COVID-19 Policies and Procedures

The Duke Physician Assistant Program recognizes the quickly changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic. The following policies are up to date as of July 17, 2023.

The PA program follows guidance from Duke officials regarding any infectious disease precautions and requirements, including COVID. These guidelines are subject to change and students will be notified of any updates.

Instruction for the 2023-2024 academic year will include on-campus, hands-on experiences in addition to high-quality virtual instruction. 

Students are required to remain in Durham to attend on-campus activities. 

Duke PA program staff and faculty are working in a hybrid model, with regular presence in the building to support student needs and deliver educational instruction.

All Duke University employees and students are expected to adhere to published University COVID Safety Protocols.

The following requirements must be adhered to when students come to the building for any reason:

All health professions students are required to receive the primary series of the COVID vaccination or have an approved medical or religious exemption on file with Student Health in order to access the program building, campus facilities, and prior to participation in clinical activities. Health professions students are not required to receive booster vaccinations.

Masking is now optional for patients, visitors, team members and students in most circumstances in Duke Health locations. Masking on buses and vans is recommended. Masking is encouraged in classrooms for anyone who is concerned or is at high-risk for severe disease. Masking is required for anyone who is symptomatic and around others, regardless of location or test results. Masking may still be required in other locations based on specific circumstances, so everyone should have a mask available to wear if needed.

Please maintain physical distance when possible.

Hand sanitizer stations are distributed throughout the building for ongoing use. 

Students who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should get tested at Student Health or an outside provider. Please do not enter the building if you are experiencing symptoms of Coronavirus. Students testing positive must notify Student Health, follow any isolation requirements, and receive clearance to return to educational activities. Any student not cleared to participate due to symptoms, should remain at home, notify the PA program, and follow up with Student Health. If not cleared for on-campus activities by Student Health, student notification should be to the Director of Preclinical Education in the preclinical year and to the Director of Clinical Education in the clinical year.

All students will need to follow university requirements for COVID testing, regardless of vaccination status. Duke officials will continue to assess local COVID rates and communicate with students, faculty, and staff if changes in testing, masking, or campus access are necessary.