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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE COLLEGE OF PHARMACY CHAPTER OF THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2000-2002

Associate Dean Patrick J. Davis of the College of Pharmacy filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council the following proposed changes to the College of Pharmacy chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog, 2000-2002. The dean and the faculty of the college submitted the proposed changes to the secretary on December 17, 2001. The secretary has classified this proposal as legislation of exclusive application and primary interest to a single college or school.

The edited proposal was received from the Office of Official Publications on March 7, 2002, and was sent to the Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review from the Office of the General Faculty on March 18, 2002. The committee forwarded the proposed changes to the Office of the General Faculty on April 2, 2002, recommending approval. The authority to grant final approval on behalf of the General Faculty resides with the Faculty Council.

If no objection is filed with the Office of the General Faculty by the date specified below, the legislation will be held to have been approved by the Faculty Council. If objection is filed within the prescribed period, the legislation will be presented to the Faculty Council at its next meeting. The objection, with reasons, must be signed by a member of the Faculty Council.

To be counted, a protest must be received in the Office of the General Faculty by April 10, 2002.


<signed>

John R. Durbin, Secretary
The Faculty Council


This legislation was posted on the Faculty Council web site on April 3, 2002. Paper copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, FAC 22, F9500.


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PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE COLLEGE OF PHARMACY CHAPTER OF THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2000-2002

On page 484, in the section GENERAL INFORMATION, make the following changes:

LEGAL REQUIREMENTS FOR PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE

During the first professional year in the College of Pharmacy, each student must complete the Texas State Board of Pharmacy Application for Student Pharmacist-Intern Registration. Upon approval of this application, the student [is] becomes registered as a pharmacist-intern in the state of Texas. Each student must be registered as a pharmacist-intern in order to acquire [the internship hours], through pharmacy courses, the internship hours necessary for licensure as a pharmacist upon graduation.

Students should be aware that the process of registration as a student pharmacist-intern includes a criminal history check. The existence of a criminal record may preclude the student from registration as a pharmacist-intern and from subsequent licensure as a pharmacist in Texas. However, the Texas State Board of Pharmacy may grant limited internship status under certain conditions to those with prior convictions.

Students registered as pharmacist-interns may earn internship hours toward licensure not only through professional sequence pharmacy courses but also outside the academic program through employment in certain practice settings. The student may register as a pharmacist-intern and earn internship hours only after completing [thirty semester hours in] the first academic year of the professional pharmacy curriculum. [Without prior approval, internship] Internship hours gained outside the College of Pharmacy curriculum may not replace any portion of the experiential program required for graduation.

Graduates of the College of Pharmacy are eligible to apply to the Texas State Board of Pharmacy for licensure as pharmacists. Licensure exams may be taken shortly after graduation. Postgraduate internship experience is not currently required for Texas licensure but may be required for licensure in other states.

Additional information about requirements for pharmacy licensure in Texas is available from the Texas State Board of Pharmacy, William P. Hobby Building, 333 Guadalupe Street. The mailing address is P O box 21, Austin, Texas 78701-3942. The URL is http://www.tsbp.state.tx.us/, and the telephone number is (512) 305-8000.

Rationale: The internship hours approved by the State Board of Pharmacy for the experiential portion of our curriculum are based on an approved set of experiential courses. It is therefore essential that all students complete these courses, regardless of experience gained outside the college curriculum. Since we have never granted permission to substitute outside experience for pharmacy coursework, we are simply removing ambiguous language.

On page 489, in the section ADMISSION AND REGISTRATION, insert the following before ADMISSION TO THE FIRST PROFESSIONAL YEAR:

The Pharmacy Scholars Program is available to highly qualified high school seniors entering the University of Texas at El Paso or the University of Texas ‘ Pan American. It offers these students conditional admission to the University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy once they complete the requirements of the program at the first school. Additional information is available from the University of El Past at (915) 747-8535 and from the University of Texas ‘ Pan American (956) 318-5255.

Rationale: The added paragraph reflects the implementation of our Cooperative Pharmacy Programs with UT- El Paso and UT-Pan American, which allow selected prepharmacy students to track directly into the professional sequence.


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On pages 491-492, in the section ACADEMIC POLICIES AND PROCEDURES, make the following changes:

ACADEMIC PROBATION AND DISMISSAL

A student is placed on academic probation in the College of Pharmacy if he or she receives a grade of D or F in any required pharmacy course. If the grade received is an F, the student must repeat the course and may not progress to courses for which it is a prerequisite until he or she has earned a grade of at least C in the failed course. If the initial grade received is a D, the student may progress to courses for which it is a prerequisite. The student may choose whether to repeat the course in which he or she received a D, but this choice affect the student's release from academic probation as described below:

If the student receives more than two incompletes in required pharmacy courses, regardless of the grades ultimately awarded, he or she is subject to review by the Academic Performance Committee; the committee may choose to place the student on academic probation.

RELEASE FROM ACADEMIC PROBATION

After receiving a grade of
F.
The student must repeat the course and earn a grade of at least C before taking courses for which the failed course is a prerequisite. In the semester or summer session in which he or she repeats the course, the student must complete a full academic load and must complete at least six hours in required pharmacy coursework. A full academic load is defined as twelve hours in a long-session semester and six hours in the summer. The new grade replaces the grade of F when the student's pharmacy grade point average is calculated. If the new grade is a C or better, the student is released from academic probation if and only if he or she has earned no further grades of D or F while on academic probation or conditional academic probation. If the student does not earn a grade of at least C upon repeating the course, he or she is subject to academic dismissal.

After receiving a grade of D. The student chooses whether or not to repeat the course. In either case, he or she may progress to courses for which the course in question is a prerequisite. If the student chooses to repeat the course, he or she must earn a grade of at least C. If the new grade is a C or better, the student is released from academic probation if and only if he or she has earned no further grades of D or F while on academic probation or conditional academic probation. If the student does not earn a grade of at least C upon repeating the course, he or she is subject to academic dismissal. The new grade replaces the grade of D when the student's pharmacy grade point average is calculated.

If the student chooses not to repeat the course, he or she remains on academic probation (or conditional academic probation, described below) through completion of the internship courses in the final semester. (To take the internship courses, the student must have a grade point average of at least 2.00 in required pharmacy courses.) If the student completes the internship courses with grades of at least CR, he or she is released from probation and graduates in good academic standing with the college.

CONDITIONAL ACADEMIC PROBATION

If a student on academic probation receives no grade lower than a C in required pharmacy courses during the following semester or summer session in which a full academic load is taken (as described above), he or she may be placed on conditional academic probation. This status allows the student to hold student office and to be eligible to accept college scholarships for travel to professional meetings. However, a student on conditional academic probation remains subject to dismissal if he or she receives a second grade of D or F.

{No changes to the sections "Calculation of Grade Point Averages" and "The Academic Performance Committee.}


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COURSE LOAD AND SEQUENCE OF WORK

1. To progress to the final-year internship courses, the student must have completed all basic education requirements and all required and elective pharmacy courses except those in the internship year.
2. Because internship courses are offered on the pass/fail basis only, students [should] must have attained both the University and the College of Pharmacy grade point average of at least 2.00 required for graduation before they begin the internship semester(s).
3. If a conflict arises between University requirements and a student's employment, the student must resolve the conflict in favor of the University requirements.
4. [Students are expected to take a minimum course load of] A student who is not on academic probation must take at least twelve semester hours during any long-session semester or at least six semester hours during the summer session. The only time this policy is no enforced is in the fall semester of the third professional year.
5. A student on academic probation must take at least twelve semester hours during any long-session semester or at least six semester hours during the summer session.
[5.] 6. Students may not take courses for degree credit at another institution without prior approval from the dean of the College of Pharmacy.
[6.] 7. All students seeking to reenter the College of Pharmacy after having been placed on academic dismissal must make formal application through the Admissions Committee. Readmission is based largely on the student's performance and is processed through the Admissions Committee with recommendations from the Academic Performance Committee and the approval of the dean.

Rationale: All of the changes above reflect current operating practice, in that we expect students who develop academic difficulties to clear those problems while maintaining the rigors of a full course load. Resolution while taking a light load does not demonstrate the student can meet the full demands of the curriculum, which may then be reflected in academic difficulties later.

On page 493, in the section ACADEMIC POLICIES AND PROCEDURES, insert the following before STANDARDS OF ETHICAL CONDUCT:

EARLY PRACTICE EXPERIENCE

Students entering the professional sequence of courses will be required to participate in an early practice experience. This experience is defined as completion of at least 200 hours in either a community pharmacy or a hospital pharmacy practice setting. Since students must be registered with the Texas State Board of Pharmacy as a "student pharmacist-intern" prior to gaining these hours, and since that registration requires that students successfully complete the first year of the professional sequence, students may not begin accruing these hours until after the first professional year. Further, the early practice experience must be completed prior to the start of the internship year (the final year of the curriculum).

Additional information is provided to students during the first professional year.

Rationale: This programmatic requirement (approved by the faculty and the dean) reflects the position of the faculty that students gaining outside practice experience during the professional curriculum develop a deeper understanding and are more reflective of the importance of each required course I the curriculum, and are also in a better position to make appropriate elective choices based on a broadened understanding of practice opportunities.

On page 493, in the section DEGREES, insert the following before APPLICABILITY OF CERTAIN COURSES:

While a minor is not required as part of the PharmD degree program, the student may choose to complete additional coursework in a field outside of the College of Pharmacy. The minor consists of at least twelve


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semester hours of coursework in a single field of study or in closely related fields, including at least nine hours of upper-division work. The upper-division coursework must be completed in residence; coursework the student takes on a cooperative program campus in the third professional year may be counted. A course to be counted toward the minor may not be taken on the pass/fail basis, unless it is offered only on that basis. A course may not be counted both toward the minor and toward the 197 hours of work required for the PHarmD degree.

Students are encouraged to use health-care-related courses to make up the minor; lists of such courses in a variety of fields are available in the Student Affairs Office. While the College of Pharmacy allows students to minor in any filed in which the University offers a major, prerequisites and other enrollment restrictions may prevent the student from minoring in some fields. Before planning to take specific courses, the student should consult a pharmacy adviser and the department that offers the courses.


Rationale: A number of pharmacy students have expressed interest in attaining a minor in areas supporting their professional education in pharmacy. The wording was developed by the Curriculum Committee and approved by the faulty and Dean, and is entirely consistent with the working for úminorî degrees in other Colleges, Schools, and Departments.