Low Scholarship

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Academic Warning

A PharmD student whose cumulative University GPA and/or School of Pharmacy cumulative PGPA falls below 2.00 in his or her first quarter at the University will receive an Academic Warning. If a cumulative University GPA and/or School of Pharmacy cumulative PGPA of 2.00 is not achieved by the end of the next quarter, the student is placed on academic probation.

Academic Probation and Dismissal for Low Scholarship

A PharmD student will be placed on academic probation at the end of any quarter (except the first quarter as noted above) in which his or her cumulative University GPA and/or School of Pharmacy cumulative PGPA falls below 2.00.

  • If the student is placed on probation for low cumulative University GPA, the student must in the following quarter either: 1) Raise the cumulative University GPA to 2.0 or above, or 2) Earn a 2.50 quarterly University GPA. If this requires more than one quarter’s work, the student must maintain a quarterly University GPA of 2.50 for each succeeding quarter while on probation. Students who fail to achieve at least one of these conditions will be dismissed from the PharmD Program and the University, even if they have a 2.0 PGPA or above.
  • If the student is placed on probation for low cumulative PGPA, the student must, in the following quarter, either: 1) Raise the cumulative PGPA to at least 2.0 or above, or 2) Earn a 2.50 quarterly PGPA. If this requires more than one quarter’s work, the student must maintain a quarterly PGPA of 2.50 each succeeding quarter while on probation. Students, who fail to achieve at least one of these conditions, will be dismissed from the PharmD Program and the University, even if they have a 2.0 cumulative University GPA or above.
  • If a student’s probationary status is due to both a low cumulative University GPA and low cumulative PGPA, then a student must satisfy the conditions for both GPAs (described above).

A student who does not achieve the minimum acceptable grade after retaking MEDCH 400 (a prerequisite for the Medicinal Chemistry series) or a core course, or does not achieve the minimum cumulative grade point average for a core course series will be dismissed from the Program.

NOTE: A student who is not currently enrolled and attending classes in the PharmD Program for any reason (approved leave, dismissed due to low scholarship, etc.) is not eligible to work as an Intern Pharmacist. The student and School (per the signed student release) will notify the Washington State Pharmacy Quality Assurance Commission (PQAC) and a Board of Pharmacy in any other State that has granted the student an Intern Pharmacist registration, that he or she is no longer an enrolled student. Failure to notify the Pharmacy Quality Assurance Commission (and other State Boards, if applicable) and continuing to work as an intern may result in disciplinary action by the Washington State Pharmacy Quality Assurance Commission.

Reinstatement after Low Scholarship

A student who has been dismissed from the School of Pharmacy PharmD Program due to low scholarship may request review of this action and reinstatement by addressing a letter to the Academic and Professional Standards Progress Committee, in care of the Director of Admissions, Advising and Counseling in the Office of Professional Pharmacy Education. The letter requesting review and reinstatement should describe what the student believes to be the cause of his or her academic difficulties and a plan to make satisfactory progress in the PharmD Program.

If reinstatement is not granted by the Academic and Professional Standards Progress Committee, students can request a final review by the Dean of the School of Pharmacy. The Dean may confer with the Academic and Professional Standards Progress Committee before rendering a final decision.

Students who are granted reinstatement to the PharmD Program will re-enter on academic probation.

  • The student’s cumulative University GPA and School of Pharmacy PGPA will remain the same as when dropped from the PharmD Program.
  • The student may not use grades from other colleges or universities to raise his or her cumulative University GPA or School of Pharmacy PGPA.
  • In the first quarter of reinstatement, a student must either 1) raise the cumulative UW GPA and/or School of Pharmacy cumulative PGPA to 00 or above or, 2) attain a 2.50 University GPA and/or a 2.5 School of Pharmacy PGPA. A student who fails to do this will be dismissed from the Program.
  • The student will be removed from probation if at the end of the first quarter of reinstatement, the cumulative University GPA and/or School of Pharmacy cumulative PGPA is raised to 2.0 or higher.

Students who are granted reinstatement and who have not been enrolled for two consecutive quarters (excluding Summer Quarter), must follow the Returning Student Reenrollment Policy in Section G of this Handbook.

Academic Assistance for Students

Students experiencing academic difficulty in any course are encouraged to seek early assistance from the course instructor, the Director of Admissions, Advising and Counseling, Student Services, or Rho Chi tutors.

Retaken Courses

All grades earned at the University of Washington, including retaken courses, shall appear on the permanent record of a student and shall be included in the student’s cumulative UW grade point average. A student may retake a course only once. 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 Cumulative Professional grade point average (PGPA). Credits for repeated courses will be counted toward the degree once.

Students who fail a course may experience significant delays in their projected graduation date. Failing the same core course or prerequisite (MEDCH 400) twice will result in a student being dismissed from the program.

Incomplete Grades

An incomplete (I) grade is given only when the student has been in attendance and has completed satisfactory work until within two weeks of the end of the quarter and has furnished proof satisfactory to the instructor that the work cannot be completed because of illness or other circumstances beyond the student’s control. A written statement of the reason for the giving of the Incomplete, listing the work which the student will need to do to remove it, must be filed by the instructor with the head of the department or the dean of the college in which the course is given.

Remaining work should be completed as soon as possible as determined by the faculty. In no case may an incomplete grade be converted to a passing grade after a lapse of one year.

X Grades: An X is given when no grade is submitted by an instructor.