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Technical Standards for Admission, Promotion and Graduation

The goal of the Roosevelt University College of Pharmacy is to educate and graduate pharmacists who are committed, competent, and compassionate. Earning a doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) degree requires the mastery of a coherent body of knowledge as well as the development of superior technical skills. The following technical standards for admission, promotion and graduation describe the non-academic qualifications required in addition to academic achievements, which the College of Pharmacy faculty and the ACPE, the pharmacy accrediting agency, considers essential in order to earn the PharmD degree.

Communication: A pharmacy student must be able to communicate effectively and efficiently with patients, their families, co-workers, and other members of a health care team. This includes the ability to ask questions, listen carefully to answers provided by patients, their families, co-workers, or other health care team members, and record information accurately. Mastery of both written and spoken English is required.

Visual, Auditory, Tactile and Motor Competencies: A pharmacy student must possess sufficient visual, auditory, tactile and motor skills to participate in and gather data from experiments and demonstrations in the basic sciences, reference materials, and oral presentations and group discussions. This includes the ability to prepare prescription products for dispensing to patients, observing clinical procedures performed by others, the ability to perform a basic physical examination of a patient, and first aid treatments, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and other emergency treatments.

Intellectual: A pharmacy student must possess strong intellectual, conceptual, integrative and quantitative abilities to master a complex body of knowledge. The capacity to lean must be effective and efficient. Reasoning abilities must be strong enough to analyze and synthesize information from a wide array of source material. It is expected that a pharmacy student learn through a variety of instructional modalities, including classroom instruction, small group discussion, individual study of materials, written papers, individual and group assessments, simulations, objective structured clinical examinations, oral presentations, and computer based technology.

Stamina: A pharmacy student is expected to possess the physical and emotional stamina necessary to maintain a high level of productivity and accuracy under challenging workloads and stressful situations, ever vigilant of patient safety.

Ethics and Integrity: A pharmacy student must consistently demonstrate ethical behavior. He/she must be able to work within the regulatory and/or institutional limits of their educational program, make decisions based on thoughtful and careful consideration of the facts, and modify behaviors based on constructive feedback from faculty and colleagues. He/she must demonstrate compassion and a concern for others, and accept responsibility for his or her own personal actions (or in some case inactions) and decisions.