Classes and Attendance

Each fall and spring semester lasts approximately 15 weeks. Full-time enrollment status means 12 or more credit hours must be taken in a semester. Students taking at least six, but less than 12 credit hours are considered part-time. Anyone taking less than six credit hours is classified as less than part-time.

Lectures are typically 50 minutes in length; discussions are typically two to three hours in length; laboratory periods are two or three hours in length. During advanced pharmacy practice experiences in Year 6, students will spend 40 or more hours per week in assigned, College-approved hospital, community, and other clinical practice sites.

Students who are or will be absent from classes should notify the Dean’s Office and their instructors directly by voicemail or by e-mail.

Students may add a course to their schedule within the first 10 days of the semester with permission of the instructor.

Students cannot drop required courses that are prerequisites for courses taught in the subsequent semester, regardless of their academic performance in such courses, unless extenuating circumstances exist, and the Dean's Office has approved.

Students may drop other courses within the first 10 days of the semester (first two days of summer school) provided that the student is in good academic standing. A student may withdraw from other courses with a grade of W (withdrawn) with permission of the instructor, the academic advisor, and the Registrar’s Office, at any time prior to the middle of the 11th week of the semester (first week of summer school), provided the student is in good academic standing.

A permanent record of student progress is maintained by the Registrar’s Office. Students can examine their personal records at any time during the school year.

The College encourages students to become involved in professional organizations on campus as a way to develop their leadership skills and gain an appreciation for the role that such organizations play within the pharmacy profession. Students may be excused from classes for a maximum of three days to attend professional meetings, provided the following criteria are met:

• The student must be in good academic standing. Any student on academic probation will not be excused from classes.

• The student must have demonstrated an active involvement in the student organization and must have the approval of the organization’s faculty advisor to attend.

• The student must make arrangements with each of his or her instructors at least two weeks prior to the meeting.