Date:     August 9, 2010

To:         Current P-3 students

From:     Lorraine A. Cicero, Assistant Dean for Academic and Student Affairs

Re:         Minimum GPA requirements and expansion of the Introductory and Advanced PharmacyPractice Experiences

Greetings and welcome to the Arnold and Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Long Island University. This letter is to reaffirm the information you will be hearing during the orientation program as it relates to changes in the minimum required GPA and curricular changes that are not indicated in the current College bulletin.  
The College has a responsibility to ensure its graduates are able to deliver patient- centered care and be competent in executing the duties of a pharmacist. One way to ensure this is for the student to complete the program in accordance with College’s policy on academic standards. Collectively the standards include:
  • Completing the six-year Doctor of Pharmacy program in the projected time frame.
  • Completing the necessary required and elective courses in the sequence as presented.
  • Maintaining an overall minimum semester and overall GPA.
The minimum GPA of 2.0 as described in the current bulletin (for all courses attempted; as a cumulative GPA for all professional pharmacy courses; and as a semester or term GPA) is no longer in effect. As presented to you during Freshman Orientation, effective September 2007 the minimum GPA for all circumstances described above is 2.33. This requirement applies to progression, academic probation, and academic dismissal standards.
In some instances dismissal may be applied at any time, regardless of the number, if any of probationary semesters. This applies to a student if the GPA in all professional courses attempted for the 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th academic year is
  • GPA 1.75 or less after 1 semester of study in the professional phase
  • GPA 1.95 or less after two semesters of study in the professional phase
  • GPA 2.2 or less after three or more semesters of study  in the professional phase
Next, the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), the organization that accredits colleges of pharmacy, has implemented new standards that require both the introductory and advanced pharmacy practice experiences (IPPEs and APPEs respectively) be expanded to meet the new minimum hour requirement set forth by that agency. As a result the following curricular changes have been made:
  • During the summer between your fourth and fifth years (2012), you will need to complete a five-week community pharmacy IPPE. This IPPE is PH 312.
  • The current requirement for the number of weeks required to complete all APPEs is 37.5 weeks. As a result your P-6 year will begin in May rather than in September. All students will complete some portion of the APPEs during the summer (2013).
Details regarding the tuition charges for these courses may be found at and then select Student Financial Operations. Even though the changes in the pharmacy practice experiences won’t affect you until 2012, the College wanted to give you as much advanced notice as possible.
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