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2009-2010 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Academic Standards and Academic Progress


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Definition of Full-time Status for Academic Purposes

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For first-year (U1) students entering fall 2009 and later years (Catalog Years 2009 and later):

Full-time status for undergraduate students for academic purposes is defined as 12 or more credits of registered coursework at the end of the drop/add period. 

Exception: Doctor of pharmacy program students in the sixth year (P4) of the program are defined as full-time with a minimum of 10 credits of registered coursework at the end of the drop/add period.

General Information

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Students in advanced degree programs under the jurisdiction of the College of Graduate Studies or Mayes College of Healthcare Business and Policy, as well as graduate level-certificate programs, should refer to the College of Graduate Studies Policies and Procedures Handbook for information on grading. Academic departments may also have additional handbooks containing information relevant to the discipline or the profession. Students should check with their academic departments.

The minimum passing grade in all courses taken at the University is “D-.” At the conclusion of each semester of study, students are expected to have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.00, unless a higher GPA is specified by their program. For the purposes of these academic regulations, “good academic standing” shall be defined as maintenance of a cumulative GPA of at least 2.00 and not more than one failing grade (“F”) in the most recent semester, irrespective of cumulative GPA.

To progress into advanced or professional coursework, students must have completed and passed all required courses. Depending on curriculum, this may be first-, second-, or third-year courses. Students also must have achieved at least the minimum cumulative GPA required by their major.

All students must achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 by the end of the spring semester of their second year, unless a higher standard is specified by their program (see specific requirements below). The minimum cumulative GPA must be achieved by the end of the spring semester of the second year. A second-year student who has achieved the minimum cumulative GPA as of the end of the spring semester but who has not completed or has failed a required course must satisfactorily complete the required course by the end of Summer Session 2 of the same year with the minimum cumulative GPA or above, in order to progress into the third year of a curriculum. Students in the entry-level doctor of pharmacy program must complete all required first- and second-year courses by the end of the spring semester of the second year.

The academic records of all second-year students are evaluated by the corresponding program director/department chairperson and the college dean responsible for their degree program. Those students who do not meet the criteria for progression into the third year (fourth year for doctor of physical therapy students) of the curriculum will be referred to the appropriate faculty college council.

The faculty college council may:

  • Drop the student from the University rolls; or
  • Provide the student an opportunity to attain the required GPA within a maximum of two additional semesters while assigned a full course load, including reassignment to courses in which a minimum final grade of “C” was not achieved (subject to policy on “Repetition of a Course/Grade Replacement”).

Biological Sciences

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Students in the baccalaureate degree program in biology, microbiology, or environmental science must achieve a grade of “C-” or better in biological sciences courses at the 200 level and above to count these courses toward the minimum biology credits required in the degree program for graduation. Details of the degree requirements for the BS degrees in biology, microbiology, and environmental science are detailed in the sections outlining these programs.

Pharmaceutical Marketing and Management

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Students in the bachelor of science program in pharmaceutical marketing and management are subject to program probation. Students admitted into the graduating class of 2011 and beyond will be withdrawn from the program if, during their sophomore, junior, or senior years, they exceed two semesters of program probation. Program probation is defined as achieving less than a 2.30 (“C+”) semester GPA in any given semester.

Physical Therapy

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Pre-Professional Curriculum—In the pre-professional curriculum, all DPT majors must achieve a minimum grade of “C” (or “P” in pass/fail courses) in all courses required to meet the core curriculum and prerequisites of the physical therapy program. They must also achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 by the end of the fall semester of their last pre-professional year and maintain that cumulative GPA through the end of spring semester of their last pre-professional year.

Students entering the professional phase of the DPT program in summer 2011 and beyond must achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.00 by the end of the fall semester of their third year.

Professional Curriculum: Graduating class of 2009 and Beyond (DPT)—Physical therapy students must achieve a minimum grade of “C” (or “P” in pass/fail courses) in the first professional year of the program and a minimum grade of “B-” in the second and third professional years in all courses with the prefix “PT” in order to progress to any other course for which the completed course is a prerequisite.

Physician Assistant

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Physician assistant majors must achieve a minimum cumulative GPA and a natural science GPA of 2.75  or higher and at least 100 hours of patient contact hours to progress to second-year (U2) status. The student must achieve a minimum cumulative GPA and a natural science GPA of 3.00  or higher and 200 hours of patient contact hours to progress to third-year (U3) status. The student must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher through the end of their participation in the program. See the physician assistant section in the Samson College of Health Sciences section of this catalog for a complete list of criteria for progressing into the professional phase of the program.

Occupational Therapy

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Effective with the class entering the professional phase of the program in May 2006, occupational therapy majors who receive a grade of “D” (“D+”, “D”, “D-”) in one course with an OT prefix must repeat the course with a grade of “C” or better. In this situation, the student will be asked to develop a learning contract with his/her academic advisor with the approval of the department chairperson. The need to repeat a course and the learning contract may result in a part-time schedule. Following repeat of a course, if a student receives a “D” in any course with an OT prefix, he/she will be dismissed from the program.

A student receiving a grade of “C-” in any course with an OT prefix may be required to register for OT 399, for one credit, to remediate the course. Upon completion of the remediation, the student will receive a pass or fail grade for OT 399. Remediation credits for OT 399 will not count toward credits needed for graduation. The need for course remediation is at the discretion of the course instructor in consultation with the department chair. Failure of OT 399 counts as a failure in a course with an OT prefix (see below).

If a student receives a grade of “F” in any course with an OT prefix, the student will be dismissed from the OT program. Further, if a student receives 2 “D’s” in courses with an OT prefix in any one semester, he/she will be dismissed from the OT program.

Any student that is dismissed from the program may petition the faculty to be readmitted after a period of one year. The student must demonstrate a clear rationale as to why he/she should be readmitted to the program. There is no obligation for the faculty to readmit a student that has been dismissed.

Academic Progress

Students in the BSHS/MOT program must achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.30 by the end of the spring semester of their second year in order to progress to the professional portion of the program.

In addition to the policy listed under academic regulations above, all students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.30 throughout the remainder of the occupational therapy curriculum in order to remain in the program. Should a student’s GPA fall below the minimal criteria, the student will be placed on probation in the department.

A student cannot be on probation for more than 2 full-time semesters while in the professional phase of the program. A student cannot participate in his/her first Level II fieldwork while on probation. Department probation that delays Level II fieldwork will result in a revised schedule and a delay in graduation.

Medical Technology

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Medical technology majors apply for their hospital internship program following completion of the second year. A cumulative GPA of 2.50 is required to make application.

Entry-Level Doctor of Pharmacy

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Students in the entry-level Doctor of Pharmacy program must successfully complete all three proficiencies before progressing to their clerkship rotations. The three proficiencies are:

  • Writing proficiency examination or equivalent (Catalog Year 2008 or earlier)—Students admitted into the graduating classes of 2008–2012 (Catalog Year 2002–2006) must complete the writing proficiency exam prior to entering the third professional year. Students admitted into the graduating classes of 2013 and 2014 (Catalog Years 2007 and 2008) must complete the writing proficiency exam prior to entering the second professional year.
  • Red Cross Standard First Aid and Adult CPR courses.
  • Pharmaceutical Calculations Proficiency Examination (must be accomplished in the final didactic semester).

Graduating Classes Prior to 2006 (Catalog Year 2000)—Students admitted into the entry-level doctor of pharmacy program, graduating classes of 2005, 2004, and 2003, must achieve a minimum grade of “C-” (“P” if taking pass/fail election) in all courses with the prefix PA, PC, PH, or PP in order to progress in the program. These students must also maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.30 throughout years three through six (the professional years) of the program.

Graduating Classes of 2006–2008 (Catalog Years 2000–2002)—To progress in the entry-level doctor of pharmacy program, students admitted into the graduating Classes of 2006, 2007, and 2008 must achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.30 by August 15 following the second year and maintain a minimum semester GPA of 2.30 in every semester of years three through six (the professional years).

Graduating Classes of 2009–2011 (Catalog Years 2003–2005)—To progress into the third year (first professional year) of the entry-level doctor of pharmacy curriculum, students admitted into the graduating classes of 2009, 2010, and 2011 must achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 by the end of the spring semester of the second year, successfully complete and pass all required first- and second-year courses by the end of the spring semester of the second year, and have taken all required courses at USP since matriculation. Students who fail to meet these requirements will be withdrawn from the doctor of pharmacy program. Students with a cumulative GPA of 2.30 and above, who have not met all the requirements above may apply for readmission into the third year (first professional year) of the doctor of pharmacy program. During years three through six (the professional years), students who do not achieve a semester GPA of 2.30 or higher will be placed on program probation.

Graduating Classes of 2012 and 2013 (Catalog Years 2006 and 2007)—To progress into the third year (first professional year) of the entry-level doctor of pharmacy curriculum, students admitted into the graduating classes of 2012 and 2013 must achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.70 and a minimum cumulative natural science/math GPA of 2.30 by the end of the spring semester of the second year, successfully complete and pass all required first- and second-year courses by the end of the spring semester of the second year, and have taken all required courses at USP since matriculation. Students who fail to meet these requirements will be withdrawn from the Doctor of Pharmacy program. Students with a cumulative GPA of 2.50 and above, who have not met all the requirements above, may apply for readmission into the third year (first professional year) of the doctor of pharmacy program. During years three through six (the professional years), students who do not achieve a semester GPA of 2.30 or higher will be placed on program probation.

Graduating Classes of 2014 and later (Catalog Years 2008 and later)—To progress into the third year (first professional year) of the entry-level doctor of pharmacy curriculum, students admitted into the graduating classes of 2014 and later must achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 and a minimum cumulative natural science/math GPA of 2.50 by the end of the spring semester of the second year, successfully complete and pass all required first- and second-year courses by the end of the spring semester of the second year, and have taken all required courses at USP since matriculation. Students who fail to meet these requirements will be withdrawn from the doctor of pharmacy program. Students with a cumulative GPA of 2.50 and above, who have not met all the requirements above may apply for readmission into the third year (first professional year) of the doctor of pharmacy program. During years three through six (the professional years), students who do not achieve a semester GPA of 2.30 or higher will be placed on program probation.

Students admitted into the graduating classes of 2014 and later of the entry-level doctor of pharmacy program, must achieve a minimum grade of “C-“ (“P” if taking pass/fail election) in all nonelective required courses with the prefix PA, PC, PH, or PP in order to progress in the program.  Students who achieve a grade of less than “C-“ upon repetition of the same nonelective required course with the prefix PA, PC, PH, or PP will be dropped from the program.

Academic Probation

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The college deans will review the scholastic progress of all students at the end of each semester. Students who have not achieved the required minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00, or who have received a failing grade (“F”) in two or more courses in the most recent semester, will be placed on academic probation.

Students in majors other than the entry-level doctor of pharmacy program who do not achieve the course grades or cumulative GPA necessary to qualify for good academic standing may, at the option of the faculty, be granted a second consecutive semester of probation or a second or third nonconsecutive semester of probation in which to meet the required academic standards.

No student will be permitted more than two consecutive or three nonconsecutive semesters of academic probation.

Students on academic probation are expected to consult regularly with their advisors and program director and to utilize support services provided by the Division of Student Affairs and Academic Advising.

For first-year (U1) students entering fall 2009 and later years (Catalog Years 2009 and later):

The college deans will review the scholastic progress of all students at the end of each semester. Students, whether full-time or part-time, who have not achieved the required minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00, or who have received a failing grade (“F”) in two or more courses in the most recent semester (whether full-time or part-time), will be placed on academic probation. A semester is a 15-week unit of instruction and assessment..

Program Probation

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Entry-level Doctor of Pharmacy Program

Entry-level doctor of pharmacy program students are subject to program probation as well as academic probation.

  • Students admitted into the graduating classes of 2006, 2007, and  2008 (Catalog Years 2000, 2001, and 2002)
    • Must leave the program if, during the professional years of the program, they exceed two consecutive or three nonconsecutive full-time semesters in which they do not meet the required minimum semester GPA.
    • Faculty actions, including dean’s list, academic probation, and program probation, are applied only to the academic records of full-time students in the doctor of pharmacy program. For the purposes of academic actions, full-time status is based on the number of credits of completed coursework at the end of the semester. Completed coursework is defined as courses with an earned letter grade of “A+” to “F.”
    • Doctor of pharmacy program students in the first through fifth years (U1, U2, P1, P2, and P3) of the program are defined as full-time with a minimum of 12 credits of completed coursework in the fall or spring semesters; doctor of pharmacy program students in the sixth year (P4) of the program are defined as full-time with a minimum of 10 credits of completed coursework (two rotations) in the summer, fall, or spring semesters; implementation: summer 2007, for students beginning their first clerkship in the summer 2007 semester.
  • Students admitted into the graduating classes of 2009 through 2014 (Catalog Years 2003 through 2008)      
    • Must leave the program if, during the professional years of the program, they exceed two full-time semesters in which they do not meet the required minimum semester GPA.
    • Faculty actions, including dean’s list, academic probation, and program probation, are applied only to the academic records of full-time students in the doctor of pharmacy program. For the purposes of academic actions, full-time status is based on the number of credits of completed coursework at the end of the semester. Completed coursework is defined as courses with an earned letter grade of “A+” to “F.”
    • Doctor of pharmacy program students in the first through fifth years (U1, U2, P1, P2, and P3) of the program are defined as full-time with a minimum of 12 credits of completed coursework in the fall or spring semesters; doctor of pharmacy program students in the sixth year (P4) of the program are defined as full-time with a minimum of 10 credits of completed coursework (two rotations) in the summer, fall, or spring semesters; implementation: summer 2007, for students beginning their first clerkship in the summer 2007.                    
  • For students admitted to the graduating class of 2015 and beyond (Catalog Years 2009 and beyond)
    • Must leave the program if, during the professional years of the program, they exceed two full-time semesters in which they do not meet the required minimum semester GPA.
    • Doctor of pharmacy program students in the first through fifth years (U1, U2, P1, P2, and P3) of the program are defined as full-time with a minimum of 12 credits of registered coursework at the end of the drop/add period in the fall or spring semesters; doctor of pharmacy program students in the sixth year (P4) of the program are defined as full-time with a minimum of 10 credits of completed coursework (two rotations) in the summer, fall, or spring semesters.

Pharmaceutical Marketing and Management Program

Students in the bachelor of science program in pharmaceutical marketing and management are also subject to program probation as well as academic probation. Students admitted into the graduating class of 2011 and beyond will be withdrawn from the program if, during their sophomore, junior, or senior years, they exceed two semesters of program probation. Program probation is defined as achieving less than a 2.30 (“C+”) semester GPA in any given semester.

Student Comments and Complaints

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Doctor of Pharmacy Program

The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) requires that colleges of pharmacy respond to any written complaints by pharmacy students relating to adherence to the standards and policies and procedures of ACPE. Students should submit a written comment or complaint to the Office of the Dean of Pharmacy (GH-216). All comments or complaints will be evaluated, and a written response will be provided. Students are also encouraged to visit the ACPE website at www.acpe-accredit.org.

Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

Doctor of physical therapy students have the right to lodge a formal complaint to the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) if the USP physical therapy program is not in compliance with one or more of the evaluative criteria set by CAPTE.  

Students need to identify the specific evaluative criteria that they feel is not being met by the USP Department of Physical Therapy. In order for CAPTE to consider the complaint to be bona fide, the student MUST have exhausted all of the avenues for redress at the institution.  The full policy on complaints to CAPTE can be found in the Department of Physical Therapy Policy and Procedure Manual. Students may also find information on filing CAPTE complaints on the USP physical therapy webpage (www.usp.edu/pt/) and through the American Physical Therapy Association (www.apta.org).

Residency and Length of Time to Complete Program of Study

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Misher College of Arts and Sciences

In order to earn a degree from the Misher College of Arts and Sciences, a student must complete thirty (30) in-residence credits at a USP campus. Fifteen (15) of the thirty in-residence credits must be at the 300 level or higher. In-residence credits are defined as credits for courses offered by USP for which a student receives credit and a grade that can contribute to the student’s calculated grade point average (GPA).

Philadelphia College of Pharmacy

Students enrolled in programs in Philadelphia College of Pharmacy have a maximum amount of time to complete the requirements necessary for graduation in their program of study. For bachelor’s degree programs, students have a maximum of six years from freshman entry into the University to complete all degree requirements. For the doctor of pharmacy program, students have a maximum of six years from entry into the first professional year (third year) to complete all degree requirements. If a student cannot complete the degree in the allotted time of six years, the student will be withdrawn from the program. This requirement is effective for all first-year students matriculating into the fall 2007 semester.

Health Science Program

All students enrolled in the BSHS in health science program must fulfill a residency requirement of a minimum of two years (4 full semesters) at USP, including a minimum of one full semester as a BSHS major, in order to graduate. Students enrolled in integrated BSHS OT/PA/PT programs are exempt from this requirement.

All students enrolled in the BSHS in health science program must complete a minimum of 30 credits at USP in order to graduate. A minimum of 120 approved credits is required to earn a bachelor’s degree.

Occupational Therapy Program

Applications from other undergraduate majors or transfer students are welcome. The class level to which transfer students are assigned will depend on the prerequisites they have completed, but the minimum residency requirement is three years. All conditions regarding guaranteed admission into the professional curriculum also apply to transfer students admitted to the first or second year.

Satisfactory Academic Progress for Financial Aid

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Students who receive financial aid while attending the University must maintain satisfactory academic progress to continue to be eligible for financial aid funding. Progress is measured at the end of each academic year or its equivalent. This measure, and the rules of academic probation for financial aid, may be different from the rules of academic progress and probation imposed by individual academic departments. For financial aid purposes, a student maintains satisfactory academic progress if he/she:

  • Maintains at least 2.00 cumulative GPA for undergraduates and at least a 2.50 for graduate students.
  • Completes at least 75% of the total hours attempted each semester.
  • Does not exceed 150% of the normal number of credits needed to complete his/her academic program.

Dean’s List

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Following the close of each semester, the dean’s List is posted, recognizing those full-time students who have achieved high scholastic distinction. Those students who prefer not to have their names posted should notify the office of the appropriate college dean. Those named to the Dean’s List must have completed and passed all assigned courses with no grade below “C” and attained a semester GPA of 3.40 or above.

Students on conduct probation are not eligible for the dean’s list.

For first-year (U1) students entering Fall 2009 and later years (Catalog Years 2009 and later):

Following the close of each semester, the dean’s list is posted, recognizing those students who have achieved high scholastic distinction. Those named to the dean’s list must have completed 12 or more credits of coursework in that semester  with no grade below “C” and attained a semester GPA of 3.40 or above. Those students who prefer not to have their names posted should notify the office of the appropriate college dean.

Students with written reprimand for an academic violation or any conduct probation or higher sanction are not eligible for the dean’s list.

Writing Proficiency Examination

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Passing the writing proficiency examination is a graduation requirement for all baccalaureate and first professional degree programs through Catalog Year 2008. Students who have completed a baccalaureate degree from an accredited U.S. institution will be exempt from the writing proficiency exam. (The exemption in the preceding sentence for students with a baccalaureate degree will take effect for students entering USP in summer 2007 or later.) The writing proficiency examination will be administered each semester and will be administered to all students during their second year.

The writing proficiency examination committee will be responsible for determining the content of the writing proficiency examination and for its administration and grading. The committee will act in accordance with the Guidelines for Content and Evaluation and with the advice and consent of the dean of Misher College of Arts and Sciences, the dean of Samson College of Health Sciences, the dean of Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, and the dean of Mayes College of Healthcare Business and Policy.

Students who do not pass the writing proficiency examination may take EN305 or another suitable course used for additional instruction.  Then they must retake a writing proficiency examination and pass in order to satisfy the graduation requirement.

Ultimately, all students enrolled through Catalog Year 2008 must pass the writing proficiency examination in order to graduate. Doctor of pharmacy students admitted into graduating classes of 2008–2012 must complete this requirement to progress to the third professional year. Doctor of pharmacy students admitted into the graduating classes of 2013 and 2014 must complete the writing proficiency exam prior to entering the second professional year.

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