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Academic Regulations

Students are expected to complete courses within each course’s suggested timeframe and participate in all scheduled course discussions and learning activities. Participation grades are assigned for most courses.

Any student whose academic record within the program is found to be unsatisfactory may be required to withdraw from the program.

Assessments, including but not limited to course assignments, may be refused a passing mark if they are noticeably deficient in the quality of written English, including the correct use of grammar, spelling, and punctuation.

Although satisfactory academic performance is a prerequisite to advancement, it is not the sole criterion in the consideration of the suitability of a student for promotion or graduation. The Faculty reserves the right to require a student to withdraw from the Faculty if that student is considered to be unsuited to proceed with the study or practice of pharmacy.

Promotion Requirements

Students must successfully complete PHRM 451, 452, 453, and 461 to be eligible to register for experiential courses (PHRM 491, 492, 493, 494, 495, 496).

The other pharmacotherapeutics courses (PHRM 462 through 469) can be completed in any order.

The passing mark for a course in the Faculty is 60%.

A student who fails a course for a second time will normally be required to withdraw from the program.

Courses for which credit has not been obtained must be repeated during the next available intake.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Students in the program have the opportunity to request credit for prior learning. Students can initiate a request for PLAR at any time after admission to the program; however, they are advised to select challenge option(s) within the first six months in the program. This is essential to meet application submission deadlines, to enable them to plan when they will register into courses associated with their challenge option, and to begin planning for portfolio development where required by the option selected. Challenge examination or Abbreviated Portfolio Assessment for selected courses only are the options available for didactic courses. Abbreviated or full portfolio assessments are the two options to challenge for credit for APPE, which are also called “rotations” (PHRM 491 – 496). If a PLAR challenge for a course or APPE is successful, the credits awarded are an acknowledgment that prior learning is substantially similar to what would be learned if the student took that course in the Pharm.D. Flexible Program. Credits that are awarded through PLAR appear on the student’s transcript.

The maximum credit can be attained through PLAR is 50% of the overall credits in the Pharm.D. Flexible program.

Supplementals and Examinations for Higher Standing

Supplemental examinations are not available in all courses. Supplemental examinations will be available in courses or modules where any single examination constitutes 40% or more of the course grade. Supplemental examinations will normally be a comprehensive examination of the full coursework and should receive a substantial value of the total mark. The supplemental mark should replace all of the marks received on examinations of the content of the course, as applicable.

  1. In courses where supplemental examinations are available, a student will be notified of their eligibility.
  2. A supplemental examination may be written only once. Should a supplemental be failed the course concerned must be repeated.
  3. Where supplemental privileges are granted, the standing will be recalculated.

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