The PA Program is a very intense 24-month curriculum that demands a great amount of time.
It is important that students remain well balanced by allowing sufficient time for social activities, recreation, and rest. Additionally, the PA Program does not follow the University schedule and would make it difficult to maintain any type of employment. Students may also be assigned to sites that are distant and/or have irregular schedules including evenings, nights, and weekends. Due to the intensity and structure of the curriculum, students are not allowed to work during the entire 24-month program. That said, certain employment expressly required by a training site as a condition of clinical training shall be exempt from this policy. In this case, students must submit a completed disclaimer form. Students are encouraged to take advantage of financial aid opportunities or other funding options.
Students must not substitute or function as instructional faculty, but certainly are encouraged to share prior knowledge, experience, and skills from previous clinical work to assist other students in didactic or lab sessions. Students are not permitted to serve as the primary instructor or instructor of record for any curricular components. Additionally, students cannot be asked or allowed to complete administrative or clerical work for the Program and students may not ever be substituted for paid employees in the academic or clinical setting. Students may not function as clinical or administrative staff during the clinical practice experiences.