Retention and Graduation Requirements

Retention and Graduation Requirements. Starting with the first professional year (P1), the College of Pharmacy calculates a Quality Point Average (QPA) for all students, which differs from students’ GPA calculated by the University. The QPA calculated by the College includes only required didactic pharmacy courses. Students must earn a minimum QPA of  2.30 in all required didactic professional courses in order to qualify for graduation in the Pharm.D. program. Students can repeat up to 6 credits per semester, up to a maximum of fifteen credits of pharmacy courses, in which they received a C- or less, in order to achieve the 2.30 QPA graduation requirement. Students who have reached the 15 credit maximum repeats without achieving the 2.30 QPA required for graduation will be dismissed from the program.

A student who receives any grade of less than a C- in any required didactic pharmacy course or whose cumulative QPA in professional courses falls between 2.20 and 2.30 at the end of any semester will be reviewed by the scholastic standing committee and presented with a remediation plan that must be successfully completed to progress in the curriculum. Remediation plans may include repeating courses, additional self-study and faculty assessment of proficiency through assignments and examinations. Remediation plans will be developed by the scholastic standing committee taking into account the student’s QPA, length enrolled in the professional program (i.e. P1, P2 or P3 professional years), the number and types of deficiencies and trends in academic performance.

The student whose cumulative QPA in professional courses falls below a 2.20 at the end of any semester may be dismissed from the program.  Students subject to dismissal for failing to meet retention requirements shall have the right to appeal to the Associate Dean of Student and Academic Affairs of the College of Pharmacy within five days of the date of notice. The appeal will be reviewed by the College of Pharmacy’s Scholastic Standing Committee that shall confirm the dismissal or continue the student on probation. The decision of the scholastic standing committee shall be final.

Students will not be allowed to proceed into Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE) without at least a 2.30 QPA in required professional pharmacy courses. Students must earn a C- or better for any APPE rotation.

Professional and/or legal exigencies arise from time to time which may necessitate changes in a pharmacy course, progression, and/or graduation requirements. Students should review their status with academic advisors on a timely basis and refer to current publications for updated information.

Students in certain other New England states may enroll in pharmacy at a discounted tuition rate (see New England Regional Student Program).