Entry-Level Pathways

In general, entry-level students in the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions are expected to be full-time.  A full-time course load for students in occupational therapy, physical therapy and pharmacy (both campus and distance) entry-level programs is defined as 12 or more semester credit hours during the fall and spring semesters, and 8 or more semester credit hours during the summer semester.  Semester course loads are based on the expectation that students will register for all required and elective courses as prescribed by the pathway’s curriculum.  A student may not take less than a full-time course load per semester or more than 21 credit hours for any given semester unless permission is granted by the Assistant/Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.    The student’s academic advisor will communicate with the Assistant / Associate Dean for Academic Affairs if a semester hour load greater than 21 hours is planned. The student will need the approval of the academic advisor and the Assistant /Associate Dean on a Change of Schedule form available in the SPAHP Office of Academic and Student Affairs.

Students are responsible for full-time tuition for all semesters in which they are enrolled and completing required didactic or clinical course work, including summers. Tuition for entry-level students is assessed for each semester of required study (including summers) on a flat-rate basis.  If a student is permitted to take fewer than the number of semester credit hours prescribed by the curriculum for a given term, he/she will be required to pay the full semester’s tuition. 

No entry-level student will be allowed to pay tuition on a per-credit-hour basis without the written permission of the Assistant /Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.  Only in unusual circumstances will part-time status be approved by the Assistant/Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, which allows the student to pay tuition on a per-credit-hour basis. 

Post-Professional Pathways

In general, post-professional, Distance Doctor of Occupational Therapy students do not take more than 6 semester credit hours of didactic course work or 8 semester credit hours of clinical course work during an enrollment period. They are subject to the same policies and procedures as full-time entry-level counterpart students.