MSPAS: Admitted Students
Admitted Students Section Table of Contents
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- Matriculation Process
- Health Insurance
- Criminal Background Check and Urine Drug Screen
- Tuberculosis (TB) Testing
- Physical Exam
- Record Keeping
The matriculation process begins after a student receives the notification of acceptance. If a student fails to satisfy the matriculation requirements or omits/falsifies information required on official admission documents, the student automatically forfeits his/her seat in the North Central Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS) program.
Dual Enrollment Policy
Applicants should notify North Central College of any current or prior enrollment in another Physician Assistant Program. Enrollment in another PA program concurrent with enrollment, pre-matriculation activities, or matriculation in the North Central Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS) program is strictly prohibited and will result in the enrollee automatically forfeiting his/her seat in the North Central MSPAS program, as well as any monetary deposits.
Enrolled students are defined as those who have accepted admissions to another PA program and have engaged in one of the following activities within 6 months prior to the start of the North Central College MSPAS program:
- Completed more than 3 weeks of study at another PA program
- Engaged in pre-matriculation activities at another PA program
- Otherwise initiated attendance in another PA program
These students may be admitted to Undergraduate or other (non-MSPAS) North Central College graduate programs and are eligible to reapply to the MSPAS program in the next admissions cycle. However, these students are ineligible for the MSPAS cohort in the year of acceptance based on their concurrent enrollment.
Accepted students must return a total deposit of $1,500 to hold a seat in the founding class. A first deposit of $1,000 is due on or before 7 calendar days from the date of the acceptance offer letter. The second final deposit of $500 is due on December 1st, 2021. Please note, provided accreditation-provisional is obtained, the $1,500 is non-refundable. Should the program not receive accreditation-provisional, all CASPA applicants will be notified and seat deposits will be refunded within 7 days of notification.
Students are required to maintain health insurance, at their own expense, for the duration of the 24-month program. Students must upload proof of health insurance to CastleBranch.
Criminal Background Check and Urine Drug Screen
A criminal background/sex offender (CBSO) check and 12-panel drug screen is required of each student prior to matriculation into the program. Students must upload/submit documentation to CastleBranch.
Results that limit the program’s ability to secure clinical experiences may prevent a student from being promoted to the clinical education phase or recommended for graduation. If any false information is given regarding drug use or criminal offenses in any documents relating to their admission or attendance, if findings of a grievous nature are revealed, or if a student declines to undergo a background check while enrolled in the program, this will be grounds for dismissal from the program. Acceptance into and successful completion of the North Central MSPAS program does not imply or guarantee that the student will be able to obtain state licensure upon graduation. The Program does not accept responsibility for any student being ineligible for coursework, continued enrollment in the program, or subsequent licensure as a physician assistant for any reason, including failure to pass a CBSO check.
Students are required to self-report involvement in any incident, which may appear as part of a criminal background within 48 hours of the incident to the Program Director. This includes any criminal offense, drug or alcohol related misdemeanor, felony or pending adjudications. Students failing to self-report may be subject to immediate dismissal.
Prior to matriculation students must submit documentation to CastleBranch and Dyson Wellness Center.
- Hepatitis B - titer (antigen and antibody) demonstrating immunity, done within the past 5 years.
- MMR - titer demonstrating immunity, done within the past 5 years.
- Varicella - titer demonstrating immunity, done with the past 5 years.
- Diphtheria/Tetanus/Pertussis - documentation of the completed primary series to include boosters every 10 years.
- If the student has not received Tdap previously, then, they must get a one-time dose of Tdap prior to the first day of class.
- Influenza - flu vaccine will be required annually after October 1.
- Proof of COVID-19 vaccination (recommended but not required)
- Additional vaccines or serology testing may be needed based on clinical sites.
Tuberculosis (TB) Testing
Students must have a baseline screening for TB with a QuantiFERON-TB Gold blood test prior to matriculation and before the start of the Clinical year. Testing must be done within one year before beginning the program and again before beginning clinical rotations. Students must submit documentation to CastleBranch and Dyson Wellness Center.
A physical exam is required for each student prior to matriculation. Students must upload proof of a physical exam to CastleBranch.
Student health records are confidential. The MSPAS program office faculty/staff will not have access to student health records. These will be kept securely on file by CastleBranch. The program will have access to results of TB testing, immunization and titer records, and proof of health insurance. These files will be retained by the MSPAS program office in a locked and protected form, separate from other educational records. Confidentiality will be maintained consistent with FERPA and any other appropriate guidelines. Access to this data will be available only to the MSPAS Program Director and PA Program Coordinator.