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Select physician assistant program policies are posted here. This is not an inclusive list, and we encourage you to refer to the didactic phase student manual and the clinical student manual, as well as curricular policies located on the curriculum page, for further information related to academic standards. The UT catalog contains information regarding UT policies.

Safety (in partial compliance of Standard A1.03g)

The institution addresses the safety of students on campus through...
  • The institution addresses the safety of students on campus through the Department of Campus Safety.
  • The dedicated PA facility has key card entry controlled access; therefore, only PA students and faculty have access to their floors in this building.
  • Safety and security for students on clinical rotations are addressed during the clinical year orientation. These rely on the personal safety and security measures in place for the staff at each clinical facility.
  • Personal safety measures also include student instruction in the application of universal precautions and risks of bloodborne pathogens during the program’s didactic phase prior to potential exposure.

All policies apply to all (in partial compliance of Standard A3.01)

The insitution addresses the program's policy regardless of location...
  • All student program policies apply to all PA students regardless of location.
  • All faculty/administrative program policies apply to all principal PA faculty regardless of location.
  • All faculty/administrative program policies apply to the program director/medical director regardless of location.

Informed of policies (in partial compliance of Standard A3.02)

The PA program will inform students of its polices in accordance with ARC-PA standards...
  • PA students will be informed of program policies and practices in multiple ways.
    • Program policies are posted on the public website for prospective student review.
    • During orientation, the student didactic handbook will be reviewed and all policies discussed. Students will sign attestation of review to document their awareness of the policies and practices.
    • During clinical orientation, the student clinical handbook will be reviewed and all policies discussed. Students will sign attestation of review to document their awareness of the policies and practices.

Student recruitment of clinical sites and preceptors (in partial compliance of Standard A3.03)

The institution addresses clinical sites and preceptor policies in accordance with ARC-PA standards...
  • Students are not required to solicit or recruit clinical sites and/or preceptors.
  • Refer to the clinical placement policy in the Clinical Phase Student Manual for more information.

Student employment policy (in partial compliance of Standard A3.04, A3.05 and A3.06)

The institution address student employment...
  • Training to become a physician assistant demands a full-time commitment. Due to the rigorous nature of the curriculum, it is recommended that students not engage in outside employment. If a student chooses to work during the academic year, the work schedule must not interfere with class performance or clinical rotation schedules.
  • Students will not be allowed to work for the program in any capacity.
  • Students will not be substituted or function as instructional faculty at any time. While some students with significant experience or skill may function as a peer tutor during laboratory sessions, they will not function as instructional faculty for student assessment or employment.
  • Students will not be utilized or substitute as clinical or administrative staff at supervised clinical practical experiences (rotations). Refer to the clinical placement policy in the Clinical Phase Student Manual.
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Health, health insurance and immunizations (in partial compliance of Standard A3.07)

The institution addresses health, insurance and immunizations according to ARC-PA standards...

  • During the matriculation process into The University of Tampa, the student must refer to Orientation Health Forms and follow the UT required process for documentation of immunizations and health examination for full-time domestic graduate students. Note that the due date is July 1 for fall matriculates. The UT health center does not share these forms/documents with the PA program.
  • In addition to the above, the PA program requires all students to meet the health and immunization requirements listed below. These immunization requirements are those recommended by the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) for health personnel found at Healthcare Personnel Vaccination Recommendations (PDF).
  • Students must submit a copy of their PA physical examination form and PA immunization form, with attached laboratory verification/titers as indicated to the program prior to enrollment. These forms must be completed by the student’s health care provider and returned directly to the PA program. These forms will include documentation that the student meets the technical standards of the program and their immunization status only.
  • With the exception of the hepatitis B immunization series and titer demonstrating immunity, all immunizations must be completed within 30 days of matriculation. Additionally, no student may participate in any didactic clinical experience (My Day Monday events) until all immunizations/titers have been completed.
    • A student with chronic hepatitis B infection will be allowed to enroll if they meet all other program requirements, but will be monitored to ensure that they are in compliance with the 2012 Updated CDC Recommendations for the Management of Hepatitis B Virus-Infected Health-Care Providers and Students found at CDC Weekly Report (PDF).
    • The CDC noted that since its last update in 1991, there have been no reports of hepatitis B transmission in the United States or other developed countries from “medical or dental students ... or any others who would not normally perform exposure-prone invasive procedures.”
    • In brief: the CDC’s updated recommendations provide current medical information about managing students in health-related schools who have hepatitis B.
  • Once completed, students must maintain compliance with all CDC recommended immunizations throughout the program or they will not be allowed to participate in patient care in clinical settings.

Specific health/immunization requirements:

  • Proof of current health insurance. The Department of Physician Assistant Medicine requires that PA students have current health insurance. This is mandatory for each year of enrollment in the program. Students will be required to provide a copy of their insurance card to the program in August of each year. This will be maintained in the student file.
  • Full-time graduate students at UT have the option of voluntarily purchasing a health insurance policy through United HealthCare Student Resources. This policy may be used at the UT Dickey Health and Wellness Center for covered benefits. To learn more or to purchase this policy, call United HealthCare Student Resources Customer Service at (888) 224-4846. For more information, visit UT Health Center Insurance Information.
  • Proof of two immunizations against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) or laboratory evidence of a positive (immune) titer against each of the three infections. In the absence of proof of either immunization or immunity, students must be immunized at the UT Dickey Health and Wellness Center or by their primary care provider.
  • Proof of a negative PPD skin test for tuberculosis* (by Mantoux) within one month of matriculation, and, if positive, proof of a chest x-ray negative for active disease. Additionally, the TB skin test must be repeated again in the December preceding the clinical education phase. An acceptable alternative test is a negative Interferon-Gamma Release Assay (IGRA). The commercial names of these tests are QuantiFERON TB Gold In-tube or T-SPOT.
  • Documentation of two varicella (chickenpox) immunizations or proof of positive (immune) varicella titer. In the absence of proof of either immunization or immunity, students must be immunized at the UT Dickey Health and Wellness Center or by their primary care provider.
  • Diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus: documentation of a completed primary series with Tdap or DTP and booster within the last 10 years is required. All students must have documentation of a one-time dose of Tdap either as part of their primary series or as a booster. Students may be immunized at the UT Dickey Health and Wellness Center or by their primary care provider.
  • Proof of the three-dose immunization against hepatitis B. This series must be started within 30 days of matriculation. Following completion of the hepatitis B series, a positive (immune) titer must be completed prior to patient contact. Non-converters may require additional immunizations per the CDC recommendations.
    • For students with chronic hepatitis B infection, the program will follow the Updated CDC Recommendations for the Management of Hepatitis B Virus-Infected Health-Care Providers and Students detailed above and require DNA serum levels every six months to monitor infectivity levels. Students whose hepatitis B level is not undetectable or below level of 1,000 IU may require limitation of exposure-prone invasive procedures or modifications in their clinical training as required by the program or clinical education sites.
  • Proof of influenza vaccination annually; must be given by the end of October of each year enrolled.
  • Students are financially responsible for the cost of maintaining compliance with health, health insurance and immunization requirements.

Exposure to infectious and environmental hazards (in partial compliance of Standard A3.080

The program addresses its policies regarding infectious and enviornmental hazards in complaince with ARC-PA standards...
  • The program has a commitment to protect the health and well-being of students, faculty, staff and patients. As part of their training, PA students may encounter exposure to infectious and/or environmental hazards. This may include being exposed to human donors and preservative chemicals such as formaldehyde in the anatomy lab, latex or other products such as gloves that may contain allergens, and exposure to communicable infectious disease which may be transferred via airborne, mucous membrane splashes or needle-stick exposures in the clinical setting. Examples of bloodborne pathogens and communicable disease may include tuberculosis, hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV. Women of child-bearing age may also have additional considerations, such as minimizing exposure to infectious diseases, possible teratogens or chemical exposures or exposure to ionizing radiation.
  • While the risk of transmission is small, the program has a number of processes in place to minimize risk.
  • Prevention is the first step in student safety; therefore, students are required to show proof of appropriate immunity, or documented immunization, as part of their matriculation requirements and prior to the onset of actual patient contact.
  • During the didactic year of training, presentations are given on universal blood and body fluid precautions, infection control and prevention of the spread of communicable disease. These are included in orientation week activities. In addition to instruction on how to prevent exposures, students will receive instruction on what constitutes an exposure and the procedures for care and treatment after an exposure. In the event the exposure occurs on campus, students will be referred to the local emergency room or urgent care center for care. The academic director will complete an incident report and notify the appropriate UT official of the incident.
  • In the event of respiratory or gastrointestinal illness, students are advised to follow health provider recommendations to self-isolate at home until they are no longer potentially infectious to others.
  • Students also will be provided with safety policies to follow in the anatomy laboratory (as detailed in the anatomy lab manual). Allergy to formaldehyde and/or latex (previous and subsequent to enrollment) must be verified by a health care provider. The student must give this information to the Academic Success Center, where the coordinator of disabilities services is based, in order for protective mask/cartridge or other accommodations to be considered for payment.
  • Additional instruction on procedures for care and treatment of exposures in the clinical setting will be provided as part of orientation to the clinical education phase. Students should follow the process in place at their clinical training site and then notify the clinical director to complete an incident report form at the program.
  • The student is financially responsible for any costs incurred secondary to infectious and/or environmental hazardous exposures.
  • Effects of infectious or environmental disease or disability: acquisition of an infectious or environmental disease may impact student learning activities and outcomes. Students must be able to meet published health requirements at all times in order to continue matriculation in the program and to provide care at clinical sites. Based upon outcomes and degree of infectious or environmental hazard exposure, a student’s continued participation in classroom and/or clinical activities as part of the PA program may be delayed or prevented. In the event that the student contracts a communicable disease which potentially poses a risk to patients or co-workers (e.g., tuberculosis), steps will be taken to prevent dissemination in accordance with public health and/or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention protocols.
  • To request accommodation for latex allergy, the student must provide proof of allergy that must be submitted with the student’s request at Documentation of Disability. For questions regarding documentation requirements, contact the associate director of academic excellence programs at (813) 257-3266 or disability.services@ut.edu.
  • Certain communicable diseases may also be reported to county or state health authorities, as required by law. A list of reportable disease for Florida may be found at Reportable Diseases/Conditions in Florida (PDF).

Faculty as health care providers (in partial compliance of Standard A3.09)

This policy addresses non utlization of PA faculty as providers for students...
  • The PA faculty (including the program and medical directors) are not allowed to provide medical care to students or access student health records, but may facilitate referrals to health facilities.
  • Preceptors are not allowed to provide medical care to students or access student health records.

Medical and counseling services (in partial compliance of Standard A3.10)

This policy addresses access to medical and counseling services...
  • To provide timely access and referral of students to services addressing personal issues which may impact the student’s progression in the PA program, the program has partnered with UT Counseling Services to provide up to six visits of free counseling on campus for PA students regardless of the student’s insurance status. The PA program will be billed for these services without identifying student information.
  • Full-time graduate students at UT have the option of voluntarily purchasing a health insurance policy through United HealthCare Student Resources (see UT Health Center Insurance Information). UT medical services is not contracted to provide services under any other health insurance policy other than the student health insurance listed above. This policy may be used at the Dickey Health and Wellness Center for covered benefits. To learn more or to purchase this policy, call United HealthCare Student Resources Customer Service at (888) 224-4846.
  • For services that are not covered by student health insurance, medical services charges a reasonable fee at the time of visit. Otherwise, there are multiple local medical providers for which students may seek health care.
  • Students with health or personal issues that arise while enrolled in the PA program are encouraged to discuss any educational program related concerns with the program director or their faculty advisor. The PA faculty (including the program and medical directors) may not provide medical care to students or access student health records, but may facilitate referrals to health facilities.

Student grievance and harassment policy (in partial compliance of Standard A3.11)

This policy addresses student greviance and harrassement...
  • Students with an academic grievance should first discuss the grievance with the course director. Students who believe that an exam or course evaluation is unjust or inaccurate may submit a grade petition to the phase director (academic or clinical) who will review and respond. The student may choose to escalate the academic grievance to the program director who will review and respond. The first decision to appeal the program’s academic grievance decision is with the College of Natural and Health Science Appeals Committee. More information may be found in the UT catalog.
  • The University of Tampa is committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment for all students, faculty and staff. Sexual misconduct and relationship violence is in direct conflict with The University of Tampa’s stated educational mission. Sexual misconduct and relationship violence is unwanted conduct of a sexual nature that includes sexual harassment, gender harassment, nonconsensual sexual contact, nonconsensual sexual intercourse, sexual exploitation, intimate partner violence (including domestic violence and dating violence) and stalking. These procedures, which are prompt, fair and impartial, will be used in reporting, investigating, adjudicating and determining sanctions for sexual misconduct and relationship violence complaints.
  • These procedures apply to sexual misconduct and relationship violence (part XIX, listed under University Policies). For more information, visit Title IX and Sexual Misconduct Procedures.
  • These policies apply to all UT students, including PA students. For a complete description of the University response and procedure upon notice of alleged sexual misconduct and/or relationship violence, visit Title IX and Sexual Misconduct Procedures and click on the tab marked “University Response Procedures.”

Faculty grievance and harassment policy (in partial compliance of Standard A3.12)

This policy addresses faculty grievance & harrassment policy...
Regarding faculty grievances, the Department of Physician Assistant Medicine follows the UT Faculty Handbook, Chapter 5: Rights, Privileges, and Benefits of Members of the Faculty.

Regarding faculty sexual harassment, the Department of Physician Assistant Medicine follows the UT Faculty Handbook, Chapter 6: University Policy Statements.

Student access to academic records/confidential information (in partial compliance of Standard A3.20)

This policy addresses academic records/confidential information access by students...
  • PA students are not allowed to have access to the academic records or other confidential information of other students or faculty.
  • To ensure that PA student’s academic or confidential information is handled in confidence, PA faculty complete FERPA training. More information can be found at FERPA for Faculty and Staff.

Program accreditation status (in partial compliance of Standard A3.14a)

Addresses program accreditation status according to ARC-PA standards...

Success in the program in achieving its goals (in partial compliance of Standard A3.14b)

This policy address publication of success rates in the PA program once available...
  • It is the policy of the program to describe, publish and make readily available information on its success in achieving its goals on the UT physician assistant medicine website.
  • Currently, there is a placeholder PANCE Results, Program Goals and Outcomes webpage until the program has completed a full cycle and has data on which to report.

First-time PANCE rates for five most recent graduating classes (in partial compliance of Standard A3.14c)

Policy addresses PANCE rates...
  • It is the policy of the program to describe, publish and make readily available information on the PANCE pass rates on the UT physician assistant medicine website.
  • Currently, there is a placeholder PANCE Results, Program Goals and Outcomes webpage until the program has completed a full cycle and has data on which to report. A link to the NCCPA score report will be provided.

All required curricular components (in partial compliance of Standard A3.14d)

Addresses the program curriculum and its availability...
  • It is the policy of the program to describe, publish and make readily available information on the curricular components on the UT physician assistant medicine website and in informational brochures.
  • Curriculum
  • Brochure

Academic credit offered by the program (in partial compliance of Standard A3.14e)

Addresses academic credit...
  • It is the policy of the program to describe, publish and make readily available information on the academic credit offered by the program on the UT physician assistant medicine website and in informational brochures.
  • Curriculum
  • Brochure

Estimates of all costs related to the program (in partial compliance of Standard A3.14f)

Addresses the program costs...
  • It is the policy of the program to describe, publish and make readily available information on the estimates of all costs related to the program on the UT physician assistant medicine website and in informational brochures.
  • Costs
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Refunds of tuition and fees (in partial compliance of Standard A3.14g)

Addresses refund of tuitition and fees...
  • It is the policy of the program to describe, publish and make readily available information on policies and procedures on refunds on the UT physician assistant medicine website and in informational brochures.
  • Costs and Billing
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Admissions

Addresses the program's Admissions policies...

It is the policy of the program to describe, publish and make readily available the following information on the UT physician assistant medicine website and in informational brochures.

a) admission and enrollment practices that favor specified individuals or groups
b) admission requirements regarding prior education or work experience
c) policies and procedures concerning awarding or granting advanced placement
d) any required academic standards for enrollment
e) any required technical standards for enrollment

Curricular standards (in partial compliance of Standard A3.17 a-g)

Addresses academic performance and progression policies...

Student clinical rotation dress code (in partial compliance of Standard B3.01)

This policy addresses the dress code of students while in the supervised clinical practice stage...
  • The program requires students to wear their UT short, white lab coats at all times while on rotations unless otherwise designated by the preceptor/site. The lab coat includes the student's first and last name, PA student (title), the UT PA program patch and the UT minaret. All identify the student as a UT PA program student. Students are also required to display their UT student identification name badge at all times during rotation.
  • Other identification may be required by specific sites at which the student is rotating — this should be in addition to program-required identification, not in lieu of. If students lose their student IDs or lab coats, they must stop their rotation and not return until the items are replaced. Students are responsible for the replacement costs of all lost items. Time missed from rotation is subject to the SCPE absenteeism policy.
  • Students must dress in a professional manner best suited to the rotation environment (program scrubs versus professional attire). All attire must be clean, pressed and without damage.