School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

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Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) Program

The SOPPS currently offers a graduate-level pharmacy program culminating in the professional degree of Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD). This program will prepare graduates with the professional competencies for entry-level pharmacy practice in any setting; to ensure optimal medication therapy outcomes, patient safety and patient-centered team-based care; and to satisfy the educational requirements for licensure as a pharmacist. Binghamton’s program develops caring professionals with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values required for the ethical and effective practice of pharmacy. The PharmD program has three objectives: (1) to educate skilled pharmacists to serve their communities with competence and compassion and in an ethical manner, (2) to promote public health by educating pharmacists to provide drug information and education and (3) to develop skills in pharmacy management, medication distribution and control and in counseling of patients on medications. 

The Binghamton University SOPPS PharmD program has been granted Precandidate status by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), 135 South LaSalle Street, Suite 4100, Chicago, IL 60503 (Phone: 312-644-3575; Fax: 312-664-4652; www.acpe-accredit.org).

On December 13, 2016, the New York State Board of Regents authorized Binghamton University to award the PharmD degree. The New York State Education Department reviewed the program and registered it for professional purposes on February 6, 2017.

 

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Admission

See the SOPPS page of the Admission section of the University Bulletin. 

 

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Additional Matriculation Requirements

Professional students in the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences must adhere to the following policies related to professional practice. Some policies will require students to pay additional fees.

Professional Ethics and Academic Honesty: Students are expected to comply with the University’s Rules for Student Conduct and the policies related to professional ethics, professional practice and academic honesty as stated in the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Student Handbook.

Program Fees: Students are required to pay fees that are associated with their professional development that are above and beyond tuition. Those fees include but are not limited to appropriate immunization costs, various clinical certification costs (diabetes care, medication therapy management and immunization certifications), CPR certification costs, simulation fees and third-party professional development software (like CORE-ELM) costs.

Malpractice and Liability Insurance: All students are required to obtain Pharmacist Professional Liability Insurance through the Healthcare Providers Service Organization (HPSO; http://www.hpso.com).

Health Insurance: All students enrolled in the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences are required to submit proof of personal health insurance. This documentation must be submitted prior to beginning any clinical experience. Failure to demonstrate evidence of health insurance will prevent the student from beginning clinical experiences in any semester. Health insurance is available for purchase through the University for those students who do not have coverage.

Drug Testing: Students are routinely required to undergo drug testing. Students will be asked to submit to drug testing prior to admission through PharmCAS and at the beginning of each academic year through the services of CertiPhi (https://www.certiphi.com). The student is responsible for all costs associated with these requirements. For more information about this process and its associated fees, please see the CertiPhi website (https://www.certiphi.com). All matriculated students assigned to an experiential site may be required by that site to submit to a drug test. The student will comply with directions given regarding the designated vendor and any appropriate follow-up that may be required. Although variable, most required panels test for amphetamines, barbiturates, benzodiazepines, cannabinoids, cocaine, meperidine, methadone, oxycodone, opiates, phencyclidine and propoxyphene. Costs associated with the additional testing may be incurred by the students.

Criminal Background Checks: All School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences students are required to undergo a criminal background screening. Students will be asked to submit to a background check prior to admission through PharmCAS and at the beginning of each academic year through the services of CertiPhi (https://www.certiphi.com). The student is responsible for all costs associated with these requirements. For more information about this process and its fees, please see the CertiPhi website (https://www.certiphi.com).

Immunizations:  Prior to enrollment, all students are required to submit immunizations to CertiPhi (https://www.certiphi.com). Pharmacy students will not be allowed to register for classes until they have fulfilled these requirements. The immunizations must include:

  • Influenza: Please provide documentation of a current flu vaccine.
  • Meningitis: Please provide documentation of a Meningitis (MCV4) vaccine administered. Vaccine must be within the past 5 years
  • MMR: Please provide documentation of 2 MMR vaccines OR a positive quantitative antibody titer showing immunity. If the titer provided is negative or equivocal, students must repeat the 2-shot series AND provide a second titer.
  • Varicella (Chicken Pox): Please provide documentation of a positive quantitative titer showing immunity. Students with history of disease MUST demonstrate immunity by a quantitative titer. If the titer provided is negative or equivocal, students must repeat the 2-shot series AND provide a second titer.
  • TDAP: Please provide documentation of a TDAP vaccine administered within the past 10 years. If the TDAP vaccination is older than 10 years, please provide documentation of a current TD booster. Previous TDAP vaccinations must be provided in order for TD boosters to be accepted.
  • Hepatitis B: Please provide documentation of 3 Hepatitis B vaccines AND a positive quantitative antibody titer showing immunity. If the titer provided is negative or equivocal, students must repeat the 3-shot series AND provide a second titer. Students repeating the HEP B series will be marked complete at the first shot, but with an expiration date set for one month later when the 2nd shot is due. Once the 2nd shot is provided it will be marked complete, but with an expiration date set for 5 months later when the 3rd shot is due. Once the 3rd shot has been provided the requirement will be marked complete and an expiration date will be set for a month later when the final titer is due. Once a positive titer is provided an indefinite expiration date will be set. Example 01/01/2099.
  • PPD: Please provide documentation of a 1-step PPD test or Quantiferon TB Gold test. If test is positive, please provide documentation of a clear chest x-ray. Chest x-rays will be good for just one year.

 

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Program Requirements

The Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree program is a four-year course of study. The curriculum is designed to prepare students to become pharmacy practitioners who possess the knowledge and skills required to function as authorities on the use of medicines and who can apply pharmaceutical and biomedical science to the practical problems of drug therapy. Pharmacists are capable of contributing to the interdisciplinary delivery of primary health care and can function as drug therapy specialists. Students also are prepared for specialty professional studies and for graduate study in the pharmaceutical sciences.

Below is the required curriculum for the PharmD students. 

Year 1 (P1)

Fall

Course 

Hours

PHRM 501: Foundations I

5

PHRM 504: Integrated Pharmacotherapy I

3

PHRM 508: Professional Communications and Medical Info

2

PHRM 510: Health Care Delivery

3

PHRM 513: Pharmaceutics I

3

PHRM 514: Pharmaceutical Calculations I

1

PHRM 579a: Lifelong Learning

0

Subtotal

17

 

 

Spring

Course

Hours

PHRM 502: Foundations II

3

PHRM 503: Foundations III

2

PHRM 505: Skills Lab – Integrated Pharmacotherapy I

2

PHRM 509: Foundations for Interprofessional Communications

1

PHRM 511: Biostatistics

3

PHRM 512: Pharmacy Law

3

PHRM 515: Pharmaceutics II

3

PHRM 516: Pharmaceutical Calculations II

1

PHRM 561: Intro to Pharmacy Practice Experiences

0

PHRM 579b: Lifelong Learning

1

Subtotal

19

PHRM 562: Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience I: Community Practice (summer)

4 


Year 2 (P2)

Fall

Course 

Hours

PHRM 520: Integrated Pharmacotherapy II

2

PHRM 521: Integrated Pharmacotherapy III

3

PHRM 522: Integrated Pharmacotherapy IV

3

PHRM 525: Skills Lab – Integrated Pharmacotherapy II - IV

2

PHRM 528: Population Health and Study Design Evolution

3

PHRM 533: Skills Lab – Pharmaceutical Compounding and Dispensing

2

PHRM 579c: Lifelong Learning

0

PHRM 564a: Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience IIA: Hospital Pharm

2

Elective

3

Subtotal

20

 

 

Spring

Course

Hours

PHRM 523: Integrated Pharmacotherapy V

4

PHRM 524: Integrated Pharmacotherapy VI

4

PHRM 526: Skills Lab – Integrated Pharmacotherapy V - VI

2

PHRM 529: Drug Information and Health Informatics

3

PHRM 530: Health Care Ethics

2

PHRM 534: Pharmaceutics III

2

PHRM 579d: Lifelong Learning

1

PHRM 564b: Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience IIB

2

Subtotal

20


Year 3 (P3)

Fall

Course 

Hours

PHRM 541: Integrated Pharmacotherapy VII

3

PHRM 542: Integrated Pharmacotherapy VIII

5

PHRM 544: Skills Lab – Integrated Pharmacotherapy VII - VIII

2

PHRM 548: Pharmacoepidemiology, Pharmacoeconomics and Health Outcomes

3

PHRM 553: Pharmacy, Pharmacogenomics and Precision Medicine

2

PHRM 566a: Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience IIIA: Elective Experience

2

Elective

3

Subtotal

20

 

 

Spring

Course

Hours

PHRM 543: Integrated Pharmacotherapy IX

3

PHRM 545: Skills Lab – Integrated Pharmacotherapy I - IX

3

PHRM 549: Topics in Pharmacy Law

1

PHRM 550: Contemporary Pharmacy Leadership and Management

3

PHRM 551: Public Health and Global Health Problems

2

PHRM 554: Advanced Skills Lab – Pharmaceutical Compounding

1

PHRM 566b: Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience IIIB: Elective Experience

2

Elective

3

Subtotal

18


Year 4 (P4)

Progression to Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs)

Course

Hours

PHRM 572: Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience I: Community Pharmacy

 

6

PHRM 573: Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience II: Ambulatory Care Pharmacy

 

6

PHRM 574: Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience III: Pharmacy Administration/Institutional

 

6

PHRM 575: Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience IV: General/Internal Medicine

 

6

PHRM 581– PHRM 589: Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience: Elective

 

6

PHRM 581– PHRM 589: Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience: Elective

 

6

PHRM 595: Pharmacy Capstone Project

 

6

Elective

3

Subtotal

42

 Total credit hours required for graduation: 156

 

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Capstone Project 

Students will complete a pharmacy capstone project that will expose them to research or clinical problems that will require critical thinking and problem-solving skills. 

Capstone Project Design

Acceptable categories for the capstone project include bench or clinical research, business plans, retrospective chart or protocol reviews, educational research, or other pharmacy-related topics

Year

Activity

Length

P3

Clinical, tenure-track or adjunct faculty member assigned to mentor a group of 5 students. One TA is assigned to the group. Students design an independent, pharmacy-related research endeavor that follows the established guidelines for a research paper. Workflow is designed and IRB submission is prepared.

5 hours

P4

During an APPE rotation, the TA assists the student(s) to collect and analyze data for the project resulting in a rough draft for the mentor by the end of the rotation.

6 weeks (40 hours each week)

P4

A final poster or platform presentation is due at the end of the fourth professional year. These will be presented in a public forum at the annual School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Capstone Poster and Presentation Day in late April.

5 hours

Throughout the curriculum, students will be presented and equipped with tools and methods that enable their life-long learning; the educational philosophy emphasizes that healthcare professionals must be able to replenish their knowledge and skills continually. Skills and methods extend beyond the pharmacotherapy knowledge and clinical skills developed in the integrated pharmacotherapy and accompanying skills lab courses to include human subject research studies that ultimately inform and quickly evolve “best clinical practice” and evidence-based guidelines as well as “bench” or exploratory biomedical research. 

 

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Grades

Grades are on a letter scale: A through C–, D, and F. Grades of S (satisfactory) and U (unsatisfactory) may be used in a limited number of cases, as described in the Academic Policies and Procedures - Graduate section of the University Bulletin, for which no greater precision in grading is required. The grades of S and U are not assigned numerical value and thus are not averaged in with other grades in computing grade-point averages. A grade of S denotes a minimum level of academic performance equivalent to at least a B. 

For the purpose of computing semester or cumulative averages, each letter grade is assigned a quality point value. These quality point values are combined with course credit hours to produce a grade-point average. A cumulative grade-point average of a 2.5 is required for graduation. Courses for which a student has received a D or F do not count toward the number of courses required for a graduate degree or certificate.

The School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences assigns percentage ranges are as follows: 

Letter Grade

Numeric Grade

Percentage Grade

A

4.0

92.5 - 100

A-

3.7

89.5 – 92.4

B+

3.3

86.5 – 89.4

B

3.0

82.5 – 86.4

B-

2.7

79.5 – 82.4

C+

2.3

74.5 – 79.4

C

2.0

69.5 – 74.4

C-

1.7

66.5 – 69.4

D

1.0

59.5 – 66.4

F

0.0

< 59.5

 

 

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Course Schedule Change Policies

The School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences follows all of the Graduate School policies regarding changes in course schedules. The SOPPS strongly discourages changes in any course within a pharmacy student’s schedule without consultation from the associate dean for curriculum and assessment and the assistant dean for student affairs within SOPPS. Dropping a course or changing a schedule in any way could result in a significant extension of the time required to earn the PharmD degree. Due to this, changes in academic schedules should only happen in extreme situations.

 

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Residence Requirement

PharmD students will be expected to complete the entirety of their required coursework at Binghamton University. Exceptions for accepting transfer credits from other institutions will be granted only in rare occasions. See the Transfer Credits section below for more information.

 

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Transfer Credit

Approval must be received in writing from the associate dean for curriculum and assessment and the dean of the PharmD program the applicant is transferring to before registering at another institution. Students transferring credits to Binghamton University will need to complete the Request for Transfer Credit form, which is available from the Graduate School. 

 

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Part-Time and Non-Marticulated/Non-Degree Study

Part-time and non-matriculated/non-degree study options are not available.

 

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Misconduct Procedures

Students are subject to disciplinary action for violations of any of the SOPPS policies held within the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Student Handbook and any policies held within Binghamton University’s Student Handbook or Student Code of Conduct. Any suspected violations of academic, ethical or professional standards may be reported to the SOPPS Offices of Academic or Student Affairs which, at their discretion, may forward these violations to the Committee on Awards and Progression (CAP) for evaluation, and/or to the Binghamton University Division of Student Affairs, for evaluation and adjudication. (See the Student Code of Conduct for more information on the Binghamton University Division of Student Affairs student conduct process and outcomes.)

Within the SOPPS, disciplinary action will be taken by CAP for students who breach the SOPPS Honor Code. The severity of action will depend on the severity of the infraction, the frequency of infractions, and if it is a repeated infraction. Actions can include but are not limited to verbal or written warnings, professional remediation, professional probation, or dismissal. CAP decisions will be communicated to students and their faculty advisors by either the associate dean for academic affairs and assessment or the dean as appropriate. In cases where professional remediation is warranted, a professional remediation plan will be developed incorporating input from the faculty advisor, course faculty and/or preceptors. Students will have the opportunity to have a hearing, given ample notification of the hearing’s time and location, and will be able to follow an appeals process regarding the outcome of the hearing. (For a more detailed description of the conduct process or appeals process, check the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Student Handbook and the SOPPS Office for Student Affairs.) 

 

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Grievance Procedures

Students are encouraged to make every effort to solve problems informally, by working with their class representatives and class advisors, faculty members, and both the associate dean for academic affairs and assessment and the assistant dean for student affairs. For more formal complaints/grievances, please refer to the process outlined in the SOPPS Student Handbook. Examples of potential reasons for a complaint/grievance include but are not limited to perceived discrimination or harassment, bias of any type, a perceived level of unfairness, etc. Refer to the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Student Handbook for the full grievance process. At any time, a student may file a grievance to Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. For a statement of the ACPE complaint policy and procedures on how to file a complaint, refer to the following website: https://acpe-accredit.org/complaints/

 

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Academic Grievance Procedures

The student should first attempt to resolve any academic disagreement with the course director/lecturer. If the student fails to reach a satisfactory resolution, the student may appeal the grade in accordance with the following policy on academic appeal. 

  • The student must submit the appeal in writing along with a description of the results of the communication with the course director/lecturer, and any pertinent graded materials to the Committee on Awards and Progression (CAP). The information that the student presents to the CAP will be shared with the involved course director/lecturer who will be given an opportunity to respond to the student’s appeal. The appeal must be made within five business days after the official end of semester grades are reported.

Grounds for Academic Appeal

For an appeal of a course grade to be considered, it must be based upon one or more of the following grounds and upon allegation that the ground or grounds cited influenced the grade assignment to the student’s detriment:

  1. Arithmetic or clerical error
  2. Documented ineffectiveness of the course instructor to prepare students for success in the course, on tests, or in assignments

(See the Grievance Appeals Procedure within the Graduate School Manual for appeals processes outside of the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.)

 

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Student Progression and Dismissal Policies

Students are expected to progress through the PharmD program in the standard four-year period. Students in good standing will maintain both a semester and cumulative GPA at or above the minimum SOPPS GPA of 2.50 and uphold the academic honesty and professional codes of conduct as delineated in the SOPPS Student Handbook. However, under specific circumstances and for a variety of situations, student progression may be delayed or deferred or under some conditions a student can be dismissed from the PharmD program. A student may elect in consultation with the Office of Student Affairs (OSA) and/or the Committee on Awards and Progression (CAP) to defer their progression for a variety of reasons including medical or family issues as warranted. Student progression can be delayed for multiple reasons stemming from poor academic performance as well as professional or academic misconduct.  The range of potential routes for delayed progression or dismissal and SOPPS policies related to progression/dismissal are summarized in the following schematics and discussed below. (Note: Specific definitions/use of terms are given at the end of this document.)

Potential Routes for Delayed Progression 

  1. Failure to maintain minimum GPA (<2.50) for two consecutive semesters
    1. Students on sustained academic probation may be placed on “success plans” that delay their progression.
  2. Unsuccessful remediation of a course grade of D or F or a need to remediate APPE experience
    1. Students who do not successfully remediate a course grade of D or F will be required to take the course during next course offering. This may delay their overall progression.
  3. More than two D’s or F’s in a given semester
    1. At the discretion of CAP, the students will repeat the semester which will delay their progression or the student will be dismissed from program if the student previously was on academic probation.
  4. Professional or academic misconduct
    1. This will be decided on a case by case basis by CAP per Binghamton University and SOPPS policies.

Potential Routes for Dismissal from the PharmD Program

  1. Sustained or multiple placements on academic probation
  2. Academic or professional misconduct
  3. Need to remediate > 4 courses in P1 – P3 years OR need to remediate > 2 APPEs

Of note, students may simultaneously qualify for more than one of the potential routes for delayed progression or dismissal. For example, a student may unsuccessfully remediate a course grade of “D” or “F” and be on academic probation for two semesters. CAP will take the totality of individual student performance into account when recommending “success plans” and courses of action. In some cases, a student’s progression will be delayed beyond the four-year period.

Additionally, while CAP, the assistant dean for student affairs (ADSA) and the associate dean for academic affairs and assessment (ADAAA) may make recommendations for dismissal of a student from the PharmD program, ultimately the dean will make all dismissal decisions. While the dean will take into account CAP, ASA and ADAAA recommendations for student dismissal, the dean will make the decision in all dismissal cases and is able to overturn recommendations.

Academic probation: Students who fail to maintain a semester or cumulative GPA at or above the SOPPS minimum GPA of 2.50 will be on placed on academic probation. Students’ individual cases will be reviewed by CAP and an individualized “success plan” will be developed by CAP and appropriate faculty. The “success plan” will be designed to focus on ensuring students are being given appropriate supplemental assistance to achieve the learning outcomes and competencies expected of them during each professional year. The student will be placed on their individualized “success plan” and their performance will be reviewed and monitored by CAP while the student is on academic probation. Students on academic probation may have restrictions on extra-curricular activities as deemed appropriate.

Sustained or multiple placements on academic probation: Students who are on academic probation for two consecutive semesters will be placed on an individualized “success plan” developed by CAP and appropriate faculty; the student’s performance will be reviewed and monitored by CAP every semester while the student is on academic probation. Students on academic probation may have restrictions on extra-curricular activities as deemed appropriate. Sustained academic probation may result in delayed student progression and will be decided on an individual basis by CAP. Recommendations will be reviewed by the ADAAA. The ADAAA will meet with students to inform and discuss CAP decisions and recommendations. (Of note, all students who are on academic probation in any given, single semester will also be placed on a “success plan." However, with only a single semester of academic probation and no other academic honesty or professional conduct violations, every effort will be made to assist the student in progressing through the program in the normal four-year cycle.)

Students who are on academic probation for three or more consecutive semesters or are placed on academic probation multiple times (not consecutive semesters) will be eligible for dismissal from the PharmD program. Each case will be individually reviewed by CAP with respect to the student’s academic trajectory and progress on their “success plan” and recommendations will be made to the ADSA and ADAAA who will review delayed progression decisions or dismissal recommendations. Progression decisions will be communicated to the student by the ADAAA.  The dean, with consideration of recommendations from CAP and the ADAAA, will make and communicate all dismissal decisions to students. 

Any combination of more than two course grades of “D” or “F” in any given semester: With the recommendation of CAP,students who earn any combination of three or more final course grades of “D” or “F” requiring remediation in a given semester will be required to repeat the semester. This will delay student progression. Students on academic probation prior to the semester in which they have earned three or more final course grades of “D” or “F” will be dismissed from the PharmD program. Recommendations will be reviewed by the ADAAA. Decisions will be communicated to students by the ADAAA in cases of delayed progression. In all cases of dismissal, the Dean will make all dismissal decisions and communicate these decisions to affected students.

Unsuccessful course remediation of “D” or “F” course grade: Students who earn a course grade of either “D” or “F” will be given the opportunity to remediate their course grade immediately following the semester in which the student earned the final course grade of “D” or “F”. (Remediation policies are discussed in detail in the following section of this publication.) This includes both didactic and experiential courses. Students may remediate a maximum of two courses in any given semester. Students who do not successfully remediate their final course grade will be required to re-take the course during its next course offering. Depending on course pre-requisites this may delay student progression. See the section entitled Student Remediation Policies for more details on the remediation process.

Multiple course remediation in P1 – P3 years or in Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPEs): Students will be afforded opportunities to remediate courses in which they receive either a final course grade of “D” or “F” up to a maximum number of four courses (including both didactic and Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPEs)) in their P1 – P3 years; more than four course remediations in the P1 – P3 years will result in academic dismissal. In the P4 year, students needing to remediate more than two APPE experiences will be dismissed from the program. CAP will review all cases individually and make recommendations to the ASA and ADAAA. The Dean will make all dismissal decisions and communicate them to affected students. 

Professional or academic misconduct: Student progression may be delayed for professional honor code or academic honesty code violations as detailed in the SOPPS Student Handbook. These violations include but are not limited to substance abuse, unprofessional conduct, Title IX and confidentiality issues, cheating, plagiarism and fabrication. CAP will individually evaluate each case and recommend a course of action based on the given infraction, its severity and whether or not there have been previous infractions. In some cases, student progression may be delayed while in severe cases or reoccurring cases students may be dismissed from the program. Recommendations will be reviewed by the ADSA and ADAAA. The ADSA and ADAAA will meet with students to inform and discuss CAP decisions and recommendations except in the case of dismissal. In cases of dismissal, the Dean will make all dismissal decisions as well as meet with and inform affected students of the decision.

 

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Student Remediation Policies

Students who earn a final course grade of either “D” or “F” will be assigned an incomplete “I” and will be given the opportunity to remediate the course in lieu of repeating the course at the next course offering. The intent of remediation is to help students develop the appropriate competencies and skills needed to progress successfully through the PharmD program with limited impact on their time to complete the program where possible. Specifically, course remediation for fall didactic courses will occur in early January prior to the start of spring semester classes; course remediation for spring didactic courses will occur at the end of May. Remediation of failed IPPEs and APPEs will be individually scheduled with the Office of Experiential Education. Procedurally, students receiving a final course grade of “D” or “F” will be replaced with a grade of “C-“ or “P” with successful remediation in the case of didactic or experiential courses respectively. APPE remediation will likely delay student progression in most cases.

Course remediation will be an intensive review and retaking of the entire course occurring over a two to three-week long program period which will be held shortly after the end of the fall or spring semesters for courses occurring in fall or spring semesters respectively. Didactic course remediations will consist of a cumulative examination and a minimum of one other graded assignment/assessment (which can also be an additional examination but does not have to be) at the course coordinator’s/course facultys’ discretion. Faculty conducting course remediation will have the following responsibilities: (1) Providing a remediation orientation plan and expectations to students including a remediation contract agreement with required signature; (2) Providing time and availability to remediating students for guidance and tutoring individually and in groups. Some of this time must be on-site; and (3) Reviewing individually with each student that student’s individual areas of weakness that require extra studying and preparation. Students must sign the remediation contract and return it to the remediation course coordinator.  

Remediation calendars will be disseminated to students, faculty and staff at the beginning of each semester. Detailed schedules will be developed by the ADAAA once mid-term grades for a given semester are available in order to create a plan able to deliver remediation across multiple courses (that require remediation by students in a given semester) and will be disseminated to faculty and staff and students at risk.

Students who do not successfully remediate a course during the remediation period will receive their originally earned grade of “D” or “F” and be required to take the course during the next course offering. As well, students who elect not to do course remediation will be required to take any course in which they have received a final course grade of either a “D” or “F” the next time the course is offered; their transcript will show both course grades. In most cases this will delay student progression due to scheduling or prerequisite requirements.   

Students may remediate a maximum of two courses in any given semester with a cumulative maximum of four courses over the P1 – P3 years (including IPPEs), and a maximum of two APPEs. Students requiring more than this level of remediation will be dismissed from the PharmD program as discussed previously.

 

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Glossary and Definition of Terms

Academic probation - Student fails to maintain the minimum GPA of 2.50 either in a given semester or cumulatively and is placed on a “success plan” with monitoring.

Academic dismissal - Removal of a student from the PharmD program due to poor academic performance. Dismissal decisions are made by the dean.

Deferred academic progression - Delay of a student’s academic progress/program continuation for up to a full academic year due to circumstances approved by the ADSA, ADAAA such as need for family or medical need. This can be initiated by the student with consultation with the CAP and the ADSA. 

Delayed academic progression – Mandatory delay of a student’s academic progress/program continuation for up to a full academic year due to poor academic performance.

Professional probation - Student is placed on a “success plan” with monitoring due to a violation(s) of the honor code, academic honesty code or policies unrelated to academic achievement. Probation may have restrictions on extra-curricular activities.

Professional dismissal - Removal of a student from the PharmD program due to a violation(s) of the honor code, academic honesty code or policies unrelated to academic achievement. Dismissal decisions are made by the Dean.

Remediation -  Supplemental education for students failing to demonstrate minimal competence during the regular course schedule. This allows students additional opportunities to demonstrate core competencies and learning outcomes for course content and skills.  Remediation opportunities are usually made available to students immediately after the semester in which the course is routinely offered and are completed prior to the subsequent semester.

Undelayed progression - Student continuation and successful completion of the curriculum/PharmD program in the prescribed four-year course timeline.