Health Clearance PA

Health Clearance Policy for the Pace University-Lenox Hill Hospital Physician Assistant Program NYC 

All students are required to have adequate health insurance. Students are responsible for their own health care while in school. Selected clinical agencies may require evidence of health insurance. If you are placed at such an agency, it will be necessary for you to provide this evidence. If a health condition arises during the course of study that would in any way alter a student’s ability to perform in the clinical setting, it is the student’s responsibility to notify the Director of the Physician Assistant Program immediately.

In order to ensure the safety of students, staff, clinical agency personnel, and patients, and to comply with clinical agency contract mandates, no students will be permitted to participate in Physician Assistant clinical application courses or clinical year rotations unless they have been medically cleared.  This may include but is not limited to facility mandated drug screening, background check, color blindness testing, physical exam, respirator mask fit testing, student interview, or facility orientation. Failure to satisfy these requirements may result in student removal from the rotation site, rotation reassignment and a subsequent delay in graduation. Students must bring copies of all completed health clearance documents with them for every clerkship. Students must keep a copy of the completed health clearance documents for their own records.

The majority of our Health Care Clearance process is handled online through Castle Branch (CB). Immunization forms, Hepatitis B Declination Forms (if applicable) and Consent for Release forms will be submitted to CB directly. Once these forms and other supporting documentation are submitted, CB will check this paperwork against the program’s specifications and will deem the student compliant or not.

Additionally, the student must complete an annual Medical Clearance form including a physical exam. The student should upload only the Medical Clearance Form to CB.

Do not upload your physical exam or any other documents that contain your medical history other than those requested by CB.

Please make sure to retain a copy of your actual physical exam form, as that is not uploaded to CB, but will be required to participate and rotate at all hospital locations.

In addition to the Pace University-Lenox Hill Hospital Physician Assistant Program’s Health Care Clearance process, Pace University has its own immunization requirements which students must meet. A completed Pace University Immunization Requirement Form must be submitted to OSA– Immunization Compliance in order to be cleared by Pace University.

Detailed directions on how to set up your CB account can be found on the Accepted Students Page found at: www.pace.edu/physician-assistant/accepted-students

Students may contact CB directly at cpservicedesk@certifiedprofile.com or 888-914-7279 with questions regarding the medical requirements, website or forms.

Health Care Clearance forms that must be completed & submitted through your CP account:

  • Immunization Forms & required documentation
  • Hepatitis B Declination Form
  • Consent for Release Form 
  • Physical Exam Form

Health Care Clearance form(s) that must be completed & emailed to Immunization@pace.edu

  • Pace University Immunization Requirement Form

It is the student’s responsibility to read all of the instructions on each form and assure all paperwork is filled out correctly by health care providers.

Please note: some of these forms may require additional documentation to be submitted and the signature of the health care provider; students should read each form completely and carefully.

It is the responsibility of students to obtain the appropriate health clearance.

Physician Assistant Program - Pleasantville Health Clearance Policy

All students are required to have adequate health insurance. Students are responsible for their own health care while in school. Selected clinical agencies may require evidence of health insurance. If you are placed at such an agency, it will be necessary for you to provide this evidence. If a health condition arises during the course of study that would in any way alter a student’s ability to perform in the clinical setting, it is the student’s responsibility to notify the Director of the Physician Assistant Program immediately.

In order to ensure the safety of students, staff, clinical agency personnel, and patients, and to comply with clinical agency contract mandates, no students will be permitted to participate in Courses (PASP 609 Physical Assessment 1 for Physician Assistants & PASP 623 Physical Assessment 2 for Physician Assistants) or clinical phase clerkships unless they have been medically cleared. Health care clearance may include but is not limited to, proof of immunizations, physical exam, consent for release forms, facility mandated drug screening, background check, color blindness testing, respirator mask fit testing, student interview, or facility orientation. The program's health care clearance process is handled through Certified Background, an online company that verifies student health care clearance paperwork based upon the program specifications. Students are deemed compliant or non-compliant. A non-compliant status may result in failure of PASP 609 Physical Assessment 1 for Physician Assistants & PASP 623 Physical Assessment 2 for Physician Assistants, student removal from the clerkship site, clerkship reassignment and a subsequent delay in graduation. Additionally, students are required to bring a copy of all completed health clearance documents with them to every clerkship. Students must keep a copy of the completed health clearance documents for their own records. 

Students may contact Certified Background’s Student Support Line directly at 888-914-7279 with questions regarding the medical requirements, website or forms.

Health Care Clearance forms that must be completed & submitted to the appropriate place:

  • Immunization Forms & necessary documentation
  • Hepatitis B Declination Form (only if applicable, see instructions for details)
  • Consent for Release Form
  • Medical Clearance Form

In addition to the PA Program’s Health Care Clearance process, Pace University has its own immunization requirements which students must meet. A completed Pace University Immunization Requirement Form must be submitted to Pace University. The form should be emailed to immunization@pace.edu in order to be cleared by Pace University.

It is the student’s responsibility to read all of the instructions on each form and assure all paperwork is filled out correctly by health care providers. Please note: some of these forms may require additional documentation to be submitted and the signature of the health care provider; students should read each form completely and carefully.

It is the responsibility of students to obtain the appropriate health clearance.