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POST ACCEPTANCE REQUIREMENTS

 

Once accepted into the NGU PA Medicine Program, the following conditions must be completed by – or verified by – https://www.castlebranch.com (they will forward to NGU) in order to matriculate into the program.

  • Background Search:
    • Criminal Activity
      • Sex Offender Registry
      • National Healthcare Fraud and Abuse
      • Residence History
      • Social Security Alerts
    • Ten (10) Panel Urine Drug Screen
    • Compliance Verification
      • Signed Technical Standards Form
      • Immunization Status Verification
      • Tuberculosis Screening Results
        • CPR Certification
        • Health Insurance Policy (showing current status)
        • Signed Release Form allowing NGU to Provide Preceptors with Status or Results of Immunizations, TB Screening, Drug Screening, and Background Check
      • Mandatory HIPPA and OSHA Certification 
      • Compliance with all other conditions of acceptance (done via NGU Admissions)

      With the exception of two outstanding ‘prerequisite courses (if selected, official transcripts [electronic or sealed] from the college or university must be received by NGU’s PA Medicine program by November 1 or the selected candidate will relinquish his/her seat) all application requirements must be met when the application is submitted to CASPA.  All ‘post acceptance requirements’ must be met by December 10 prior to matriculation (all transcripts are due by November 1); Failure to meet these deadlines will result in a forfeiture of seat and the candidate will not be allowed to matriculate into the program.  

       

      BACKGROUND SEARCH 

              

      Prior to matriculation (by December 10), before the clinical year begins, and as required by a clerkship site – all PA students are required to have a completed certified background check via https://www.castlebranch.com. The background search looks for a history of:

      • Criminal Activity
      • Sex Offender Registration
      • National Healthcare Fraud and Abuse
      • Residence History
      • Social Security Alerts

      Admittance to the Program is contingent upon a successful background evaluation. If the background search reveals information that would prohibit a student from participating in clinical rotations, the seat offer will be rescinded or if already in the program the student will be dismissed (academically unable to fulfill course/program obligations). The estimated cost for the background check is $60.

       

      TEN-PANEL DRUG SCREEN

       

      Prior to matriculation (by December 10), before the clinical year begins, and as required by a clerkship site – all PA students are required to have a ten (10) panel urine drug screen completed via https://www.castlebranch.com. 

      Admittance to the Program is contingent upon a negative ten panel urine drug screen. If any drug screen reveals information that would prohibit a student from participating in clinical rotations, the student will be dismissed (academically unable to fulfill course/program obligations). The estimated cost for the ten panel drug screen is $30.  

       

      MANDATORY HIPPA AND OSHA CERTIFICATION

       

      Prior to matriculation (by December 10) all PA students are required to complete Health Insurance Portability and Accountability (HIPPA) and Operational Safety and Health Administrative (OSHA) training through https://www.castlebranch.com. The cost of this training is estimated at $15. Prior to the clinical year and as required by a clerkship site, this training will need to be repeated. Depending on circumstances, it may be done by https://www.castlebranch.com or through the clerkship site.

       

      COMPLIANCE VERIFICATION

       

      To matriculate and as needed throughout the program, certain tasks must be completed and/or verified by https://www.castlebranch.com. The estimated cost for compliance verification is $35. These include:

      • Immunization Status Verification

      • Tuberculosis Screening Results

      • Health Insurance Policy (showing current status)

      • CPR Certification (must be current)

      • Signed NGU PA Medicine Pre-Matriculation Technical Standards Testament

      • Signed Release Form allowing NGU to Provide Preceptors with Status or Results of Immunizations, TB Screening, Drug Screening, and Background Check

       

      Immunization History (A3.07)


      The NGU PA Medicine Program has a pre-matriculation immunization policy that is based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) immunization recommendations for health-care personnel (http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p2017.pdf).  

      Prior to matriculation, all PA students are required to have the following immunization (or serology testing proving immunity) status verified through https://www.castlebranch.com.  In addition, all immunizations must remain current while attending the NGU PA program.  All vaccines must be administered in accordance with CDC’s published guidelines. 

       

      Hepatitis B 

      Unvaccinated applicants and/or those who cannot document previous vaccination must receive a 3-dose series of hepatitis B vaccine at 0, 1, and 6 months.  Since PA students may be exposed to blood or body fluids they must be tested for hepatitis B surface antibody (anti-HBs) 1–2 months after dose #3 to document immunity.        

      • If anti-HBs is at least 10 mIU/mL (positive), the student is immune. No further serologic testing or vaccination is recommended.

      • If anti-HBs is less than 10 mIU/mL (negative), the studentis not protected from hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection, and should receive 3 additional doses of HepB vaccine on the routine schedule, followed by anti-HBs testing 1–2 months later. A student whose anti-HBs remains less than 10 mIU/mL after 6 doses is considered a “non-responder.”

      For non-responders: PA student non-responders are considered susceptible to HBV and will need to obtain HBIG prophylaxis for any known or probable parenteral exposure to hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg)-positive blood or blood with unknown HBsAg status. It is also possible that non- responders are people who are HBsAg positive. Therefore, HBsAg testing is required for all non-responders.  A student found to be HBsAg positive must see an infectious disease provider for a medical evaluation and counseling.  

      For students with documentation of a complete 3-dose HepB vaccine series but no documentation of anti-HBs of at least 10 mIU/mL (e.g., those vaccinated in childhood): students who are at risk for occupational blood or body fluid exposure might undergo anti-HBs testing and meet the preceding criteria on immunity or non-responder documentation.

       

      Influenza 

      All PA medicine students must receive annual vaccination against influenza.  Inactivated injectable influenza vaccine (IIV) is the preferred vaccine.  Live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV), however, may be given to non-pregnant healthy students that are 49 years old and younger.

      Contraindications are limited to a history of anaphylactic hypersensitivity to egg or other components of the vaccine or documented case of Guillain-Barré Syndrome within 6 weeks following a previous dose of influenza vaccine.

       

      Measles, Mumps, Rubella 

      Although birth before 1957 is generally considered acceptable evidence of measles, mumps, and rubella immunity, it is not enough for health care providers or PA students.  Therefore, all PA Medicine students will be considered immune to measles, mumps, or rubella only if they have documentation of (a) laboratory confirmation of disease or immunity or (b) appropriate vaccination against measles, mumps, and rubella (i.e., 2 doses of live measles and mumps vaccines given on or after the first birthday and separated by 28 days or more, and at least 1 dose of live rubella vaccine).

         
      Students with 2 documented doses of MMR do not need serologically testing for immunity; but if they are tested and results are negative or equivocal for measles, mumps, and/or rubella, the student should be considered to have presumptive evidence of immunity to measles, mumps, and/or rubella and are not in need of additional MMR doses.

      For students who do not have evidence of immunity, 2 doses of MMR vaccine are recommended during an outbreak of measles or mumps and 1 dose during an outbreak of rubella.   

       

      Diphtheria, Pertussis, and Tetanus 

      All PA medicine students who have not or are unsure if they have previously received a dose of Tdap should receive a dose of Tdap before matriculation, without regard to the interval since the previous dose of Td. Pregnant students should be revaccinated during each pregnancy. All students should then receive Td boosters every 10 years thereafter.

      Varicella

      All PA medicine students must be immune to varicella. Evidence of immunity includes documentation of 2 doses of varicella vaccine given at least 28 days apart, laboratory evidence of immunity, laboratory confirmation of disease, or diagnosis or verification of a history of varicella or herpes zoster (shingles) by a healthcare provider

       

      Other Vaccines (travel related) 

      If a student travels outside the United States, a travel medicine provider will be consulted at least 6 weeks before travel to ensure they are up to date on required vaccines and what others might be necessary.  Recommended vaccines will need to be completed prior to any training outside the United States


      Students who require one or more multi-dose-vaccine series to meet Immunization requirements must provide medical documentation that they have initiated the process by December 10 before their first day of orientation. Students failing to do so will not be permitted to matriculate into the program. They must also provide medical documentation of completion of the process according to established CDC immunization timelines. Students failing to do so will be dismissed from the program.

      Tuberculosis Screening


      All students must have a PPD skin test within four (4) months of enrollment and yearly thereafter (verified by https://www.castlebranch.com).

      • All positive PPD tests must have a chest X-ray and be evaluated by the Health Department.

      • If the chest X-ray is positive, the applicant/student will not be allowed to enter or continue training until treated and cleared by an infectious disease specialist.


      In addition, an IGRA test (Quantiferon Gold, TSpot) must be done for any of the following reasons:

      • Positive PPD with history of negative chest x-ray (chest x-ray must be done for all positive PPD tests)

      • BCG vaccine

      • Applicant was born outside the U.S.


      If the IGRA is negative, the applicant/student is cleared to enter the program; if the IGRA is positive, the applicant/student must be evaluated and cleared (treated if necessary) by an infectious disease specialist before they begin or continue their PAS training.

      Health Insurance Policy Documentation

       

      As a condition of enrollment, students are required to have health insurance coverage while enrolled in the NGU DPAM program.   The cost of insurance and all covered, uncovered, or related health care expenses are the exclusive responsibility of the student and not the responsibility of NGU, SCPE preceptor, or SCPE site.  These costs may include but are not limited to: immunization, illness, PPD testing, health evaluation post exposure to a communicable disease, or other accidental injuries sustained during program mandated training activities. Proof of insurance coverage must be provided prior to matriculation via https://www.castlebranch.com.

      In addition, students are not employees of the NGU or the hospital, clinic or practice where SCPE rotations occur and therefor they are NOT covered under workman’s compensation.  Therefore, students are required to carry medical insurance (throughout the program) to cover the expense should an injury or exposure occur. Costs not covered by insurance are the student’s responsibility.

      CPR Certification

       

      Prior to matriculation (by December 10), before the clinical year begins, and as required by a clerkship site – all PA students are required to hold a current CPR certification. Proof of current CPR certification must be provided prior to matriculation via https://www.castlebranch.com.

      Signed Technical Standards Testament Form

       

      Students admitted to the North Greenville University PA Medicine Program must possess the capacity to complete the entire curriculum in order to achieve the Master of Medical Science degree.  The curriculum requires demonstrated skills in (1) observation, (2) communication, (3) motor, (4) intellect, and (5) behavioral and social. Therefore, all students admitted to the PA Program must possess these skills. Candidates offered a seat in the program are required to sign a statement (via https://www.castlebranch.com verifying they meet the technical standards. For full details, go to pa-technical-standards.php.

      In the event an applicant is unable to fulfill these technical standards prior to or any time after admission, with or without reasonable accommodation, the student will not be allowed to enter or progress within the program.

      Release Form for Immunizations, TB Screen, Drug Screen, and Background Status

       

      Each supervised clinical practice experiences site requires a copy of the student’s immunization history, tuberculosis screening results, background and sexual offense check, and drug screen. Therefore, candidates offered a seat in the program are required to sign a statement that allows the PA program to release this information when relevant to their academic training and clinical placement (via https://www.castlebranch.com.)

      • Maintain a copy of this information in their program student record, and

      • Release copies of this information to the clinical sites to which students are assigned for training

       

      Other Requirements

       

      • Official transcripts, from any courses completed since the original CASPA application.
      • Evidence of compliance with any other conditions noted in the applicant’s conditional letter of acceptance


      Non-Refundable Deposit (A3.14g)

       

      Candidates who accept a seat must pay a $500 non-refundable deposit within two weeks of notification of acceptance in order to hold their place in the cohort. This deposit will be applied toward first semester tuition costs. Accepted candidates who do not pay the $500 deposit within the required time frame (two weeks) forfeit their seat.

       

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