2023-24 Graduate Academic Catalog

2023–24 Graduate Academic Catalog Page 33 School of Allied Health and Psychology Master of Medical Sceince in PA Studies Tuition and Fees Students are charged tuition for the Master of Medical Science in PA Studies for the 2023-24 academic year at an established rate of $750 per credit hour and a per semester program fee of $500. 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, including PAs, physicians, nurses, support staff, and fellow medical trainees. It is also essential to remain composed and professional in the face of emergent or emotionally charged circumstances, as these will undoubtedly occur during PA education and future practice as a PA. Often student's responses to the stresses associated with rigorous graduate-level coursework can mirror how they would respond as practicing PAs to the stresses associated with being a healthcare provider. Students are expected to adhere to the behaviors or characteristics outlined by the University in the graduate student handbook (The Cedarville Experience: Graduate Edition) and by the program in the Community Conduct and Violation Reporting policy which is posted online at cedarville.edu/ PACommunityConduct while in all didactic and clinical settings. Failure to do so will result in disciplinary action described in the Student Performance and Progression policy. Academic Discipline Policies Academic Warning An official written or verbal warning given to a student whose performance does not meet an academic or professional standard. Such warning is documented and stored in the student’s record. Academic Probation An official notice to the student who has failed to meet the academic standards set forth by the PA program after due warning. The student will be subject to and must complete additional corrective action (i.e., remediation) to prevent dismissal from the program. Academic deficiencies that will incur a probationary status, along with procedures for regaining good standing, are outlined in the program’s Student Performance and Progression policy which is posted online at cedarville.edu/ PAStudentPerformance. Academic Suspension/Dismissal For purposes of the PA program, Academic Suspension is equivalent to dismissal from the program. Individuals in this category are no longer recognized as a student in the program or University for specific or continued academic deficiencies outlined in the program’s Student Performance and Progression policy which is posted online at cedarville.edu/PAStudentPerformance. Note that depending on the nature of the deficiency, academic warning and probation may not always precede dismissal. Academic Appeals Students who demonstrate significant or continued academic deficiencies are referred to the Program Student Progress, Promotion, and Professionalism (SP3) committee for review and to recommend outcomes to the program director. Students may appeal to academic grievances and outcomes of the SP3 review per the process outlined in the program’s Student Performance and Progression policy which is posted online at cedarville.edu/ PAStudentPerformance. Readmission Students dismissed from the program for academic deficiencies are not eligible for reinstatement outside of the appeal process referenced above. Clinical Requirements Students must meet the following criteria before progressing to the Clinical Year and participating in SCPEs: 1. Successful completion of all didactic courses 2. Successful completion of the Clinical Year Foundations course 3. Successful completion of urine drug screening 4. Successful completion of criminal background check 5. Proof of updated health screening including immunization status, TB screening, annual influenza vaccination, and any clinical site-specific requirements 6. Successful completion of Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers with current certification 7. Successful completion of Advanced Life Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) course with current certification 8. Signed Health Information Release permitting the program to release the following health information to clinical sites: immunization history/status, TB screening, urine drug screening, and criminal background check Clinical Credit Hour Equivalence Students enrolled in the MMSc in PA Studies program will complete immersive clinical experiences as part of their program. Students earn one (1) credit hour per 2,400 minutes of immersive clinical education.