Master of Medical Science in PA Studies Program Handbook and Policy Manual
The PBA PA School of Health Profession PA Student Manual is a guide to current policies, standards, procedures, and resources that govern students in the MMSc-PA Studies program at PBA. In addition, students participating in Master of Medical Science in PA Studies program are subject to policies and standards established by both Palm Beach Atlantic University and the School of Health Professions.
Every effort is made to ensure the information contained in the manual is accurate and current. Palm Beach Atlantic University and the School of Health Professions reserve the right to make changes and revisions in the applicable regulations, procedures, policies, requirements, and other information contained on the website at any time without notice.
Palm Beach Atlantic University Policies
A great many of the policies established for all PBA students are published by the Office of the Registrar in the Navigator. Visit the Navigator to review the current version.
ARC standard A1.02i and A1.02j Faculty Grievance and Allegations of Harassment
Institution and Program policies apply to all students, principal faculty and the program director on the PBA main campus locations. To address faculty Grievance and Allegations of Harassment please see the PBA Employee Handbook for a copy of the specific policy
ARC standard A1.02g Appropriate Security and Personal Safety measures for PA Students and Faculty
The program publishes policies governing security and personal safety measures for PA students and faculty in the Student Manual and Faculty Handbook. Additionally, students and faculty may contact the Program Director or the Dean of the School of Health Professions if there are security and personal safety concerns. Please see the University’s website for further information: PBA The Department of Public Safety or PBA Employee Handbook
ARC standard A3.01 Program Policy Application
ARC standard A3.02 Policy Availability
The program provides policies and practices to students upon matriculation, and these policies and practices are published and made available to students within the PBA PA Medicine student manual.
ARC standard A3.03 Student Recruitment of Clinical Sites
Students are not required to provide or solicit clinical sites or preceptors to the program. Students with contacts related to preceptors or clinical sites may provide these to the program, but all students are guaranteed clinical placement provided solely by the program.
ARC standard A3.04 Student Work Policy
PA students are not required to work for the program. Employment of any sort is discouraged by the program due to the full-time demands of the program, though student employment is not prohibited while within the program.
ARC standard A3.05 Instructional Faculty and Staff Policy
Students will not be utilized or substituted as instructional faculty, clinical or administrative staff. These functions are performed by program personnel.
ARC standard A3.06 Student Identification Policy
Students are required to wear the name tag provided by PBA PA Medicine at all times while in clinical settings. Students will introduce themselves as “physician assistant students” and sign all documentation with their legible full signature followed by ‘PA-S’ or ‘PA student’. At no time should a student misrepresent him/herself as being any type of medical provider other than a physician assistant student. Students should not reference other credentials while acting as a PA student.
ARC standard A3.07 Student Health and Immunizations Requirements
Immunizations – Students who are accepted to the program must provide immunization records or proof of immunity to measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), varicella (chickenpox), and hepatitis B. Current TDaP (tetanus, diptheria, and pertussis combo), vaccination and current TB test is also required. PBA PA Medicine also recommends that students obtain additional vaccinations for health care workers as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control which also includes meningococcal, and annual influenza vaccine. Specific immunizations are recommended for international rotations and students are asked to consult the PBA Global Advisory Board Policy prior to international travel.
ARC standard A3.08 Student Exposure Policy
ARC standard A3.09 Faculty Provision of Student Health Care Policy
Principal faculty, the program director and medical director are prohibited from providing or participating in health care provided to students, except in an emergency situation.
ARC standard A3.10 Student Referral Policy
The program will make every effort to facilitate referral to Refuge services upon request. Services and contact information are published in the Student Manual. The PBA Counseling Center is available by setting an online appointment here Click to Sign Up or emailing Counseling_center@pba.edu. Release time will be provided by the program to access services as requested.
ARC standard A3.12 (H) Student Service and Resource Availability
All student services are available to students at the REFUGE within the PBA PA Medicine Program campus location, including academic resources, counseling services and health care provision. Please visit the REFUGE Website.
ARC standard A1.02b, A3.15 Student Academic Standards and Appeals Policies
The program publishes policies governing academic standards, requirements for progression and completion of the program, remediation and deceleration, withdrawal, dismissal, allegations of student mistreatment and handling of grievances and appeals in the Student Manual. Additionally, students may contact the Program Director or the Dean of the School of Health Professions if there are concerns of student mistreatment, sexual misconduct, discrimination or academic struggle. Please see the University’s website for further information: PBA Academic Policies or PBA Student Development
Click on the links below to view the policy:
– ARC Standard A1.02k Refund of Tuition and Fees
– ARC Standard A3.13 Admission Practice
– ARC Standard A3.10 Timely Access and Referral to Student Services
– ARC Standard A3.12a Program Accreditation Status
– ARC Standard A3.12c PANCE Results
– ARC Standards A3.12d Clinical Required Rotations
– ARC Standards A3.12e Academic Credit
– ARC Standard A3.12f Cost Related to the Program
– ARC Standard A3.15 a-f Curriculum Practices
– ARC Standard A3.16 Granting of Advanced Placement with the Program Policy