2022-23 Graduate Academic Catalog

Page 32 2022–23 Graduate Academic Catalog School of Allied Health Program Delivery Program Delivery The Physician Assistant program is a full-time, year-round educational experience. The first 12 months are residential on campus (the didactic year) in a classroom format; the first month of the clinical year is also on campus laying further foundation for the clinical year. The clinical year includes nine four-week supervised clinical practice experiences (SCPEs) working directly with a clinical preceptor to learn to care for patients within that discipline. Accreditation requires SCPEs occur in seven specific disciplines; students will complete the additional SCPEs in disciplines of their choosing. Students will also complete a Master's Seminar series of courses throughout the clinical year in a synchronous, online format. Course Sequencing Students are admitted and enrolled as part of a cohort, completing each semester sequentially. They must successfully complete each course for a given semester to be eligible to enroll in the subsequent semester. Courses are only offered in sequence once per academic year. Advanced Standing/Transfer Credit Per program policy, advanced placement is not granted for previous educational or clinical experience under any circumstances. All program requirements must be satisfactorily fulfilled to be eligible for degree conferral. Professional Accreditation The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the PA (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation - Provisional status to the Cedarville University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Cedarville University. Accreditation - Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appears to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding accreditation-provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students. Accreditation - Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class. The program's accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website at arc-pa.org/ accreditation-history-cedarville-university. Licensure Eligibility to practice as a PA is determined by the state law in which you intend to practice. At a minimum, this will require both national certification (by successfully passing the Physician Assistant National Certification Exam (PANCE) provided through the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA)) and graduation from a program accredited by the Accreditation Review Commissions on PA Education (ARC-PA). For additional details, review the licensure requirements which are posted online at cedarville.edu/PAlicensing for each state published by American Academic of PAs (AAPA). Completion of the Cedarville University PA Program also meets the requirements for initial licensure in the state of Ohio but cannot confirm that it will meet all the licensure requirements for practice in other states as they vary between states and change without notice. Students planning to practice outside of Ohio should investigate the requirements through the state licensing body for those states. Admission Standards All students must affirm the Cedarville University doctrinal statement and provide a written profession of faith in Christ. The most up-to-date admissions standards, including selection criteria, are posted on our PA Program Admissions webpage at cedarville. edu/paadmissions. Admissions Process Admissions to the PA Program is a competitive process with a fixed class size. Meeting the minimum standards does not guarantee an interview or acceptance into the program. All applicants must complete the Cedarville Grad School Application and the program-specific application in the Centralized Application Service for PAs (CASPA) in their entirety (including the general and program-specific fields) to be eligible for review. Applicants MUST meet the outlined program admissions standards and prerequisites; no advanced standing or waivers are granted for previous educational or clinical experience. Applications are reviewed by the Program Admissions Committee through four lenses: Cognitive/Academic Preparation, Non-cognitive/Personal Attributes, Healthcare Experience, and Community Service. Applicants that demonstrate the ability to succeed in a rigorous scientific curriculum, adequate healthcare experience to understand the role of a PA, consistent commitment to Christian discipleship and service, and personal qualities essential to the practice of medicine are invited to in-person interviews. Tuition and Fees Students are charged tuition at an established rate per credit hour and a per semester program fee. Up-to-date tuition and fees along with estimated costs of attendance (to include books, living expenses, and transportation costs) are outlined on our website at cedarville.edu/pacosts. The listed amounts are only estimates and may vary based on personal and program factors. Financial Aid Students in the PA Program typically rely on loans and scholarships to fund their professional education. Due to the rigorous nature of the program and compressed schedule, students are discouraged from working while enrolled. For information regarding financial aid and institutional scholarships, visit cedarville.edu/gsfinaid or preview the Financial Aid section of this catalog. Academic Advising Accepted students are assigned both a graduate advisor and faculty mentor. The graduate advisor assists students with the admissions and enrollment process prior to matriculation; upon matriculation, the assigned faculty mentor walks alongside the student throughout their academic and professional career while enrolled in the program. Professional Behavior and Conduct Every aspect of professionalism can be tied to one or more of the University Core Values. Our goal in the PA Program is to mentor and disciple students in the development of their professional identity and Christian character. PAs must exhibit a high level of responsibility, ethical practice, sensitivity to diverse patient populations, and adherence to legal and regulatory requirements. PA students, as developing professionals, must consistently demonstrate professionalism as well. Professionalism comprises attributes and behaviors that serve to maintain patient interests above clinician self-interest and involves every interaction with patients and their families, the PA Program and University community, and the medical team,