Grading Policies and Procedures

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INDIVIDUAL COURSES AND COURSE SERIES

An explanation of the University of Washington grading systems and procedures can be found on the Office of the Registrar’s UW Grading System page. Please note that while the UW lists 0.7 as the lowest passing grade for academic credit, a higher minimum grade may be required in the PharmD program for a course (or course series) to apply toward student progression and PharmD degree requirements.

Professional Courses – Grading

All required courses must be taken for a numeric grade if so offered. Courses offered only as credit/no credit (C/NC) are excluded from this requirement. Professional core courses are covered by the University’s grading policy for program graduation requirements and may not be taken for a satisfactory/non-satisfactory (S/NS) grade. Professional elective courses taken as S/NS may be used to satisfy general graduation credits only. A student must earn a 2.70 or above in the course to earn the (S) grade.

The minimum grades listed below are required for individual courses and course series to apply toward progression and PharmD degree requirements. Consult each course syllabus for specific information.

If a student does not achieve the minimum acceptable grade (numerical grade or CR in a CR/NC course) after retaking a prerequisite for a core course, a core course, or achieve the minimum cumulative grade point average for a course series, the student will be dismissed from the program. Please refer to the grading and academic progress standards algorithms, as well as the progression plan documents, included at the end of this Handbook section.

MINIMUM GRADES PER INDIVIDUAL CORE COURSE
Minimum 0.7 per course Minimum 1.7 per course Minimum 2.0 per course Minimum 2.7 per course
CONJ 401, 402, 403 PCEUT 510 PHARM 563, 564, 565 PHARM 584, 585, 586
MEDCH 400* PHARM 509, 539,543 PHARM 592, 593, 594
MEDCH 561, 562,563, 564, 570 PHARM 557, 558,559, 560, 561, 562** PHARM 541
PCEUT 531, 532, 533
PHCOL 401, 402
*MEDCH 400 is a required elective if students did not pass the MEDCH Qualifying Exam

**Minimum acceptable cumulative GPA in Therapeutics course series (PHARM 558, 557, 559, 560, 561, 562) is 2.0.

The core courses below are graded Credit/No Credit (CR/NC):
PHARM 500, 537

PHARMP 511, 512, 513, 514, 521, 522, 531, 532, 533, 541

COURSE SERIES MINIMUM GRADES AND PROGRESSION

PharmD students must satisfactorily pass all core courses in PY1 and PY2 curriculum prior to Spring Quarter enrollment in PHARM 557 and PHARM 559.

Progression within a series: A student must achieve the minimum passing grade in each course within a series in order to progress to the next course in that series:

Pharmacy Practice Series:

  • PY1 Courses: PHARM 584, 585, 586
  • PY2 Courses: PHARM 592, 593, 594

Pharmacotherapeutics Series:

  • PY1 Course: PHARM 558
  • PY2 Courses: PHARM 557, 559 (both in Spring)
  • PY3 Courses: PHARM 560, 561, 562

Applied Pharmacotherapeutics Series:

  • PY2 Course: PHARM 563
  • PY3 Courses: PHARM 564, 565

Since these courses are linked, a failing grade in any of these courses will prevent forward progression in both series (i.e., failure in a course in the Pharmacotherapeutics series will prevent progression in that series as well as the Applied Pharmacotherapeutics series and vice versa).

Therapeutics Series

  • PharmD students must satisfactorily pass all core courses in PY1 and PY2 curriculum prior to Spring Quarter enrollment in PHARM 557 and PHARM 559.
  • Therapeutics series: PHARM 558, 557, 559, 560, 561, 562: The minimum acceptable cumulative grade point average for the six courses in this series is 2.0 (though as listed above, the minimum grade per individual course in this series is 1.7). Students must successfully pass all preceding core courses prior to enrolling in PHARM 557/559 and PHARM 563.
  • Please note: effective Spring Quarter 2015, for the Class of 2017, PHARM 559 became a 4-credit course, shifting content into the new PHARM 557, for 2 credits. Both courses are taken in Spring of PY2 beginning with the Class of 2017. Also effective Spring Quarter 2015, for the Class of 2018, PCEUT 533 was reduced to 3 credits, shifting one credit to PHARM 557 in Spring Quarter 2016, making PHARM 557 3 credits for the Class of 2018 and later.
  • The Therapeutics series for the Class of 2016 did not include PHARM 557, but included the earlier version of PHARM 559 at 6 credits, before the material was divided into two separate courses (the series included PHARM 558, 559, 560, 561 and 562). The minimum acceptable cumulative grade point average for the five courses in this series was 2.0 (though as listed above, the minimum grade per individual course in this series was 1.7).

Therapeutics Course Series Audit policy: Per policy of the Pharmacotherapeutics Faculty, PharmD students are not allowed to take any Pharmacotherapeutics series course(s) as an “Audit” designation.

Therapeutics Course Series Retake policy:

  • Audit: Per policy of the Pharmacotherapeutics Faculty, PharmD students are not allowed to retake any Pharmacotherapeutics series course(s) as an “Audit” designation.
  • Retake after previously passing: Students who have previously taken and passed a course in the Pharmacotherapeutics series may re-take the course with permission of the coursemasters and with a grade designation. When retaken, the grade earned the second time will be used in place of the first grade earned (even if lower) in calculation of the minimum acceptable cumulative GPA required for the Pharmacotherapeutics Series (2.0)
  • Retake after previously failing: Students who have previously taken and failed a course in the Pharmacotherapeutics series may re-take the course with a grade designation. When retaken, the grade earned the second time will be used in place of the first grade earned in calculation of the minimum acceptable cumulative GPA required for the Pharmacotherapeutics Series (2.0)

Progression to APPEs: a student must satisfactorily complete all core course requirements in PY1 through PY3 and the required items listed in the APPE syllabus in order to begin their Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences in the fourth year. Refer to the Experiential Education Policies section of this Handbook for more information.

MINIMUM CUMULATIVE GPA REQUIREMENTS (UW and PGPA)

Minimum UW GPA – University Cumulative GPA

For students in the School of Pharmacy, the overall cumulative UW GPA is calculated on the basis of numeric grades in 300-, 400- and 500-level courses taken at UW while in the PharmD Program. PharmD students are required to maintain a University Cumulative GPA of 2.00 or above.Minimum PGPA – School of Pharmacy Cumulative Professional GPA (PGPA)

For students in the School of Pharmacy, the overall cumulative PGPA is calculated on the basis of all numerically graded, core (required) courses in the four-year professional program. These may include courses taught by School of Pharmacy faculty as well as courses taught by other faculty in the University.

Professional electives are not considered in calculating the PGPA. A continuous record of a student’s cumulative PGPA is kept in Student Services, in the Office of Professional Pharmacy Education. Students may check their PGPA with an advisor during regular office hours. PharmD students are required to maintain a School of Pharmacy Cumulative Professional GPA of 2.00 or above.