Student Work Policies

While students may volunteer to serve on the curriculum committee or the Admissions committee, PA students are not permitted to be employed by or perform clerical or administrative tasks for the Program. Students are not permitted to substitute for the instructional faculty, which would result in formal instruction of fellow students.

Furthermore, students are strongly discouraged from working while in PA school due to the rigorous nature of the educational program. In the event a student chooses to work, they are not permitted to miss nor reschedule lecture, lab sessions, journal clubs, seminar sessions, and clinical training. Students are expected to disclose their employment if asked. The Student Progress and Promotion Committee will routinely review students’ progress to determine whether or not their employment interferes with education. The Committee has the right and responsibility to require the student to quit their job if it is found to interfere with their education.

Clinical students are encouraged to actively participate in the care of patients as it relates to their education and development of PA competencies, however they must not substitute for the clerical or clinical staff at the clinical sites.  This policy, consistent with the ARC-PA Standards, is discussed in detail before the clinical phase begins.