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Selected Program Policies

Program Policies

All PA Students must comply with LMU student policies and procedures published in the LMU Student Handbook which can be accessed electronically (www.lmunet.edu).

Program policies and procedures apply to all students, Principal Faculty, and the Program Director whether on-campus or off-campus at a Clinical Site. Where Program policies and/or procedures exceed LMU student policies and/or procedures and/or create enhanced or additional obligations for the PA Student, Program policies and procedures shall apply. The policies and procedures of Clinical Affiliates who provide supervised clinical practice experiences (SCPEs) may supersede the Program's policies and procedures.

Immunizations and Health Screening

Prior to matriculation and prior to beginning supervised clinical practice experiences (SCPEs), students must have a licensed health care provider verify the student's immunization, tuberculosis screening, and urine drug screening status relative to Program requirements. Students must also submit a Medical Clearance Form, completed by a licensed health care provider, confirming whether they meet the Minimum Technical Standards for Enrollment and Progression and are medically cleared to participate fully in the Program's curriculum prior to matriculation and prior to beginning SCPEs. Matriculating students receive the forms for the health care provider to complete with the matriculation packet.

Student health records are confidential and are not accessible to or reviewed by Program Principal or Instructional Faculty or staff except for immunization and tuberculosis screening results. Except in an emergency situation, the Program Director, Medical Director, and Principal Faculty may not participate as health care providers for students in the Program.

Shadowing and Employment Policy

SHADOWING HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS AND VOLUNTEERING POLICY

Shadowing of any health care professional not arranged and/or authorized by the Program while enrolled in the Program is not permitted and is not covered under LMU’s malpractice coverage for PA Students. This policy is to prevent students from violating health care facility credentialing procedures (e.g. HIPAA, immunizations, etc.) and from providing patient care for which they do not have appropriate training. Students will be permitted to volunteer at free medical clinics and medical missions during semester breaks while enrolled in the Program provided they do not provide services as LMU-SMS Knoxville PA Student. LMU’s malpractice coverage for PA Students will not cover any volunteer activities not arranged and/or authorized by the Program.

EMPLOYMENT POLICY 

Outside employment is strongly discouraged while enrolled in the Program as it may interfere with the academic and professional conduct requirements of the Program. Absences from any component of the Program curriculum (e.g. class, assessments, SCPEs, meetings) due to employment commitments are not allowed. Students are not required to work for the Program. Students will not substitute for or function as faculty, regardless of prior knowledge, experience, or skills.  Students will not substitute for clinical or administrative staff during SCPEs, regardless of prior knowledge, experience, or skills. The Director of Clinical Education advises Clinical Affiliates of this policy. 

Student Health Insurance

Students enrolled in the Program must maintain and provide evidence of health insurance coverage prior to matriculation and prior to beginning supervised clinical practice experiences (SCPEs). Students are responsible for all costs associated with health insurance coverage. LMU does not provide health insurance coverage for students.

Identification as a Physician Assistant Student (PA-S)

All students must identify themselves as a Physician Assistant Student (PA-S) at all times and in all settings. Students must never present themselves as a physician, resident, medical student, graduate PA, or as a current colleague of Clinical Preceptors. Use of titles earned prior to matriculation into the Program is not permitted (e.g. EMT, RN, Ph.D., etc.) when representing the Program.

During orientation the first week of the Summer 1 semester, students will be issued a name badge that identifies them as a DCOM at LMU-Knoxville PA Student. Students must wear this name badge at all times while on-campus,
during SCPEs, and in any other setting where they are representing the Program.

Failure to follow the Identification as a Physician Assistant Student Policy is a breach of the Student Code of Conduct.
Students found to be in breach of this policy will be referred to the SPC for a recommendation of disciplinary action
which may include dismissal from the Program.