Clinical Skills Testing Center- OSCE 50 x $130 = $6500
PAEA Standardized Exam - PACKRAT 50 x $ 40 = $2000
Supplies 50 x $ 9 = $ 450
Lab coats 50 x $40 = $2000
ROSH Review 50 x $36 = $1800
PAEA End of Curriculum Exam 50 x 80 = $4000
Aquifer/iHuman Online Simulation Cases 50 x $60 = $3000
We are requesting course fee increase for this course to incorporate several new online learning opportunities for our clinical year students. The Covid-19 epidemic resulted in part of clinical practicum courses to go to a virtual platform with online patient simulation cases. Two programs were used during this time -Aquifer (https://aquifer.org) and iHuman (https://www.i-human.com). Over the past year, we have found elements of both programs have greatly augmented and leveled the exposure of patient scenarios that students experience during their clinical year. A decision to incorporate both of these programs to enhance the didactic component of the clinical year was made by our faculty. These programs will also be used to prepare for the national boards that students must pass at the end of the program. The fees for these two programs and well as ROSH review, which was incorporated last year and has been of great use to the students, will be spread over the 8 courses students take during their clinical year (PAS 8000, 8010, 8020, 8030, 8040, 8050, 8060, 8070). Many students were paying individually for these courses and all three online programs will be provided at the group discount provided to the University. The ARC-PA (our accrediting body) is emphasizing the use of several assessment tools, both internally and externally vetted, to determine the depth and breadth of our PA students. Access to this online learning environment will provide another avenue for our students.. Also, our clinical rotation sites are requesting students provide their own PPE due to Covid-19 and this fee is being incorporated into the course fee structure. There are also increased fees in the Clinical Skills Testing Center for our OSCE assessment and an increase in lab coat fees but $ 10 each per student. Other fees described have not changed.