Progression/Promotion by Program

PROGRESSION POLICIES BY PROGRAM

Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine

ACADEMIC STANDING

A student is considered to be in good academic standing when they have passed all courses in the curriculum through the most recent term final grades submitted to the registrar. 

ACADEMIC CONCERN

A student with a cumulative GPA of less than 3.5 or whose academic performance includes one or more course failures equaling less than 3.5 total credit hours in a term is considered to be in a status of Academic Concern.  A student in this status may be required to meet with faculty, attend class in-person, relinquish leadership positions, or provide frequent status updates to key faculty/ administrators.  An academic concern is limited and is removed when the student meets the conditions of being in good standing.

ACADEMIC PROBATION

A student whose academic performance warrants sensitive academic monitoring and an improvement plan will be placed on Academic Probation.  This status it becomes part of the student’s academic record until the issue is resolved.  This status is determined by the Student Progress and Evaluation Committee (SPEC) and is determined by:

  1. Failure of any single course 6 credits or greater in a term
  2. A combination of course failures totaling 9 credit hours (across all terms)
  3. Failure of a national board examination.

Students in a Probation status may be recommended to remediate a single course.  Recommendations for multiple failures may include repeating the year or dismissal, depending on the student’s entire academic record. Students with a failed national board examination may retake the exam within the limitations of the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME). Academic Probation is limited and is removed when the student meets the conditions of being in good standing.

ACADEMIC PROMOTION

M1-M2 Promotion

  • A student may be promoted to M2 with successful completion of all M1 courses.
    • OR a student may be promoted to M2 with fewer than ten credits of total failures and following remediation as approved and recommended to the Deans by SPEC as per policy on academic probation.
  • A student may be permitted to repeat the M1 year or be dismissed following ten credits or more of total failures as approved and recommended to the Deans by SPEC  as per policy on academic deficiency.

M2-M3 Promotion

  • A student may be promoted to M3 with successful completion of all M2 courses.
    • OR a student may be promoted to M3 with fewer than ten credits of total failures during M2 and following remediation as approved and recommended to the Deans by SPEC as per policy on academic probation.
  • AND demonstrated readiness for COMLEX Level 1 through current mechanisms (i.e. COMSAE performance or other exam)
    • COMLEX Level 1 exam taken by end of Block #1 of the clinical clerkship year.
  • A student may be permitted to repeat the M2 year or be dismissed following ten credits or more of total failures as approved and recommended to the Deans by SPEC as per policy on academic deficiency.

M3-M4 Promotion

A student may be promoted to M4 with successful completion of COMLEX Level 1 and successful completion of all core clinical clerkships including COMAT Examinations

ACADEMIC DEFICIENCY

Any student who fails a course or clerkship has an academic deficiency that may impact progression in the curriculum.  Students should be mindful of the responsibility to address deficiencies with the course director, faculty, and advisors in a timely manner. The accumulation of any failures on a transcript is subject to review by SPEC.

ACADEMIC APPEALS

A student dismissed from the DO program may appeal this decision according to the policies set forth in the PCOM General Student Handbook under the section Appealing an Academic Dismissal Decision

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

All students should refer to the DO Program Handbook and the Clerkship Manual for additional detailed information regarding: Academic Standing, Academic Concern, Academic Probation, Professionalism Warnings, Academic Deficiency including Preclinical Progression (M1-M2) and Clerkship Progression (M3-M4), and Clerkship Remediation.

Academic Progression Guidelines:
Minimum Passing Grade  A minimum letter grade of C or a P for Pass/No Pass is required to pass a course in the PCOM School of  Pharmacy. Grades of D, F and NP in any didactic or experiential course are non‐passing grades.  

The committee determines the extent of academic deficiency by considering specific academic guidelines. Numerous parameters exist that help to maintain proper alignment of academic expectations while describing consequences of failure to achieve these requirements. The progression guidelines also define academic probation, dismissal criteria and steps that must be undertaken to graduate from the pharmacy program.

Remediation Policy  
Didactic courses:   
PCOM SOP may provide students remediation for courses in which a non‐passing grade (D, F,  NP, WF,I, WP) is  received provided student academic performance overall shows sufficient evidence of successful progression  in the curriculum.  Requirements for remediation, if approved, are determined by the course coordinator and  the ADA. Approved remediation plans are considered a “required experience” and all components of the plan  must be met by the student in order to pass the Professional Portfolio course. Students allowed to remediate  courses in which they received grades of D, F, and NP are required to be remediated to progress to the next  professional year and complete requirements for the PharmD degree.   
 
Course remediation will occur in the first week of the following term in which students received a non‐passing  grade. Students will have the term break week to prepare for the remediation. Spring term remediation will be  completed during the first week of summer.    Students must earn a final grade of 70% or greater to successfully remediate all didactic  coursework.  Students must earn a grade of “P” to successful remediate all P/NP courses. If remediation is  successful, the PCOM academic transcript will indicate the course is passed through remediation (RP) or as a  repeated course; however, the original grade will remain on the transcript.  Failure to successfully remediate a  course will result in review by the APR Committee and may result in a recommendation of dismissal from the  SOP.   
 
Experiential courses:  
There is no remediation for Pharmacy Practice Experiences (PPEs). Students who earn grades of F, I, WF, WP or  NP on Pharmacy Practice Experiences (PPEs) are required to repeat the PPE, or complete experiential hours,  subject to site availability and the discretion of the Office of Experiential Education.  
 Repeated PPE will be at a site different from the original site.    
 Students who receive a grade of F, WF, WP, I and NP on any PPE rotation will result in delayed  completion of curricular requirements to progress and/or graduate from the program.    
 Students will NOT be permitted to use an open block to retake an APPE rotation.     
 
Progression and Graduation Requirements  
GPA requirements  
Students may not progress to the next professional year until all coursework and requirements from the  previous professional year has been successfully passed or, in the case of F or NP grades, successfully  remediated.  Students must have a 2.0 GPA to enter the fourth professional year and to graduate. If a student  falls below the 2.0 GPA, but have passed all coursework, the student may be required to repeat a course or  courses at the discretion of the ADA to achieve the 2.0 GPA.   
 
Academic Progression: Milestone Progression Examinations and Capstone II  Students must pass a comprehensive examination or course, or successfully remediate the comprehensive  exam or course, to progress to the next professional year and graduate from the program. Students who do  not pass the progression/comprehensive exam or course will be referred to the Academic Progression Review  (APR) Committee for evaluation.  Students may be allowed to remediate the progression/comprehensive  exam, however, the student will not be allowed to remediate the course prior to a decision regarding their  academic standing in the program.  For further details, please refer to the school’s remediation policy.  To complete the PharmD degree requirements and graduate from the program, students must pass the  Capstone II course in the spring term of the fourth professional year following APPEs. Students will be given an  opportunity to remediate the Capstone II course graded components.   
 
Graduation Requirements 
In order to graduate from PCOM School of Pharmacy a student must successfully complete all curricular  requirements with:  
 C or better in all APPE rotations;  
 Successful remediation for classes where a D, F or NP was received  
 A minimum cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 is required in order to graduate  All coursework leading to the PharmD degree must be completed within six years of matriculation.   
 
Review by the Academic Progression Review (APR) Committee  Students who are not meeting academic performance standards are subject to review by the APR committee.   A student is reviewed by the APR Committee when:  
 Receive a second course grade of D 
 Receive a single course grade of F, NP or WF 
 Failure to obtain or maintain a current, valid Georgia Pharmacy Intern License   
 Are placed or continued on academic probation  
 Remain on academic probation for two or more consecutive terms  
 The cumulative GPA is < 2.0 at the end of the third professional year 
 
As part of the review process, the APR committee will afford the student an opportunity to address the  committee during their deliberations. A recommendation from the committee along with a rationale for their  decision, will then be sent to the PCOM Academic Policy and Promotion (AP&P) Committee for review. The  AP&P Committee then forwards a recommendation to the Dean. The Dean will review recommendations and  make a final decision regarding the student’s academic standing.  The Dean may impose sanctions including,  but not limited to,  
 academic probation  
 repeat of a course or courses,   
 repeat of an entire professional year;  
 dismissal from the SOP  
 
Students remain enrolled in the program in the new academic term until receipt of a decision from the Dean.  Academic performance during the new academic term will not be a factor in the decision. This process may  take up to 6 weeks.   
 
Academic Probation:  
Academic probation is an action taken in the interest of the student. A student who is placed on academic  probation should carefully evaluate their chance of success in earning a degree in pharmacy from the SOP. At a  minimum, a student should arrange to substantially increase the amount of time and effort they devote to  their academic preparedness.  Students are immediately placed on academic probation under any one of the following conditions:  
 Term or cumulative GPA is < 2.0 at the end of any term  
 Receive a course grade of D, F, NP or WF  
 Upon recommendation by the APR Committee based on academic performance  
 Repeating professional year coursework as result of an academic decision or appeal  
 
The probationary period begins the following academic term (or APPE rotation block). Removal from probation  only occurs if the student has, at the end of the probationary period, attained a term and cumulative GPA >  2.0, received a grade of P in all P/NP courses during the probationary period, successfully remediated all  courses and met any other conditions recommended by the APR Committee or the Dean.  A student is at risk  for dismissal or repeat professional coursework if criteria are not met while on probation.   All students on probation with academic difficulty are required to meet with the ADA during the first week of  each probationary term to develop a plan to help improve their academic performance. Students on probation  with academic difficulty are not permitted to serve as an officer of any student organization affiliated with  PCOM or PCOM School of Pharmacy or attend any non‐mandatory SOP sponsored activity.  Students on  academic probation are also not allowed to work in pharmacy related jobs.  Students working while on  probation will be referred for review of professional conduct  
 
Academic Dismissal and Appeals Process  
Dismissal from the PCOM School of Pharmacy may be recommended for ANY student who meets criteria for  review by APR. However, situations likely to result in a suspension, restart and/or dismissal recommendation  include any of the following conditions:  
 Failure to maintain a current, valid State of Georgia Pharmacy Intern License  
 Receiving one or more grades less than C for all courses taken at PCOM School of Pharmacy  
    o A grade of D, F, NP or WF is considered to be a grade less than C.  
 Failure to successfully remediate a course  
 Receive two or more course grades of F and/or NP in a single term  
 Acquiring a grade of D, F or NP while on probation   
 Failure to attain a cumulative GPA ≥ 2.0 at the end of a the third or repeated professional year   
  
Students who are dismissed from the program are not considered to be in good academic standing.  Students  dismissed for academic performance may petition for reinstatement in certain situations.  Dismissal appeals  procedures are detailed in the Appealing and Academic Dismissal Decision in the PCOM General Student  Handbook.  All reinstatements are probationary for the re‐entry year. The recommendation of the  subcommittee is subject to approval by the PCOM Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs.  The PCOM  Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs informs the student of appeals process results  

Graduate Programs (Master of Science)
In the graduate programs, a grade of F (failure), U (unsatisfactory) or WF (withdrawal while failing) in any graduate course will make the student liable for dismissal from the program. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 is required for continuation to unconditional degree candidacy status, and conferral of the master of science degree.


Doctor of Psychology
In the doctoral programs, a grade of F (failure) or WF (withdrawal while failing), or 3 grades of C or U (unsatisfactory) will make the student liable for dismissal from the program. Doctoral students must achieve a B average (3.0) or higher to take comprehensive exams and to graduate from the program. PsyD students may earn no more than two grades below a B- or more than one F in any course, required or elective.

In addition, students must record a B- or better in all required courses. There are several courses that require the student to achieve a grade of B. The student may be required to retake the course. This information regarding which course(s) require(s) a grade of B is annotated under the course description in the Program and Course Description section of the catalog.

Each degree program also has specific requirements regarding comprehensive examinations, licensure exam passage, practicum, internship and thesis and dissertation completion. These policies are explained in detail in the student handbook for the respective program.


ACADEMIC APPEAL
A student who is dismissed for academic deficiency may appeal the decision. Such a request or appeal must be made to the Office of Student Affairs within fifteen business days after the student has been notified of the decision to dismiss. Students may not bring before the Academic Appeal Committee requests other than an appeal of a permanent dismissal action. Any student appealing a dismissal will be entitled to a hearing before the Academic Appeal Committee. The scope of the review shall not include a review of the components of a specific grade or grades.

PCOM complies with VA policy when reviewing students receiving Veterans benefits and who are experiencing academic issues.

THE APPEALS HEARING
Any student appealing a dismissal will be entitled to a hearing before the Faculty Committee on Academic Appeals.

1. The scope of the review shall not include a review of the components of a specific grade or grades.

2. Students may not bring before the Faculty Committee on Academic Appeals any requests other than an appeal of a permanent dismissal action.

3. Students appealing a dismissal must notify the Office of Student Affairs of any individuals who will attend the appeals hearing in support of the student’s appeal at least 10 days prior to the hearing.