Standards for Progression

Progression and continuance in the Pace University-Lenox Hill Hospital Physician Assistant Program is not based solely upon scholastic achievement. It is also, necessarily, based on the personal qualities described in the Program Technical Standards and Standards of Professional Conduct for the Physician Assistant Student.

The Certificate of Completion from Lenox Hill Hospital is coincidental with the MS degree from Pace University. Neither the certificate nor the degree will be granted unless the requirements of both have been satisfied. 

Academic Standards

1.   Students are required to maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher to continue and/or graduate from the PA Program.
     
2.   Students must obtain a minimum grade of “B-” in all PAS-level courses and must successfully complete all other requirements for each specific course

Requirements for Promotion Within the Didactic

1.   All written, physical, or combination examinations must be successfully completed.
     
2.   Each PAS-level course must be passed with a minimum grade of a “B-” (80%). This implies that all of the required course components (i.e. graded case studies, Clinical Skills Practicum (CSP), exams, written assignments, etc.) must be satisfactorily completed with a minimum grade of 80% (or as otherwise notified by Program faculty).
     
3.   Students must demonstrate skills required necessary for clinical practice as determined by the Program.
     
4.   A satisfactory rating from the Academic Affairs Committee must be obtained through meeting all academic and professional standards.
     
5.   Students must comply with the policies of Pace University, Lenox Hill Hospital and the Physician Assistant Program.
     
6.   Students must comply with the Standards of Professional Conduct for the Physician Assistant Student set forth in the introductory section of the student handbook as well as University policies described in the Pace University Graduate Student Handbook.

Requirements for Successful Completion of the Didactic Phase

To successfully complete the didactic phase, the student must adhere to the requirements above and:

1.   Follow all rules and regulations published by the Pace University-Lenox Hill Hospital Physician Assistant Program;
     
2.   Fulfill all tenets of policy set forth in the Student Handbook regarding Progression;
     
3.   Maintain a professional demeanor as a physician assistant student, as evidenced by attendance and active participation in all classes, lectures, seminars, and clinical experiences as designated by the Program;
     
4.   Assume responsibility for learning;
     
5.   Satisfactorily participate in Program Clinical Competency exams (summative evaluations), either written, practical or a combination of both;
     
6.   Provide proof of satisfactory completion of and certification in BLS/ACLS, Infection Control, Medical Terminology, and HIPAA regulations;
     
7.   Undergo and submit documentation of a complete physical examination and labs to establish a health database prior to the start of the didactic and clinical years.

Requirements for Successful Completion of Clinical Phase

A physician assistant student must complete the following requirements to successfully complete the clinical phase and graduate the Physician Assistant Program.

1.   Follow all rules and regulations published by the Pace University-Lenox Hill Hospital Physician Assistant Program.
     
2.   Fulfill all tenets of policy set forth in the Clinical Handbook regarding Progression.
     
3.   Maintain a professional demeanor as a physician assistant student, as evidenced by attendance and active participation in clerkships, call back days, lectures and clinical experiences.
     
4.   Assume responsibility for learning.
     
5.   Satisfactorily participate in Program Clinical Competency exams (summative evaluations), either written, practical or a combination of both.
     
6.   Participate in the PACKRAT exam at the end of the clinical year.
     
7.   Undergo and submit documentation of a complete physical examination and labs to establish a health database prior to the start of the clinical year.
     
8.   Satisfactorily complete all 9 clinical clerkships, including end of clerkship examinations, and end of clerkship evaluations with passing grades, and submitting all necessary clerkship forms.
     
9.   Demonstrate required skills necessary for clinical practice and professional behaviors as determined by Program faculty.

Graduation Requirements

The Physician Assistant Program and the University OSA office will review all student records prior to graduation. Any outstanding financial balance must be reconciled with the University prior to graduation. Students must fulfill all Department and University requirements, including compliance with academic integrity and disciplinary policies, before being awarded a diploma and certificate and to be eligible for the physician assistant national certifying examination. Specific requirements include:

1.   Satisfactory completion of all Pace University required courses and courses for the Physician Assistant Program.
     
2.   Satisfactory completion of all courses in the professional curriculum with a grade of 80% or better,
     
3.   Satisfactory completion of all clinical rotations,
     
4.   Satisfactory completion of all assignments,
     
5.   Satisfactory completion of a comprehensive written examination at the end of the didactic phase,
     
6.   Satisfactory completion of a comprehensive physical exam and clinical skills practicum (CSP) or simulation at the end of the didactic phase,
     
7.   Satisfactory completion of a comprehensive written examination at the end of the clinical phase,
     
8.   Satisfactory completion of a comprehensive OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Evaluation) at the end of the clinical phase,
     
9.   Completion of the PACKRAT examination in the clinical phase,
     
10.   Compliance with standards of conduct, guidelines for ethical conduct and professional performance standards as listed in the student and clinical handbook, including the attendance policy.