Policies and Procedures for Leave of Absences & Withdrawal from Program

WITHDRAWAL AND READMISSION STATUS/PROCESS

Students wishing to withdraw from the MPAS program must meet with the Department Chair/Program Director and complete the SHS Withdrawal Form.

Students who voluntarily withdraw from the Program in good academic standing - without taking a Leave of Absence or Deceleration – may request to be readmitted but will be considered a new applicant and subject to all admissions policies and processes as any other applicant. Additionally, as with all other applicants, advanced standing is not an option and no program or course requirements will be waived.

Importantly, students are strongly encouraged to meet with the E&H College Financial Aid Office, the E&H College Registrar’s Office, and a counselor at the Powell Resource Center prior to considering withdrawal to best determine financial, academic, and personal issues related to withdrawal. 

LEAVE OF ABSENCE

Students seeking a Leave of Absence from the MPAS Program must submit a written request and meet with the Department Chair/Program Director and obtain their permission. Additionally, students seeking a Leave of Absence should be aware of the following stipulations:

  • Acceptable Leave of Absence requests are for personal, financial, or medical reasons.
    • Leave of Absence requests are not granted for academic reasons (e.g., exam failures or imminent course failure).
  • Students may only be granted one leave of absence in each phase (i.e., didactic phase and clinical phase) of the program.
    • If granted during the didactic phase of the program, Leave of Absence will automatically result in deceleration from the program, and all policies and procedures of deceleration will apply.
    • If granted during the clinical phase of the program, a Leave of Absence may be no more than two semesters in length.
      • Students requiring a leave of greater than two semesters will automatically result in deceleration from the program, and all policies and procedures of deceleration will apply.
    • Students must complete the entire curriculum and program within five (5) years of entering the program, regardless of approved leave of absences and/or deceleration.

The following procedures will apply to students requesting a leave of absence from the program:

  • If a student is denied a Leave of Absence by the Program, he/she may appeal to the Dean of the School of Health Sciences, following the above described appeals processes.
  • The Leave of Absence Agreement will be signed by the Department Chair/Program Director and the student.
  • Once signed, the Leave of Absence agreement will be forward to the Dean of the School of Health Sciences.
  • A date will be established by which the student must notify the Dean and Department Chair/Program Director of their intent to complete the agreement and resume the program.
  • Students will be required to demonstrate maintenance of competency to resume progression in the program.
    • This may involve retaking courses, completion of written or practical examinations, and/or other activities deemed necessary by the program.
    • These requirements must be completed prior to resumption of the program.
    • If required to retake previously completed courses, students are responsible for any associated tuition and fees.