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Physician Assistant Program Policies

Ohio University Physician Assistant Program Policies

Advanced Placement: We do not offer advanced placement.

Criminal Background Check and Toxicology Screen: Ohio Law mandates criminal records checks for all prospective employees in positions where the individual will be caring for older adults or children. Additionally, a standard criterion in affiliation agreements with clinical training sites is a requirement of a criminal record check and toxicology screening for all clinical students. Therefore, all students are required to obtain a criminal background check and toxicology screen prior to each academic year. The cost of the background checks and toxicology screen are the responsibility of the student.

Dismissal: Grounds for dismissal include but are not limited to the following:

  • Failure to raise the cumulative GPA above 3.0 at the completion of two academic semesters of probation.

  • Two or more course failures.

  • Failure to meet conditions established in a remediation agreement or learning contract.

  • Lapses in professionalism.

Graduation Requirements: To graduate from the Ohio University Physician Assistant Program and be awarded the Master of Physician Assistant Practice Degree, students must pass each required course with a grade of “C” or better and have a cumulative program GPA of 3.0. In addition, students must meet the minimum requirements of the following summative evaluations:

  1. Comprehensive Written Examination

  2. Objective Structured Clinical Exam – OSCE

  3. Professional Behavior Assessment

  4. Complete payment of all tuition, program fees, university fees and library charges

Harassment: Ohio University is committed to a campus and community climate that is welcoming, respectful and safe. You are entitled to be free of discrimination and harassment and should not be subjected to such behaviors by students, faculty members or staff. For additional information, please consult the OHIO Student Handbook and the OHIO Harassment Policy at:

Insurance: Ohio University requires all students to have health insurance.  It is assumed that all students will have health insurance prior to matriculation as required by the Affordable Care Act.  Students wishing to purchase their health insurance can do so through Ohio University.

Domestic Students: All domestic students enrolled seven or more credit hours must carry health insurance. An accident and sickness insurance plan (Domestic Plan) designed to supplement the care provided by the Student Health Service is automatically billed to all students meeting this guideline. Domestic students can complete a waiver declaration if they have comparable coverage. Students must submit the waiver via their My OHIO Student Center. The name and policy number of your insurance company are required when submitting the waiver. Dependent coverage is also available.

International Students: All international students enrolled in one or more credit hour(s) must carry the Ohio University health insurance. An accident and sickness insurance plan (International Plan) is automatically billed to all students meeting this guideline. Only those international students with government sponsors that provide acceptable health insurance can apply for a waiver of the Ohio University health insurance. Waivers of health insurance for international students may only be granted by the Office of International Student and Faculty Services. International students are also required to purchase insurance coverage for their dependents, and must make arrangements for this when they arrive to begin their studies. Failure to do so will result in a registration hold on the student’s account.

Refunds of Tuition and Fees: Refunds of tuition and fees are handled by the Ohio University Bursar. Please visit the Ohio University Bursar’s website at: for additional information.

Remediation / Course Failure: A student who earns a failing course grade is required to remediate that grade, except for situations addressed in the dismissal policy.

When a student receives an end of course grade below a C, the course instructor will notify and forward all supporting documentation to the Program Director. When all the information is received, the Program Director will then forward all supporting documentation to the Chair of the Student Progress Committee (SPC) for review. The SPC will meet within one week to review the case and approve/disapprove remediation.

If the Student Progress Committee (SPC) recommends remediation, the student remediates a failing course grade as follows:

  • The student will begin a six-week self-guided study and review of content and skills from the course that was failed.

  • The student is expected to continue regular course work during the following semester in addition to the course being remediated.

  • A final comprehensive examination for the course being remediated is administered at the end of the six-week period, in the same format as the examination for the failed course.

  • If the student passes the final examination, the grade of the failed course is revised on the student’s transcript to reflect the minimum passing grade “C.” The student’s file will include information about the failed course and successful remediation.

  • Each course failure, even if successfully remediated, counts toward the maximum number of two course failures as grounds for dismissal as detailed in the dismissal policy.

  • If the student fails the final examination, the student’s transcript will reflect the original grade for the course failed. This constitutes failing the same course twice and is grounds for dismissal as detailed in the dismissal policy.

A student with two or more course failures in one semester may be subject to a recommendation of dismissal from the program.

Student Employment: The OHIO PA Program is extremely rigorous and all students are encouraged to focus on academic studies; thus, employment is strongly discouraged. All candidates should consider acceptance to the OHIO PA Program as a 27 month, full-time commitment.

If a student decides to work while admitted to the PA program:

  • Work schedules shall not interfere with classes or clinical rotations.

  • Students may not work for the OHIO PA program.

Students with specific prior knowledge, experience and skills may assistant faculty in didactic and laboratory sessions to share their knowledge and skills. During clinical rotations, students must not be used to substitute for clinical or administrative staff at clinical sites.

Student Grievances: A student may grieve academic matters not involving grade changes. These issues may include course content and instructor behavior. Before pursuing such a grievance, students should familiarize themselves with the importance of academic freedom to the educational environment of the university. Ohio University supports the idea that protecting academic freedom at the institution is the responsibility of students and faculty alike. Ohio University takes the position that academic freedom protects faculty and students’ research and scholarship activities as well as material introduced in the classroom and must be assured during the academic appeal process. However, instructors are expected to show proper judgment in the classroom and should avoid persistently intruding material which has no relation to their subject.

A statement defining academic freedom which is based on language supported by the Association of American Colleges and Universities can be found above. Students should familiarize themselves with this statement before deciding whether to pursue a grievance related to an academic matter.

If a student wishes to grieve an academic matter that is not protected by academic freedom as defined above, the student should first seek resolution of the matter with the instructor. If resolution is not reached, the student should take his or her grievance to the department chair or school director. If resolution cannot be reached at that level, the student should consult the dean of his or her college.

The student should be aware that they may contact the Ombuds Office, Crewson House 200 on the Athens Campus, 740-593-2627, for advice and counsel at any time during the academic grievance processes described above. For additional information, please consult the OU Student Handbook

Withdrawal, Cancelling Registration, Dropping Classes: The Ohio University policy on withdrawal, cancelling registration and dropping classes is located at: