All students entering the Physician Assistant Program must be in good health and free of communicable disease. Prior to entering the program, the student must show proof of:
- Recent (within 6 months and within the calendar year of entering the program) complete physical examination with vision testing for color blindness
- Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) vaccine - both dose 1 and 2
- Tetanus-Diphtheria-Pertussis vaccine - must be within 10 years and be current until date of graduation
- Hepatitis B vaccine - doses 1, 2, and 3
- Polio vaccine (dates of primary series and booster)
- Purified Protein Derivative (PPD) or negative chest x-ray-within 2 months of entering PA Program
As part of the Quinnipiac University Clinical Affiliation Agreement and in an effort to protect students and the patients they care for, prior to entering the program, PA students are required to show proof of titer for each of the following:
- Measles (Rubeola)
- Hepatitis B
The PA Program health requirements are collected and reviewed by the University's electronic health record collection and storage service on a regular basis and students are notified of any deficiencies. It is the student's responsibility to see that all health requirements including immunizations and titers are up to date. No student will be allowed to matriculate in the program, participate in a clinical experience or in any class where there is the potential for exposure to blood and airborne pathogens without proof of physical exam, immunizations and titers. No one will be permitted to begin clinical contact without documentation of physical exam, immunizations and immunity (including the requested titers).
All students will be required to sign an authorization (FERPA consent) permitting the University to share their immunization status, positive test results for a communicable disease, and other relevant medical information with third parties, including clinical rotation sites, as necessary to address classroom, lab and clinical site rotation requirements and any safety issues and occupational exposure risks.
If a student is unable to confirm immunization status or unable to obtain immunizations due to personal, religious or medical reasons, the Quinnipiac PA Program cannot guarantee the student's placement at a clinical site and may limit the student's ability to successfully complete and graduate from the program. Completion of all clinical rotations is required for successful completion of the program.
The PA program requires all students to obtain the influenza vaccine in the fall of their first year and again in the fall of their second year. If a student is unable to receive the influenza vaccine they are required to complete the University influenza vaccination declination form. By declining the influenza vaccine the student acknowledges that clinical placement may be limited or denied due to the requirements for influenza vaccine by clinical affiliates.
Blood borne Pathogen (BBP) Standards Policy
Incoming students who have tested positive for diseases for which immunization is required must obtain viral load testing from an infectious disease provider and provide the test results to the University two weeks prior to the first day of class. The purpose of this requirement is to allow the University to identify and implement appropriate infection control procedures to minimize exposure of others to bodily fluids. Appropriate infection control procedures may include, for example, use of double-gloving and/or use of "hands-free" technique. In determining which procedures are appropriate in a particular case, the University follows the recommendations set forth in the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America ("SHEA") Guideline for Management of Healthcare Workers Who Are Infected with HBV, HCV, and/or HIV. Each case will be independently considered based on the specific circumstances, and periodic re-testing of viral load may be required to ensure that implemented procedures remain appropriate.
The University will share information with the student's clinical rotation sites concerning, among other things, the student's immunity status, positive test results for a communicable disease, and viral load test results, as applicable so the site can likewise identify and implement appropriate infection control procedures. Each clinical site has its own institution-specific infection control policies and procedures to which the student must adhere.
Health/Medical Insurance Policy
All QU Physician Assistant students must maintain health/medical insurance through the University. At the start of class, students must show proof of health care coverage (must be valid for the entire 27-months of the program) in order to enter classes. Students must purchase health insurance through the University insurance agent unless they can show proof of other adequate coverage.
A student may opt out of the University health care coverage (hard waiver) only if they can provide documentation of valid medical insurance that will cover them for the duration of the PA program. Students must be able to show proof of insurance by the first day of classes.