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College of Pharmacy
General Requirements for a
Pharm. D. Degree
Students are required to meet the general requirements for a baccalaureate degree, including
completion of university core curriculum requirements. See the
Academic Regulations and Degree Requirements section of this
catalog for details.
University Core Curriculum
All bachelor's degrees require completion of a core curriculum. Beginning in Fall 1999, University of
Houston students required to meet the requirements of the new core curriculum are:
- All undergraduate students entering the university for the first time, whether as
first-time-in-college students or as transfer students, unless they are transferring from a Texas
junior/community college and satisfy all of the following conditions:
- initially enrolled at the Texas/junior/community college no later than summer 1999
- transferred to UH within three years of their initial enrollment at the Texas junior/community college
- did not interrupt their enrollment for more than 13 months.
- All former students returning to the university for a bachelor's degree program who have interrupted their enrollment for more than 13 months.
- All postbaccalaureate students who enroll in a bachelor's degree program unless they are University of Houston graduates who initially enrolled at UH prior to fall 1999 and have not interrupted their enrollment for more than 13 months.
- All continuing students who obtain permission from the dean of the college of their major to graduate under the degree requirements of the new core.
Other students, including most students enrolled at the University of Houston prior to Fall 1999,
will not be required to satisfy the new core requirements; instead, they may choose to satisfy either
the old core curriculum (see previous catalogs) or the new core curriculum. Students choosing to
complete the old core must complete certain portions of it by Summer 2001; if they do not, they must
complete the new core. Further information on core eligibility and on courses that satisfy core
curriculum requirements can be obtained by consulting the
core curriculum website,
the current class schedule, or an academic advisor.
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Probation and Suspension
The grade point average in professional pharmacy courses is used as a basis for determining
progression, probation, and suspension in the college. For any professional courses repeated at the
university, both grades will be used in the computation of the grade point average. Grades earned on
courses transferred from another college or university will not be used in the computation of the
grade point average. Only course credit will be accepted in transfer from another college or
university. The following guidelines apply to students in the professional program:
- Pharmacy students who earn below a 2.00 cumulative grade point average in professional
courses will be placed on probation at the close of that semester.
- Students who earn less than a 2.00 in professional courses while on probation will be suspended
at the close of that semester.
- Any student who earns a 1.00 grade point average (all digits significant) or less in any
semester will be suspended from the college.
- The college academic dean may place on probation, retain on probation, or suspend any deficient
student. Similarly, the college dean may remove from academic probation or suspension any student
whose academic progress warrants such action.
- Any student placed on suspension must apply to the Admissions and Retention Committee for
readmission to the college. Suspension lasts for a period of at least one semester. A student may be
denied readmission to the college but granted readmission to the university to pursue a different
major, provided the general university requirements have been met.
Requirements for Progression
- A grade of C or better must be earned in pharmacy experiential courses
(PHAR 5600s, PHCA 5690-5693) to apply toward progression or graduation.
- Pharm.D. students must satisfactorily complete all required courses during
the first three professional years with a 2.00 minimum grade point average in order
to progress to the final professional year. At the end of each semester, the Admissions
and Retention Committee will review the academic records of all students with a
cumulative grade point average below 2.00 or with a total of more than one grade
below a C in required pharmacy courses. These students may be required to repeat
courses specified by the Admissions and Retention Committee prior to progression
into the next professional semester, or the student may be suspended at that time
(according to the suspension rules). If after repeating the designated courses the
student's cumulative grade point average in required courses is below 2.00, the student
may be suspended from the pharmacy program. Students normally will not be allowed to
repeat courses in which they have made a grade of C or better.
- Students must have prior permission to register
for less than a full load as published in this catalog.
In addition, a student wishing to drop a course or courses during the semester may do so in accordance with university policy as published in this catalog. The student will also need permission from the college undergraduate advisor and approval of the
Assistant Dean for Admissions.
- The college will not grant credit for any course taken without the proper prerequisites.
- Students will not be permitted to register for any course in the professional program more than two times. The student who fails a course twice or whose grade fails to meet minimum grade requirements, as described in rule 1, or as specified by the Admissions and Retention Committee, is ineligible to continue in the professional program.
- Applicants ACCEPTED into the University of Houston College of Pharmacy
programs must present proof of adequate immunization against rubeola (common measles),
rubella (German measles), mumps, and tetanus prior to the beginning of the first
professional year. The Hepatitis B immunization series must be initiated prior to
the beginning of the first professional year and completed by January 31 of the second
semester of the first professional year. A negative TB skin test or chest clearance
must be documented no sooner than three months prior to beginning the Fall semester
and thereafter documentation must be provided annually to the University of Houston
College of Pharmacy Admissions Office.
Files Archived: October, 2001
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