diagnose, and manage patients with a variety of mental and behavioral disorders in diverse populations across the lifespan. Covers topics such as normal and abnormal development, domestic violence, end of life care, diversity in medicine, health literacy, mental and behavioral disorders, as well as substance abuse.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Differentiate normal and abnormal development and how challenges to development can impact chronic disease of adults.
  2. Explain the psychological effects of early childhood trauma, chronic disease, and terminal disease on the patient and the patient's family.
  3. Screen patients for domestic violence.
  4. Explain how social determinants and health literacy of a population can impact health and access to care.
  5. Strategize ways in which PAs can impact health disparities in clinical practice through understanding of health literacy, social determinants of health, and cultural competency.
  6. Appraise the origins of one's own culture and how that may impact patient care of diverse populations.
  7. Correlate risk factors for common disorders in behavioral medicine with appropriate screening, community resources, and interprofessional collaboration with specialists for effective treatment of all populations.
3
PAS 6752

Clinical Decision Making II

Course Description:

Provides students the opportunity to work through clinical scenarios coinciding with the clinical medicine series and content covered in other courses within a small group, case-based setting. This is the second in a three-course series.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Obtain a focused patient history.
  2. Evaluate pertinent positive and negative review of system findings.
  3. Interpret normal and abnormal physical examination and diagnostic study findings.
  4. Evaluate when to order appropriate diagnostic studies.
  5. Construct a differential diagnosis based on history, physical, and diagnostic studies.
  6. Formulate a working diagnosis based on history, physical, and diagnostic studies.
  7. Generate a treatment plan including patient education and follow-up.
  8. Integrate social determinants of health into the formulation of patient treatment plans.
  9. Convey patient information to other members of the healthcare team through written and verbal communication.
1
  Total 16
FALL 1 COURSE TITLE CREDIT HOURS
PAS 6703

Human Anatomy for the Physician Assistant III

Course Description:

Provides an in-depth, graduate-level understanding of human anatomy using a regional approach with instruction via lecture, simulation, and prosected cadavers. Helps students correlate the interactions between diverse structures and systems. Aligns content with the clinical medicine series. This is the third in a three-course series.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Identify anatomical structures using terminology appropriate for physician assistant practice.
  2. Differentiate anatomic structures, organs, and systems.
  3. Correlate the relationship between anatomic structure and function.
  4. Evaluate human anatomy using electronic imaging and prosected cadavers.
  5. Discriminate between normal and abnormal human anatomy.
  6. Integrate knowledge of human anatomy into clinically relevant scenarios.
1
PAS 6713

Physiology / Pathophysiology for the Physician Assistant III

Course Description:

Examines how the human body functions from the cellular level to the interaction of organs and systems. Introduces functions related to anatomy and associations with common dysfunctions and diseases. Delivers course content in an organ system-based approach with the goal of preparing physician assistant students for clinical practice. Aligns content with the clinical medicine series. This is the third and final course in this series.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Explain human physiology and normal physiologic function.
  2. Differentiate human physiology from the cellular level to the systems level including how function/homeostasis is maintained.
  3. Integrate physiologic concepts into clinical contexts.
  4. Evaluate abnormal physiologic function.
  5. Propose probable symptoms based on physiologic dysfunction.
2
PAS 6723

Clinical Medicine III

Course Description:

Teaches students to recognize, diagnose, and manage common medical conditions covering all organs and systems. Organizes the clinical medicine course series content into sets of modules. This is the third in a four-course series.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Recognize signs and symptoms of common medical conditions across the lifespan (infant, child, adolescent, adult, elderly) in the primary care setting.
  2. Develop a differential diagnosis for acute and chronic medical conditions and mental health disorders.
  3. Select appropriate diagnostic studies based on a patient’s chief complaint, history, signs, symptoms, and physical exam findings.
  4. Interpret results of the most commonly used diagnostic tests for each organ system.
  5. Develop a diagnosis based on information gathered from patient history, physical exam, and results of any diagnostic studies.
  6. Create a treatment plan consisting of pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic interventions including guidelines for follow-up.
  7. Discuss how to compassionately educate a patient about their disease/condition, pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic interventions, expected prognosis, and potential complications.
  8. Identify patient referral guidelines and collaboration processes with other healthcare professionals.
3
PAS 6733

Pharmacology / Pharmacotherapy for the Physician Assistant III

Course Description:

Applies clinical principles of pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamics. Focuses on the concepts of pharmacotherapy necessary for clinical prescribing decisions and includes discussion about side effects, complications, dosages, and contraindications. Aligns content with the clinical medicine series. This is the third in a four-course series.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Explain the desired effects of pharmacologic interventions.
  2. Identify mechanisms of action, adverse actions, and interactions of medications.
  3. Calculate proper dosing and route of administration for desired therapy.
  4. Differentiate drug classifications.
  5. Generate accurate written and verbal prescriptions/orders appropriate for disease states.
  6. Communicate orders to the healthcare team and pharmacy in a clear, legal, and safe manner.
  7. Generate instructions for patients on all aspects of a prescribed medication in a clear, legal, and safe manner.
3
PAS 6743

Clinical Skills III

Course Description:

Teaches the knowledge and skill set needed for history taking, focused and comprehensive physical examination, and use of diagnostic studies. Emphasizes patient dignity and autonomy as well as provider communication skills. Develops oral and written documentation skills appropriate for medical records. Aligns content with the clinical medicine series. This is the third and final course in this series.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Perform a general survey including vital signs.
  2. Complete a comprehensive patient history.
  3. Demonstrate proper technique in performing physical examination skills appropriate to each organ system.
  4. Perform comprehensive focused history taking and physical exams.
  5. Recognize normal and abnormal exam findings.
  6. Interpret basic diagnostic studies based on history and physical examination.
  7. Perform clinical procedures appropriate to the primary care setting.
  8. Document accurately the subjective and objective components of the patient encounter.
3
PAS 6762

Personal and Clinical Leadership

Course Description:

Introduces the foundations of professional practice and leadership in the clinical setting. Includes the principles of managing conflict, self-reflection, mindful practice, and patient safety awareness in clinical practice.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate the principles of leadership in an interprofessional setting.
  2. Contrast different communication and learning styles.
  3. Demonstrate empathy in communicating bad news.
  4. Explain how self-reflection and mindful practice can improve clinical outcomes.
  5. Manage factors impacting provider well-being.
  6. Discuss methods to identify and mitigate personal bias in patient care.
  7. Evaluate the management of conflict in workplace settings.
  8. Distinguish the factors that impact patient safety and medical errors.
3
PAS 6753

Clinical Decision Making III

Course Description:

Provides students the opportunity to work through clinical scenarios coinciding with the clinical medicine series and content covered in other courses within a small group, case-based setting. This is the third and final course in this series.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Obtain a focused patient history.
  2. Evaluate pertinent positive and negative review of system findings.
  3. Interpret normal and abnormal physical examination and diagnostic study findings.
  4. Evaluate when to order appropriate diagnostic studies.
  5. Construct a differential diagnosis based on history, physical, and diagnostic studies.
  6. Formulate a working diagnosis based on history, physical, and diagnostic studies.
  7. Generate a treatment plan including patient education and follow-up.
  8. Integrate social determinants of health into the formulation of patient treatment plans.
  9. Convey patient information to other members of the healthcare team through written and verbal communication.
1
  Total 16
SPRING 2 COURSE TITLE CREDIT HOURS
PAS 6724

Clinical Medicine IV

Course Description:

Teaches students to recognize, diagnose, and manage common medical conditions covering all organs and systems. Organizes the clinical medicine course series content into sets of modules. This is the fourth and final course in this series.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Recognize signs and symptoms of common medical conditions across the lifespan (infant, child, adolescent, adult, elderly) in the primary care setting.
  2. Develop a differential diagnosis for acute and chronic medical conditions and mental health disorders.
  3. Select appropriate diagnostic studies based on a patient’s chief complaint, history, signs, symptoms, and physical exam findings.
  4. Interpret results of the most commonly used diagnostic tests for each organ system.
  5. Develop a diagnosis based on information gathered from patient history, physical exam, and results of any diagnostic studies.
  6. Create a treatment plan consisting of pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic interventions including guidelines for follow-up.
  7. Discuss how to compassionately educate a patient about their disease/condition, pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic interventions, expected prognosis, and potential complications.
  8. Identify patient referral guidelines and collaboration processes with other healthcare professionals.
1
PAS 6734

Pharmacology / Pharmacotherapy for the Physician Assistant IV

Course Description:

Applies clinical principles of pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamics. Focuses on the concepts of pharmacotherapy necessary for clinical prescribing decisions and includes discussion about side effects, complications, dosages, and contraindications. Aligns content with the clinical medicine series. This is the fourth and final course in this series.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Explain the desired effects of pharmacologic interventions.
  2. Identify mechanisms of action, adverse actions, and interactions of medications.
  3. Calculate proper dosing and route of administration for desired therapy.
  4. Differentiate drug classifications
  5. Generate accurate written and verbal prescriptions/orders appropriate for disease states.
  6. Communicate orders to the healthcare team and pharmacy in a clear, legal, and safe manner.
  7. Generate instructions for patients on all aspects of a prescribed medication in a clear, legal, and safe manner.
3
PAS 6772

Special Populations

Course Description:

Teaches the knowledge and skill set needed for history taking, focused and comprehensive physical examination, and use of diagnostic studies and assessment tools for patient populations with unique characteristics. Emphasizes shared decision-making, cultural awareness, and vulnerabilities of patient populations covered in this course.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Create an evidence-based plan for health maintenance, disease prevention, and normal conditions and stages for pediatric patients.
  2. Demonstrate compassion and cultural awareness of transitional care and end of life care for patients with chronic conditions.
  3. Compare methods for identifying high-risk patients.
  4. Distinguish between the various types of team models and team compositions relating to chronic disease management.
  5. Strategize ways in which PAs can reduce health disparities in clinical practice through understanding of LGBT community health literacy, social determinants of health, and cultural competency.
3
PAS 6773

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

Course Description:

Teaches the basic principles of wellness, health promotion, and disease prevention in the clinical setting. Covers topics including epidemiology, screening for common preventable diseases, interventions (in some cases), as well as complementary and alternative medicine.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Describe health disparities that exist locally and nationally.
  2. Examine methods used to overcome health disparities.
  3. Defend the importance and impact of screenings and immunizations in preventive health.
  4. Explain patient behaviors in the context of health behavior theories.
  5. Create interventions to address common health disparities in the community and region.
  6. Combine appropriate methods of complementary and alternative medicine in primary care.
  7. Create management strategies for preventable conditions.
3
PAS 6774

Supplemental Topics in Medicine

Course Description:

Examines specialized topics in patient care with emphasis on collaboration with other healthcare professionals. Includes topics in nutrition, genetics, dental health, and team-based care.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Develop treatment plans for common dental, genetic, and nutrition issues that present in primary care settings.
  2. Identify the basic genetic principles underlying disability and disease.
  3. Provide basic nutrition counseling to patients.
  4. Collaborate with other healthcare professionals to provide comprehensive patient care.
  5. Describe the roles of interprofessional healthcare team members.
1
PAS 6775

Health Care Delivery Systems and Medical Ethics

Course Description:

Provides an overview of the United States healthcare delivery system, healthcare policy, quality care, patient safety, and prevention of medical errors. Reviews the role of the physician assistant in the healthcare system.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Differentiate components of the healthcare delivery system in the United States.
  2. Evaluate techniques for preventing medical errors.
  3. Advocate for patient safety and the proper venue to promote change.
  4. Apply medical ethics in physician assistant practice.
  5. Explain the concept of telemedicine.
  6. Participate in a telemedicine encounter.
  7. Discuss how different EMR platforms impact system-based practice.
  8. Navigate an EMR chart.
  9. Discuss the principles of medical coding, billing, and reimbursement.
2
PAS 6781

Capstone I

Course Description:

Mentors students in creating the foundation for a robust professional portfolio based on competency domains and entrustable professional activities. Helps students develop the ability to critically review medical literature and determine what skills and training are most needed for a selected area of interest. This is the first in a three-course series.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Identify credible sources of medical literature and professional information using accepted common databases.
  2. Discuss how to frame research questions.
  3. Analyze research methods including sampling methods, basic biostatistics, and outcomes within the literature.
  4. Generate a summary of identified references on a chosen topic.
  5. Explain limitations of medical research.
  6. Formulate a plan to complete entrustable professional activities in an area of interest.
1
PAS 6790

Family Medicine I – Supervised Clinical Practice Experience

Course Description:

Provides the physician assistant student with clinical experience in practicing the principles of family medicine. Facilitates experience in outpatient evaluation of patients across the lifespan (infant, child, adolescent, adult, and elderly) including preventive medicine and acute and chronic illness. This course is a five-week supervised clinical practical experience (SCPE) and the course syllabus reflects both the first and second courses in this series. May be graded credit/no credit.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Perform a complete or comprehensive history and physical examination appropriate for the specialty.
  2. Communicate in a patient-centered, culturally sensitive manner through spoken and written word with patients and other medical providers.
  3. Perform clinical procedures essential to the specialty.
  4. Counsel patients on health promotion and disease prevention.
  5. Demonstrate professional conduct.
  6. Use problem solving skills in assessment, diagnosis, and management of patient conditions.
  7. Provide advocacy and support to assist patients in obtaining quality care and in dealing with the complexities of health care delivery systems.
  8. Evaluate medical literature critically in order to use current practice guidelines.
  9. Apply principles of evidence-based medicine to patient care.
3
  Total 17
SUMMER 2 COURSE TITLE CREDIT HOURS
PAS 6792

Behavioral and Mental Health Care – Supervised Clinical Practice Experience

Course Description:

Provides the physician assistant student with an opportunity to learn, understand, and gain clinical experience in practicing the principles of behavioral and mental health care conditions. Facilitates experience in outpatient / inpatient evaluation of patients across the lifespan (adolescent, adult, and elderly) including acute and chronic illness. This course is a five-week supervised clinical practical experience (SCPE). May be graded credit/no credit.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Perform a complete comprehensive history and physical examination appropriate for the specialty.
  2. Communicate in a patient-centered, culturally sensitive manner through spoken and written word with patients and other medical providers.
  3. Perform behavioral assessments essential to the specialty.
  4. Counsel patients on healthy behavioral practices with emphasis on compliance to treatment plans.
  5. Demonstrate professional conduct.
  6. Use problem solving skills in assessment, diagnosis, and management of patient conditions.
  7. Provide advocacy and support to assist patients in obtaining quality care and in dealing with the complexities of health care delivery systems.
  8. Evaluate medical literature critically in order to use current practice guidelines.
  9. Apply principles of evidence-based medicine to patient care.
3
PAS 6793

Women's Health – Supervised Clinical Practice Experience

Course Description:

Provides the physician assistant student with clinical experience in managing common gynecologic disorders. Includes obstetrical experience with routine prenatal and postpartum care, and may include labor and delivery. Comprises women’s health care in an inpatient / outpatient setting across the lifespan (adolescent, adult, and elderly) including preventive medicine and acute and chronic illness. This course is a five-week supervised clinical practical experience (SCPE). May be graded credit/no credit.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Perform a complete comprehensive history and physical examination appropriate for the specialty.
  2. Communicate in a patient-centered, culturally sensitive manner through spoken and written word with patients and other medical providers.
  3. Perform clinical procedures essential to the specialty.
  4. Counsel patients on health promotion and disease prevention.
  5. Demonstrate professional conduct.
  6. Use problem solving skills in assessment, diagnosis, and management of patient conditions.
  7. Provide advocacy and support to assist patients in obtaining quality care and in dealing with the complexities of health care delivery systems.
  8. Evaluate medical literature critically in order to use current practice guidelines.
  9. Apply principles of evidence-based medicine to patient care.
3
PAS 6794

Pediatrics – Supervised Clinical Practice Experience

Course Description:

Provides the physician assistant student with clinical experience in practicing the principles of pediatric medicine. Facilitates experience in outpatient evaluation of patients across the lifespan (prenatal, neonatal, infant, child, adolescent) including preventive medicine and acute and chronic illness. This course is a five-week supervised clinical practical experience (SCPE). May be graded credit/no credit.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Perform a complete comprehensive history and physical examination appropriate for the specialty.
  2. Communicate in a patient-centered, culturally sensitive manner through spoken and written word with patients and other medical providers.
  3. Perform clinical procedures essential to the specialty.
  4. Counsel patients on health promotion and disease prevention.
  5. Demonstrate professional conduct.
  6. Use problem solving skills in assessment, diagnosis, and management of patient conditions.
  7. Provide advocacy and support to assist patients in obtaining quality care and in dealing with the complexities of health care delivery systems.
  8. Evaluate medical literature critically in order to use current practice guidelines.
  9. Apply principles of evidence-based medicine to patient care.
3
PAS 6782

Capstone II

Course Description:

Mentors students in initiating a robust professional portfolio. Helps students create a single space where all documentation of competency will be organized and accessible. Prepares students to work independently and in teams to further skills and training relevant to selected areas of interest. This is the second in a three-course series.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Assemble a robust and comprehensive literature review from peer-reviewed articles in areas of interest.
  2. Create a continuing medical education (CME) exercise in an area of interest.
  3. Complete multiple entrustable professional activities (EPAs) in areas of interest.
  4. Develop professional relationships that will lead to letters of recommendation in areas of interest.
1
  Total 10
FALL 2 COURSE TITLE CREDIT HOURS
PAS 6795

Emergency Medicine – Supervised Clinical Practice Experience

Course Description:

P

Provides the physician assistant student with clinical experience in practicing the principles of emergency medicine. Facilitates experience in the evaluation of patients across the lifespan (infant, child, adolescent, adult, and elderly). Includes learning skills needed for appropriate triage, stabilization, diagnosis, and management of patients with significant traumatic injuries, acute illnesses, acute complications of chronic illnesses, as well as the management of less life-threatening problems. This course is a five-week supervised clinical practical experience (SCPE). May be graded credit/no credit.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Perform a complete comprehensive history and physical examination appropriate for the specialty.
  2. Communicate in a patient-centered, culturally sensitive manner through spoken and written word with patients and other medical providers.
  3. Perform clinical procedures essential to the specialty.
  4. Counsel patients on health promotion and disease prevention.
  5. Demonstrate professional conduct.
  6. Use problem solving skills in assessment, diagnosis, and management of patient conditions.
  7. Provide advocacy and support to assist patients in obtaining quality care and in dealing with the complexities of health care delivery systems.
  8. Evaluate medical literature critically in order to use current practice guidelines.
  9. Apply principles of evidence-based medicine to patient care.
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PAS 6796

Surgery – Supervised Clinical Practice Experience

Course Description:

Provides the physician assistant student with clinical experience in practicing the principles of surgery. Facilitates experience in pre-operative, intra-operative, and post-operative evaluation and management of patients across the lifespan (adolescent, adult, and elderly) including acute, chronic, and emergent conditions in the inpatient, outpatient, and operating room settings. This course is a five-week supervised clinical practical experience (SCPE). May be graded credit/no credit.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Perform a complete comprehensive history and physical examination appropriate for the specialty.
  2. Communicate in a patient-centered, culturally sensitive manner through spoken and written word with patients and other medical providers.
  3. Perform clinical procedures essential to the specialty.
  4. Counsel patients on health promotion and disease prevention.
  5. Demonstrate professional conduct.
  6. Use problem solving skills in assessment, diagnosis, and management of patient conditions.
  7. Provide advocacy and support to assist patients in obtaining quality care and in dealing with the complexities of health care delivery systems.
  8. Evaluate medical literature critically in order to use current practice guidelines.
  9. Apply principles of evidence-based medicine to patient care.
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PAS 6797

Internal Medicine – Supervised Clinical Practice Experience

Course Description:

Provides the physician assistant student with clinical experience in practicing the principles of internal medicine. Facilitates experience in either an outpatient setting, inpatient setting, or a combination of both, caring for adult and elderly patients with acute, chronic, and/or preventive care needs. This course is a five-week supervised clinical practical experience (SCPE). May be graded credit/no credit.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Perform a complete comprehensive history and physical examination appropriate for the specialty.
  2. Communicate in a patient-centered, culturally sensitive manner through spoken and written word with patients and other medical providers.
  3. Perform clinical procedures essential to the specialty.
  4. Counsel patients on health promotion and disease prevention.
  5. Demonstrate professional conduct.
  6. Use problem solving skills in assessment, diagnosis, and management of patient conditions.
  7. Provide advocacy and support to assist patients in obtaining quality care and in dealing with the complexities of health care delivery systems.
  8. Evaluate medical literature critically in order to use current practice guidelines.
  9. Apply principles of evidence-based medicine to patient care.
3
PAS 6783

Capstone III

Course Description:

Mentors students in completing a robust professional portfolio. Helps students finalize a single space where all documentation of competency will be organized and accessible for potential employers and future growth. Prepares students to work independently and in teams to show skills and training relevant to selected areas of interest. This is the third and final course in this series.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Present a complete and professional portfolio in a selected area of interest.
  2. Convince colleagues and potential employers of preparedness to succeed in a clinical or academic setting.
  3. Demonstrate an organized method for ongoing tracking of professional accomplishments.
  4. Present research based on peer-reviewed and credible sources.
1
  Total 10
SPRING 3 COURSE TITLE CREDIT HOURS
PAS 6791

Family Medicine II – Supervised Clinical Practice Experience

Course Description:

Provides the physician assistant student with clinical experience in practicing the principles of family medicine. Facilitates experience in outpatient evaluation of patients across the lifespan (infant, child, adolescent, adult, and elderly) including preventive medicine and acute and chronic illness. This course is a five-week supervised clinical practical experience (SCPE) and the course syllabus reflects both the first and second courses in this series. May be graded credit/no credit.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Perform a complete comprehensive history and physical examination appropriate for the specialty.
  2. Communicate in a patient-centered culturally sensitive manner through spoken and written word with patients and other medical providers.
  3. Perform clinical procedures essential to the specialty.
  4. Counsel patients on health promotion and disease prevention.
  5. Demonstrate professional conduct.
  6. Use problem solving skills in assessment, diagnosis, and management of patient conditions.
  7. Provide advocacy and support to assist patients in obtaining quality care and in dealing with the complexities of health care delivery systems.
  8. Evaluate medical literature critically in order to use current practice guidelines.
  9. Apply principles of evidence-based medicine to patient care.
3
PAS 6798

Elective Rotation I – Supervised Clinical Practice Experience

Course Description:

Provides the physician assistant student with clinical experience in a specific area of interest approved by the faculty from a variety of surgical, family medicine, or internal medicine specialties or subspecialties. Enables students to learn to recognize conditions treated by these specialties, so they can refer patients appropriately and/or work in a supportive role for such specialists. This course is a five-week supervised clinical practical experience (SCPE). May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits toward graduation. May be graded Credit / No Credit.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Perform a focused or comprehensive history and physical examination appropriate for the specialty.
  2. Communicate in a patient-centered, culturally sensitive manner through spoken and written word with patients and other medical providers.
  3. Perform clinical procedures essential to the specialty.
  4. Counsel patients on health promotion and disease prevention.
  5. Demonstrate professional conduct.
  6. Use problem solving skills in assessment, diagnosis, and management of patient conditions.
  7. Assist patients in obtaining quality care and navigating the complexities of health care delivery systems.
  8. Evaluate medical literature critically in order to use current standards of practice.
  9. Apply principles of evidence-based medicine to patient care.
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PAS 6799

Elective Rotation II – Supervised Clinical Practice Experience

Course Description:

Provides the physician assistant student with clinical experience in a specific area of interest approved by the faculty from a variety of surgical, family medicine, or internal medicine specialties or subspecialties. Enables students to learn to recognize conditions treated by these specialties, so they can refer patients appropriately and/or work in a supportive role for such specialists. This course is a five-week supervised clinical practical experience (SCPE). May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits toward graduation. May be graded credit/no credit.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Perform a complete comprehensive history and physical examination appropriate for the specialty.
  2. Communicate in a patient-centered, culturally sensitive manner through spoken and written word with patients and other medical providers.
  3. Perform clinical procedures essential to the specialty.
  4. Counsel patients on health promotion and disease prevention.
  5. Demonstrate professional conduct.
  6. Use problem solving skills in assessment, diagnosis, and management of patient conditions.
  7. Provide advocacy and support to assist patients in obtaining quality care and in dealing with the complexities of health care delivery systems.
  8. Evaluate medical literature critically in order to use current practice guidelines.
  9. Apply principles of evidence-based medicine to patient care.
3
PAS 6776

Physician Assistant Practice

Course Description:

Prepares the physician assistant to enter clinical practice. Covers applications for PANCE and National Provider Identification (NPI) numbers. Focuses on the importance of accurate and complete documentation related to patient care. Teaches students to create customized career development tools. Includes a PANCE review course.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Create a checklist of required licenses, certifications, and registrations necessary for professional PA practice.
  2. Submit application for Physician Assistant National Certification Examination (PANCE).
  3. Distribute customized curriculum vitae, LikedIn and Doximity profiles, and cover letters to specific job opportunities within Utah.
  4. Demonstrate professional interviewing and negotiation skills.
  5. Identify appropriate medical malpractice coverage.
  6. Discuss state regulations and requirements for entry into PA practice.
  7. Discuss the credentialing process and use of CAQH ProView for credentialing data maintenance.
  8. Formulate a plan to review medical knowledge for successfully passing the PANCE.
1
  Total 10
  Total Program Hours 95

YEAR 1: SEMESTERS 1 – 3

The first year of the Program consists of three didactic semesters designed to prepare students for clinical experience by developing their physical examination techniques and diagnostic skills and learning about common medical conditions in a system-based format. Students will also receive instruction in health issues specific to the local community, patient education, and the PA profession.

 

YEAR 2: SEMESTER 4

The 4th semester is a combination of didactic curriculum and the first Supervised Clinical Practice Experience (SCPE). The first 12 weeks are in the classroom focusing on advanced medicine topics in special populations (geriatrics, pediatrics, emergency room) and the management of conditions associated with those populations and preparation for practice focusing on care in the surgical setting. The first SCPE will occur during the last 4 weeks of the 4th semester.

YEAR 2 AND 3: SEMESTERS 5 – 7

The final three semesters of the program will continue with SCPEs #2-10 with post clinical activities and didactic course work presented online and during the break between each rotation. Clinical training sites and preceptors are established and monitored by the program. Students will work a minimum of 40 hours per week at their site. A mandatory orientation will be held prior to students starting their clinical year. At the conclusion of every core rotation, students will take a mandatory End of Rotation written examination. Students will also participate in four mandatory Return Visits (RV) involving lectures, workshops, and engaged learning experiences that will develop students as professionals and provide supplemental learning.

PAPERLESS PROGRAM

Program operations, teaching materials, and assessments will be executed in electronic form whenever possible, including:

  1. Online textbooks, handbooks, and references
  2. Lecture and other materials posted on Canvas or other web-based academic platform
  3. Documents formatted for note-taking applications as detailed below
  4. Video capture of OSCEs for evaluation and feedback
  5. Patient tracking software
  6. Multiple-choice and other testing formats, including essays and uploaded assignments
  7. Clinical year end of rotation exams, Physician Assistant Clinical Knowledge Rating and Assessment Tool (PACKRAT)

Students are responsible for any costs if they choose to buy books or other materials outside of what is provided by the Program. Students must obey all copyright laws.

IPAD AND APPLE PENCIL

Students are required to have an iPad and Apple Pencil upon enrollment. Recommended applications include:

  1. Note taking: Notability, iAnnotatePDF, and Evernote
  2. Collaborative work: Dropbox, Google Drive, and Google Docs
  3. Study tools: Synopsis, Quizlet, or Anki
  4. Presentations: Powerpoint, Keynote, Nearpod, Socrative, and other polling apps
  5. iTunesU and iBooks
  6. Additional medical applications may be recommended by individual course directors
  7. iPad 5+, iPad Air, iPad Mini2+, or iPad Pro with an OS of 12 or newer is recommended

As a courtesy to the instructor, peers, and guests, students should not use their electronic resources for personal activities (such as shopping, checking email or social media) during lectures or other educational activities.

SUBSTITUTION/WAIVER OF COURSEWORK

A3.16a,b,c

Advanced placement is defined as a waiver of required professional coursework in the PA program, and will not be granted under any circumstance. All students who enter the program must fulfill all program requirements. All courses within the curriculum are required. No transfer credit is accepted. No credit is granted for pre-admission experiential learning, prior coursework, degrees, certifications, or advanced training.

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UVU PA PROGRAM CONTACT INFORMATION

UVU PA PROGRAM CONTACT INFORMATION

The following is a listing of the program’s principal faculty and staff and their contact information. To reach other members of the program (including part-time instructors or other staff) students may call the program office at 801-863-7982.

ARC-PA accreditation refers to full-time faculty as “principal faculty.” In addition to principal faculty, the program utilizes instructional faculty from other departments in UVU as well as community professionals with expertise in healthcare and other valuable experience.

Principal Faculty Email Phone
Program Director
Karen Mulitalo, MPAS, PA-C
Assistant Professor
karen.mulitalo@uvu.edu 801-863-7563
Director of Graduate Studies
Mark Hyde, PhD, PA-C
Assistant Professor
mhyde@uvu.edu 801-863-4671
Director of Didactic Education
Virlana Johnson-Silva, MPAS, PA-C, CPC
Assistant Professor
virlana.johnson-silva@uvu.edu 801-863-4669
Director of Clinical Education
Niki Swan, MBA
Assistant Professor
nswan@uvu.edu 801-863-7875
Staff Email Phone
Director of Admissions
Michelle Bastian, BA
mbastian@uvu.edu 801-863-4672
Administrative Director
Tracy Aubrey, AAS
tracy.aubrey@uvu.edu 801-863-7982
Clinical Education Assistant
Joy Martin, BS
joym@uvu.edu 801-863-4673
Medical Directors Email Phone
Gary Sanderson, DO
Co-Medical Director
physicianassistant@uvu.edu 801-863-7982
James Stewart, MD
Co-Medical Director
physicianassistant@uvu.edu 801-863-7982

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FACULTY ADVISORS

FACULTY ADVISORS

A3.09, A3.10

The program’s principal faculty and staff are committed to providing support and assistance to every student. The following UVU PA Program policies have been formulated to ensure the continuance of this commitment.

Each student is assigned a faculty advisor for the duration of his/her tenure in the program. Students will meet with their advisor at least once a semester for academic and professional advisement. This ensures that all students have continuity and equal access to an advisor. Faculty advisors serve as valuable resources for answering professional questions and providing counseling and advisement.

The role of the faculty advisor is to:

  1. Assist the student in achieving academic and professional objectives;
  2. Facilitate communication between the student and faculty;
  3. Review the mid-semester formative evaluations;
  4. Advise students in areas of academic or professional deficiencies;
  5. Reinforce prescribed remediation plans.

Faculty advisors are also able to provide students with appropriate referrals and resources within the wider UVU community (e.g., psychological counseling and financial aid). Should students need referral to counseling or services for personal needs on or off campus, these referrals can be made by the faculty advisor, Student Progress Committee (SPC) or by the student as a self-referral.  

Should students feel they need advisement on a referral for personal needs, faculty advisors are available during weekly scheduled office hours, by appointment, or upon request. It is imperative that students keep their advisor apprised of any situation that may jeopardize their successful academic or professional progression in the program, so the faculty advisor can help render assistance as soon as possible. The faculty advisors are committed to your success in the program and will help you find the resources you need to be successful. 

Principal faculty, program director, and medical directors are prohibited from participating as medical providers for participants in the program, except in a case of emergency.

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TECHNICAL STANDARDS

TECHNICAL STANDARDS

A3.13e

The goal of the program is to prepare students to become competent, caring physician assistants possessing the skills for lifelong learning necessary to incorporate new knowledge and methods into medical practices required to adapt to the changing professional environment. All students admitted to the program are expected to continually demonstrate the specific technical standards specified below.  These technical standards are considered to be prerequisites for admission, for progression throughout the program, and to qualify for graduation from the UVU PA Program.

Every physician assistant student must be able to perform independently, with or without reasonable accommodation, a diversity of skills related to effective performance as a professional student and health care practitioner in training. A detailed description of those essential functions and technical standards required of each physician assistant student are described below:

  1. OBSERVATION: PA students must have the ability to observe and participate as appropriate in the lecture hall, laboratory, and in the spectrum of clinical environments. This includes all outpatient, inpatient, emergency department, and operating room settings. They should also possess the ability to use their other somatic senses as needed to enhance their ability to accurately observe and interpret these situations.
  2. INTELLECTUAL ABILITY AND CAPACITY: PA students must be able to learn, analyze, synthesize, problem solve, reason and come to logical conclusions both in the didactic and clinical phase. They are expected to remain alert and attentive at all times in didactic and clinical settings.
  3. COMMUNICATION: PA students must be able to practice effective, professional verbal and non-verbal communication skills with other students, faculty, preceptors, and patients. This includes building trust, being sensitive, and using discretion with personal and sensitive information in all situations. Additionally, PA students must have the ability to work effectively in groups with other students and with other healthcare professionals. 
  4. MOTOR: PA students must be able to complete a full physical exam and basic clinical procedures. They must also be able to manipulate the equipment, instruments, apparatus, or tools required to collect and interpret data appropriate to the domain of study, practice, or research. Students must be able to respond to emergency situations in a calm and timely manner, and must always adhere to universal precautions in all clinical settings.
  5. BEHAVIORAL: Enrollment in a PA program can be stressful and requires the ability to handle a significant workload. All PA students must have the physical and emotional stamina to commit to their education and maintain a high level of function. PA students must also be able to accept criticism and have the ability to appropriately modify their behavior. They must understand the legal and ethical aspects of the practice of medicine and function within both the law and ethical standards of the medical profession. 

Admitted students who have a disability and need accommodation should initiate discussions with the Office of Accessibility Services as soon as the offer of admission is received and accepted. Each student must be fully cognizant of the technical standards. Questions or concerns about the technical standards should be discussed with the program director. If a health condition arises that would in any way alter the student’s ability to perform in the didactic or clinical setting, it is the student’s responsibility to report this immediately to the program director. See the UVU PA Program Technical Standards Attestation Form in (Appendix A).

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HEALTH CLEARANCES AND INSURANCE

HEALTH CLEARANCES AND INSURANCE

A3.07a

 

In order to ensure the safety of students, faculty, staff, clinical personnel, and patients and to comply with clinical affiliation agreement mandates, no student will be permitted to matriculate into the program or participate in clinical rotations unless they have received health clearance by a qualified medical provider. The health clearance is described below and is based on current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendation for health professionals, and reflects Utah state specific mandates which mirror the CDC recommendations.

Additionally, all students must provide evidence of health insurance coverage for matriculation and participation in the clinical year. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the health clearance and insurance is obtained, and it is the program’s responsibility to verify the information.

HISTORY AND PHYSICAL EXAMINATION

To be medically cleared prior to matriculation, students must complete all requirements on the Student Health Checklist (see Appendix B) that is available on Exxat. Documentation will be uploaded into Exxat and kept encrypted and secure.

As part of the health clearance, students are required to undergo a comprehensive physical examination to ensure that they are equipped to meet the demands of a career in healthcare. It is not necessary to provide a full report of this examination. Students will provide the medical provider with the instructions letter (see Appendix C) and have the provider indicate their recommendation on the Medical Clearance form (see Appendix D). This needs to be completed prior to matriculation.

THE ASSESSMENT SHOULD INCLUDE:

  1. Vital signs
  2. Skin and Lymphatics
  3. Eyes (including acuity)
  4. Ears (including hearing test)
  5. Nose
  6. Oral cavity and throat
  7. Pulmonary
  8. Cardiac
  9. Abdomen
  10. Genital
  11. Extremities
  12. Back/Spine
  13. Neurologic
  14. Psychiatric
  15. No evidence of communicable disease

HEALTH INSURANCE

All PA students are required to carry health insurance coverage. A copy of verification of insurance must be submitted to the program prior to matriculation and prior to the start and end of the clinical year.

Failure to complete any of these required items by the due date may result in revoking the seat invitation to the program, a delayed start to the clinical year, and/or delayed clinical site placements. This may in turn delay the student’s completion of the program and may result in additional tuition and or fees. See the registration and tuition section of this handbook.

Some clinical rotations have additional requirements which students will also be required to complete prior to starting the specific rotation (i.e. interview, orientation, and time specific background checks/drug testing or physical exam). Students may incur additional costs in order to complete rotation specific clearance requirements. The Clinical Team will inform the student of rotation assignments through EXXAT two to three months in advance and will discuss any additional requirements at that time.

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REQUIRED IMMUNIZATIONS AND TESTS

REQUIRED IMMUNIZATIONS AND TESTS

A3.07a,b

Immunization and TB testing compliance is required of all PA students. These vaccinations are based on current Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations and Utah state guidelines. Utah state guidelines follow the CDC’s recommendations. For current CDC’s recommended vaccinations for health care providers, please see https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/adults/rec-vac/hcw.html

PA students are at risk for exposure to, and possible transmission of, diseases due to their contact with patients or with infective material of patients. Student compliance with immunizations and testing is required in order to matriculate and remain in the program.

PA students are required to submit copies of official proof of the required immunizations/tests to the program. If unable to find childhood immunization records, students may get a blood test (titer). We suggest beginning the immunization verification process early in order to meet the Program deadlines. Declination forms are NOT ACCEPTED for any vaccine.

Students without completed forms will not be permitted to participate in courses, assignments, or clinical rotations. Failure to complete and provide evidence of completion of the onboarding requirements may delay the student’s progress in the program. Immunization requirements are subject to change based on agency and/or infection control requirements where students are assigned to do clinical rotations.

UVU PA Program currently has no international travel requirements for students or elective international curricular components.

PROOF OF IMMUNIZATION/TEST REQUIREMENTS:

Test Name Parameters
Tdap Must be within 10 years. Must include pertussis, Td not accepted.
Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR)

2 documented vaccinations OR positive titer for all 3 components (lab report is required). Low/negative/equivocal titer must repeat the series of 2 vaccinations or booster as per HCP recommendation. Repeat titer is required.

Hepatitis A

3 documented vaccinations OR positive titer (lab report is required). Low/negative/equivocal titer must repeat the series of 2 vaccinations and a repeat titer is required.

Hepatitis B Documentation of completed 3-dose series or blood test with antibody reactive results. Documentation of 6-dose series with a non-reactive blood test will also be accepted, if the individual is considered a non-responder.
Varicella (Chicken Pox) 2 documented vaccinations OR positive titer (lab report is required). Low/negative/equivocal titer must repeat a series of 2 vaccinations and a repeat titer is required. History of disease is NOT acceptable.
Influenza One dose annually at the beginning of the flu season around September or October. The flu season begins in October and extends through the winter/spring semester. If a student is unable to receive the vaccination, the student must wear a protective mask for each patient encounter during the entire flu season.
TB Test Must have baseline screening with 1 Quantiferon Gold (QFT) test with negative results. If a student has a positive result on this test, proof of treatment and negative chest-film and clearance by a licensed health care provider is needed. Initial testing must have been completed within 6 months of beginning the program.
Polio 3 documented vaccinations (primary series) OR a positive titer (lab report is required). Childhood immunizations are accepted. If negative titer, the student should contact the program.
Covid-19 Vaccines Documentation of completed FDA approved or Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) Covid-19 vaccination prior to matriculation.

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DRUG SCREENING

DRUG SCREENING

Health care providers are entrusted with the health, safety, and welfare of patients, have access to controlled substances and confidential information, and operate in settings that require the exercise of good judgment and ethical behavior. For this reason, clinical facilities that serve as educational and training sites for students increasingly require drug screening for individuals who provide services within the facility and particularly for those individuals who provide patient care. In addition, many licensing agencies require that individuals pass a drug screen as a condition of licensure and/or employment. Thus, it is in the interest of both students and the program to identify and resolve potential issues where a student may not be allowed to participate in a clinical rotation due to the use of controlled or illegal substances.

For the above reasons, and because UVU’s PA program is a safety-sensitive program where others’ well-being depends, in part, on our students’ sound and attentive judgment, all students will be required to undergo a drug screen prior to enrollment in the program and again in preparation for clinical rotations. A negative drug screen, according to Utah laws regarding illegal substances, is required for matriculation in the program and participation in any clinical experience. Additionally, at any point in the program, a student may be requested to undergo an immediate, random drug screen. The program may re-screen students at any time.

Students enrolled in the program will receive information about the requirement for drug screening, deadlines for compliance, results reporting, and associated fees prior to matriculation and again prior to the start of the clinical year. The screening is managed by Exxat/Universal Background Screening. Students will receive communication from Exxat/Universal with instructions and deadlines for the screening.

Results of the student drug screen will be reported to the program director. Students who receive a positive screen will be reviewed by the program director and/or university’s General Counsel and students who test positive are subject to the UVU Alcohol/Drug Campus Policy. Any student found to be in violation of the drug policy may be dismissed from the program. Students who refuse to submit to any required drug screen will be dismissed from the program.  

A violation is defined as:

  • A specimen is reported as positive (following laboratory testing)
  • If a student fails to report to the testing site, fails to produce a specimen at the time of testing, and/or manipulates the integrity of the specimen and/or collection process. These situations will be treated as if the test is reported as positive

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BACKGROUND CHECK

BACKGROUND CHECK

On January 1, 2004, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare organizations (JCAHO) instituted new regulations that must be followed for hospitals, home health agencies, clinics, etc., to gain or maintain accreditation status. One of these regulations requires that all persons who are involved with inpatient care activities, i.e., employees, volunteers and students, must have criminal background checks as well as other healthcare-related checks (e.g., up-to-date vaccinations, TB tests).

All students will be required to undergo a criminal background check prior to matriculation, prior to the start of the clinical year, and at the end of the clinical year. Matriculation into and continuation within the program is dependent on an acceptable background check and is at the discretion of the program director.

Further, any infractions may prevent continuation in the didactic phase of the program, delay or prevent clinical placement and/or graduation. Should an incident occur at any time during the program, the student must self-report the incident to the program director immediately. Students who refuse to submit to the required background checks will be dismissed from the program.

Students enrolled in the program will receive information about the requirement for background check, deadlines for compliance, results reporting, and associated fees prior to matriculation and again prior to the start of the clinical year. The screening is managed by Exxat/Universal Background Screening.

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REGISTRATION AND TUITION

REGISTRATION AND TUITION

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Registration and Payments

Registration for classes is completed online through the student’s myUVU page. Registration notifications are sent electronically to student’s UVU email account. Registration instructions are available online at https://www.uvu.edu/registration/

All tuition and fees are payable to the university’s cashier's/bursar's office at the time of registration. Payment instructions are available online at https://www.uvu.edu/cashier/

Checks for more than the total tuition and fees due will not be accepted. Payment should be submitted by the specified per session due dates. Late fees may be applied to late registration and/or late payments. If payment is not received by the due date, students are automatically removed from course rosters. Outstanding balances with UVU may result in collection actions and will result in a hold on the student’s account preventing future registration and ordering UVU official transcripts. Students with outstanding payments may be barred from class, examinations, or clinical assignments and/or suspended from all program activities until payments are made.

It is the responsibility of the student to notify the program if he/she has difficulty maintaining registration. Students dismissed from the university for failure to maintain registration may not be allowed to return to the program at a later time.

TUITION

Tuition and student fees are established by the Utah State Board of Regents. Tuition, fees, and additional expenses as they appear in the catalog are subject to change and are based on the current school year rates. Any changes to these expenses will be determined after the annual program review process is concluded. Handbook/website revisions will coincide with the opening of CASPA. Candidates will have the opportunity to review the most up to date version. However, revisions may be made on emergency basis with extenuating circumstances (e.g. change in state law or university policy).

The table below details anticipated tuition, fees, program required expenses, as well as other costs associated with the program for the entering Spring 2022 cohort. Additional fees may be associated with financial aid. All costs are estimated.

Tuition
Utah Resident Program Tuition $77,000
Non-Utah Resident Program Tuition $117,000
*Non-Utah Resident students pay Utah Resident tuition during Summer Semesters
Student receives residency after 1 year
*$93,000
University Fees ($360 per semester) $2,520
Total Estimated Tuition & Fees Utah Residents $79,520
Total Estimated Tuition & Fees Non-Utah Residents $119,520
*If student receives Utah residency after 1 year *$95,520
Additional Program Estimated Costs and Fees/Student Responsibilities
Non-refundable Graduate Matriculation Fee $750
Textbooks/Resources/Miscellaneous Supplies $2,000
Diagnostic Medical Equipment $1,500
Training and Certifications $350
Scrubs, white coat and professional dress $250
iPad/Pencil $1,500
Immunizations, Annual TB Test, Flu Shot $250
Medical Insurance (Required) $2,700
Professional Liability Coverage (University will provide) $0
Estimated Living and Transportation Expenses Per Semester
Housing and Food $4,509
Miscellaneous Living Expenses $729
Student Conference Fees $250
Free UTA pass available $0

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TUITION REFUNDS

TUITION REFUNDS

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Refunds are not automatic. The tuition refund policy is established by the Utah State Board of Regents and amended by each college or university to fit their programs. The Utah Valley University (UVU) refund policy can be found on the UVU Tuition Policies & Procedures webpage.

UVU refunds to students who withdraw from school or drop classes are as follows:

     Semester

  1. Through the 100% refund date published on the Student Timetable.... 100%
  2. After the 100% refund date published on the student Timetable... 0%
  3. Thereafter, the refund periods for instructional cycles other than the semester are extrapolated from the above schedule

Exact dates for semester, block, and weekend classes can be found on the UVU Schedule webpage under Student Timetables.

Students must drop classes or completely withdraw by the published 100% Refund Deadline in order to have the charges removed from their account. Students who withdraw after that date will not receive a refund. If a student has not paid his or her charges for the semester, he or she will continue to owe the university for these charges and will be subject to collections procedures if left unpaid.

Changes in enrollment may affect Financial Aid eligibility and amounts received. Financial Aid awards may be pulled back when dropping courses, thus increasing the amount owed.

A Petition to the Refund Policy Form can be obtained from the Office of the Registrar or visit the UVU Registration webpage.

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BLS/ACLS AND OTHER REQUIRED CERTIFICATIONS

BLS/ACLS AND OTHER REQUIRED CERTIFICATIONS

The following certifications and trainings will be required for participation in the student-run clinic during the didactic phase and in clinical rotations during the clinical phase.

BASIC LIFE SUPPORT (BLS)

The program will provide BLS certification through the American Heart Association. Current certifications earned prior to the start of the program will be accepted if they are through the American Heart Association – no other will be accepted. ACLS certification is not a substitute for BLS certification. All certifications must be current and kept current while enrolled.

ADVANCED CARDIOVASCULAR LIFE SUPPORT (ACLS)

The program will provide ACLS certification through the American Heart Association. Current certifications earned prior to the start of the program will be accepted if they are through the American Heart Association – no other will be accepted. All certifications must be current and kept current while enrolled.

PEDIATRIC ADVANCED LIFE SUPPORT (PALS)

The program will provide PALS certification through the American Heart Association. Current certifications earned prior to the start of the program will be accepted if they are through the American Heart Association – no other will be accepted. All certifications must be current and kept current while enrolled.

OTHER REQUIRED CERTIFICATIONS AND TRAINING

These certifications will be provided by the program: 

  1. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) 
  2. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
  3. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) training
  4. Bloodborne pathogens training

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STUDENT EMPLOYMENT

STUDENT EMPLOYMENT

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The UVU PA Program is a rigorous, full-time academic program. It is strongly recommended that students not accept or continue outside employment while enrolled in the program.

Students are not permitted to work for the program or perform any clerical or administrative duties for the program. Students are not permitted to substitute or function as instructional faculty.

Students with prior knowledge or skills may assist other students but may not replace the primary instructor for any component of the curriculum.

Students will not be required to perform any clerical or administrative work or teaching on behalf of the PA program during any clinical rotation. Students may not substitute for paid clinical staff while on rotation at any clinical site. The clinical director will continually monitor sites for adherence to this policy and notify the program director of any deviations to this policy.

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PROGRAM COMMUNICATION

PROGRAM COMMUNICATION

Students must activate their uvu.edu email upon program entry. Electronic communications between students and the program are via email or announcements posted on Canvas or other learning systems. Students, program staff, faculty, clinical preceptors, and other program personnel are expected to check messages daily, and return messages in a timely manner, generally within two (2) business days. Faculty are available to meet with students by appointment during office hours or other non-class hours during the regular school week. Appointments should be arranged directly with the faculty member via phone or email.

 

MY UVU STUDENT DASHBOARD

Electronic mail is the primary and official means of communication from UVU to students. Once a student receives a UVU email account, official communication from the university is directed to that account.

Official communication contains information in order to conduct business with Utah Valley University and for which every student is held accountable. Students are expected to read communications in a timely fashion because communications often are time sensitive. Examples of official communication can include, but are not limited to: 

  1. Registration alerts
  2. Career development events
  3. Students records (including Admissions/Financial Aid/Advising/Registrar)
  4. Academic program/completion of degree sought
  5. Dean and faculty communication to students
  6. Financial information (including balance due, payment deadline reminders) 

All use of email must be consistent with local, state, and federal law, as well as other university policies and guidelines, including UVU Policy 443 Ethics in Computer Usage and UVU Policy 441 Appropriate Use of Computing Facilities

Student email accounts will remain active as long as the student is enrolled at UVU or is on an approved leave of absence.

 

myUVU GMAIL ACCOUNT

This gmail account is a student’s primary UVU email account.  Students are responsible for checking their email regularly. Failure to read program or university communications sent to student email addresses does not absolve students from failing to know and comply with the content. PA students are expected to respond to emails within two (2) business days or by the specified deadline.  

Official correspondence related to the program or the university to students is considered received by the student if sent to any one of the following:

  1. Student’s current home address of record
  2. myUVU email account
  3. Canvas posting
  4. Program web calendar

 

UVU PA PROGRAM STUDENT EMAIL SIGNATURE

The following signature format is considered appropriate etiquette for signing professional email correspondence. Any previous licenses (RN, CRT, DDS, etc.) are not permitted.

Student Name, PA-S
Class of 2024
UVU Physician Assistant Program
Utah Valley University
Cell number (when appropriate)
UVU email address

 

MY.UVU.EDU

PA students have access to the online Student Center located at my.UVU.edu

My.UVU.edu is the college portal and provides single sign-on access to many systems. Many student services and tools are found on my.UVU.edu including class schedule, BookMatch, student deadlines, course catalog, and tuition, fees, & financial aid. UVU announcements and campus events can be found on the home page of my.UVU.edu.

 

STUDENT UVU ID

A UVU ID is a unique eight-digit number. Your UVU ID number is your username to login to UVU Login Services.

To find your UVU ID visit the UVU Campus Connection webpage.

 

CANVAS

Students use Canvas to access course syllabi, assignment requirements, and course grades. Canvas is available through my.UVU.edu.

For more information visit the UVU Office of Teaching and Learning webpage.

 

BANNER

Banner is the enterprise data system for the university. Students may access student services, financial aid, and personal information. Banner is accessed through the Student tab in my.UVU.edu.

For instructions visit the UVU IT Services Banner webpage.

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Students are required to provide the program with permanent contact information for the entire rotation year prior to the clinical year. Students are expected to notify the program immediately, as well as the Office of the Registrar, upon any change of contact data. Name changes should be submitted to the registrar with the Change of Personal Information Form found on the UVU Registration webpage. It is not the responsibility of the program to confirm the accuracy of this information or report it to the registrar.

 

COMMUNICATION GUIDELINES AND ETIQUETTE

In order to recognize and keep clear the roles of others in the academic or clinical team, students are encouraged to refer to all program faculty, staff, instructors, clinical preceptors, and administrators by their appropriate title (Dean, Dr, Mr., Ms., Professor, etc.)

 

COMMUNICATION WITH THE PROGRAM AND UNIVERSITY

The structure of clinical education mandates an increased frequency of electronic communication with students. The primary form of communication is via phone and the university email system.

 

PHONE COMMUNICATION GUIDELINES 

  1. Students are expected to ensure that their phone voicemail system is active and able to receive messages
  2. Students are expected to provide a phone number in all messages
  3. Students are expected to identify themselves in any text message sent to the clinical
  4. Students are to notify the program and the university registrar immediately upon changing a contact

 

EMAIL COMMUNICATION GUIDELINES

  1. Students are expected to check their my.UVU.edu email account at least once every 48 hours
  2. Students are expected to respond to program emails within two (2) business days using their my.UVU.edu email
  3. Email responses and forwarded emails should include the original message when appropriate
  4. It is helpful to use a signature line in your emails, including your full name and class, as well as a phone number
Student Name, PA-S
UVU PA Program Class of 2024
801.863.7982

 

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PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT

PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT

 UVU PA students are enrolled in a professional clinical training program, and therefore must adhere to and demonstrate compliance with requirements and expectations of both the university and the program throughout their enrollment in the program. 

Expectations of professionalism discussed in this handbook are assessed throughout student enrollment in the program.  Students who fail to meet these expectations will be referred to the SPC. Certain lapses of professionalism and any disciplinary action may be revealed by the program when students apply for a license to practice as a PA, and can result in licensing delays, a restricted license, or denial of licensure. Any student whose actions directly or indirectly jeopardize the health and safety of patients, faculty, clinical site staff or fellow students will face disciplinary action including removal from the clinical site and/or program. Removal from a clinical rotation may prolong the length of the program and delay the student’s graduation. 

As a part of maintaining satisfactory academic progress in the program, students must demonstrate professional behaviors.  Standards of professional behavior are informed by the following: 

  1. Competencies for the PA Profession (see AAPA pdf)
  2. UVU Student Rights and Responsibilities (see UVU Code of Conduct)
  3. American Academy of Physician Assistants Guidelines for Ethical Conduct for the Physician Assistant Profession, and Program Statement of Values (see AAPA pdf) (see Appendix E).

 

PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT EXPECTATIONS

The following describes program expectations for professional behavior of PA students. For a PA student, professionalism is the skill, good judgment, and respectful and ethical behavior that is expected from a physician assistant who is trained to provide exceptional care. It is important that students conduct themselves in a highly professional manner consistent with patient-care responsibilities and interprofessional teamwork during their training in the program. Therefore, throughout all facets of their education and the program, PA students are required to develop and demonstrate the following: 

  1. Strive for continual learning
  2. Conduct all duties with a “Team Player” mentality
  3. Show empathy and compassion for others
  4. Go the “extra mile” for the patient and profession
  5. Stay within the limits of their skills and ask for help when appropriate
  6. Participate in active listening
  7. Keep appropriate provider/patient boundaries
  8. Treat equally all persons who seek their care
  9. Keep proprietary information confidential
  10. Manage time appropriately
  11. Treat others with respect
  12. Take initiative to be actively engaged during the day
  13. Maintain professional relationships with physician supervisors and other health care providers
  14. Show accountability to patients, society, and the profession
  15. Demonstrate a commitment to ethical principles
  16. Adapt communication style and messages to the context of the interaction
  17. Demonstrate emotional resilience
  18. Maintain a positive outlook
  19. Demonstrate emotional stability and self-control
  20. Demonstrate adaptability and flexibility
  21. Demonstrate beneficence – the foundational moral imperative of doing right
  22. Recognize and promote the value of diversity
  23. Collaborate with other healthcare professionals to provide exceptional care
  24. Demonstrate awareness of how an organization runs
  25. Demonstrate leadership in healthcare teams when appropriate

 

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DRESS CODE

DRESS CODE

How a student dresses expresses their respect for self and others, sensitivity to others, and commitment to health and safety. A student’s dress is a demonstration of their professionalism and an indication of the physician assistant they aspire to become. What constitutes appropriate attire varies depending on the setting. Classroom attire is generally more casual than what is expected in clinic, and special attire may be required for health and safety reasons in certain clinic and hospital settings.  

CLASSROOM ATTIRE

Professional learners are entrusted with the responsibility for presenting themselves in a way that demonstrates incorporation of professionalism goals. These include awareness of legal or regulatory limits on dress, demonstration of respect and compassion for others, and consideration of sensitivity to age/culture/gender and ability of peers.

 

  1. As with a practicing PA, good personal hygiene is to be maintained at all times:
    1. Hair should be neat and appropriately groomed
    2. Nails should be clean and and trimmed
    3. Avoid or minimize use of fragrances 
  2. Unacceptable attire includes:
    1. Unkempt, soiled, and/or torn clothing/shoes
    2. Clothing with offensive logos, wording, or images
    3. Clothing that is distracting because it is excessively revealing
    4. Open toed shoes, such as sandals
    5. Any jewelry that hinders patient care or laboratory learning activities, and
    6. Hats or caps worn indoors at any time (with the exception of religious head-dresses)

 

CLINIC ATTIRE

The following guidelines provide the minimum expectations of most patient-care settings and incorporate the goals of respect for self/others as well as safety. Individual clinics, hospitals, or facilities may have additional requirements of students who are placed there. In addition to the classroom attire rules, students must adhere to the following:

  1. Clean white coat (UVU will provide a white coat with embroidered UVU identification). Any clothing worn with the white coat should hang below the level of the white coat
  2. Name tag/ID easily visible (UVU will provide a name tag)
  3. Clean clothing and closed toe footwear in good repair that allows for appropriate range of movement without constituting a health or safety issue
  4. Avoid jewelry that interferes with clinical function
  5. Avoid strong scents out of respect for patient/co-worker sensitivity or allergies
  6. Manage hair and nails so that they do not interfere with clinical function or constitute a health or safety issue
  7. Male students should wear collared shirts with ties and slacks
  8. Female students should wear slacks/skirts with dress shirts or dresses

Any clothing, hair color, jewelry, or body piercing that may cause a concern with affiliated faculty, hospitals, or patients should be avoided. Students may be asked to change their appearance to conform to the dress code of clinical rotation sites.

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MEDIA

MEDIA

SOCIAL MEDIA

All PA students must abide by the UVU Social Media/Technology Guidelines.

Many individuals participate in social media for a variety of reasons: to connect with professional networks, to find out what’s happening at other places, to enhance productivity and teambuilding, and to put together ad-hoc groups. Exchanging and sharing information can improve our personal and professional lives. However, social networking exposes one to an unsolicited audience and set of experiences. Continual attention is required to successfully manage personal and professional lives online. 

The following are general policies regarding social networking as an PA student. 

  1. Think before you post. There is no such thing as a “private” social media site. Search engines can turn up your posts years later. Do not post something today that may haunt you later.
  2. Maintain confidentiality. Do not post or discuss sensitive, confidential, proprietary, or protected health information about students, employees, patients, or other members of the UVU community.
  3. Use good ethical judgment. Follow federal guidelines and university policies.
  4. Be professional. As a general rule, be respectful and don’t post anything you would be uncomfortable saying in a public setting—or in front of your colleagues, fellow learners, supervisor, etc.  All the Professional Conduct standards described above apply to your communications on social media and other channels.
  5. Be transparent about your role at UVU. If you participate in or maintain a social media site on behalf of the university, clearly state your role and goals. Strive for accuracy and correcting errors quickly and visibly. If you have questions about whether it is appropriate to write about certain material, ask your supervisor, advisor, or program director first.
  6. Protect your identity. Do not provide personal information about yourself or others that scam artists and identity thieves might steal. This includes telephone numbers, mailing addresses, and e-mail addresses.
  7. Respect university time and property. Any violation of HIPAA or other university policies may result in appropriate disciplinary action including, but not limited to, dismissal from the program and criminal and/or civil charges and fines.

UVU PA PROGRAM USE OF STUDENT REPRESENTATION

Subject to UVU policies and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, photos, audio, and video recordings of students may be taken for posting on the program web site or for publication to promote the activities of the program. In order to facilitate this process, students are encouraged to consent to being photographed, filmed or recorded by filling out the Creative Works License and Model Release Form (see Appendix F). Students have the right to decline participation in the recording methods that may be viewed publicly and should speak directly with the program director as early as possible to accommodate this choice.

PHOTOGRAPHY, AUDIO AND VIDEO RECORDING

Tools for student assessment and feedback program may use digital audio-video recording and photography of lectures and student activities to enhance the learning experience and promote the program.  However, recording standardized patient encounters may be held for private viewing only. Students must never share or display, in whole or in part, recordings of standardized patient encounters.

Students must ask for permission before using cameras or electronic devices for recording program curricular activities. Portable electronic devices risk the transfer of these recordings to a non-secure, web-based media and may violate individual privacy and copyrights.  Recorded material must not be posted on the Internet without appropriate authorization (see Social Media Guidelines above). 

Students must seek permission from the course director or lecturer to record lectures.  Use of these recordings is to be limited to personal or course study and may not be made public or shared with parties who were not virtually or physically present at the lecture without written consent from the program and university legal counsel.  Video and photography are only permitted with permission of the person being recorded. Failure to comply constitutes unprofessional behavior and will be referred to SPC for evaluation and potential sanctions.

This policy does not affect non-curricular activities (breaks, independent study sessions on or off campus, etc.), however, even in these settings, students are expected to ask permission from individuals before photographing or recording.

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UVU ALCOHOL, DRUGS AND TOBACCO POLICIES

UVU ALCOHOL, DRUGS AND TOBACCO POLICIES

UVU ALCOHOL/DRUG CAMPUS POLICY

Utah Valley University is a drug-free campus. Utah Valley University has developed an alcohol & tobacco and other drug policy not only in response to the federal drug-free legislation, but also to encourage and sustain an academic environment that promotes the health, safety, and welfare of all members of its community.

In keeping with these objectives, alcoholic beverages, unlawful drugs, and other illegal substances shall not be consumed, used, carried, sold, or unlawfully manufactured on any property or in any building owned, leased, or rented by UVU, or at any activity sponsored by the program (UVU Policies 157, 324, and 541)

Any faculty, staff member, or student who violates this prohibition, or who does not cooperate with the program in its attempts to maintain a drug-free environment, will face disciplinary action up to and including expulsion or dismissal from UVU and the UVU PA Program.

Individuals violating any town ordinances, state criminal laws, or federal laws relating to alcohol or drug use (including tobacco use) also are subject to substantial legal sanctions including fines and imprisonment.

If you are under the influence on UVU property, you will be subject to consequences through the UVU Student Conduct & Conflict Resolution webpage.

More information regarding the UVU’s alcohol, drug, and tobacco policies can be found at the UVU Wellness webpage.

 PA STUDENT IMPAIRMENT

Students represent the university and should behave responsibly and professionally at all times, on and off campus. Students must not appear at the university or clinical sites under the influence of any substance.  A student who is convicted of any form of public intoxication, including driving while intoxicated, must immediately report that conviction to the program.

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NONDISCRIMINATION

NONDISCRIMINATION

Utah Valley University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age (40 and over), disability, veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth, or pregnancy-related conditions, citizenship, genetic information, or other basis protected by applicable law, including Title IX and 34 C.F.R. Part 106, in employment, treatment, admission, access to educational programs and activities, or other University benefits or services. Inquiries about nondiscrimination at UVU may be directed to the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights or UVU’s Title IX Coordinator / Director of Equal Opportunity at 801-863-7999 – TitleIX@uvu.edu – 800 W University Pkwy, Orem, 84058, Suite BA 203.

Students shall deliver supervised healthcare services to patients without regard to their race, religion, creed, national origin, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, disability, disease status, or political beliefs.

RELIGIOUS ACCOMMODATIONS

At the beginning of each semester, the student will have the opportunity to promptly review each course syllabus and class schedule and notify faculty to request an accommodation for sincerely held religious beliefs and practices using the Religious Accommodation Request Form.

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INCLUSION AND DIVERSITY

INCLUSION AND DIVERSITY

WHAT WE MEAN BY INCLUSION

UVU is committed to preparing all students and employees for success in an increasingly complex, diverse, and globalized society. We promote civility and respect for the dignity and potential of each individual. We seek to advance the understanding of diverse perspectives. We value and promote collegial relationships and mutual respect among students, faculty, and staff. We acknowledge and seek to address the needs of populations who are underrepresented and students with varying levels of academic preparation, even as we strive to provide access and support for all students and employees in ways that are culturally relevant and responsible. UVU Inclusion and Diversity student resources.

UVU INCLUSION PLAN

At UVU, include is an action commitment that is a crucial part of our identity. Our dedicated staff, faulty, and students were involved for more than 18 months in constructing Inclusion Plan 2020-2024.

UVU PA PROGRAM INCLUSION & DIVERSITY GOALS

  1. The UVU PA Program will provide equitable access to quality education and resources for students of all backgrounds, including those of historically underrepresented in higher education.
    1. Indicator of success:
      1. 90% of students belonging to historically underrepresented groups graduate at the same or better rate as students from the majority.
  2. The UVU PA Program will recruit and retain students that have been identified as first-generation to college.
    1. Indicator of success:
      1. 10% of accepted students will be first-generation to college, based on institutional criteria.
  3. The UVU PA Program will provide a safe and inclusive environment in which students, faculty, and staff succeed.
    1. Indicator of success:
      1. Over a five-year period, students, faculty, and staff will rate the environment of the school and program as safe with at least a score of 4 (on a 5-point Likert scale) on the climate questions included in the end-of-program and faculty evaluations.
  4. The UVU PA Program student body will meet or exceed the percentage of diverse students of the institution.
    1. Indicator of success:
      1. 20% of accepted students will come from underrepresented backgrounds as defined by HRSA.

HISTORY/COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY

Inclusion makes students more successful. Over the last several years, UVU has shown itself as a state and national leader in inclusion and diversity efforts, receiving national awards from the White House, Diversity MBA Magazine, and Minority Access Incorporated. As an institution, UVU has chosen to be proactive and far reaching, raising and allocating almost $3.1 million for its inclusion efforts. UVU has 20+ centers, initiatives, and other resources to ensure that students feel safe and championed while attending UVU.

The UVU PA Program has a Diversity Committee that meets regularly to ensure that the environment within the program remains inclusive and that every student has the support they need to succeed. The Diversity Committee advises on program policy, admissions and faculty and staff hiring.

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ACCOMMODATIONS FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

ACCOMMODATIONS FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

The Office of Accessibility Services (OAS) provides support services for students with disabilities so that they can be successful at UVU. A student who is new to UVU and/or accommodative services can find an outline of the steps to take to determine the accommodations for which they are eligible. The first step is to make an appointment to meet with a counselor in the Office of Accessibility Services. Detailed information can be found at UVU Accessibility Services webpage.

To schedule an appointment to meet with one of the Accessibility Services counselors, call (801) 863-8747 or visit the Office of Accessibility Services located in Losee Center 3rd floor (room LC-312) Monday-Friday 8am-5pm. Appointments can be scheduled online. 

Current UVU students who have not been assessed for learning disabilities are encouraged to meet by appointment with the Office of Accessibility Services (OAS) to discuss off-campus options for assessment. Submitting documentation well before the beginning of the first semester is strongly recommended. 

As trainees in a clinical curriculum with direct patient contact, students must meet the technical standards of the program (see Technical Standards section in this student handbook).  All students are entitled to reasonable accommodations for disabilities that are documented, and which do not disqualify the student from meeting competencies described in the technical standards.

Prior accommodations from other institutions are not automatically recognized by the PA program or UVU. All students who seek accommodations must engage with the Office of Accessibility Services to determine if the provision of individual accommodations is possible within the requirements of the PA program.  In order to ensure that students have accommodations in place at the start of each semester, requests for accommodations should be submitted no later than two (2) weeks before the beginning of each semester or as directed by the Office of Accessibility Services.

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STUDENT MISTREATMENT, DISCRIMINATION, HARASSMENT, AND RETALIATION

STUDENT MISTREATMENT, DISCRIMINATION, HARASSMENT, AND RETALIATION

A1.02j, A3.15f, A3.15g

 

POLICIES AND PROCEDURES FOR REPORTING STUDENT MISTREATMENT AND GRIEVANCES:

The medical learning environment is more complex than the undergraduate environment for several reasons. These include: 

  1. physical intimacy of medical examination and teaching
  2. intimate partner relationships that may develop between members of the medical community
  3. PA student vulnerability due to career aspiration
  4. patient outcomes that may supersede teaching and learning objectives
  5. students may be required to work prolonged hours in many medical arenas, such as overnight call

Effective, caring, and compassionate healthcare depends critically on the professional and collegial attributes acquired by PA students during their education. In this regard, the teacher-student relationship is one of the most important, since the teacher is responsible for both imparting information and guiding the personal development of the student. The teacher also serves as a potential role model for students and it is therefore important that the teacher’s behavior towards the students is equitable and professional.

Everyone must tolerate the fact that people have different points of view and have the right to speak about those different views.  The First Amendment protects most forms of student speech.

At the core of an effective learning environment lies mutual respect between the teacher (including faculty, staff, and preceptors) and the student, and between each student and their student colleagues.  To this end, UVU will not tolerate the harassment or abuse of, discrimination against, or favoritism towards a student by a teacher or a student colleague. Students can report student mistreatment and grievances here.

THE OFFICE FOR EQUAL OPPORTUNITY, AFFIRMATIVE ACTION AND TITLE IX

A3.15g

 

UVU Website:         https://www.uvu.edu/equalopportunity/
Contact: Laura Carlson, Title IX Coordinator
Email: lcarlson@UVU.edu
Telephone: (801) 863-7999

 

The university is committed to maintaining an inclusive community that values diversity and fosters tolerance and mutual respect. PA students should become familiar with the protections provided by the university with regard to discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.  Contact the Office of Equal Opportunity / Title IX for any of the following:

  1. Have encountered sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, or sexual assault;
  2. Wish to understand your options if you think you may have encountered (either yourself or witnessed) sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, or sexual violence or assault;
  3. Learn of a situation that you believe may warrant investigation;
  4. Seek guidance on possible informal remedies or administrative measures to de-escalate or alleviate a difficult situation;
  5. Need help on how to handle a situation by which you are indirectly affected;
  6. Have questions about Utah Valley University’s policies and procedures.

 

SEXUAL HARASSMENT

A1.02j, A3.15f, A3.15g

UVU’s sexual harassment policy (UVU Policy #162) applies to students, staff, faculty, and other academic personnel. UVU’s sexual harassment policies help to facilitate an educational environment that is free of sexual violence and harassment while complying with the provisions outlined in the Federal Title IX Act of the 1972 Education Amendments. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX.

IMPERMISSIBLE SEXUAL CONDUCT HARASSMENT INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING

  1. Hostile environment—any unwelcome conduct on the basis of sex that a reasonable person would determine to be so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to a UVU education program or activity; unwelcome conduct on the basis of sex that is sufficiently severe or pervasive to deny equal access is separately prohibited under UVU Policy #165;
  2. Sexual assaultany sexual act directed against another person without the consent of the victim, including instances in which the victim is incapable of giving consent;
  3. Dating violence—violence committed by a person (1) who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim; and (2) where the existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on a consideration of the following factors: (a) the length of the relationship; (b) the type of relationship; and (c) the frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship.
  4. Domestic violence—crimes of violence committed by (1) a current or former spouse, or intimate partner of the victim; (2) a person with whom the victim shares a child in common; (3) a person who is cohabitating with, or has cohabitated with, the victim as a spouse or intimate partner; (4) a person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction receiving grant monies; or (5) any other person against an adult or youth (ages 11–24) victim who is protected from that person’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction.
  5. Quid pro quo—any instance in which an employee of the University conditions the provision of an aid, benefit, or service of UVU on an individual’s participation in unwelcome sexual conduct;
  6. Power relationships—any sexual relationship or the sharing of any sexually explicit or lewd communication, image, or photograph (non-academic) from a university employee with the authority to impact a student’s access to UVU programs or activities.
  7. Stalking—a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to (1) fear for their safety or the safety of others, or (2) suffer substantial emotional distress.

Sexual assault is not an expression of love, passion, or sexual desire. Sexual assault can happen to anyone, regardless of gender, race, class, age, size, appearance, or sexual orientation. Nationwide, alcohol is reported as the most common predatory (date rape) drug, in approximately 90% of cases either the victim or the perpetrator was intoxicated.  In most cases, the perpetrator is acquainted with the victim.

Students can find a step by step procedure for sexual misconduct here.  This includes what to do if a student has been sexually assaulted.

Being assaulted can create a host of practical and emotional consequences. While you may want to talk to someone you trust, such as a friend or family member, there are also confidential campus resources available, including counseling at UVU Student Health Services. UVU’s Student Health Services provides free and highly confidential counseling to students, which can be an extremely important part of the healing process. The Title IX Coordinator can connect you with additional supportive measures and options without any obligation to file a formal complaint or request an investigation. Be advised: university employees other than the counseling staff have an obligation to report instances of prohibited sexual conduct to the Title IX Coordinator. When you seek help from professionals, first ask what level of confidentiality they can provide and to whom they are required to report if you were to disclose information regarding an incident. That way, you can make an informed decision.

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OFFICE OF THE OMBUDS

OFFICE OF THE OMBUDS

A1.02j, A3.15f

Within the UVU community, misunderstandings and disagreements needing resolution may occur. Find the office of the Ombuds, here. The UVU Ombuds is one who is familiar with campus policies, students' rights and responsibilities, and can help find useful options within these guidelines. In order to serve as a mediator, as opposed to an advocate, the Ombuds neutrally and objectively listens to all problems. The Ombuds may also help with student grievances. Issues that the Office of the Ombuds can help with are: 

  1. Maintaining your rights on campus
  2. Mediation of interpersonal conflicts
  3. Academic complaints and conflicts
  4. Grading procedure disputes
  5. School policy and procedures
  6. Housing/Landlord disagreements
  7. Grade disputes
  8. Student/faculty disagreements
  9. Policy issues and rights violations
  10. Roommate/landlord conflicts
  11. Other personal concerns or disputes

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INTEGRITY IN THE ACADEMIC AND CLINICAL ENVIRONMENT

INTEGRITY IN THE ACADEMIC AND CLINICAL ENVIRONMENT

Since UVU is an academic environment, its fundamental purpose is the sharing and pursuit of knowledge. Imperative to this educational purpose is a commitment to academic integrity. Every member of the UVU community is responsible for upholding the highest standards of academic integrity at all times. Students are considered integral members of the community and are also expected to adhere to the principles of academic integrity.

Activities that have the effect or intention of interfering with education, pursuit of knowledge, or fair evaluation of a student’s performance are prohibited. Examples of such activities include but are not limited to:

  1. Cheating: using or attempting to use unauthorized assistance, material or study aids in examinations or other academic work or preventing or attempting to prevent, another form using authorized assistance, material, or study aids 
  2. Plagiarism: using ideas, data or language of another without specific or proper acknowledgment
  3. Fabrication: submitting contrived or altered information in an any academic exercise 
  4. Multiple submission: submitting, without prior permission, any work submitted to fulfill another academic requirement
  5. Misrepresentation of academic record: misrepresenting or tampering with or attempting to tamper with any portion of a student's transcripts or academic record, either before or after coming to UVU
  6. Facilitating academic dishonesty: knowingly helping or attempting to help another violate any principle of academic integrity
  7. Unfair advantage: attempting to gain unauthorized advantage over fellow students in an academic exercise

Any violation of the above, whether willful or not, will result in referral to SPC and may result in sanctions up to and including dismissal from the program.

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ATTENDANCE AND ABSENCES

ATTENDANCE AND ABSENCES

Didactic Year

 

It is expected that students are committed to being full-time participants in the program. During the pre-clinical phase of training, it is important for students to be available every day for course activities. While most lectures and workshops are scheduled during the weekday (8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.), students may be required to participate in some weekend, evening, and extended-time curriculum activities. The program will make sincere attempts to give prior notification of changes in schedule. Class schedules cannot be altered to accommodate students who use public transportation or for personal activities/schedules.

  1. Attendance is expected. Students are expected to arrive on time, attend and participate in all program educational activities, including lectures, workshops, case reviews, clinical skills activities, clinical rotations, community assignments, return visits (RVs), examinations (written and practical), and recommended tutorial/remediation activities. Students’ participation in all curriculum activities is expected as part of the academic and professional competencies required for satisfactory progress and professional graduate training.

    Students who fail to fully attend and participate in any required activity may not receive full credit for the activity and may be required to complete additional assignments or other activities as assigned by the course director. Students who demonstrate continual, habitual, or excessive absences or late arrivals will be referred to SPC for failure to demonstrate professional behavior. Students who do not correct this behavior will be dismissed from the program.

    Students who are unable to attend any scheduled activity must notify the course director in advance detailing any activities or class sessions for which they will not be present. It is the student’s responsibility to arrange the means to get notes or other teaching materials distributed during their absence. Absences that occur during testing events may result in delay in completing requirements and progressing. Students who are ill and miss class or their clinical assignment for two or more consecutive days may be required to submit appropriate medical documentation to the program releasing the student to participate fully in all program activities.

Clinical Year

Students are expected to follow all program reporting instructions, and to notify the program of any errors of changes. An assigned clinical schedule will be determined by the preceptor and should include a minimum of 40 hours per week. Students should anticipate working some evenings, weekends, holidays, or “on call” shifts on various rotations, and must not refuse to work during these times if it is deemed necessary by the preceptor. University holidays do not apply to students’ schedules during the clinical year, and preceptors are not obligated to grant days off to students on holidays or weekends (but may do so at their discretion). Keep in mind that PA students have only one year to receive all their clinical training prior to graduation, so it behooves them to make the most of the time and privilege granted to them of working at clinical sites.

Students will email their clinical rotations schedules (as determined by their preceptor) to the Clinical Education Team by the end of the first week of the rotation. Students must notify the Clinical Education Team as to how they may best be reached during regular office hours, and of any mailing address or phone number changes.

  1. Absenteeism: Adherence to scheduled clinical rotation hours and attendance at all scheduled RVs at the conclusion of rotations are mandatory. Failure to fulfill these requirements is strongly considered in the evaluation of the student’s academic performance and professional attitude and may result in a failing grade for the rotation.

    Clinical assignments may require students to drive to sites within a 100-mile radius from the UVU campus. Clinical assignments may require a student to work evenings and extended hours, take call schedules, and participate in on-site activities (e.g. presentations, literature review, written exams, etc.) as assigned by some clinical sites. Students are required to meet these expectations.

    If a student must be absent from ONE scheduled clinical rotation shift (this can include any type of shifts), both the preceptor and the Clinical Education Team must be notified as soon as possible. If the appropriate party cannot be reached, then students must leave a phone or electronic message regarding the absence and a phone number where they can be immediately reached. 

    Students who fail to fully attend and participate in required activity may not receive full credit for the activity and may be required to complete additional assignments or other activities as assigned by the course director. Students who demonstrate continual, habitual, or excessive absences or late arrivals will be referred to SPC for failure to demonstrate professional behavior. Students who do not correct this behavior will be dismissed from the program.

    Be advised that the program may make random calls and visits to rotation sites to verify student attendance and performance.

  2. Excused Absences: Incapacitating illness, injury requiring bed rest, and unexpected family emergencies are considered valid reasons for absenteeism; however, the procedures for absenteeism as outlined above must be followed. Excused absences greater than TWO (2) scheduled clinical rotation shifts per rotation due to bona fide, documented, medical or personal emergencies may result in a grade of "I" (incomplete) for the rotation. Rotations in which students receive an "I" due to excessive excused absences may be completed later, depending on the availability of the rotation and at the discretion of the Clinical Education Team. For any absence less than the minimum time missed will be made up on an hour for hour basis. Students may request time off, given the policy above, using the Clinical Year Student Time Off Request Form (see Appendix G). Submission of the form does not constitute approval. The form must be submitted 30 days prior to the anticipated absence.

  3. Unexcused Absences and Tardiness: Business appointments, routine dental and doctor appointments, weddings, graduations, family reunions, and other social events are not valid reasons for excused absenteeism. Absenteeism not reported as per policy outlined above will be considered unexcused, regardless of cause or when the program is notified of the event.

    Students are expected to always act in a professional manner. Reporting to scheduled clinical work shifts on-time is one of the most important demonstrations of professionalism. Tardiness to rotations and RVs is not acceptable.

  4. Other Situations for Absences: Job interviews are not considered valid reasons for unexcused absences. All attempts must be made to schedule an interview, so it does not interfere with the core clinical. If this cannot be accomplished, students must first obtain permission from the Clinical Education Team to attempt to arrange time off for the interview. Subsequently, the preceptor must grant permission for the absence, and students must make up the missed clinical time within the confines of that rotation. The PA program must be notified as outlined above. A maximum total of TWO (2) days per calendar year will be allowed for interviews.

    A “Leave of Absence” may be granted by the program director for extended illness or absence from a rotation. The program director will (on an individual basis) consider emergencies, special requests, and special issues arising that cause students to request a leave of absence, if done prior to failure of the rotation. All student requests are considered private and confidential and are treated as such by the faculty. Absences for scholarly and professional activities will be considered by the clinical education team on a case-by-case basis and must be addressed at least one month prior to the scheduled event.

Inclement Weather: During a weather emergency, student safety is the highest concern. In the event of inclement weather, the program follows the Utah Valley University Inclement Weather decisions with the following modifications: When the university is closed, didactic classes are canceled. Faculty will notify students of any new arrangements for required activities or exams. The Clinical Education Team will notify students by email of the expectations regarding reporting for clinical duties during inclement weather. As a rule, if you live within walking distance of your clinical site or if you can travel via public transit (assuming it is running), you should report to your site. If you are working at a private practice or another outpatient site, you should call to confirm that the office is open. If travel to the clinical site would be dangerous, students should let their preceptor or site administrator know that they cannot safely travel to the site (you will not be penalized for this decision). If students miss clinical time due to inclement weather, they may be asked to make up this time (especially if the student is on call) if it is feasible within the duty hour restrictions and time left in the clinical rotation.

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STUDENT SOCIETY AND LEADERSHIP

STUDENT SOCIETY AND LEADERSHIP

UVU PA STUDENT SOCIETY

The Utah Valley University Physician Assistant Student Society (UVUPASS) is a registered member of the Student Academy of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (SAAAPA) and is eligible to participate in the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) National Medical Challenge Bowl, the AAPA Assembly of Representatives (AOR), and the AAPA House of Delegates (HOD).

Members of the UVUPASS participate in a number of events in the community and on campus. Students will be responsible for electing class officers who will represent the class. Students will also have a member of the faculty to function as a faculty advisor to the student society.

 

CLASS RULES

The classroom is the equivalent of a workplace, and provides students with the opportunity to practice professional behaviors. Once student leadership is elected for the class, students are encouraged to develop their own “workplace rules” that incorporate and demonstrate the following:

 

  1. respectful relationships with program faculty, staff, and peers
  2. compassion and integrity
  3. accountability to peers, patients and the community

 

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

While students are encouraged to participate in the many extracurricular activities offered at UVU, they should not miss program curricular activities to participate in extracurricular activities, including UVU-sponsored events or PA professional meetings or activities. Students who are not making satisfactory progress, due to either academic or professional issues, may not hold an office in a student organization or represent the program at university, program, or professional events.

 

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CLINICAL YEAR OVERVIEW AND EXPECTATIONS

CLINICAL YEAR OVERVIEW AND EXPECTATIONS

A3.01, A3.03

The clinical year takes students from the theoretical classroom setting to an active, hands-on learning environment to prepare them for a lifetime of continued refinement of skills and expanded knowledge as a practicing PA. We refer to this clinical experience as a Supervised Clinical Practice Experience (SCPE). To this end, the purpose of the clinical year is to teach the students to:

  1. Apply didactic knowledge to supervised clinical practice
  2. Develop and sharpen clinical problem-solving skills
  3. Expand and develop the medical fund of knowledge
  4. Perfect the art of history taking and physical examination skills
  5. Sharpen and refine oral presentation and written documentation skills
  6. Develop an understanding of the PA role in health care delivery
  7. Prepare for the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE)
  8. Develop interpersonal skills and professionalism necessary to function as part of a medical team

PREREQUISITES FOR THE CLINICAL YEAR

  1. All didactic coursework, passed satisfactorily as determined by the Student Progress Committee (SPC)
  2. Pre-clinical assignments
  3. A criminal background check
  4. A 10-panel urine toxicology and alcohol screen with urine creatinine
  5. All required immunizations, titers, and TB screening
  6. Medical Clearance available on Exxat
  7. Consent for Release of Confidential Health and Identifying Information form (see Appendix H)
  8. HIPAA Training
  9. OSHA Training
  10. PPE training
  11. Proof of health insurance
  12. Bloodborne pathogens training

The clinical year is comprised of the following 10 SCPEs designed to provide clinical experience with preventive, emergent, acute, and chronic patient encounters with patients across the lifespan (infants, children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly). The SCPEs will take place in a combination of the following settings: emergency department, inpatient, outpatient, and the operating room.

  1. PAS 6790 Family Medicine I*
  2. PAS 6791 Family Medicine II*
  3. PAS 6792 Behavioral and Mental Health Care*
  4. PAS 6793 Women’s Health (including prenatal and gynecologic care)*
  5. PAS 6794 Pediatrics*
  6. PAS 6795 Emergency Medicine*
  7. PAS 6796 Surgery (including pre-operative, intra-operative, and post-operative care)*
  8. PAS 6797 Internal Medicine*
  9. PAS 6798 Elective Rotation I
  10. PAS 6799 Elective Rotation II

  *An asterisk indicates a core rotation. 

Each SCPE is worth 3 credits and is 4 weeks and 2 days in duration. Students are expected to work at least 40 hours/week according to their preceptor and/or designee’s schedule, possibly including evenings, weekends, and holidays.

CLINICAL SITE PLACEMENTS

A3.03

All clinical sites must be approved, provided, and assigned by the program with an emphasis on an equitable placement for each student. Student preference is taken into consideration but is not guaranteed. 

Students will be notified via Exxat of their clinical rotation assignments two to three months in advance of the start of the clinical year. The clinical team will provide additional information unique to each site to help the student transition. Students should reach out to the site prior to the start of the rotation to introduce themselves, express gratitude, and to ensure the first day runs smoothly.

It is NOT the responsibility of the student to provide or solicit sites or preceptors. If desired, a student may suggest a site by completing the Student Clinical Site Request form (see Appendix I) no later than September 30 of the year prior to clinical rotations starting. Each suggested site will be fully vetted by the clinical team to determine if the placement would be appropriate for current and future UVU PA students. There is no guarantee of placement.

REPORTING TO THE SITE

Students must report to clinical sites fully prepared for work with all necessary equipment (i.e. stethoscope, lab coat, identification tag, etc.). Additionally, students are to have the following documents readily available by paper copy and uploaded to the program student portal in Exxat at all times:

  1. BLS and ACLS card:  Students are responsible for maintaining current BLS and ACLS. Should a student’s completion of the program be delayed; the student will incur the costs of certification renewals
  2. Immunization Certificate: It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that he/she remains current on all required immunizations and health screenings, such as latent TB screening
  3. HIPAA Certificate
  4. Any hospital forms required for the rotation

While the program works diligently to monitor the specific requirements of all facilities, frequently facilities will change a protocol without notifying the program. Students are responsible for notifying the program of any protocol changes that they discover, for the program to update the requirements for future students.

ORIENTATION AND COMMUNICATION

Orientation of the student to the rotation site serves several purposes. Orientation facilitates a quicker transition in allowing the student to become a member of the medical team. It also establishes a feeling of enthusiasm and belonging to the team as well as helping students develop the functional capability to work more efficiently.

On the first day of the rotation (or when possible, prior to the rotation), the student should take care of any administrative needs, including obtaining a name badge and computer password, and completing any necessary paperwork, EMR training, and additional site-specific HIPAA training, if needed.

Early on in the clinical rotation, it is recommended that the preceptor and student formulate mutual goals regarding what they hope to achieve during the rotation. The preceptor should also communicate his or her expectations of the student during the rotation. Expectations can include:

  1. Hours-Students must report their expected schedule for the rotation to the clinical team the first week
  2. Interactions with office and professional staff
  3. General attendance
  4. Call schedules
  5. Overnight/weekend schedules
  6. Participation during rounds and conferences
  7. Expectations for clinical care, patient interaction, and procedures
  8. Oral presentations
  9. Written documentation
  10. Assignments
  11. Write-ups
  12. Anything additional that the preceptor feels is necessary

Students are expected to communicate with preceptors any special scheduling needs they may have during the rotation — in particular, when they may be out of the clinical setting for either personal reasons or program-required educational activities. If students anticipate missing clinical time for personal reasons, they should obtain permission from the program 30 days prior to the clinic absence. See Clinical Year Student Time Off Request Form (Appendix G)

RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES OF THE STUDENT DURING CLINICAL ROTATIONS

In addition to adhering to the standards of professional conduct outlined in the handbook, students are expected to perform the following during their clinical rotations: 

  1. Interview and elicit detailed histories and conduct physical exams, develop a differential diagnosis, formulate an assessment and plan through discussion with the preceptor, give oral presentations, and document It is expected that the student is engaged in these activities after the first week at the latest
  2. Perform, order, and/or interpret common lab results and diagnostics
  3. Participate in patient management, including acute and chronic care plans and referral
  4. Educate and counsel patients across the lifespan regarding health-related issues
  5. Attend clinical rotations as scheduled in addition to grand rounds, lectures, and conferences, if available to them
  6. Engage in a self-directed study plan to prepare for end of rotation exams and to stay on top of the rotation-specific clinical knowledge the preceptor expects of the student
  7. Demonstrate emotional resilience and stability, adaptability, and flexibility during the clinical year
  8. Be proactive by communicating any concerns, challenges, or problems experienced during the rotation promptly to the student’s faculty advisor and/or the clinical team

SITE REGULATIONS

A3.01

Students must comply with all rules, regulations, bylaws, and policies of the site for which they are assigned. Failure to do so will result in removal from the rotation and may result in additional disciplinary action. The preceptor or designee will orient the student to the site on the first day. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure they are familiar with the rules, regulations, bylaws, and policies of the site. While program policies must apply to all students, principal faculty and the program director regardless of location. A signed clinical affiliation agreement or memorandum of understanding may specify that certain program policies will be superseded by those at the clinical site.

RETURN VISITS

Students are required to attend all Return Visits (RV) held after rotations 3, 6, 8, and 10. RVs provide additional opportunities to teach and reinforce critical professional and clinical skills. Completion of the end of rotation examinations and all other activities on the day(s) scheduled by the program is mandatory. Additionally, the capstone and physician assistant practice courses will hold face to face classes during RVs. Students must arrive on time for all RV days and stay for the entire day.

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SAFETY AT THE CLINICAL SITE

SAFETY AT THE CLINICAL SITE

Utah Valley University makes every effort to ensure student safety when off campus on clinical rotations through careful vetting of each site and preceptor prior to approval of the site/preceptor for future rotations and annually thereafter through faculty and clinical team evaluations. Additionally, student evaluations of the site provide critical insight about whether the site is safe for future students. 

Preceptors are to orient the student to safety measures on the first day of each rotation and students are responsible for following these measures. When a student is participating in a clinical rotation, the university and program recommend that all students be aware of their surroundings at all times and utilize common sense security techniques (i.e. keeping one hand free, locking your car, and concealing valuables from view in your car.) Additionally, the university and program recommend that students utilize any available safety systems present at clinical rotation sites, such as security escorts to your car.

FOR EMERGENCIES CALL 911 

If at any time a student does not feel safe in a clinical rotation site, the student is to notify the clinical team immediately. If a crime occurs, students are expected to notify the program immediately, by phone or text to one of the clinical team members, .

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STUDENT ROLE IN THE CLINICAL SETTING

STUDENT ROLE IN THE CLINICAL SETTING

PATIENT INTERACTIONS

Students must be aware of their limitations as students and of the limitations and regulations pertaining to PA practice. Students at clinical sites must always work under the supervision of a preceptor approved and assigned by the PA program. The students may not function in the place of an employee or assume primary responsibility for a patient’s care. Students must not substitute for or function as instructional faculty or clinical or administrative staff at the clinical site.

Students should always seek advice when appropriate and should not evaluate or treat patients without supervision from, and direct access to, a supervising clinical preceptor. Students will not treat and/or discharge a patient from care without consultation with the clinical preceptor who must assess the patient personally prior to discharge. Such behavior is fraudulent and illegal and may result in disciplinary action. Students will perform only those procedures authorized by the preceptor. Students must adhere to all regulations of the program and the clinical sites. The student is to contact the program immediately with any questions or concerns about the student’s role at a site. Students may not accept monetary or other compensation for services provided during their training.

PRESCRIPTIONS

The preceptor must log into the system under his/her own password and personally sign and send the electronic prescriptions. The student’s name is not to appear on the prescription. These guidelines must not be violated by the student or the preceptor.

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CLINICAL YEAR EVALUATIONS AND ASSIGNMENTS

CLINICAL YEAR EVALUATIONS AND ASSIGNMENTS

It is the student’s responsibility to thoroughly review the syllabus for each SCPE. It is expected that the student is familiar with the learning outcomes, instructional objectives, and corresponding methods of assessment prior to the start of the SCPE. Below is a general description of the assignments and evaluations related to the clinical year.

CLINICAL YEAR PASSPORT

All students will have a clinical year passport to keep track of the expected documentation types, encounters and performance of specific procedures across the clinical year. Documentation, patient encounters and the procedure checklists will be tracked by the student and initialed by the preceptor.  Students will review progress on their clinical year passport at each return visit meeting with their advisor.  If a student is lagging behind the cohort, their rotation schedule may be adjusted. Each student will receive their passport in the clinical year orientation prior to the start of their first rotation. Completion of the passport is required for successful graduation from the program.

 EVALUATIONS

  1. Preceptor End-of-Rotation Evaluation – The preceptor will complete this written evaluation at the end of each rotation. The student cannot pass the rotation without a passing grade on the evaluation.
  2. End-of-Rotation Examination – A comprehensive examination administered at the end of each clinical rotation that aligns with the topic list provided in the syllabus.
  3. Mid-Rotation Self Evaluation – The student will complete the self-evaluation and discuss it with the preceptor. The preceptor will be required to sign off on each mid-rotation self-evaluation.
  4. Student Evaluation of Clinical Site and Preceptor – This evaluation provides the program with important information about the effectiveness of the site and preceptor.

ASSIGNMENTS

  1. Daily Student Log of Patient Encounters – This log will be completed in Exxat.
  2. SOAP Note Documentation (core rotations only) - Two SOAP notes will be required per core rotation
  3. Poster Presentation for Elective Rotations – The poster presentations will be presented during the final return visit prior to graduation.
  4. Interprofessional Collaboration Case Study - Based on a collaborative healthcare team experience during the clinical.

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CLINICAL PRECEPTORS

CLINICAL PRECEPTORS

Clinical site preceptors are instructional faculty that have been vetted and approved by the program to be responsible for the clinical education and experience of the student during rotations based on current professional practice. UVU PA preceptors are MDs, DOs, and PAs who hold current board certifications, NCCPA certifications, and licenses that qualify them to practice in their area of instruction. 

Preceptors provide guidance, instruction, and oversight to students assigned to their clinical site. Preceptors will review the student’s progress with the student at the mid-point, and submit a written end of rotation evaluation. A student must receive a passing score on the end of rotation preceptor evaluation to pass the SCPE.

Students may not be supervised or evaluated by a resident, faculty member, or other individual who is a family member, or by someone with whom they have had or have a close personal or intimate relationship. While at a clinical site, during the course of their supervised clinical practice experiences, students must not substitute for clinical or administrative staff.

The student should maintain a professional relationship with the preceptor and always adhere to appropriate professional boundaries. Social activities and personal relationships outside of the professional learning environment are inappropriate and could put the student or preceptor in a compromising situation. Contact through social media, except for professional networking sites like LinkedIn and Doximity, should be avoided until the student fully matriculates through the educational program or completes the rotation where the supervision is occurring. If the preceptor and student have an existing personal relationship prior to the start of the rotation, a professional relationship must always be maintained in the clinical setting.

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TRANSPORTATION AND HOUSING DURING CLINICAL YEAR

TRANSPORTATION AND HOUSING DURING CLINICAL YEAR

All students admitted to the program should expect that they may be placed at remote, underserved, and/or rural clinical sites that are not local to UVU’s campus. The program strives to afford all students the opportunity to work and receive training in a variety of clinical settings. The ultimate goal of this is to ensure that students will become well-rounded, culturally/demographically sensitive, and equitable providers. Every effort is made to place students within the UVU service region (Utah, Wasatch, and Summit counties) as well as central and southern Utah in accordance to the program’s mission to strengthen the region’s healthcare workforce. As such, the majority of placements will be within 50 miles of the program.

Regardless of placement of clinical rotation, students will continue to be responsible for planning their own living and transportation arrangements. Students are responsible for all parking, transportation, and travel costs incurred during attendance at clinical rotations. Students who attend required rotations and stay in nearby housing are responsible for all costs, risks, and liabilities involved in such housing arrangements. Travel expenses, parking, and housing are not covered by program tuition and will be the student’s personal and financial responsibility to cover and/or arrange.

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STUDENT IDENTIFICATION

STUDENT IDENTIFICATION

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Students must be clearly identified in the clinical setting to distinguish them from other health profession students and practitioners. Students must always introduce themselves as a “physician assistant student.” Students should at no time present themselves to patients or other practitioners as a physician, resident, medical student, or as a graduate or certified physician assistant. While at a clinical rotation, students may not use previously earned titles (i.e. RN, MD, DC, PhD, etc.) for identification purposes. Students must wear a clinical jacket with the program identification while at all clinical sites unless instructed not to do so by the clinical site or the program. Students must wear their program issued identification nametag at all times on clinical sites, in addition to any student identification required by the site. Students must report lost or destroyed nametags within one day and will incur the cost of replacement tags.

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CONFIDENTIALITY

CONFIDENTIALITY

Students must respect the confidentiality of patients and fellow students. Students must not divulge patient information except to those who have the legal need to know. Students undergo Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) training as part of the PA program; training is updated annually. Students must adhere to HIPAA guidelines. Violation of patient confidentiality is one of the most egregious lapses of professionalism, and students who are found to have violated patient trust and confidentiality will face sanctions, which may include counseling, legal charges or fines, suspension, and program dismissal.

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LIABILITY INSURANCE

LIABILITY INSURANCE

Each PA student is covered with liability insurance by the university through State Risk so long as the students are appropriately engaged in a clinical rotation. Students completing a clinical rotation with a preceptor or site that may end up becoming an employer must maintain a student role in the clinic and should not assume responsibilities of an employee until after graduation from the program. This includes appropriate, routine supervision with the preceptor of record and within the scope of the agreed-upon clinical experience. This is vital in preserving the professional liability coverage provided by the university and is important to protect both the student and the employer in the case that legal action is sought by a patient. Even more critical is the occasional opportunity, or suggestion, from a potential employer to participate in patient-care activities outside of the formal rotation assignment prior to graduation. While these opportunities may be attractive and are seemingly benign, they must be avoided at all costs, as the university’s liability coverage does not cover the student in these circumstances. 

In addition, if a PA student is working in a paid position in a different health-care related capacity any time during their PA education, that individual is not permitted to assume the role of a PA student while on duty as a paid employee. Even in a shadowing capacity, it is not appropriate for a student to represent themselves or participate in the care of any patient outside of the role for which they are being paid. Liability insurance will not cover any student assuming the “PA student” role outside of an assigned clinical rotation.

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INJURY OR EXPOSURE AT CLINICAL SITES

INJURY OR EXPOSURE AT CLINICAL SITES

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UVU PA students will participate in clinic both during the didactic and clinical phases through the student-run clinic and through clinical rotations. Prior to participation all students will be trained in UVU policies addressing student exposure to infectious and environmental hazards, including PPE and bloodborne pathogen training. This training addresses prevention, procedures for care and treatment after exposure, and financial responsibility.

ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARDS (see CDC website: Chemical Hazards)

Many hazardous chemicals are present in healthcare settings, which may pose an exposure risk for healthcare workers, patients, and others. These chemicals are used to do the following:

  1. Treat patients (e.g., antineoplastic drugs, aerosolized medications, anesthetic gases)
  2. Clean, disinfect and sterilize work surfaces (e.g., phenolics, quaternary ammonium compounds, bleach) and medical supplies and instruments (e.g., ethylene oxide, glutaraldehyde)
  3. As a fixative for tissue specimens (e.g., xylene, toluene, formaldehyde)

INFECTIOUS HAZARDS (see CDC website: Infectious Agents)

Infectious agents are organisms that are capable of producing infection or infectious disease. They include bacteria, fungi, viruses, and parasites. Healthcare workers have a high risk of contact with infectious agents due to the various types of activities involved with their jobs and the possibilities of contamination.

  1. Blood-borne pathogen Exposure incidents include:
    1. Percutaneous injury: needlestick or laceration
    2. Mucous membrane: blood or body fluid splash
    3. Broken skin: dermatitis, hangnail, abrasion, chafing, etc.
    4. Parenteral: includes human bite that breaks skin
    5. Intact skin: when the duration of the contact is prolonged (several minutes or more) or involves an extensive area
  2. Other infectious exposure
    1. Influenza (FLU)
      1. Seasonal
      2. Pandemic
      3. Avian
      4. Swine
    2. Ebola
    3. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)
    4. Tuberculosis (TB)
    5. Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)
    6. Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)

PREVENTION (see CDC website: Prevention Controls)

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Students are trained in prevention controls outlined by the CDC and NIOSH (see link above), including the use of PPE and ventilation prior to participation in any clinical activity, including the student run clinic during the didactic phase.

PROCEDURES FOR CARE AND TREATMENT AFTER EXPOSURE

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The following guidelines address procedures for exposure to bloodborne pathogens and can be generalized to all exposure.

  1. Immediately following an infectious or environmental exposure, the student should follow these guidelines:
    1. For percutaneous injury:
      1. Briefly induce bleeding from the wound
      2. Wash the wound for 10 minutes with soap and water or a disinfectant with known activity against HIV (10% iodine solution or chlorine compounds)
      3. Remove any foreign materials embedded in the wound
    2. Broken skin exposure:
      1. Wash with soap and running water or antiseptic, if water is not available
      2. Disinfect
    3. Mucous membrane exposure:
      1. Irrigate copiously with tap water, sterile saline, or sterile water for 10-15 minutes
  2. Next, CALL THE CLINICAL TEAM IMMEDIATELY (Refer to the card at the back of your identification badge):
    1. If the clinical team is not available, leave a message and call the program at 801-863- 7982
    2. If the student is unable to reach the program, leave a voice-mail message
  3. Report to a local Workmed clinic. Workmed clinics are specifically designated to deal with worker's compensation injuries.
    1. A local Instacare should be used for the initial treatment of major injuries and post- exposure treatment when Workmed is closed or more than one hour away
    2. A local emergency room should be used when Workmed and Instacare are unavailable, closed or more than 1 hour away
  4. It is important to report ALL injuries not just those that are considered a risk for blood-borne diseases since these injuries or exposures may also be a risk for other diseases including localized infections.
  5. Do not wait until the end of the shift to report the exposure.
  6. Note: if the injury was of malicious intent, campus police must also be notified.
  7. The clinical team and the injured student must notify Human Resources at UVU of injuries as soon as possible in order to begin a workers’ compensation claim. Injured students will receive a claim number shortly thereafter, which must be presented by the students to the agency at which they receive treatment.
  8. If the source patient is known, the agency in which the exposure occurred will request that he/she consent to testing for HIV, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C.
    1. These test results, along with the student’s own (if consent is given for testing from the source patient), will be given to the student when they are completed
    2. Source testing must be initiated and coordinated by the agency where the exposure occurred and source testing evidence be reported to the PA program director
    3. The results of your tests are confidential
  9. Various treatments may be recommended depending upon the risk assessment of your exposure. Because no two exposures are alike, each incident will be treated and followed-up on a case-by-case basis. In general, if treatment is indicated, it should be started within 2 hours of the exposure incident. The Workmed clinic, UVU Human Resources, and the PA program director will manage the case and help guide the student through the treatment and follow-up process.

CLINICAL TEAM/FACULTY GUIDELINES

  1. When an exposure occurs, the clinical team/faculty are responsible to:
    1. Ensure initial first-aid has occurred
    2. Assist the student in obtaining post-exposure work-up at the appropriate facility
    3. Make arrangements to complete the “Workers Compensation Employer’s First Report of Injury or Illness” form 
  2. Notify UVU’s Human Resource Department:
    1. Send copy of "Employee First Report of Injury" to UVU Human Resources Department through intercampus mail or fax
    2. Place copy of "Employee First Report of Injury" in student's file
    3. Document follow-up in a timely manner

UNIVERSAL PRECAUTIONS

  1. Blood and body fluid precautions should be used for all patients, regardless of known HIV serostatus. Blood is the single most important source of HIV, HBV, and other blood-borne pathogens in the occupational setting.
  2. Universal precautions apply to blood and to other body fluids containing visible blood, semen and vaginal secretions, to tissues, and to the following fluids: cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), synovial fluid, pleural fluid, peritoneal fluid, pericardial fluid, and amniotic fluid. The risk of transmission of HIV and HBV from these fluids is not known.
  3. Universal Precautions also apply to: other potentially Infectious Materials means (1) The following human body fluids: semen, vaginal secretions, cerebrospinal fluid, synovial fluid, pleural fluid, pericardial fluid, peritoneal fluid, amniotic fluid, saliva in dental procedures, any body fluid that is visibly contaminated with blood, and all body fluids in situations where it is difficult or impossible to differentiate between body fluids; (2) Any unfixed tissue or organ (other than intact skin) from a human (living or dead); and (3) HIV- containing cell or tissue cultures, organ cultures, and HIV- or HBV containing culture medium or other solutions; and blood, organs, or other tissues from experimental animals infected with HIV or HBV. (OSHA Regs.CFR: § 1910.1030 Bloodborne Pathogens Standard).
  4. Human breast milk has been implicated in perinatal transmission of HIV, and HbsAg has been found in the milk of mothers infected with HBV. However, occupational exposure to human breast milk has not been implicated in the transmission of HIV nor HBV infection to health care workers. Whereas universal precautions do not apply to human breast milk, gloves may be worn by health care workers in situations where exposures to breast milk might be frequent, for example, in breast milk banking.
  5. Appropriate barrier techniques should be used to prevent skin and mucous membrane exposure when in contact with the blood or other body fluids of any patient is anticipated. 
    1. Gloves should be worn when touching blood, body fluids, mucous membranes, or non- intact skin. Gloves should be changed after contact with such patients
    2. Glove use for phlebotomy - Although not accurately quantified, the risk of HIV infection following intact skin contact with infective blood is certainly much less than the approximately 0.3% risk following percutaneous needle stick exposures. Gloves should always be available to health care workers who wish to use them for phlebotomy
    3. In general, glove use is recommended:
      1. For performing phlebotomy when the health care worker has cuts, scratches, or other breaks in the skin
      2. In situations in which the health care worker judges that hand contamination with blood may occur, for example, when performing phlebotomy on an uncooperative patient.
        • For performing finger or heel sticks on infants and children
        • For persons receiving training in phlebotomy technique (hospitals recommend routine glove use during phlebotomy)
    4. Masks and protective eyewear or face shields should be worn during procedures likely to generate droplets of blood or other body fluids to prevent exposure of mucous membranes of the mouth, nose, and eyes
    5. Gowns or aprons should be worn during procedures likely to generate splashes of blood or other body fluids
  6. Hands and skin should be washed immediately if contaminated with blood or other body fluids. Hands should be washed immediately after gloves are removed.
  7. Care should be taken in disposing of needles, scalpels, and other sharp instruments. They should be placed in a puncture-resistant container.
  8. Mouthpieces and resuscitation bags should be available to minimize the need for mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.
  9. Healthcare workers who have exudative lesions or weeping dermatitis should refrain from direct patient contact and from handling patient care equipment, until the condition resolves.

WORKER’S COMPENSATION AND FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR TREATING EXPOSURE

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Students in clinical settings are considered “interns,” and are therefore, covered under UVU’s Worker Compensation plan. As stated in Utah Code, Unannotated, Volume 3, Title 53, Section 53B- 16-403:

  1. An intern participating in an internship under Section 53B-16-402 is considered to be a volunteer worker of the sponsoring institution of higher education solely for purposes of receiving workers’ compensation medical benifits.
  2. Receipt of medical benefits under Subsection (1) shall be the exclusive remedy against the institution and the cooperating employer for all injuries and occupational diseases as provided under Title 34A, Chapters 2 and 3.

Physician assistant students will be covered under the university’s Workers Compensation Fund policy for medical only if injured during their internship/clinical rotation while working in their scope. The university will not provide additional coverage to physician assistant students beyond the university’s Workers Compensation coverage. As such, physician assistant students are responsible for all other costs and damages associated with exposure to infectious and environmental hazards.

Utah Valley University is insured through its participation in the Risk Management Fund of the State of Utah, see Utah Code 63A-4-101-104, 201. Students are required by the program to maintain health insurance and will be financially responsible for anything not covered as described above.

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STUDENT EVALUATIONS AND DATA COLLECTION

STUDENT EVALUATIONS AND DATA COLLECTION

EVALUATION FORMS

Students are encouraged to complete evaluations on a range of program activities at different points during the program. Evaluations, whether recorded on paper or electronically submitted, are

  1. an important source of feedback for program faculty;
  2. used in the assessment of all components of the program; and
  3. required for continued accreditation.

Evaluations with comments are confidential and are processed anonymously in order to maintain confidentiality. We value student feedback as an essential part of making our program better.

Feedback is most effective when it is constructive and aimed at helping aspects of teaching and curriculum improve.

DATA COLLECTION FORMS

Requests for data collection come from a range of sources, including the ARC-PA accreditation agency, national and regional PA professional organizations, and governmental agencies that provide student educational grants. The Exxat tracking system is incorporated into the PA program to facilitate data collection. Timely tracking of patient encounters and procedures is a mandatory requirement for successfully completing a rotation. Documentation, including logging patient encounters into Exxat, is part of the student’s rotation grade. Students who do not complete their logging will not get credit for documentation.

The program is required to assure complete data collection and is accountable for reporting demographic information on each class of students (not as individual data but as grouped, anonymous information). Please note: no personal information is provided by the program to any organizations outside of the university without the individual’s written consent.

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STUDENT COMPETENCIES

STUDENT COMPETENCIES

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Student evaluation is a continuous process and multiple methods are employed to determine if a student is making progress in acquiring and expressing competencies specified in the consensus document, Competencies for the Physician Assistant Profession. (see Appendix J)

These Include:

  1. Medical Knowledge
  2. Interpersonal & Communication Skills
  3. Patient Care
  4. Professionalism
  5. Practice-based Learning Improvement
  6. Systems-based Practice

This program is a longitudinal, competency-based, academic program in which students acquire competencies over the course of training in a stepwise, sequential manner. The program's curriculum is designed such that material presented at each phase of training serves as a foundation for subsequent learning and application in clinical activities. Students must satisfactorily complete each component of the curriculum before they continue to the next curriculum phase.

LEARNING EXPECTATIONS

Students are responsible for fulfilling all learning outcomes and instructional objectives. It is not possible nor expected that the student be exposed to each entity or problem listed during their clinical rotation syllabi or that lecturers will discuss all details about each instructional objective; however, it is the student’s responsibility to ensure comprehensive knowledge about all the instructional objectives for each syllabus.

During the clinical phase of education, students must take an active part in the learning process. Active listening skills must be applied to all clinical encounters whether observational or interactive. Students should show initiative and an eagerness to learn. In general, preceptors are likely to invest more time and energy teaching students who demonstrate significant interest and effort. Students are expected to manage their time well and use slow periods for personal study of program content and preparation for examinations. Students are responsible for all assignments given by the preceptor and the program.

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METHODS OF EVALUATION

METHODS OF EVALUATION

The PA program utilizes various evaluation methods to assess a student’s progress. Methods of evaluation can be defined as formative or summative

Formative evaluations are given throughout a course to give regular feedback on the student’s progress toward achieving course objectives. The method and frequency of evaluations are described in course syllabi. Course directors, faculty advisors, preceptors, and site visitors work together to provide each student with regular feedback on his/her progress and include remedial recommendations or requirements for strengthening academic and professional competencies.

Summative evaluations are conducted in most courses in order to assess cumulative learning and contribute to the determination of a course grade. Methods of evaluation and requirements to pass are described in the syllabus for each course. These are structured and weighted to indicate that a student has retained and mastered concepts throughout the course.

Formative and summative methods may include but are not limited to:

  1. Multiple choice examinations
  2. Short essays
  3. Fill in the blank
  4. T/F
  5. Oral presentations and journal clubs
  6. Service-learning projects and community projects
  7. Homework assignments
  8. Reflective writings, online forums/chats
  9. Clinical skills practicums
  10. Patient logs
  11. Case-based learning, critical-thinking and problem solving
  12. Team-based learning
  13. Interprofessional/collaborative education
  14. Standardized patient experiences
  15. Simulations
  16. Video for student learning (e.g. physcal exam, interviewing)
  17. PACKRAT examination
  18. Kaplan Review

Examinations are the sole property of the UVU PA Program. Students should see their specific course syllabi for assessment and grading methods. In line with university policies, students may not be evaluated (for example: OSCE, clinical rotation performance) by a family member or by someone with whom they have or have had a close personal or intimate relationship. Copies, results, or summaries of evaluations may be maintained in the student’s academic file.

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END-OF-PROGRAM SUMMATIVE

END-OF-PROGRAM SUMMATIVE

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Each student undergoes an evaluation in the final semester to verify that he/she is prepared to enter clinical practice. This evaluation is structured and weighted to confirm that a student has retained, and mastered concepts presented throughout the entire program, including didactic and clinical knowledge, skills, and professional competencies.

The summative evaluation will contain both a written portion to evaluate student summative problem-solving and medical decision-making skills, and a final OSCE which will assess these skills in a simulated controlled clinical environment. The summative evaluation will measure the students’ success in meeting the program learning outcomes. The program learning outcomes are built around the professional competencies and the expected professional activities. The written portion of the summative exam will assess the students’ medical knowledge. The OSCE portion will have a series of interactive stations wherein students will interact with standardized patients in a variety of medical settings and situations. These interactions will be used to assess students’ clinical skills from history taking to developing a treatment plan. In some cases, the students’ interpersonal skills, cultural sensitivity, and professionalism will be specifically assessed. And in other scenarios, their procedural skills will be assessed.

Students must pass this exam with a >80%. If a student does not pass, they will meet with their faculty advisor and a remediation plan will be crafted to help the student prepare for the retake. If the student fails a second time, they will be referred to SPC and a more robust remediation plan will be implemented. After completing remediation, the student will retake the summative exam a third time. If the student fails the summative exam a third time, they will be disenrolled from the program and will not be eligible for graduation.

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ACADEMIC STANDARDS AND DEADLINES

ACADEMIC STANDARDS AND DEADLINES

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GLOSSARY OF TERMS:

Intervention: The act of intervening. In education, this would generally involve a faculty-directed activity to help a student achieve a successful outcome.

Retesting: an opportunity to demonstrate proficiency or meet a benchmark without formal remediation.

Remediation: A formal action taken to correct professionalism or academic deficiencies that would otherwise prevent a student’s progression in the program. Requires documentation via a learning contract.

Probation: a status or time period when a student is undergoing remediation to correct professionalism and/or academic performance and during which consequences of failing to meet expectations are agreed upon.

Deceleration: a decision made by the Student Progress Committee to delay a student’s progress. During the didactic year, this will result in the student taking a leave of absence and rejoining the next cohort at the beginning of the corresponding semester which the student initiated the leave of absence (if initiated in the spring semester, will rejoin the following spring semester).

Dismissal: removal of a student from the program for professionalism or academic deficiencies.

Leave of Absence: a temporary cessation of study for medical reasons or other emergencies up to one year. Requires submission of appropriate form to the program director.

Withdrawal: ceasing study within the physician assistant program by the student’s request and complying with withdrawal policies as spelled out in UVU student rights. Requires a petition to withdraw per UVU Student’s Rights and Responsibilities. Withdrawal from an individual course may not allow a student to progress in the program as per the requirements for progression and therefore may constitute withdrawal from the program.

Academic Deficiency: failure to meet an academic benchmark in one or more courses/summative assessments or professional misconduct.

Student Learning Contract (see Appendix K): an agreement between a student and an assigned faculty member or the Student Progress Committee that explains requirements to correct academic or professionalism deficiencies and consequences of not completing remediation.

Professional Misconduct: failure to behave in a professional and respectful manner as defined by the program.

Informal Incident Report: A written warning to the student about professional misconduct that was reported to the Student Progress Committee by faculty, staff, preceptors, or students.

Formal Incident Report (see Appendix L): A written notification from the Student Progress Committee to the student indicating professional misconduct that warrants probation and outlines a formal remediation plan or SPC decision on student status.

PROGRAM COMPLETION DEADLINES AND REQUIREMENTS

Due to the sequential nature of the curriculum, students must successfully complete all courses for a given semester to be eligible to enroll in courses in the subsequent semester. Students must successfully complete all courses in the didactic phase before they may progress into the clinical phase of the program. The maximum amount of time allowed to complete all program requirements is 39 months. In order to participate in graduation, students must be scheduled to complete coursework within 12 weeks of graduation date.

Supervised Clinical Practice Experiences offered during the clinical phase of the program do not follow the semester calendar. Due to timing, as well as complexity of evaluative measures incorporated, student performance is assessed at the completion of each Supervised Clinical Practice Experience to determine progression to the next rotation.

EXPECTED PROGRESSION OF THE PA STUDENT

Students on clinical rotations will build on the didactic training and foundations to take detailed histories, perform physical examinations, give oral presentations of patient findings to the preceptor, and develop differential diagnoses. As the year continues, the student should be able to more effectively come up with an assessment and plan, though this will involve discussion with the preceptor. If the preceptor deems it necessary, students initially may observe patient encounters. However, by the end of the first week, students should actively participate in evaluating patients. As the student hones their skills and abilities and discusses this with the preceptor, there should be enough student progress for the preceptor to feel comfortable in allowing progressively increasing supervised autonomy.

At the conclusion of each semester, the Student Progress Committee (SPC) reviews each student’s academic and professional performance. Students must be recommended for progression by the SPC to be eligible to take courses in the subsequent semester and continue their progression through the program. At any time a student is identified as at risk for academic deficiency, the SPC may convene to determine an appropriate action.

Students remediating a course or course component may progress to the subsequent semester at the discretion of the SPC.

If a student fails to meet the guidelines of satisfactory progress in a course, the following may occur depending on when the deficiency is identified:

When academic deficiency is identified:

  1. The Course Director communicates the areas of deficiency to the student’s advisor and to the student
  2. Advisor meets with student to elicit his/her understanding of the cause(s) and communicates findings with SPC
  3. The SPC works with the student 's advisor to develop a plan to address the academic deficiency. Plans may include the following:
    1. Retesting: retesting happens after a summative assessment when the score is >80%
    2. Intervention: an activity designed to help students learn specific content
    3. Remediation: activities outlined in a learning contract
  4. Remediation must be formulated in a written student learning contract, individualized and targeted to correct the deficiency. Strategies may include but are not limited to:
    1. Assigning an additional mentor
    2. Tutorial activities with topic-appropriate assignments
    3. Oral presentation(s) to the faculty
    4. Submission of a written paper (topic area to be assigned)
    5. Submission of a literature review with analysis
    6. Written examination (topical or comprehensive)
    7. Objective structured clinical examination
    8. Other remedial activities
  5. Advisor communicates status of the plan to SPC and course director. Plans to address academic deficiency should be completed in a timely fashion to allow for evaluation and approval for progression.
  6. Incidents of professional misconduct can be reported by anyone to the student advisor, the program director or principal faculty. The student advisor, the program director, or principal faculty will report the professional misconduct to the SPC. The SPC will then determine if the professional misconduct reported warrants action. This action would take the form of an informal or formal incident report. Please see the details under academic standards below.

ACADEMIC STANDARDS (Course Failure, GPA <3.0 and Professional Misconduct)

Despite efforts to remediate deficits, a student may earn a course grade less than a C.

  1. Students must pass each course with a course grade of C or better. Any course grade with a C- or lower is subject to dismissal and is referred to the SPC for evaluation.
  2. Students must maintain an overall GPA of >3.0. Students with an average course grade(s) of B minus (B-), or a GPA <3.0 is referred to SPC for evaluation and may be put on probation and subsequent dismissal. UVU Graduate Student Policies & Expectations can be found here.
  3. Students are expected to pass summative assessments with a score of >80%. Summative assessments with a score of < 80% will be evaluated by the course director and the SPC.

PROFESSIONAL MISCONDUCT

Expectations for professional conduct of UVU PA students can be found in the ‘Professional Conduct’ section (section 19) of the student handbook.

  1. Any faculty, staff, or student who has knowledge of a student problem with professional misconduct will report it to the SPC.
  2. SPC will investigate and determine next steps, which may include an informal incident report to the student or a formal incident report with probation.
  3. Recommendations should be shared with directors of courses that may be impacted.
  4. If behavior is egregious, action may include recommending dismissal to program director.

Informal incident reports are not filed in the student’s permanent file unless the issue escalates; they then may become formal incident reports that are placed in the student’s permanent file. Formal incident reports result in academic probation or dismissal.

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STUDENT PROGRESS COMMITTEE

STUDENT PROGRESS COMMITTEE

THE PRIMARY CHARGES OF THE SPC ARE TO:

  1. Assist students in successfully progressing through and completing the program. This may include referral for remediation and counseling;
  2. Review student progress at regular intervals (at the end of each semester and as needed) throughout the program identifying those in need of intervention as recommended by the course director or advisor;
  3. Review end-of-semester assessments of each student’s didactic and clinical progress;
  4. Review issues regarding student conduct that may impact the student’s ability to continue in the program. This includes, but is not limited to, issues of professionalism and meeting the technical standards;
  5. Make decisions regarding disciplinary actions, including probation and dismissal.

The SPC is composed of the chair, full-time principal faculty members, and medical directors. The program director functions as part of the appeals process and therefore does not serve on the SPC.

The SPC intervenes with “at-risk” students to identify issues that may affect a student’s ability to make satisfactory academic or professional progress. Students will be notified in writing as to the date, time, and purpose of required SPC meetings they are expected to attend. During the meeting students may rebut any items initiating the action and present relevant information that substantiates their position.

The SPC process is as follows:

  1. Upon written notification of a student’s failure to progress or unprofessional behavior, the SPC chair will convene a meeting of the SPC and the student. This notification will include the issues involved, interventions already taken place, and recommendations for action. The student will be given an opportunity to discuss course director’s/advisor’s recommendations, and to provide the SPC with insight regarding the student’s progress.
  2. The SPC may uphold the recommendations proposed or make amendments based upon information acquired during the meeting.
  3. The student will receive written notification of the SPC’s decision within 2-3 business days of arriving at a decision, unless otherwise specified.
  4. The SPC may decide one or any combination of the following:
    1. Uphold course director’s/advisor’s recommendations;
    2. Amend the course director’s/advisor’s recommendations;
    3. Place the student on academic probation;
    4. Modify the conditions of probation;
    5. Recommend further action which may include dismissal.
  5. After notifying the student, the SPC then notifies the program director of its decisions in reference to maintaining technical standards of probation and dismissal.

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ACADEMIC PROBATION

ACADEMIC PROBATION

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The process of probation is as follows:

    1. Students who are not making academic and/or professional behavior progress in any component of the program curriculum may be placed on probation. Students placed on probation will receive both verbal and written notification of their status including any requisite conditions of that probation. The criteria used to assess satisfactory progress are:
      1. Students must pass each course with a course grade of C or better. Any course grade with a C- or lower is subject to dismissal and is referred to the SPC for evaluation.
      2. Students must maintain an overall GPA of >3.0. Students with an average course grade(s) of B minus (B-), or a GPA <3.0 is referred to SPC for evaluation and may be put on probation and subsequent dismissal. The UVU Graduate School Policy and Student handbook can be found here.
      3. Students are expected to pass summative assessments with a score of >80%. Summative assessments with a score of < 80% will be evaluated by the course director and the SPC.
      4. No evidence of professional misconduct.
    2. A written letter outlining the terms of probation will be sent to a student for his/her signature indicating:
      1. receipt of a written description of the probation,
      2. an understanding of the terms of probation, and
      3. agreement to the terms of probation.

If a student refuses to sign the letter with the terms of probation, the student must submit a letter of appeal to the program director within ten (10) business days from the date that the probation letter was received. If not submitted within this time period, the student will be held accountable for all of the terms as outlined. During this appeal process, the student may be prevented from participating in program activities.

  1. In the event that the student fails to both sign the letter of probation and submit the letter of appeal within the prescribed time period, the student will be subject to dismissal
  2. Students who have been placed on probation must demonstrate satisfactory progress and comply with any other probationary terms outlined by the SPC and/or program director. Failure to meet the terms and conditions of probation may lead to dismissal.
  3. The length of probation will generally be limited to one semester at a time to allow the student the ability to demonstrate that they have corrected any deficiencies or behavioral misconduct issues. Probationary status will be reviewed by the SPC at the end of each semester. Early review may be considered by student request or at the discretion of the SPC. A student who has met all of the terms of probation for that period of time will be returned to the status of “student in good standing.” Serious issues (e.g., a legal conviction) may incur a longer period of probation, possibly for the duration of the program.
  4. A student who is deemed to present a potential danger to him/herself or others will be immediately suspended and barred from campus and all program activities until appropriate evaluations have been completed and the program receives clearance from the student’s health care provider. In addition, the program reserves the right to seek a second opinion from a neutral party prior to reinstatement.

NOTE: Students on probation may not serve on extracurricular committees, be assigned to clinical rotations outside of a 60-mile radius of the program, and may not serve as a student officer on student committees, organizations, or societies. These students may not participate in the applicant interview process and may not represent the program at profession-related events (e.g., AAPA, CAPA, PAEA, and health fairs).

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DISMISSAL

DISMISSAL

A3.15d

Students may be dismissed from the program without first having been placed on probation for either academic or professional misconduct issues. Professional misconduct may constitute the sole reason for dismissal from the program.

Dismissal from the PA program is the result of failure to achieve academic grades and/or demonstrate competencies required of all students. Dismissal could occur after unsuccessful efforts at remediating or appealing course grades as described above or for professional issues. Violations of PA and university codes of conduct, technical standards, or community laws may also result in dismissal. The process is described as follows:

  1. SPC reviews student academic and professional progress on every student each semester. This review may include meeting with students to gather more information or give the student opportunity to provide input in person.
  2. SPC makes a recommendation to the program director regarding advancement, remediation, dismissal, or other appropriate action for each student.
  3. Students being considered for dismissal will be given written notification by the chair of SPC of this pending decision.
  4. Students may inspect all written material upon which the proposed dismissal is based.
  5. Students are required to appear before the SPC when a recommendation for dismissal is being considered, however, students may waive their right to such an appearance in writing. Students must notify the SPC chair at least two (2) days prior to the scheduled meeting of their intent to appear.
  6. Students (at their request) will be presented with applicable academic reports and evaluations used by the SPC in making a decision.
  7. Students will have the opportunity to present any relevant information/evidence to the SPC regarding their performance.
  8. A decision for dismissal must be based upon evidence presented at the SPC meeting.
  9. After meeting with the student, SPC makes recommendation to program director. The program director acts on the recommendation from SPC. Action may include accepting the committee’s recommendation, doing his/her own inquiry, and/or adjusting the recommendation.
  10. If the program director upholds the decision to dismiss, the program director notifies the student in writing of the decision within 2-3 business days of making the final decision.
  11. If the program director rejects the decision to dismiss, he/she provides written justification to SPC, and communicates the decision to the student in writing.

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APPEALS

APPEALS

A3.15g

APPEALS OF PROGRAM DECISIONS REGARDING STUDENT PROGRESS (other than dismissal)

Students have the right to appeal decisions made by the SPC and program director but must do so in the prescribed stepwise administrative process described below. A department advisor/ombudsperson will assist the student in understanding the steps of the appeal process.

The reason for appeal should fall into one of three categories:

  1. new information that was not available at the time of the SPC meeting
  2. grade calculation error
  3. bias

Students should be aware that efforts to bypass appropriate administrative procedures will delay or disqualify the student's appeal.

  1. Step one: Students must submit a written appeal to the program director who will review all relevant materials and issue a written letter of decision to the student and all relevant faculty ten (10) business days after receipt of the appeal.
  2. Step two: Students who wish to appeal the program director's decision may offer a written Letter of Appeal to the Dean of the College of Health and Public Service at Utah Valley University within ten (10) business days of receiving the decision from the program director. Please note that the ruling of the dean in the appeal of the program director’s decision is final and binding.

During the appeals process the student may be prevented from participating in program activities, particularly those appealing a dismissal.

APPEALING A COURSE GRADE OR OTHER PROGRAM EVALUATION

Once a course grade is determined by the course director or faculty of record, students can appeal the grade only through the process outlined below. If a resolution cannot be reached, the student may then advance the appeal to the university level.

The following steps are meant to provide guidance to students endeavoring to resolve grade disputes at the department level.

  1. The student will make an appointment with the faculty of record for the explicit purpose of appealing the grade. At that time, the student should be prepared to submit evidence in support of his/her claim. The meeting will include a second PA faculty member.
  2. If the student is unable to resolve the grade dispute with the faculty of record, the student will make an appointment with the program director to discuss the disputed grade. The program director will assist the student in his/her efforts to resolve the grade dispute.
  3. If the instructor(s) is no longer on campus, the student shall attempt to resolve the grade dispute with the program director. In this instance, the program director shall have the authority to approve a change of grade.
  4. In cases where the faculty of record is also the program director, or in cases where the program director is unsuccessful in assisting the student to reach a resolution, the student will make an appointment with the college dean, who will assist the student in his/her efforts to resolve the grade dispute.

This PA department-level appeal process must be completed before the beginning of the next semester. An unsuccessful appeal at the department level will result in the student being prohibited from progressing to the next semester. The student will be referred to SPC for further action. A student may wish to initiate a university review as soon as the departmental resolution to the dispute has failed. The process for university review is described in the UVU Academic Policies and Standards webpage.

All relevant documents and communication. will be retained by the chair of SPC.

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LEAVE OF ABSENCE

LEAVE OF ABSENCE

Interruptions of enrollment can cause problems in the continuity of coursework within a professional graduate program and therefore, leaves of absence are generally discouraged and may impact the student’s ability to progress within the standard program timeline. Interruption of studies may only be done for compelling reasons (e.g., maternity/paternity leave, sustained ill health, and extraordinary personal issues). Students requesting a leave of absence must submit a Graduate Student Leave of Absence Request form and meet with the program director.

All graduate students must complete the Graduate Student Leave of Absence form and have it approved by the program director and the UVU Director of Graduate Studies if seeking to take a leave of absence from their studies. Contact the Graduate Studies Office at 801-863-7348 with any questions.

The procedure for requesting a leave of absence is different depending on the reason for the leave:

  1. Medical Leave, if not a medical emergency, must be authorized by the program director. Students returning from a leave of absence must provide a medical clearance stating that they are released to return to full-time student status without restrictions. 
  2. Administrative Leave may be taken when a student is temporarily unable to participate in classes or clinical activities for reasons such as incomplete registration or lack of health clearance. These leaves are generally initiated at the recommendation of the course director and must be authorized by the program director. Students are responsible to inform the program director once they are ready to continue in order to receive approval to resume their course of studies from the program director.
  3. Personal Leave (Voluntary Leave) must be authorized by the program director. It is possible that unexpected circumstances in a student’s life may require the student to take time off from the program. In order to provide the student with the privacy required for some of these issues, reasons for this leave of absence may be discussed solely with the program director. Personal leave is generally discouraged since it may impact the student’s ability to graduate with his or her class and may affect the student’s loan eligibility.
  4. Mandatory Leave may be imposed on the student by the SPC when deemed necessary. Under extraordinary circumstances, the program may mandate that a student suspend all student activities for a specified period of time. Circumstances under which such leave of absence may be initiated include: probability of an infectious disease which would compromise the health of those in contact with the student (e.g., varicella, epidemic conjunctivitis); other illnesses that clearly compromise the student, patients, or others; an allegation of academic or professional misconduct, or circumstances which warrant such action to be taken.

A student must be in “good standing” and making satisfactory progress in order to request a leave of absence. Interruption of studies may only be requested for a compelling reason. The student must petition a leave of absence for a stated period. Students who find it necessary to be excused from registration must request a leave of absence by the last day of registration to drop or add courses. The request should include a timeline for the student’s return.

A student who does not return to enrolled status at the end of an approved period of a leave of absence is no longer considered to be pursuing an advanced degree. Students who fail to apply for a leave of absence or for whom a leave of absence has been denied (or has expired) are subject to policies governing continuous enrollment and readmission.

For additional information and possible outcomes, please refer to the following information on the UVU Graduate Studies website.

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READMISSION AND RETURNING FROM A LEAVE OF ABSENCE

READMISSION AND RETURNING FROM A LEAVE OF ABSENCE

Readmission

A student who leaves the university without obtaining a formal leave of absence from graduate studies is not automatically readmitted. A student wishing to apply for readmission to the physician assistant program must reapply in the next admissions cycle.

 

Leave of Absence

When a student on an official leave of absence is ready to return to the program, the student must give the program director advanced notice in writing to initiate the re-entry process. Students must submit a letter of intent to return to the program director at least ten (10) business days prior to their expected return or as outlined in the original approval letter. Failure to follow this process may result in the student’s delay in expected progression through the program.

Administrative or Personal Leave: When a student on administrative or personal leave is ready to return to the program, he/she must contact the program director for authorization and to discuss terms of re-entry.

Medical Leave: Medical leave of absences are under the purview of the program director and handled on an individual basis. Notification that a student is able to return from leave should be done as soon as the student is released by their provider to return to full-time student status.

Mandatory Leave: Students on mandatory leave will be required to meet with the SPC prior to re-entry into the program. Depending on the phase of the program and the length of time away, it may not be possible to continue coursework in that same semester. This may impact the student’s ability to progress within the standard program timeline.

All students returning from a leave of absence will be required to meet with either the program director or the SPC to ensure that they are capable of meeting the technical standards of the program, and to determine if they are eligible for continuation of their training.

Students who have taken a leave of significant length may be required to repeat some parts of the program or the entire program, as well as any remediation activities determined by the SPC before resuming their original position within the program. Students returning from a leave during their clinical phase of training may be required to repeat some or all of their course activities. Whether a student has a clinical assignment immediately available to them when they are ready to return to active student status depends on the availability of clinical training sites.

Students should be aware that successfully completed courses may not be repeated for credit. Any coursework or clinical instruction deemed appropriate by the SPC for the student to retake in order to return the student to an appropriate level of progression, may require the student to audit courses without credit. Since university registration is required for this process, the student must be willing to bear both the time and financial consequences.

A student who is granted leave of absence is expected to complete all missed coursework and/or courses. If the leave of absence will disrupt the completion of didactic courses in which the student is enrolled, the student may be required to decelerate. The requirements to return after a leave of absence must be concluded within a twelve (12) months period of time. A leave of absence is permitted only ONCE during the didactic year. The longest a student may take to complete the program is a 39- month time period. Any leave of absence, deceleration or remediation must be completed within a (12) months period of time.

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DECELERATION

DECELERATION

A3.15c

Deceleration is any disruption in the student's progress due to academic deficiency that will extend the date of graduation beyond that of his/her cohort. The length of deceleration will be determined by the SPC if it is part of a remediation plan or student learning contract. Upon deceleration, the student will be required to demonstrate competency upon return to the program. This could be in the form of a written comprehensive examination, practical examination, retaking previously passed courses and/or participating in a student learning contract while on leave.  The type of assessment will be determined on a case by case basis.  Because courses in the physician assistant program are offered only once per academic year and serve as prerequisites for subsequent courses, deceleration typically lasts for one year during the didactic curriculum.  The requirements to prove competency after deceleration must be concluded within a twelve (12) months period.  A leave of absence or deceleration is permitted only ONCE during the didactic year. The longest a student may take to complete the program is a 39-month time period. Any leave of absence, deceleration or remediation must be completed within a (12) months period of time.

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WITHDRAWAL

WITHDRAWAL

A3.15d

Students are permitted to withdraw from the program at their discretion following the university defined procedure (see UVU Policy #503) and complete appropriate forms.

Withdrawal from an individual course will not allow a student to progress in the program as per the requirements for progression and may therefore constitute a withdrawal from the program.

To officially withdraw from the university, a student must report to the UVU Registrar’s Office. Students wishing to withdraw should also consult with the Office of Student Financial Aid to determine if stipulations associated with the financial aid package will lead to changes in the financial statement.

You can officially withdraw from a course by dropping it through the online registration system by the listed date.  If you officially withdraw from a course by the "Last Day to Drop and Not Show on Transcript," the course will not appear on your academic transcripts.  If you officially withdraw from a course by the "Last Day to Withdraw," a "W" will appear on your transcripts.  Although your GPA will not be affected — a "W" will indicate that you chose to withdraw.  If you fail to complete the course and do not drop it before the "Last Day to Withdraw," a "UW" or "E" (a failing grade) will appear on your transcripts.

Withdrawing from a course may impact your financial aid status. For more information, see: UVU Financial Aid.

LATE WITHDRAWAL PETITIONS

This provides an opportunity for students to petition the registrar and department chairs for a withdrawal, based on extenuating circumstances, occurring after the established withdrawal deadlines. These are considered exceptions to the withdrawal policy.

POLICIES AND GUIDLINES

Students who find themselves in extenuating circumstances beyond their own control that prohibit attendance or participation in currently-registered classes may petition through the UVU Registrar's Office for withdrawal.

See the UVU Petitions website

See All-inclusive Withdrawal Exception form

See Graduate Student Withdrawal from Graduate Program form

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SAFETY AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

SAFETY AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

*IN AN EMERGENCY DIAL 911*

IMPORTANT NUMBERS AND RESOURCES

UVU Department URL Phone
Police https://www.uvu.edu/police/ 801-863-5555
Emergency Management https://www.uvu.edu/safety/ 801-863-7977
Emergency Information https://www.uvu.info/ 801-863-INFO (4636)
Student Health Services https://www.uvu.edu/studenthealth/ 801-863-8876
Facilities & Planning https://www.uvu.edu/facilities/ 801-863-8130
Office of Risk management https://www.uvu.edu/riskmanagement/ 801-863-5823
Environmental Health & Safety https://www.uvu.edu/safety/health/ 801-863-8560

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STUDENT SERVICES

STUDENT SERVICES

 

UVU Fulton Library

The UVU Fulton Library provides all PA students with initial “one-stop-shopping” for articles/books/videos relating to PA research, and provides access to online journals, textbooks, and medical search engines. UVU Fulton Library offers access to a vast collection of academic textbook titles, eBook titles appropriate for PA students, streamed medical education videos, periodical databases, peer-reviewed journal titles, full text for many of the CINAHL journals, PubMed, Science Direct Journals, Cochrane Library collection, Web of Science, PsycInfo, PsycARTICLES, JSTOR, Oxford Reference Online, Alt-Health Watch, and many more resources that come highly recommended for PA students and faculty.

Collections housed in R areas of the Library of Congress classification system include PA subject areas such as general medicine, public aspects of medicine, pathology, epidemiology, pediatrics, gynecology, diseases, pharmacology and so forth. The library specialist assigned to health sciences will work with the PA department to augment the current collection as needed.

All library users have direct access to the ILLiad interlibrary loan system. Most items are delivered electronically, via email. If there is demand for returnable ILL items (i.e., books) at the remote site, UVU will investigate establishing an ILL courier service to serve the site.

The library’s home page serves as the gateway to information resources and services. Internet access provides students and faculty at off-campus and remote sites immediate, transparent access to all the library’s electronic materials. See the Fulton Library home page here.

Campus librarians are available to support students and faculty by both face-to-face and virtual consultations. The library reference desk can be accessed, through popular instant-messaging programs, text messages by phone or through the campus communications G-mail based platforms, via e-mail, or in person. Students and staff may also make individual face-to-face or telephone appointments with subject specialists for more in-depth assistance with their research.

A specific subject-area specialist will be assigned to the PA program. This librarian will serve as the primary library contact for PA students and faculty members, and will support culminating experience projects, capstones and other in-depth research projects.

For current information about library hours, including reference service hours, please see library services here. Students will have electronic access to all digital library information resources.

THE OFFICIAL STORE OF UTAH VALLEY UNIVERSITY

The Official Store Of Utah Valley University is located on the UVU main campus in SC 102. Book store hours: M-TH 7:30 am - 6 pm, F 7:30 - 5 pm, SAT 9 am - 1 pm, and is CLOSED DURING ALL CAMPUS HOLIDAYS. For information, students can access the Official Store of Utah Valley University here.

Students can purchase textbooks via UVU Online Bookstore and have the option to ship their textbooks to either their home or to a designated on-campus location. Textbooks are not available at the UVU bookstore.

PARKING

All vehicles parked on campus require a parking permit

see UVU Parking Services webpage

We anticipate significant parking and traffic congestion at the beginning of each semester.  Here are some suggestions that may help to lessen the impact of parking issues: 

  1. Allow extra time to arrive on campus and find a parking spot.  It is much easier to beat the traffic and find a parking space if you arrive early. 
  2. Take the bus or ride your bike.  Students and employees are encouraged to find alternative transportation to campus.  Check the UTA website at rideuta.com to find a bus route that will get you to campus with less traffic/parking hassle. 
  3. The parking garage is always a cost-effective alternative.

Contact the Parking Office at 801-863-8188, if you have any questions.

FINANCIAL AID

Students are responsible for obtaining their own financial aid. The program is not involved in the process of granting financial aid except to respond to requests from lending institutions for specific documentation such as student enrollment, academic schedule, and expected date of graduation.

The Financial Aid Office is located on the UVU main campus. The Financial Aid Office is responsible for assessing student eligibility for financial aid. The staff is also available to counsel students on the most appropriate and available resources to meet individual needs. The Financial Aid Office manages and distributes a limited number of scholarships for eligible students. Financial aid is granted based on both federal and university guidelines.

Students requiring financial assistance are encouraged to seek loan counseling and assistance in debt management before making any financial decisions. Since the application process is lengthy and often complex, it is suggested that students apply early for FAFSA and financial aid each year. Students can find additional information about financial aid on the UVU Financial Aid website.

UVU STUDENT HEALTH and WELLNESS SERVICES

All PA students are eligible to receive basic health services through UVU’s Student Health Services which offers traditional medical services, mental health services, learning disability assessment, psychiatric services, and suicide awareness and prevention. Students have access to Student Health Services on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday from 8am - 7pm and Tuesday, Friday from 8am - 5pm. Please see the Student Health Services website here.

As a division of the student health center, the crisis center offers services to help students deal with urgent mental health issues and other issues surrounding mental health. If a student is in crisis, that student can call for an appointment at UVU Student Health Services (801-863-8876, M-F 8am-5pm), and notify the person answering the phone that this is an emergency for priority scheduling.

Other resources available for any student in crisis mode:

IN CASE OF EMERGENCY

Call one of the following:

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255) (24-hour service)
  • Wasatch Mental Health 801-373-7393 (24-hour service)
  • Dial 9-1-1 and ask the police for assistance
  • Take yourself to your local hospital emergency room
  • Text "START" to 741741 to connect with a counselor at Crisis Text Line
  • The SafeUT app is available to download for free at either the Apple App Store or Google Play

The Student Life and Wellness Center works to support students by offering a variety of life and health enhancing services that increase safety, productivity, and life experience of the individual and the campus. More information is available about these programs and activities on the StudentLife and Wellness Center website here.

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APPENDICES

APPENDICES

Appendix A - Technical Standards Student Attestation Form PFD Document

Technical Standards Student  Attestation form

Appendix B - Student Health Checklist for Medical Clearance PDF Document

Student Health Checklist for Medical Clearance pg 1
Student Health Checklist for Medical Clearance pg 2

Appendix C - Medical Clearance Form Instructions to the Healthcare Provider PDF Document

Medical Clearance form instructions for provider

Appendix D - Incoming PA Student Medical Clearance Form PDF Document

Incoming PA Student Medical Clearance Form pg1
Incoming PA Student Medical Clearance form pg 2

Appendix E - Statement of Values of the Physician Assistant Profession PDF Document

Statement of Values of the PA Profession

Appendix F - Creative Works License and Model Release Form PDF Document

Creative Works License and Model Release

Appendix G - Clinical Year Student Time Off Request Form PDF Document

Clinical year Student Time Off Request Form

Appendix H - Consent for Release of Confidential Health and Identifying Information Form PDF Document

Consent for Release of Information form

Appendix I - Student Clinical Site RequestPDF Document

Student Clinical Site Request form

Appendix J - Competencies for the Physician Assistant Profession PDF Document

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Appendix K - Student Learning Contract PDF Document

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Appendix L - Student Incident Report Form PDF Document

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Appendix M - Handbook Agreement Signature Page PDF Document

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Spring 2020 Grading options for individual programs

The advisors within the College of Health and Public Service have identified the courses in which a CR grade is an option for graduation in each of our programs. We encourage you to use the information provided in these resources when making your grading decision for the Spring 2020 semester.

 Allied Health

 Dental Hygiene (AAS/BS)Respiratory Therapy (AAS/BS)

Aviation

 Aviation Management (AS/BS)Professional Pilot (BS)

Criminal Justice 

 Criminal Justice (AS/BS)Forensic Science-Investigation (BS),  Forensic Science-Laboratory (BS),  National Security (BA)National Security (BS)

 Emergency Services

 Emergency Services-Leadership (AAS/AS/BS),Emergency Services-Emergency Care Emphasis (Paramedic)Emergency Services-Disaster Assistance (BS)

Nursing

Nursing (ASN/BS)Nursing-MSN

 Public & Community Health Department

Community Health-Health Community Health Education (BS) Community Health-Health Services Administration (BS)School Health Education (BS)

Public Service

 Public Service -MPS