Master of Science Physician Assistant
Policies and procedures
Program policies apply to all students, principal faculty, and the program director regardless of location. A signed memorandum of understanding may specify that certain program policies will be superseded by those at the clinical site [ARC-PA 5th A3.01]. Additional policies, standards, and procedures for the MSPA program are found in the MSPA Student Handbook.
Faculty Grievance Policy
MSPA Student Employment
The CSUMB MSPA Program is a full-time academic program. It is strongly recommended that students not accept or continue outside employment while enrolled in the Program. Additionally, students are not permitted to work for the Program. For this reason, schedules will not be adapted to the employment schedule of the student.
Requirements for Progression in and Completion in the Program
Students are expected to complete competencies for each course as listed in the course syllabus by the end of each semester to progress in the program. Students who do not meet the required competencies will be referred to the Student Progress Committee. Prerequisites for each course are listed in the course catalog. During the clinical year, students will be provided with clinical sites. Students are not expected to solicit or provide clinical sites or preceptors. The maximum amount of time that a student can take to complete the program is 46 months from the first day of class.
Remediation and Deceleration Standards
Remediation is a program-defined and applied process for addressing academic deficiencies or failures or professional misconduct. It offers the student the opportunity to correct unsatisfactory academic or professional performance and progress.
A remediation plan may be used to address academic or professional conduct failures. A remediation plan is not automatic and may not be offered. Recommendations regarding a remediation plan will be made by the Student Progress Committee on an individual basis after considering all pertinent circumstances in each case, including but not limited to the student’s demonstrated dedication to learning, active participation in the educational program, overall academic/clinical performance, regular attendance, individual initiative, and utilization of resources available to him/her. Students who fail to meet and/or complete a remediation plan may be placed on probation or dismissed from the Program. Details on the dismissal process can be found in the Student Handbook, Section 6 Student Progress.
Deceleration is a term used when a student is delayed in their progress and needs to continue with the subsequent cohort. Reasons for deceleration include taking a leave of absence during the didactic year where the student does not receive sufficient foundational knowledge required for progression in the program. Because each semester builds upon the previous semester, missing or failing one course may result in the student being delayed a year in order to repeat that course. A course failure will result in an immediate referral to SPC who will determine if the failure is remediable (e.g., repeating the final examination) or being decelerated to repeat the course. In all cases of deceleration, the SPC will meet with the student to develop a plan of action that will support the student’s re-entry into the program. Deceleration will often result in additional tuition expenses to the student.
Students are required to receive the following vaccines:
- Tdap Vaccine
- Annual Flu Vaccine
- Quantiferon <12 weeks and annually
*Medical, religious, or philosophical exemptions are not allowed.
Students are required to show evidence of immunity via the following titers:
- Hep B
- Measles (Rubeola)
Additional clearances may be required by certain institutions used for clinical rotations.
COVID-19 Vaccinations are required for most clinical rotations. As of December 2021, the program cannot assure that unvaccinated students will be able to participate in all rotations and meet the requirements for graduation and licensure. For information on University Policies regarding students attending classes on campus, see: https://csumb.edu/health/coronavirus-information
Student Referral and Access to Services
The Program offers timely access and referral of students to urgent medical and counseling services, financial services, and non-urgent student evaluation services such as those for learning disabilities, student health issues, and financial concerns.
The student’s faculty advisor is the primary point of contact for referrals. Faculty advisors are able to answer professional questions and provide counseling/advisement. Faculty advisors can provide students with appropriate referrals and resources (e.g., psychological counseling, evaluations for learning difficulties, time management counseling, financial aid).
Students who are identified through self-referral or through faculty observation as being at risk for not passing a course will be referred for remediation, tutoring, or to the Personal Growth and Counseling Center. Students may address personal issues to their faculty advisors or request free and confidential counseling through the PGCC. Faculty advisors have regular office hours but will make themselves available by appointment to students upon request. It is imperative that students keep their advisor apprised of any situation that may jeopardize their successful academic or professional progression in the Program.