Low Scholarship

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 below) in which their cumulative University GPA and/or School of Pharmacy cumulative PGPA falls below 2.0.

  • First-quarter exception: A PharmD student whose cumulative University GPA and/or School of Pharmacy cumulative Professional GPA (PGPA) falls below 2.0 in their first quarter in the PharmD program will receive an Academic Warning.
  • 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 2.5 quarterly University GPA. If the student does not meet one of these requirements in the following quarter, the student must maintain a quarterly University GPA of 2.5 for each succeeding quarter while on probation. will be dismissed from the PharmD Program and the University, even if they have a 2.0 PGPA 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 in a core course, or does not achieve the minimum cumulative grade point average for a core course series, will be dismissed from the Program.

Students who have been dismissed from the PharmD program and are granted reinstatement 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 their 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 2.0 or above or, 2) attain a 2.5 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.

Academic Assistance for Students

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

Retaken Courses

All grades earned at the University of Washington, including retaken courses, will appear on the student’s permanent record and 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  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.

N Grades: An N grade is given for hyphenated courses that a student will complete in a subsequent quarter. The N signifies the course is still in progress.