A student may be granted a leave of absence only in the case of personal illness, family emergency or other circumstance beyond the student's control. Students are not given the option to drop into the class behind them in the case of academic difficulty. A request for leave must be made in writing to the program director. Once approved by the program director, all medical leaves will require a medical letter stating the student is under the care of a provider, and must submit a new letter for return to the program. A leave taken without consent from the program director may result in dismissal from the program. Because the curriculum is "lock-step," a leave of absence is strongly discouraged in the didactic phase of the program.A student will be forced to wait until the following academic year to resume study. A leave of absence is only granted until the following academic year. A student must complete the professional phase of the Physician Assistant Studies Program in 40 months including any leave of absence.
Prior to returning to the program, students must pass a comprehensive examination covering all material up to and including the point at which the student left the program. In the clinical year, a comprehensive examination must be passed if a leave extends for more than two clerkships.
A leave of absence will affect a student's full time status and financial aid package. It is strongly suggested that a student consult a financial aid advisor when considering a leave of absence. Schedules of tuition reimbursement are published in the Hofstra University Bulletin each year. It is the student's responsibility should additional costs incur secondary to a leave of absence.
A leave of absence, or if for any reason your graduation is delayed, will likely affect the student's University graduation date, and therefore their ability to begin working. Although the NCCPA allows students to take the PANCE examination once program requirements are complete, the University does not issue a diploma until after the specified University graduation date for that year.