MSPAS Policies and Procedures

Student Handbooks

Upon admission to the program, PA students will be provided with an electronic copy of the “MSPAS Student Handbook” and the Franklin College student handbook.

PA Program Policies and Procedures

The following policies and procedures are also contained in the PA Program Student Handbook.

Student Employment while in the Program (A3.03, A3.04, A3.06, A3.14h)

Student are strongly discouraged from having outside employment while in the PA Program.  Program expectations, class schedule, assignments, deadlines and responsibilities will not be altered to accommodate working students.  As above, student attendance is mandatory at all scheduled program activities including didactic and clinical experiences.

Students are not required to work for the PA program and may not substitute for or function as instructional faculty.  Students with specific prior knowledge, experiences, and skills may assist faculty in didactic and laboratory sessions to share their knowledge and skills.  However, these students will never be asked or permitted to serve as the primary instructor or instructor of record for any component of the curriculum.

Additionally, students must not substitute for clinical or administrative staff during clinical rotations regardless of the student’s prior healthcare experience.

Tuition Refund Policy (A3.14g)

All tuition refunds are based on the date of official withdrawal or drop as recognized by the Provost and Dean of the College, the Dean of Students, and the records office.

Prior to the first day of class 100%
During the first week of class 90%
During the second week of class70%
During the third week of class 50%
After the third week of class 0%

In short semesters (Winterer Terms), tuition refund schedule will be as follows:

Prior to the first day of class 100%
During the first week of class 75%
During the second week of class50%
During the third week of class 0%

Annual student fees are non-refundable unless the student withdraws during the Winter Term.

Advanced Placement and Transfer Credit (A3.15c)

Earned Advanced Placement, AP, exam scores of 4 or 5 or International Baccalaureate, IR, exam scores of a 5 to 7 may substitute for prerequisite courses. Appropriately earned AP or IB scores may replace no more than two prerequisite courses. Applicants should submit copies of exam scores with applications in CASPA and email to No credit will be awarded to students for prior work experience.

Dual Enrollment

PA students may not be enrolled in another degree program during the 25 months of the PA program.