Physician Assistant Policies

Student Work Policy
Due to the rigorous nature of the program, students are strongly discouraged from working during their matriculation in the didactic or clinical phase of the Program.

No Advance Placement Policy
The Howard University Physician Assistant Program does not offer advanced placement or credit for experiential learning for any course in the Upper Division.
The program does not accept transfer credits from other Professional Physician Assistant Programs for Upper Division courses.

Academic Policy (See  attached  Division of Allied Health Sciences’ Graduate Admission, Retention, and Graduation Policies)

Academic Actions
Any student who fails to meet the minimum performance standards will be recommended for academic action by the department chair in the form of probation, suspension, or dismissal. The director of Academic Services or his/her designee will review departmental recommendations at the end of each semester and forward the findings to the associate dean for action. Students will be notified in writing if adverse actions are warranted.

Probation
Master of Physician Assistant Studies earning a semester GPA less than 3.00


Suspension
  • A final grade of D or F in any Master of Physician Assistant Studies course.
  • A cumulative GPA below 3.00 for more than two consecutive semesters.
  • A grade of W (withdrawal) in a graduate course without prior written approval of
    the department chairperson.

Dismissal
Any student who has been readmitted after suspension and subsequently shows cause for academic action (i.e., probation or suspension) will be permanently dismissed from the graduate program.


Remediation
Remediation of a course must be approved by the faculty of the department and directed by the instructor of the course.  Course remediation is offered only to students on probation.

Withdrawal Policy
Withdrawal from any professional level course requires written approval from the Departmental Chairperson.
Students who withdraw from professional level courses cease to attend the University in the Physician Assistant Upper Division whether voluntarily or not. They must reapply through the Executive Committee of the Department.

Student Travel Policy
PA Students are encouraged to participate in activities outside of the Washington Metropolitan area, including the annual AAPA conference and clerkship rotations. The decision to allow a student to travel outside the metropolitan area is based on several factors: the students’ academic standing, performance, professionalism, and the availability of funds for reimbursement of travel. The student representative for the annual AAPA conference must be an AAPA member. The student must be in good academic standing. In addition, students seeking approval to do a clerkship rotation outside of the metropolitan area must also be aware that other factors are weighed by the faculty, for example, the quality and location of the site and the existence of a current affiliation agreement. Students who wish to exercise this opportunity.

MUST MEET WITH THE CLINICAL COORDINATOR SIX TO NINE MONTHS IN ADVANCE, TO ARRANGE FOR THE INITIATION OF AN AFFILIATION AGREEMENT.