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The Ithaca College Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MS-PAS) program considers the wellness of its learners of utmost importance. Therefore, the program has developed the following policy in order to address learners facing personal and diminished mental health issues that may impact their progress in the program.

An appropriate and timely referral to the APPRC as soon as the MS-PAS program director, medical director, principal and/or instructional faculty have knowledge of a learner facing personal and diminished mental health issues that may impact their progress in the program. The APPRC may recommend a learner to receive professional care for a variety of problems (e.g. emotional, addictive or psychiatric disorders).

Ithaca College provides cost-free Counseling Services to support academic success of learners.

If a learner is directed to seek these services, the learner has a choice of choosing resources recommended by the college or other resources arranged by the learner her/him/themselves.

Verification that the learner has received these services may be required. In addition, the APPRC may require that the learner have his/her/they counselor/healthcare provider submit information and/or recommendation to the committee chair relating to the learner’s academic program.

If a learner is directed to arrange for such services, but does not do so, the APPRC may evaluate the learner’s professional attitudes.