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Progression Requirements

In addition to fulfilling university requirements and following all university policies for graduate program standing and progression, students enrolled in the MSPAS curriculum or entering from a proposed undergraduate component (please see below) must observe the following progression requirements:

  • Adherence to all course pre-requisites
  • Adherence, as developmentally appropriate, to codes and standards of the Physician Assistant profession and demonstration of generic abilities in professional behavior
  • Maintenance of good program standing, as defined by the university, for entrance into the clinical year of the curriculum
  • Demonstration, as is developmentally appropriate, of progress toward graduation competencies of the MSPAS curriculum

All BSMS students are assigned to a set cohort of students and are expected to enter the graduate phase at the same time.  All students are expected to maintain their standing in their assigned cohort.  If a student fails a course or chooses a class schedule which causes them to fall out of alignment with their assigned cohort, thus causing them to be incapable of enter the graduate phase with their assigned cohort, they will lose the graduate seat they were assigned to. A student who fails a course has the option to grade replace, preferably over the summer semester. If it is not possible for the student to grade replace the failed course and cannot make up the course in such a manner as to maintain alignment with their cohort, they will have the option of changing to the alternate senior track or changing majors. 

Progression from the third year of the 3+2 undergraduate component to the didactic year of the MSPAS curriculum is open to matriculants of the undergraduate component who have met, or will have met, by the end of June prior to fall semester didactic year coursework the following pre-requisites:

  • All required science courses, electives, and core curriculum courses completed prior to en-trance into didactic coursework
  • A minimum average of 3.0 in required science courses
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0
  • A minimum grade of C minus in all courses at the 100 through 400 levels
  • Completion of 50 hours shadowing a Physician Assistant
  • Completion of 100 hours of community service
  • Maintenance of good academic standing, as defined by the university
  • No record of university disciplinary sanction
  • Satisfactory Level 1 Criminal Background Check and Drug Screen
  • Successful completion of an interview with and positive recommendation from program principal faculty
  • Sufficient motor function to carry out movements necessary for patient diagnosis and care; for free movement in patient care and between facilities and buildings in academic and healthcare environments; physical stamina to complete didactic and clinical coursework
  • Demonstration to program principal faculty of ability to meet the following technical standards in timed settings and under stressful conditions
  • Sufficient capacity for observation in academic, clinical, and other medical settings; functional vision, hearing, and tactile sensation sufficient to observe a patient‘s condition and perform procedures regularly required during a physical examination
  • Sufficient intellectual ability to measure, calculate, reason, analyze, and synthesize, in the context of medical problem-solving and patient care
  • Sufficient emotional health and stability required for exercising good judgment and promptly completing all academic and patient care responsibilities
  • Sufficient skills to communicate verbally and in writing in academic and healthcare settings