Student School Agreement

Student/School Agreement

All incoming students must sign.


I understand that part of POCA Tech’s role as an acupuncture school is to be a gatekeeper for people entering the acupuncture profession: to prepare graduates to be independent healthcare practitioners. Clinical supervisors are obligated to address situations in which they feel an intern’s judgment, maturity, emotional stability, temperament, and/or attitudes may make punking a poor fit as a career. Clinical supervisors may create plans for improvement for students to follow as a result of identifying these situations. Interns are obligated to fulfill these plans for improvement; failure to do so will result in failing clinic evaluations.

POCA Tech assumes that student interns in clinic are on their best behavior because they're being supervised.  Our role is to make sure graduates are prepared to practice without our supervision. We have to assume that students might behave less well when nobody is watching. So if student interns struggle with being on time, on being attentive and responsible to patients, with following procedures and complying with laws, etc., we have to assume that these problems will all be worse when they’re not being supervised. And that means we can’t in good conscience advance them through the program.