Technical Standards

To participate in the Physician Assistant (PA) program at JWU, each student, with or without reasonable accommodations, must be able to safely and effectively meet the following technical standards.

Technical Standards of the PA Program
Technical standards, as distinguished from academic standards, refer to those physical, cognitive, and behavioral abilities that a student must be able to perform in order to be admitted to, to progress satisfactorily and to graduate from the PA program, and subsequently enter clinical practice.

If you are accepted to the program, you must sign a certification statement before matriculation. This signed statement certifies that you believe you will be able to meet the Technical Standards with reasonable accommodations.

All students must possess aptitude, ability, and skills in the following 5 areas:

These functions critically important and must be autonomously performed by the student. It should be understood that these are standards for minimum competence in the program.

Collectively, these technical standards are essential to the PA program and also reflect industry requirements and standards.

Johnson & Wales University complies with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as well as state and local laws which prohibit institutions of higher education from discriminating against students with disabilities.

Although all PA applicants and students are held to the same technical standards, reasonable accommodations are provided upon request to qualified individuals with a disability. Review the Center for Academic Support’s documentation regarding accommodations and policies.

To request a reasonable accommodation, accepted PA applicants and students can contact the Center for Academic Support at 401-598-4689.

The integrity of the curriculum must be maintained and those elements deemed essential to the education of a physician assistant must be required and completed.