Withdrawal or Leave of Absence


Students may withdraw from the program/University at any time.  A letter or email must be sent to the Program Director notifying him/her of plans to withdraw.  Also the student must complete the University Withdrawal form found in Appendix M of the PA student handbook or online from the Registrar.  This form, with signatures, must be returned to the Registrar’s office.

If a student withdraws from the PA program and wishes to return, he/she must reapply through CASPA for possible matriculation the next year.


Leave of Absence

Students who must interrupt the program for reasons of prolonged illness or compelling personal reasons may apply for a leave of absence.  Requests for leave of absence (medical, personal, or family) must be submitted in writing to the Program Director and approved by the Dean of Arts and Sciences.  A leave of absence may be granted for a period of no more than one year during the didactic phase or two (2) consecutive clinical rotations during the clinical phase of the curriculum. Students MUST complete the PA program within 39 months from matriculation.

Didactic phase:

A short-term leave of absence is two (2) weeks or less in duration.   If the leave is for medical reasons, a signed physician note stating the student is able to return to class is required prior to re-admittance.  The student is responsible for all missed lectures, assignments, and exams during the time of the leave of absence.  Only two (2) short-term leave of absences will be approved during the didactic phase of the program.

A long-term leave of absence is any request that is greater than two (2) weeks in duration.  Since the program is a fast-paced, sequential program, the student will not be able to catch up.  In this situation, the student may decelerate to the next cohort.  The student will reseat in January with the incoming class.  Returning PA students will be required to repeat course sequences in effect at the time of reentry and must comply with all policies and requirements in effect at the time of reentry.

Clinical phase:

Clinical rotations are six (6) weeks in duration.  Due to the hour requirements of the rotation, a short-term leave of absence is not available.  If the student needs to take a leave of absence, the rotation will be cancelled and rescheduled at a later date.  A student may request a leave of absence for no more than two (2) consecutive rotations during the clinical year.