Written, computer-based, and practical assessments are utilized throughout the PA Studies Program. Failure to adhere to the Assessment Policy may result in the student receiving a zero (0) for the assessment and/or consideration of dismissal from the program.
Assessments (e.g., exams) administered in the classroom:Exams will begin promptly at scheduled times. Students will not be allowed to use additional electronic devices during an exam unless specified by the instructor. If a student is found with a cell phone out during an exam, the student will receive an immediate grade of zero for the exam and potentially be subject to further disciplinary action. If a student arrives after another student has completed the exam, they will not be allowed to take the examination and will receive a zero score (0). To maintain exam validity and academic integrity, students may not inquire about exam items or content during the administration of the examination or assessment. If problems related to exam administration are encountered, the examination proctor should be notified immediately. When an exam is given electronically using Examplify through ExamSoft, no other windows may be open simultaneously, and the testing screen must be fully maximized.
Students are expected to have a computer that has already been validated by the remote monitoring service for the exam. Currently, the program uses ExamMonitor and ExamID through ExamSoft. Students must take exams alone in a quiet location and follow all parameters established by the instructor for the exam. Failure to do so will result in a grade of zero for the exam and possible professionalism violation.
Due to personal emergencies or other exceptional circumstances, a student may miss sitting for an assessment. If this occurs, it is the student’s responsibility to inform the course director within 24 hours of the assessment date as well as submit a completed, signed Excused Absence Request Form (with an explanation and documentation supporting the absence) in that same timeframe. All requests for excused absences must be reviewed by the Director of Didactic Education and, in some instances, by the program director. Approval is not guaranteed. It is the student’s responsibility to discuss the request and consequences with the appropriate director.
The course director will review the reliability of assessment questions using test item analysis. Every attempt is made to eliminate variables that interfere with the ability to meaningfully interpret scores or ratings. Results of student assessments will be provided within a reasonable time following the assessment. Grades will be accessible via the online learning management system Blackboard.
Assessment grades will not be given over the telephone or via email.
Assessment policies and procedures specific to the clinical year is found in the Physician Assistant Student Clinical Manual.