Students enrolled in the Saint Louis University Physician Assistant (PA) Program within the Doisy College of Health Sciences must be able to complete all requirements leading to the Master of Medical Science degree. This degree signifies that the holder is a clinician prepared for entry into the practice of medicine as a physician assistant, possessing the knowledge, skills and competencies necessary to function in a variety of clinical situations and to provide a broad spectrum of care consistent with physician assistant practice.
To achieve success in the program and the profession, individuals must possess certain more specifically defined abilities and skills. These are the Technical Standards of the PA Program and are set forth in this document. Saint Louis University (SLU) has systems in place to assist any student who has a documented physical, psychological or cognitive disability. SLU is committed to full compliance with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (section 504) and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. A student who believes he/she may not be able to perform one or more of the listed essential program requirements should discuss the issue with personnel in the Office of Diversity and Affirmative Action, Disability Services (314.977.3838; DuBourg Hall, Room 36, 221 North Grand Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63103-2097). Any student who believes he or she cannot meet/fulfill any part of the Technical Standards must contact Disability Services (see above) which will document the matter and address reasonable accommodations for the student if warranted.
Students enrolled in the program must have the emotional and intellectual ability to learn, assimilate, analyze and integrate information and data. Motor function capabilities must allow candidates to meet the demands of PA education and patient care. Candidates must be able to develop mature, sensitive, effective relationships with patients and colleagues. They must be able to tolerate physical and emotional stress and a fast-paced academic and clinical environment and continue to function effectively. They must be adaptable, flexible and able to function in the face of uncertainty.
In addition to acquiring the knowledge, skills, abilities, attitudes and behaviors detailed in the general PA Program Objectives, the Technical Standards must be met by each physician assistant student. If a student is unable to meet or fulfill the Technical Standards with or without reasonable accommodation as determined by the Saint Louis University Disability Services (see above) then his/her status as a PA student may be affected. The Technical Standards require that the physician assistant student, with or without reasonable accommodations must demonstrate the ability to: