Academic Policies

Advanced Standing

All requests for advanced standing by newly admitted, transfer, or enrolled students are processed on a course-by-course basis by the Office of the Dean. To request such consideration, a student must submit a letter of request and the request form to the Office of the Dean in which the student lists a course(s) previously taken, which might be similar in content to a professional course(s) that he/she is scheduled to take. The student must also provide an official course description(s) and a syllabus (syllabi) of the course(s) previously taken. All requests must be submitted at least 3 weeks prior to the start of the course being considered. Advanced standing will be considered for coursework taken in which a letter grade of C or better has been earned. A C- letter grade is not acceptable for advanced standing consideration.


The following includes all grading options and corresponding definitions that may be issued within CPG. The letter grades and quality points per credit are as follows for students that matriculated in summer 2012 or thereafter. 


Quality Points Per Credit
















0.00 Failure


Withdrawal with no penalty and no credit




 Incomplete course work


 In Progress




Advanced Placement


Credits, Quality Points, and GPA

Grades & Grade Point Average for Students Who Matriculate in Summer 2012 or Thereafter

Courses are recorded in terms of quarter hour(s) of credit. Multiplication of the credits for a course by the numeric value for the grade awarded gives the number of quality points earned for a course. Dividing the total number of quality points earned in courses by the total number of credits in those courses gives the grade point average. 

Grades reported as "W", "WF", and "P" are recorded on a student's permanent record but are not used in the calculation of a student's grade point average. Similarly, a grade of "I" or "IP" may be assigned and is used only when special/extenuating circumstances exist (i.e., prolonged illness, family crisis, etc.), which prevent a student from completing the necessary course requirements on time, in order to receive a grade.

Any request for an extension to complete required course or pharmacy practice experience requirements must be approved first by the course coordinator responsible for the course or pharmacy practice experience. Unless otherwise specified, a grade of "I" must be resolved within 10 days from the end of the quarter or pharmacy practice experience or the incomplete grade is automatically converted into a grade of "F", which signifies failure of the course or pharmacy practice experience. It is the responsibility of the student when receiving an incomplete grade to complete all of the course requirements within this time, unless otherwise specified.

If a student receives a failing grade ("F") in a course or pharmacy practice experience, that grade will be recorded on his/her transcript. This deficiency may be corrected as recommended by the Student Promotion and Graduation Committee. The permanent record of the student will be updated to indicate that the failing grade has been successfully corrected following either successful re-examination or repetition of the course or pharmacy practice experience.

If course re-examination was completed, a minimally passing grade is registered in place of the "F", and the student's cumulative grade point average will reflect the change. If a student is unsuccessful at re-examination, the grade of "F" will remain. If a student repeats a course, the course is entered twice in the permanent record of the student. The grade earned each time in the course is recorded, but only the most recent grade is used in the computation of the student's cumulative grade point average. When a course is repeated, the student may earn any grade that is within the grading scale for the course.

A student's academic standing is determined on the basis of his/her grade point average. Inclusion on the Dean's List, honors at graduation, placement on probation, and dismissal depend directly on the grade point average.

Dean's List

Following each quarter, the College of Pharmacy-Glendale recognizes students for the Dean's List who have distinguished themselves by achieving a GPA of 3.50 or better for the quarter. This applies for full-time didactic coursework only.


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