Academic Policies

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Standards for the D.O. Program

In order for students to meet SAP standards, students must:

  1. Successfully complete all their courses/clerkships/required seminars each year;
  2. Complete the D.O. degree requirements within 6 years (150% of the standard 4 years) of the first day of attendance. Exceptions may be made for periods when the student may be withdrawn from the College.

Grading System for Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Degree

H – Honors
HP – High Pass
P – Pass
F – Fail
I – Incomplete
S – Satisfactory
U – Unsatisfactory
WA – Withdrawn, Administratively
W – Withdrawn, Passing
WF – Withdrawn, Failing
TC – Transfer Credit
CR – Assessment Credit

Definitions

* (H) Honors – awarded to students whose performance is determined to be in the top 10% of the cohort of students enrolled in the course (or as otherwise specified in the course syllabus).

(HP) High Pass – awarded to students whose performance is determined to be in the top 15% of the cohort of students enrolled in the corresponding third-year clerkship course (or as otherwise specified in the course syllabus).

(P) Pass – All requirements for successful completion of the course have been met.

(F) Fail – Requirements for successful completion of the course have NOT been met.

(I) Incomplete – All assignments/activities used to determine a course grade have not been completed.

(S) Satisfactory – Performance has met the minimum standards for passing.

(U) Unsatisfactory – Performance has NOT met the minimum standards for passing.

Grade Notation

The grades of I (Incomplete) and U (Unsatisfactory) are interim grades and change to a grade of P (Pass) when the requirements for passing are successfully completed within the allotted timeframe or to a grade of F (Fail) if the student is unable to complete successfully the requirements for passing within the allotted time-frame. Grades of I and U will be automatically changed to a grade of F (Fail) if the student does not complete the work before the start of the academic year following the assignment of the I or U grade.

* Note: The Honors grade (H) does not apply to the 800 level courses.

Promotion Requirements for the D.O. Program

Promotion from one year to the next is contingent upon the following:

  1. meeting satisfactory academic progress standards.
  2. meeting all financial obligations to the college.
  3. exhibiting professional conduct and excellent moral and ethical behavior.
  4. students are expected to take COMLEX-USA, Level I prior to enrolling in the third year. A student who fails to achieve a passing score on COMLEX Level I after four attempts will be subject to dismissal.

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