Hybrid PA Program Academic Policies

All students accepted into the Physician Assistant program are expected to abide by the regulations that are outlined in the Arcadia University Student Handbook and the Hybrid Physician Assistant Program Manual, which is provided at the time of matriculation.

Maintaining Good Academic Standing

To remain in good academic standing, students must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.70 in each semester. Failure to meet this standard for two consecutive semesters will result in the student being dismissed from the program.

All courses in the Physician Assistant curriculum are required and are sequential, and students must receive a minimum grade of “C” in all courses in order to progress in the program. If a grade lower than a “C” is earned in a course, it is considered a failing grade and the student will be dismissed from the program. All students must pass all summative examinations with a minimum score of 70%.

During the clinical phase of the program, all students must continue to maintain a minimum 2.70 cumulative GPA. In addition, students must pass a comprehensive summative written and practical exam. Students who fail one clinical year course will be required to repeat that course and achieve a minimum grade of “C”. Failure of an additional clinical course will result in the student being dismissed from the program. Students who must repeat a rotation will be billed at the prevailing credit fee.

Maximum Time for Program Completion

The Arcadia University Hybrid Physician Assistant Program is 24 months in length. Time necessary to complete the program may be extended to allow for approved leave of absence, readmission etc. However, the maximum time allowed for program completion is 48 months from each student’s initial matriculation date.

Academic Probation

If a student fails to maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.70 in any semester, the student will be placed on academic probation.  The student must then achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.70 during the probationary semester. Failure to do so will result in dismissal from the program.

Students may be placed on academic probation for demonstration of unprofessional behavior, as outlined in the Program’s professionalism policy in the Hybrid Physician Assistant Program Manual, which is provided at the time of matriculation.

Dismissal from the Program

A student will be dismissed when they:

  1. fail to obtain a minimum grade of “C” in any course
  2. fail to maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.70 for two (2) consecutive semesters
  3. demonstrate unprofessional conduct, defined as conduct contrary to the Minimum Technical Standards for Admission, Continuation, and Graduation for the PA profession as detailed in this Handbook, while on academic probation
  4. fail to achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.70 at the end of the didactic phase of the program
  5. fail to successfully complete the core competency examination with a minimum score of 70% after no more than two attempts (second attempt is at the discretion of the program)
  6. fail to successfully complete all clinical year courses with a minimum grade of “C” (one clinical course repeat is allowed as outlined above.)
  7. fail to successfully complete the Program comprehensive summative written and practical exam

Deceleration Policy  

The Program does not offer deceleration to students.  Students who do not meet academic standards are dismissed from the Program and offered the opportunity to apply for readmission.

Students who are dismissed from the program and who want to re-enter must apply for readmission within six months of departure. Please refer to the readmission policy.

Withdrawal Policy

Students may withdraw from the Program at any time. Students who withdraw from the program and who want to re-enter must apply for readmission within six months of departure. Please refer to the readmission policy.

Readmission Policy

The PA Program does not admit students with advanced placement. However, students who have withdrawn or have been dismissed from the program may be readmitted and granted credit for some of the courses they have successfully completed. Students must submit a written request for readmission to the Program Director no later than six months after the date of their dismissal or withdrawal. This request must include an explanation of the reasons that led to dismissal or withdrawal and an articulated plan for overcoming obstacles to future success.

The request is evaluated by the program and a decision is made regarding granting readmission. If the decision is made to readmit, the program will develop a readmission plan after careful review of the student’s academic record. Plans for remediation will address numerous factors including, but not limited to, student-identified obstacles, previously earned grades, and continuity of the academic experience. The plan will be presented to the student requesting readmission. If all parties agree to the terms, an agreement will be signed by the student. 

Any student who is readmitted to the program may be placed on academic probation as a condition for readmission. The readmitted student will remain on academic probation at the discretion of the program.

Readmission is not guaranteed and will be determined on an individual basis.

Student Work Policy

All matriculated students are strongly discouraged from obtaining or continuing outside employment because of the intensive nature of the program.  Students who are involved in volunteer or paid work during their course of study in the PA program cannot use their affiliation with the program in any aspect of that job.  Students are prohibited from applying compensated clinical experience toward academic credit. In addition, students may not provide services within a preceptor’s practice apart from those rendered as part of the clinical year of the program. Work outside the PA Program undertaken by the student, independent of the program, is not covered by the liability insurance required for clinical work associated with the educational experience of the Program. Students may not receive compensation for any work performed within the preceptor’s site or practice 

Students are not permitted to have clerical or teaching responsibilities, nor will they ever be required to work for the PA program.