Marshall B. Ketchum University

School of Physician Assistant Studies

Accreditation FAQs

What is the program’s ARC-PA status?

How successful is the program in achieving its goals?

What is the first-time PANCE pass rate for the past five classes?

What are all required curricular components?

What academic credit is offered by the program?

Where can I find an estimate of all costs related to the program?

What are the policies and procedures for refunds of tuition and fees?

What are the policies about student employment while enrolled in the program?

Are there admission and enrollment practices that favor specified individuals or groups?

Are there admissions requirements regarding prior education or work experience?

What are the policies and procedures regarding advanced placement?

What are the required academic standards for enrollment?

Are there any required technical standards for enrollment?

What information is contained in the student handbook?

What is the program commitment to “teaching out” students?

What are the Clinical Preparatory Instruction areas?


What is the program’s ARC-PA status?

ARC-PA Standard A3.14(a)

The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation - Provisional status to the School of Physician Assistant Studies sponsored by Marshall B. Ketchum University.

Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding Accreditation-Provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students.

Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class.

In addition, Marshall B. Ketchum University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.


How successful is the program in achieving its goals?

ARC-PA Standard A3.14(b)

School Mission: Our mission is to educate individuals to become compassionate Physician Assistants who can provide the highest quality health care and are dedicated to their communities, while advancing the Physician Assistant profession.

Based on the mission, the goals of the MBKU School of Physician Assistant Studies are to:

  1. Graduate physician assistants who become certified by the NCCPA.
    1. The first cohort will graduate in August 2016. Outcome measurements will include the number of graduates that passed PANCE, and the number of graduates who passed PANCE on the first attempt.
  2. Engage all students in active and on-going community service.
    1. Outcome measurements will include the number of community members who participated in the community service events.
    2. Post-graduate surveys will measure the number of graduates who are actively participating in community service. Post-graduate surveys will be administered one-year after graduation, August 2017.
  3. Provide all students with experience in caring for underserved communities during clinical rotations and encourage graduates to provide care in underserved communities.
    1. Outcome measurements will include the number of underserved rotation sites, and the number of students who completed rotations at underserved clinical sites.
    2. Post-graduate surveys will measure the number of graduates who are working in an underserved community. Post-graduate surveys will be administered one-year after graduation, August 2017.


What is the first-time PANCE pass rate for the past five classes?

ARC-PA Standard A3.14(c)

The program has not yet had students sit for the PANCE exam. The first class will take the PANCE exam after graduating in November of 2016. Upon graduation of the first class, the School of Physician Assistant Studies will make the PANCE pass rates readily available.


What are all required curricular components?

ARC-PA Standard A3.14 (d)

Detailed information on the curriculum can be found on the curriculum page.


What academic credit is offered by the program?

ARC-PA Standard A3.14(e)

Detailed information on the academic credit offered per course and quarter can be found on the curriculum page. The didactic phase of the program requires 152 quarter hours of credit and the clinical phase of the program requires 72 quarter hours of credit. The entire program requires 224 quarter hours of credit.


Where can I find an estimate of all costs related to the program?

ARC-PA Standard A3.14(f)

We have prepared a School of Physician Assistant Studies Estimated Expenses on the Admissions Tuition and Financial Aid page.


What are the policies and procedures for refunds of tuition and fees?

Tuition

For official withdrawals, tuition refunds will be pro-rated at intervals of two (70%), three (50%), four (30%), and five (10%) weeks from the date the quarter begins.  A withdrawal is considered official when written notification has been received by the Director of the School of Physician Assistant Studies stating the student's intention to withdraw from the program.

Student Fees

The University has no separate educational fees for students.  All service fees are included in the tuition charges.


What are the policies about student employment while enrolled in the program?

ARC-PA Standard A3.14(h)

Student Work Policy

PA students are not permitted to be employed by or perform clerical or administrative tasks for the School. Students are not permitted to substitute for or function as instructional faculty. Students with specific prior knowledge, experiences, or skills may assist faculty in didactic and lab sessions to share their knowledge and skills.

Students are discouraged from working while in PA school due to the rigorous nature of the educational program. In the event a student chooses to work, they are not permitted to miss or reschedule lecture, lab sessions, journal clubs, seminar sessions or any part of their didactic or clinical educational requirements. If the student’s academic or clinical performance falls below the minimum program standard, the Student Progress Committee (SPC) may recommend the student’s termination of employment. The SPC and/or Program Director have the right to recommend termination of employment based on academics that fall below the minimum program requirements. This recommendation will be made in writing and placed in the student’s file.


Are there admission and enrollment practices that favor specified individuals or groups?

ARC-PA Standard A3.15 (a)

Additional consideration will be given to applicants with volunteer community service or military experience (verifiable by DD-214).


Are there admissions requirements regarding prior education or work experience?

ARC-PA Standard A3.15 (c)

There are academic prerequisites. There is a requirement of 1000 hours of verifiable, direct, hands-on patient care experience.


What are the policies and procedures regarding advanced placement?

ARC-PA Standard A3.15 (c)

We do not accept previous experience or medical training for advanced placement in the PA program. All students are expected to complete all didactic and clinical elements of the program.


What are the required academic standards for enrollment?

ARC-PA Standard A3.15 (d)

Please see the Admissions Requirements page for the required academic standards for enrollment.


Are there any required technical standards for enrollment?

ARC-PA Standard A3.15 (e)

Please see the technical standards page.


What information is contained in the student handbook?

ARC-PA Standard A3.17(a-g)

The current handbooks can be found here (MBKU and SPAS). The student handbooks define:

  • Required academic standards
  • Completion deadlines/requirements related to curricular components
  • Requirements for progression and completion of the program
  • Policies and procedures for processing student grievances
  • Policies and procedures for withdrawal and dismissal
  • Policies and procedures for remediation and deceleration
  • Policies and procedures for processing allegations of harassment


What is the program commitment to “teaching out” students?

ARC-PA Standard A1.03 (h)

In the unlikely event of loss of accreditation and/or program closure, the University is committed to teaching out all currently matriculated students. The full resources and commitment of Marshall B. Ketchum University will be directed at fulfilling our promise to graduate every student admitted to the School of Physician Assistant Studies.


What are the Clinical Preparatory Instruction areas?

ARC-PA Standard B 2.01-B 2.17

The didactic phase of the program is constructed in modules designed to help the PA Student integrate all aspects of clinical medical knowledge and skills to prepare for clinical practice. Detailed information on the curriculum and courses can be found on the curriculum page and in the University catalog (pgs 35-42).