Physician Assistant ProgramProfessional Performance Standards
During the entirety of the PA Program, students are expected to adhere to specific Academic and Professional Standards which are outlined in the Student Handbook and Policy Manual.
The academic expectation is that all PA students perform at or above 70% on exams and other graded components. Remediation is required when this expectation is not met. Students must also maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater to remain in the program.
The PA program curriculum is very rigorous and students should assume they will be in class, in lab, studying and/or on clinical rotations all day every day for the duration the program.
It is recommended that students do not work during the 27 months they are enrolled in the program. Additionally, students may not work for the PA program nor serve as instructional faculty or clinical/ administrative staff.
As outlined in the Student Handbook and Policy Manual, withdrawal from any course or modification of the curricular sequence of the PA Program is not permitted, except as part of an approved leave of absence (LOA). If for any reason a student needs to request a leave of absence, the student should schedule a meeting with the PA Program Director or another principal faculty member. The student will be guided through the University process for LOA and course withdrawal with help from program faculty and staff. Despite potential reasons for leaving the program, most fees are non-refundable and tuition refunds often cannot be granted due to the timing and sequencing of our curriculum. If, however, a tuition refund is applicable, the student will be guided through this process as well.
Information on withdrawl, tuition and fee refunds may be found on SLU's Student Financial Aid Services web site.