Jul 20, 2012 07:07 AM EDT
MSU's PA program students have no place to go
Mountain State University's Accreditation Withdrawal Crisis is claiming new victims every day.
As the students are struggling to get transferred to other universities, the students of the University's Physician Assistant program are finding it particularly hard to find alternatives.
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A program credits are more difficult to transfer because they are on a graduate level and as the schools structure the degree in many different ways.
Around 90 students in MSU's PA program are discovering many universities' will not accept transferred credits, reports Bluefield Daily Telegraph.
Debra Campbell, director of the Physician Assistant Graduate Program, told students in an e-mail the program is asking for a teach-out from the Higher Learning Commission, but students should seek enrollment elsewhere.
She also added that some PA programs may agree to accept a limited number of transfer credits if the University's programs match theirs.
Some of the MSU PA students had already explored options in West Virginia on their own and had discovered their credits wouldn't transfer.
According to them, Marshall University offered to accept six elective credit hours but no credits within their degree program. West Virginia University simply told a student who inquired that no credits would transfer.
Two weeks back the Higher Learning Commission had announced that the University would lose its accreditation after determining that criteria for leadership, resources, planning and oversight haven't been met, pushing thousands of students' future towards uncertainty.
Students have created a change.org petition asking the Higher Learning Commission to allow the PA Class of 2013 a teach-out. That petition can be viewed and signed online at change.org.