College of Pharmacy
Pharmacy Scholarship Requirements
- All the following regulations are based on the fact that students in the College of Pharmacy are expected to enroll in a full load of course work, as defined by SWOSU standards.
- Students must maintain a 2.00 grade-point average or above to remain in the College of Pharmacy. In computing the grade-point average, courses are counted each time they are undertaken, whether passed or failed. Summer term grades affect only the cumulative pharmacy grade-point average.
- Grade points or residency credits may not be satisfied through courses which are not requirements for the degree in Pharmacy at SWOSU.
- The faculty of the College of Pharmacy considers any grade lower than "C" for any required or elective course in the professional program to be an unsatisfactory grade. Consequently, no course credit toward fulfilling the professional requirements for the degree in Pharmacy will be given for any course in which a grade lower than "C" is earned.
Pharmacy Residency Requirement
- Pharmacy degree candidates must satisfy a minimum residency requirement of eight semesters, or its equivalent while enrolled full-time in the professional program. A student must complete a minimum of 12 semester hours in the Spring or Fall semester to receive one (1) residency credit, or a minimum of 6 semester hours in the Summer term to receive one-half (1/2) residency credit. Failure to complete 12 semester hours in the Fall or Spring semester, or 6 semester hours in the Summer term, will result in loss of residency credit for that term.
- Any student whose grade-point average for any semester drops below 2.00 will be placed on pharmacy probation.
- Any student who fails to complete 12 semester hours in the Fall or Spring semester will be placed on pharmacy probation.
- Any student whose cumulative pharmacy grade-point average is less than 2.00 will be placed on pharmacy probation.
- Students on pharmacy probation may not enroll in more than 15 semester hours without written approval of the Dean.
- Students on pharmacy probation are advised to limit their extracurricular activities. Therefore, students shall not be allowed to work for the College of Pharmacy in any capacity, such as lab assistants, proctors, interviewers, tour guides, nor shall they be allowed to attend any non-mandatory College-sponsored off-campus activities requiring absence from class, or serve on the Dean's Council.
Removal from Pharmacy Probation
- A student will be removed from pharmacy probation if, during the probationary semester, a grade-point average of 2.00 or better is earned while completing a full load of course work as defined by SWOSU standards, and the cumulative pharmacy grade-point average is 2.00 or better.
Continued Pharmacy Probation
- Students who earn a grade-point of 2.00 or better for the probationary semester, but who do not have a cumulative pharmacy grade-point average of 2.00 or better, will be continued on probation. However, a pharmacy student may not continue in a probationary status for more than two (2) consecutive semesters.
- PHARMACY SUSPENSION IS AN ACTION TAKEN IN THE INTEREST OF THE STUDENT, WHEN A LACK OF PROGRESS INDICATES LITTLE CHANCE OF SUCCESS IN EARNING A DEGREE IN PHARMACY. Suspended students are urged to change their field of study to one for which they have greater ability .
- A student will be suspended if the student has two consecutive Fall and Spring semesters of the following:
- less than a 2.00 semester grade-point average;
- completion of less than 12 semester hours; or
- any combination of a and b.
- Any student subject to pharmacy probation a second time, whose cumulative pharmacy grade-point is less than 2.00, will be suspended.
- A student may not continue in a probationary status for more than two consecutive semesters. Failure to attain a cumulative pharmacy grade-point average of 2.00 or better by the end of this period will be cause for pharmacy suspension.
- A student may enroll in the same course twice.
- For the purpose of this regulation, any enrollment past the class change period (drop/add period) is considered an "official" enrollment.
- The student who fails to complete a course satisfactorily within two "official" enrollments will be suspended, or may enroll in the course for a third opportunity under the following requirements:
- The enrollment will be in the next semester/term in which the course is available; and,
- The student may not enroll in any other required or elective course in the professional program prior to or concurrent with the third opportunity.
- Any other conditions specified by the faculty.
- If the course is not satisfactorily completed on the third opportunity, the student will be suspended.
- The third opportunity semester cannot serve as a pharmacy probation or continued pharmacy probation semester. Pharmacy probation or continued pharmacy probation status, assessed prior to the third opportunity semester, will be served in the semester following successful completion of the third opportunity.
- The third opportunity is not allowed for the Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE) or Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) courses. Each course in the IPPE or APPE must be satisfactorily completed within two enrollments or the student will be suspended from the Pharm.D. program.
- Suspension as a result of any other regulations supercedes the opportunity for a third "official" enrollment.
Readmission After Pharmacy Suspension
- A student on pharmacy suspension may apply for readmission after a pharmacy suspension of one calendar year, but the application will ordinarily be denied, unless convincing evidence is presented to indicate that the student's chances of success have materially improved during the year of suspension. Students readmitted are admitted on continued pharmacy probation and are subject to policies associated with pharmacy probation. This probationary status is considered a continuation of the probationary period(s) prior to pharmacy suspension and is subject to the same policies. The Admissions Committee will prescribe the academic and curricular requirements the student must follow upon readmission.
Other College of Pharmacy Regulations
- A student must have attained a cumulative pharmacy grade-point average of 2.00 or above and completed all prerequisites prior to entry into the required professional practice academic year. In addition, a pharmacy cumulative grade-point average of 2.00 must be earned to fulfill requirements for the Pharm.D. degree in Pharmacy.
- Transfer credit from another institution will not be allowed for any required professional course work a student attempted, but failed to complete satisfactorily, while enrolled in the SWOSU College of Pharmacy.
- Pharmacy admission is restricted to those persons who meet high standards of character, morality and conduct. The faculty of the College of Pharmacy reserves the right to place on non/academic probation or suspend from the College of Pharmacy any students whose attitude, actions or conduct, on or off campus, could discredit themselves, the College of Pharmacy, SWOSU, or the profession of pharmacy.
- All students in the professional program must follow the Guidelines for Academic Integrity of the College of Pharmacy. Pharmacy students are also subject to all rules and regulations of SWOSU.
- The College of Pharmacy does not recognize any academic forgiveness or academic reprieve granted in the computation of pre-pharmacy or pharmacy grade-point averages.
- Nationwide background checks are conducted for students who are conditionally admitted into the College of Pharmacy (COP) professional program; and, checks are conducted again prior to the student initiating the Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience rotations in their final year of the curriculum. If the background check indicates that a student has (1) been convicted, pled guilty or nolo contendere or otherwise ordered to complete a period of probation or supervision for a misdemeanor or felony relating to any controlled dangerous substances as defined by the Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances Act in this state, any other state, or the United States, OR (2) been convicted, pled guilty or nolo contendere or otherwise ordered to complete a period of probation or supervision for any felony of this state, any other state, or the United States, OR (3) such charges pending, the student will have until the beginning of the admission semester or rotation semester to resolve the issue. If the issue is not resolved by that deadline, the student will not be admitted to the program or allowed to continue in the program at that time. The student who is not allowed to continue in the rotational semester MAY, in the sole discretion of the Dean of the College of Pharmacy, be granted a leave of absence for one semester to address and resolve the issue. The student who is not admitted will need to resolve the issue and apply for a subsequent admission semester.
Resolution of the issue could involve: (1) providing proof that the information was in error and the background check company subsequently removes the flag; (2) that the incident was expunged from court records and the student provides documentation of such; or (3) having further legal action provided to clear up the pending issue. If the student is able to resolve the issue before the admission or rotational semester begins, they will be allowed to proceed without further question. All costs associated with resolution of these issues is the responsibility of the student.
The College of Pharmacy will not allow the student with such a record as described above to proceed with the program because no pharmacy facility shall employ any person with such a record without obtaining a waiver from the Director of the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs (OBN) for every pharmacy facility that the student would utilize to complete their experiential requirements of the degree. An OBN waiver can result in increased insurance costs for the pharmacy facility and present a long-term, negative stigma for the pharmacy facility since it will always be on file with OBN.
Obtaining experiential sites is already a challenging task without requesting special circumstances that could be detrimental to the pharmacy facility. Therefore, the COP will not require or request experiential sites to secure an OBN waiver for any student rotations.