ACADEMIC REGULATIONS FOR THE GRADUATE PROGRAMS

Ph.D and Pharm.D.-Ph.D. (Dual Degree)

Policies and Procedures
COLLEGE OF PHARMACY AND HEALTH SCIENCES

Mercer University 3001 Mercer University Drive Atlanta, GA 30341

Revised and printed 10/28/10

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ACADEMIC REGULATIONS FOR THE GRADUATE PROGRAM Policies and Procedures

Ph.D and Pharm.D.-Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences Program
Mission Statement The mission of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences is to make scholarly contributions to the discipline of pharmaceutical sciences and related fields. The educational mission is to offer a high quality-learning environment. The research mission is to contribute to the pursuit of knowledge in the pharmaceutical sciences and related fields. The service mission is to make meaningful contributions to the profession, the School, the University, the scientific community and the public. PURPOSE AND GOALS OF THE PROGRAM The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and the Dual degree Pharm.D.-Ph.D. degree is granted to students who demonstrate exceptional scholarly activity through achievement in academics and original research in an area of the pharmaceutical sciences. Graduate work brings together a group of scholars actively engaged in research and provides a close association between students and experienced investigators with a wide range of interests. The specific goals of this graduate program include: 1. 2. equipping the graduates with the skills necessary to perform in academia, in the pharmaceutical industry or in government; providing the student with a sound pharmaceutical sciences background which will allow him/her to conduct independent, original research. This background will include a) advanced course work in the pharmaceutical sciences; b) course work in a specific area of the pharmaceutical sciences; c) general course work in areas related to the pharmaceutical sciences and d) advanced training for the development of technical skills such as analytical instrumentation, animal experimentation techniques, and experimental design and statistical evaluation; fostering the development of oral and written communication skills to be used in classroom instruction, in the presentation of research findings to the scientific community and in interdisciplinary collaborative research efforts. ADMISSION POLICY Applications for admission to the graduate program are evaluated by the faculty of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and the Graduate Admissions Committee. The recommendations of the faculty are forwarded to the Director of Graduate Programs who makes the final decision. Minimum expectations for consideration for admission into the graduate program include the following:

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equivalencies for each.cfm] 6. Applications received after these deadlines will be reviewed the next available semester.1. periods of education or training and give U.aacrao. Mercer University accepts evaluations from the following three services: • World Education Services [www. for foreign course evaluations.a minimum GRE score of 1000 (composite of verbal and quantitative sections). a personal interview with selected department faculty. You are required to submit one separate official transcript from each college or university you have previously attended or are currently attending.jsilny. International students with degrees that have not been earned at an accredited United States institution are required to provide a report by a professional evaluation service.0 scale. for foreign course evaluations.For the Dual Degree program. [www.Recommendations on the supplied forms from three persons who are able to judge the applicant's accomplishments and academic ability. The evaluation should name and describe all diplomas.S. An official transcript is one that has been issued by an institution and received by the Department in an envelope sealed by the issuing institution. equivalencies for each. Please use Institution Code 5623.wes.for an applicant from a country where the primary language is other than English.com/html/foreign. 7. Biology or an equivalent degree in a related area. certificates. Inc. 3 .org/international/foreignEdCred. 2. certificates.org/international/foreignEdCred.cfm] Application for admission must be made on forms that may be obtained from the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences or the department Web Page. International students with degrees that have not been earned at an accredited United States institution are required to provide a report by a professional evaluation service.htm] • American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers [www. The transcript will contain the official school seal or stamp and the signature of the Registrar. 5. [www. 3.S.aacrao.a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy. degrees.jsilny.Official report of TOEFL scores. 3.A nonrefundable $25 application fee. Please use Institution Code 5623. if required. 4. periods of education or training and give U. 2. or a Pharm D degree.org] • Josef Silney & Associates. Recommendation forms should be sent directly to the Director of Graduate Programs.htm] • American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers [www. 4. An application cannot be given final consideration until all required components have been received.0 based on a 4.a minimum GPA of 3. The application deadline is May 15 for the Fall term and for the Spring term is September 1. Applicants failing to meet the required minimum GPA or the required minimum GRE may be considered for admission provided their record is indicative of exceptional ability. A complete application consists of the following: 1. Faxed documents are not accepted as official. The evaluation should name and describe all diplomas. Mercer University accepts evaluations from the following three services: • World Education Services [www.org] • Josef Silney & Associates. the application form and additional information requested on the application form. a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (PBT) or 213 (CBT) or 100 (IBT). Please use Institution Code 5623. Chemistry.Official transcripts. Inc. 5.Official report of GRE scores. Acceptance into the graduate program in Pharmaceutical Sciences is based on the overall record and ability of the applicant.wes. degrees.com/html/foreign.

PROGRAM OF STUDY The awarding of the PhD or Pharm. Students who have not completed these pre-requisites prior to entering the program may be required to remove deficiencies during their course of study. degree and 23 course works hours for the Dual degree Pharm.-Ph. Any course deemed appropriate by the SAC may be included on the Program of Study. Students entering the graduate program in the Pharmaceutical Sciences are expected to have a background that includes the following minimum prerequisites: integral and differential calculus.D. credits and years of residence. A student may not register for more than 10 hours of graduate credit per semester. A student is classified as a full-time student for academic purposes when registered for six or more hours during a semester. A minimum of 70 semester hours including 35 hours of approved graduate-level course work for the Ph. These courses may be chosen from those offered by the School of Pharmacy faculty or completed at another university through Cross Registration via ARCHE. however. statistics. Departmental course offerings other than those that comprise the core are listed in Table 2.D. degree is based on the successful completion of a sequence of courses selected to meet the needs of an individual student (Program of Study) and an original research project (Doctoral Research) directed by the student's major professor.-Ph. the student must complete these courses for no graduate credit. Brief descriptions of all courses are available in the Mercer University College of Pharmacy & Health Science’s Academic Catalog. Courses in addition to those in the core will be selected to develop strengths in the area of interest and research of the student.D. expertise in at least one computer programming language. engineering. and one semester of mammalian physiology. physiology. In some cases the SAC may determine that certain undergraduate pharmacy courses are essential components of the program of study. When no suitable graduate level course is available.D. mathematics. The Program of Study will be determined by the major professor in consultation with the student and the SAC. Graduate programs are highly individualized and are tailored to the characteristics and interests of the individual student. The core curriculum for the Graduate degree is given in Table 1. In such instances.D. are not determined solely in terms of a fixed number of courses. 4 . deficiencies must be fulfilled using undergraduate courses for which the student will receive no graduate credit. degree and 35 hours of dissertation research is required for awarding the degree. Non-pharmacy courses are most commonly selected from disciplines such as chemistry. Requirements for the degree. one year of biochemistry. statistics or related areas.

Students) Departmental Elective Courses PHA 833 PHA 835 PHA 837 PHA 839 PHA 849 Advanced Pharmacokinetics Advanced Physical Pharmacy Advanced Biopharmaceutics Industrial Pharmacy & Drug Delivery Systems Special Topics in Pharmaceutical Sciences CATALOG DESCRIPTIONS 3 semester hours 3 semester hours 3 semester hours 4 semester hours 3 semester hours PHA 802.D. Pharmaceutical Biotechnology 3 hours Pharmaceutical Biotechnology is intended to provide the student with a working knowledge of the preparation. PHA 804.Core Curriculum TABLE 1. Application will be on the use in the pharmaceutical sciences. Current Curriculum 3 semester hours 3 semester hours 3 semester hours 2 semester hours 3 semester hours 3 semester hours 3 semester hours 3 semester hours 35 semester hours PHA 802* Foundations in Pharmaceutical Sciences PHA 803 Analytical Methods and Instrumentation PHA 804 Methods in Cell and Molecular Biology PHA 806* Dosage Forms and Advanced Drug Delivery Systems PHA 807 Pharmaceutical Biotechnology PHA 808* Pharmacokinetics PHA 809* Principles of Drug Action PHA 897 Graduate Seminar PHA 899 Doctoral Research * (waived for Dual Degree. Analytical Methods and Instrumentation 3 hours This course is designed to provide the student a background in modern analytical chemistry and instrumental methods of analysis. PHA 816. growth hormones and interferons will be discussed. Current FDA approved biotechnology drugs such as human insulin.. Foundations in Pharmaceutical Sciences This course is designed to introduce the students to the foundations in pharmaceutical sciences. Emphasis will be placed upon a complete understanding of the basic and clinically applicable pharmacokinetic formulas and the assumptions that are involved with their use. transgenic therapeutics and gene therapy. stability and formulation of different protein and peptide drugs such as antisense agents.D. Pharmacokinetics 3 hours This course is designed to provide the student with the advanced knowledge and skills necessary for employing pharmacokinetic principles in the selection and evaluation of drug therapy. Pharm.Ph. immunochemical and molecular biology theories and techniques used in the laboratory. PHA 808. Methods in Cell and Molecular Biology A course designed to introduce students to a variety of biochemical. Aspects 5 . 3 hours 2 hours PHA 807. including experimental design and other aspects related to good laboratory research practices 3 hours PHA 803. Dosage Forms and Drug Delivery Systems A course designed to study the various dosage forms and drug delivery systems.

and the methods used to classify these systems.specifically related to multiple dosing and accumulation. Emphasis will be placed upon a complete understanding of advanced. toxicologic or clinical response observed. and interfacial phenomena.9 Hour Research for doctoral students. it provides information for the planning of course offerings. 3 hours PHA 833. In addition to course work requirements and grades. 3 hours PHA 837. It permits the student. the form also lists any other departmental requirements placed on the student and a record of courses for which transfer credit was granted. There also is discussion of regulations and the role of the FDA and other regulatory agencies whose actions impact the pharmaceutical industry. PHA 839. and non-linear pharmacokinetics also will be addressed. PROGRAM OF STUDY (FORM) Courses included in the Program of Study will be listed on the Program of Study form. and it protects the student in the event of unexpected 6 . Any changes in the Program of Study (additions. Special Topics in Pharmaceutical Sciences PHA 897. to the Director of Graduate Programs. the advisor and the Department Chair/ Director of Graduate Programs to engage in early planning with a specific goal in mind. Doctoral Research 1 . This form serves a number of purposes. Emphasis is placed on receptor-mediated systems. deletions or substitutions) must be submitted. Advanced Pharmacokinetics 3 hours This course is designed to provide the student with the advanced knowledge and skills necessary for problem solving techniques related to the relationship between plasma concentration and effect. with justification. Emphasis will be on chemical kinetics. Emphasis will be on design and evaluation of bioavailability studies. Industrial Pharmacy and Advanced Drug Delivery Systems 4 hours This course is designed to study methods used to formulate. and to describe their behavior in quantitative terms. PHA 849. Principles of Drug Action A didactic course that examines the area of pharmacodynamics from both qualitative and quantitative perspectives. drug protein binding. solubility and dissolution. Advanced Biopharmaceutics 3 hours A course to provide advanced study of the relationship between physicochemical properties of a drug in a dosage form and the pharmacologic. complexation. This course is taught on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory grade basis. 3 hours 1 hour 899. This course will also utilize computer simulation programs to fit pharmacokinetic parameters using different models. Advanced Physical Pharmacy A course designed for the study of advanced physical concepts and methods as they apply to pharmaceutical systems and problems. PHA 835. Graduate Seminar Weekly to bi-weekly presentations and discussions of research and other miscellaneous topics. clinically applicable pharmacokinetic formulas and the assumptions that are involved with their use. manufacture and test various dosage forms and delivery systems. and clearance concepts as it relates to drug therapy. PHA 809. This form serves as the student's permanent academic record form.

the student has the option to interview additional faculty members. aid in the selection of course work based on the student's background. The final choice of a major professor will be contingent upon the mutual consent of the student and that faculty member. the student must select a major professor before the end of the second semester of study. To help in the selection of an advisor. However.D. the major advisor must submit a formal request with justification to the Director of Graduate Programs for approval. endorse the student's request to take the preliminary examination.program or faculty changes. Copies of the form may be obtained from the Director of Graduate Programs or downloaded from the Department Web Site. A change of the major professor for justifiable reasons is possible. Every graduate student should file a Program of Study form with the Director of Graduate Programs at the earliest convenient date. preside over the Preliminary Research Protocol Oral Presentation and the Dissertation Defense. guide the student in the selection and development of the dissertation problem and direct that problem to a logical conclusion. SELECTION OF MAJOR PROFESSOR Unless an advisor has been selected before beginning graduate study. THE GRADUATE STUDENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE (SAC) The Student Advisory Committee (SAC) shall consist of five (5) voting members. serve as chair of the Student Advisory Committee (SAC) and aid in the selection of the remaining members. Major functions of the SAC include: 1. three of these must have expertise in the area of the candidate’s research. At least one (1) member must be appointed from outside of the Department Additional nonvoting members from outside the University may be appointed to the SAC who have special knowledge and distinction in the area of the candidate. 3. If the student remains unclear about the choice of an advisor following the interviews. Three (3) of these must be from the department of Pharmaceutical Sciences. The faculty member will notify the Director of Graduate Programs of the student’s selection of the major professor. In addition. 4. This form should be submitted before the end of the second semester in residence for students in the PhD program. a two-week research rotation can be scheduled under the supervision of any or all of the faculty that had been interviewed. The SAC must be formed no later than the end of the second semester of the candidate’s first year of study. the Director of Graduate Programs may arrange interviews between the student and faculty members. Normally these are faculty in the area of interest of the student but this is not a requirement. The candidate may also select a co-advisor. 5. RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE MAJOR PROFESSOR The major professor will 1. 2. Reviewing the Program of Study and making recommendations on the courses to be taken by 7 . This committee should meet at least twice a year (June and December). In addition. degree. The major advisor must be a member of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and possess a Ph.

8 . Director of Graduate Programs or advisor and by the Business Office. however. To officially withdraw. C. Credits can be transferred only if the course syllabus of transfer requests matches with the syllabus is of the equivalent Department course. The student must complete a Course Change Request Form at the Enrollment Services Center. TRANSFER CREDIT Upon approval by the Director of Graduate Programs. If the resignation from the University occurs during a semester. Monitoring the progress of the student through semi-annual meetings (more if necessary). a grade of F will be assigned if the student discontinues class attendance. the student must complete a course change form secured from the Registrar's Office and have it signed by the instructor. a grade of satisfactory (S) or unsatisfactory (U) will be awarded. the student must withdraw from all courses. B. The IC should be removed in a manner and time period prescribed by the instructor. GRADES The letter grades A. 7. up to 15 semester hours of graduate-level credit may be transferred from other approved institutions. be removed no later than one year after it was assigned. The Director of Graduate Programs will determine the equivalent course and the number of credit hours accepted. 4. No other courses may be taken on a pass/fail or S/U basis. Courses cannot be transferred for credit if: a) they have been taken more than six years before admission into the Graduate Program. Those hours completed with a grade of S may be counted toward the required 35 credit hours in Doctoral Research 899. The form may be obtained from the Director of Graduate Programs. Providing advise on both the course of study and the research conducted by the candidate. 6. The Director of Graduate Programs should be notified of the membership of this committee on the correct form. If not removed in the stated time. The grade of incomplete (IC) is assigned at the discretion of the professor when a student does not complete a portion of assigned work in a course. Submitting and grading questions for the Preliminary Examination. A student may withdraw from a course with a grade of W on or before the last day for withdrawals as shown in the current calendar. the candidate. D. or F are assigned in all courses for which the student is registered. or b) a grade below B (or the equivalent) was earned. and Critically evaluating and approving the dissertation and final oral defense. The student must supply a transcript and the necessary descriptive materials from each course to the Director of Graduate Programs and must complete the university form for the same. B+. Developing the format of the Preliminary Examination. 5. C+. The student should prepare a letter that includes a brief explanation of the reason for the withdrawal and the last date for participation in the program of study. If the official withdrawal is not completed within the time limits described. WITHDRAWAL (RESIGNATION) FROM THE UNIVERSITY A student who wants to withdraw officially from the University should consult with the Director of Graduate Programs. For the courses Graduate Seminar 897 and Doctoral Research 899. 3. Approving the Preliminary Research Protocol. the IC will automatically be changed to the grade of F. It must.2.

Should the student fail to successfully complete the preliminary examination. Each individual submitting questions will evaluate the student's performance on his/her own questions. Final grading authority for the examination rests with the SAC. b) fulfilled any conditions set as a prerequisite for admission or any additional departmental requirements. the student receives a grade of Fin all courses for which they registered that term. The examination will be administered by the Director of Graduate Programs or his/her designee. Admission to candidacy for the Graduate student must be at least two semesters prior to graduation.00. A student is judged to have passed the examination if he/she achieves a minimum average score of 75%. and. The examination will be administered after completion of all course work and other requirements listed on the Program of Study form. The examination will be composed of questions compiled by the Student Advisory Committee (SAC) and will be composed of topics solicited from appropriate individuals. the student must have: a) completed all course work listed on the Program of Study form with a minimum GPA of 3. The examination is administered two times a year to all eligible graduate students. Unless a student is granted a leave of absence from the program. c) passed the Preliminary Examination and the Research Protocol Oral Presentation. Previous admission to the Graduate Program does not guarantee readmission at a later date.A grade of W is assigned for the courses if the withdrawal takes place within the time limit prescribed in the University Calendar. A student who fails the reexamination becomes ineligible for further graduate study. Approval for the student to undertake this examination must be granted by the Director of Graduate Programs at the recommendation of the major professor. related to the core courses and also questions related to the selected area of the student. Students who have been enrolled at other institutions since their last attendance in the Graduate Program must submit official transcripts of that study at the time of application for readmission. This examination will be timed and closed book. No additional fee is charged for application for readmission. A student in the Graduate degree program must apply for admission to candidacy following successful completion of the Preliminary Examination and the Preliminary Research Protocol Oral Presentation. PRELIMINARY EXAMINATION GRADING CRITERIA 9 . Evaluation will be based on the grading system listed below. withdrawal from all courses for which a student is registered constitutes resignation from the University. The breadth and depth of knowledge in the student's chosen discipline will also be examined. It provides formal approval to devote essentially exclusive attention to the research and the writing of the dissertation. Application forms are available from the Director of Graduate Programs. Without official resignation. WRITTEN PRELIMINARY EXAMINATIONS The purpose of the written preliminary examination is to determine whether the student has been adequately prepared through course work and other activities to undertake an original research project. ADMISSION TO CANDIDACY Admission to candidacy for the Doctor of Philosophy degree is a promotion of the student to the most advanced stage of graduate study. To qualify for admission to candidacy. a re-examination will be scheduled after not less than 60 days of additional preparation. A student wishing to return to the Program following withdrawal must apply for readmission.

Final decisions on the proposed research lie with members of the SAC. clear demonstration of misunderstanding of the major points. clear understanding of the major issues. answer is only partially correct and lacks accuracy and completeness. 5.specific aims and purpose of the project. obvious evidence of no understanding of the question or facts. major issues are covered but not in depth. Following Committee approval and incorporation of suggested changes. Any faculty member may attend this presentation and make suggestions on the research protocol. 3.experimental plan. 4.abstract. reasonable depth of knowledge.literature cited. 6. a logical selection of facts in the answer. Approval of the protocol by the SAC is required and will allow the student to formally proceed with research activities on this problem. just satisfactory answer. concise organization.budget. a copy of the protocol should be filed with the Director of Graduate Programs. depth and scope of discussion appropriate to the question. Items such as time limitations or difficulty of the question should also be taken into consideration when assigning grades. The NIH guidelines and format must be followed. ability to deal with controversies. cursory coverage of the area. evidence of creative insight. poor organization. 7. PRELIMINARY RESEARCH PROTOCOL A written proposal describing the student's dissertation project must be submitted to the SAC. Indication of major gaps in the area. Accurate facts.title page. The student will defend the proposal orally before the SAC. 2.background and significance. including how the results should be treated and interpreted. Several incorrect facts. The written version of the protocol should be submitted to the SAC at least 10 days prior to the oral presentation. good organization. Answer contains a few factual errors. The proposal should consist of the following components: 1.To establish uniformity in grading the following criteria should be used as guidance in grading examination questions. 90-100% 80-89% 70-79% 50-69% 25-49% 0-25% Grading Criteria Clear mastery of the question. 10 . Does not answer the question. very poor organization causing difficulty in following the answer. well organized. The defense will generally consist of a 15-20 minute presentation followed by questions on the methodology and background material needed by the student to successfully complete the project.

their final dissertation defense will be used in place of the seminar. or 3) fail. June and December Students will be permitted 2 unexcused absences. After approval of the dissertation by the SAC the candidate must orally defend the results of the research problem. If the student exceeds the above limitation. Post doctoral students and faculty will evaluate student seminars. 11 .SEMINAR REQUIREMENTS The Goals of the Seminar are: To provide experience in public speaking To provide experience in literature review To conduct data analysis and presentation To create a scientific community and dialogue To design research or literature review topics To promote and encourage handling of questions and answers To learn to give accurate feed back to the presenter To assist in overall confidence building Throughout the course of study the student is expected to read the current literature and attend and actively participate in the seminar programs offered by the Department and the College of Pharmacy. MANUSCRIPT REQUIREMENT All candidates for the PhD degree must demonstrate experience in scientific writing by the preparation and submission of at least one manuscript for publication. May. Preparation of the dissertation must comply with the regulations contained in the Guide to the Preparation of Theses and Dissertations. No seminars will be scheduled in the months of January. which is available from the Director of Graduate Programs. At least 2 seminars will be scheduled per seminar period. 2) provisional pass pending revisions. A favorable vote of a majority of the members of the SAC is required for passing the final oral defense. This research must be conducted under the direct supervision of the student's major professor in consultation with the SAC. The research should be of such quality as to result in one or more publications in referred scientific journals. All graduate students will present one seminar per year. generally not exceeding 20-25 minutes. The SAC will determine the success or failure of the candidate through one of the following actions: 1) pass. However. The manuscript must be submitted for publication prior to the scheduling of the final oral defense. they will get an Unsatisfactory (U) grade. One copy of the final draft of the dissertation must be available in the office of the Director of Graduate Programs for review by interested faculty 10 days before the date of the final oral defense. Final year students will be required to register for seminar and attend seminars. Seminar Evaluation forms will be used to evaluate all seminars. Any faculty member may attend and participate in the final defense. DISSERTATION AND FINAL ORAL DEFENSE An important requirement for obtaining the Doctor of Philosophy degree is completion of an original research project. Only members of the SAC can vote on the final outcome. The student will register for Graduate Seminar 897 once each year during the Summer term. The oral examination also may include general knowledge questions relating to the major research area of the candidate. All students must present at least one seminar based on the student’s original research.

At Mercer University." A copy of the Honor System may be obtained from the Director of Graduate Programs. the library and the major professor. the summer term. a student must register each semester (fall. whether during the regular academic year. including submission of the final copy of the thesis or dissertation. The Honor System places responsibility for honesty where it belongs and ultimately must rest. are completed. A student on approved leave of absence from the program is not required to apply for readmission unless they are absent beyond the end of the approved leave period. 12 . A student must be in residence at the time of completion of the dissertation. If a student has not been officially enrolled for one semester or more. If the student has been enrolled at another institution since the last attendance in the Graduate Program. each student becomes a guardian of the Honor System. the candidate must submit five copies of the dissertation in final form for binding to the Director of Graduate Programs. they must apply for readmission. GRADUATE HONOR SYSTEM The Graduate Honor System is a code established. the student will meet at least once a year with that committee and report on the progress and status of the research project. REVIEW OF STUDENT ACTIVITIES Yearly progress reports will be prepared by each student in conjunction with the major professor. I further pledge that I will not allow to go unreported to the proper persons any violation of the Honor System and that I will give true and complete information before the Honor Committee. Two years must be completed in residence at Mercer University. nor to use any information other than that allowed by the instructor. The faculty subscribes to and supports fully the Honor System. or evening classes. By placing the responsibility on the individual. Bound copies of the approved dissertation are distributed to the department. These evaluations will be submitted to the Director of Graduate Programs by June 30 of each year. Once the SAC is formed. on the individual.Following successful completion of the final oral examination. they must submit official transcripts to the department. RESIDENCE REQUIREMENTS Graduate students must complete all degree requirements within six years of the initial date of matriculation. the Honor System is subscribed to by everyone enrolling in any class. Additional personal copies may also be submitted at this time for binding. spring and summer) for a minimum of 6 hours until all degree requirements. The individual is responsible for reporting any academic dishonesty he or she may observe as well as being responsible for his or her own honesty. interpreted and administered by the Graduate Council of Mercer University. CONTINUOUS ENROLLMENT Unless excused through a leave of absence. As a pledge to uphold this responsibility. "I pledge myself to neither give nor receive aid during tests or for any individual assignments or papers. each student assumes the Honor Pledge stating. The candidate is responsible for payment of all charges associated with processing the dissertation.

or if the student fails to attain a minimum grade of B or S in a graduate-level course. or 3. or 4.STUDENT PROBATION AND/OR DISMISSAL A cumulative grade point average of at least 3. or 2. the student's progress will be monitored. Failure to uphold general standards of ethical conduct also is grounds for exclusion from the program.0 or who does not provide regular. Deadlines for cross registration are published on the form. obtaining a grade of lower than a B in more than two undergraduate courses offered by the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences.0 following previous academic warning. Additionally.0. The student must complete a cross registration application. failing to pass their PhD Preliminary Examinations after two attempts. 13 . 1. CROSS REGISTRATION The purpose of cross registration is to provide opportunities for enriched educational programs by permitting students at any Atlanta Regional Consortium for Higher Education (ARCHE) institution to take courses at any other member institution. In these cases. Academic Exclusion A student may be permanently excluded from the Graduate program for 1. following the instructions on the back of the form. The Department expects that all graduate students will act responsibly and ethically in the laboratory and in the classroom. Students have the right to appeal exclusion to the Department Chair. a student will be placed on academic warning if the student fails to attain a minimum grade of B in an undergraduate course offered by the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences. The application must be signed by the Director of Graduate Programs and by the cross registration coordinator in Enrollment Services. 2. The semester and cumulative grade point averages are an indication of a student's academic performance. A summary of the guidelines and policies for cross registration follows. The final determination on exclusion from Graduate degree program will be decided by the faculty of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the recommendation of the Director of Graduate Programs. documented evidence of progress in their research program is making unsatisfactory academic progress. the Enrollment Services office will register the student for the approved course on a space-available basis after the host institution's regularly enrolled or continuing students have had first priority for registration. The appeal must be in writing within two weeks of receiving notification from the Director of Graduate Programs of exclusion from the program. failure to maintain a cumulative GPA of 3. obtaining a grade of lower than a B or a grade of U in more than two graduate-level courses. A student whose semester and/or cumulative GPA drops below 3.0 is required for graduation from a graduate program at the School of Pharmacy. Academic Warning A student will be placed on academic warning the first term that a semester or cumulative GPA is below 3. Once all approvals have been obtained.

In either case. recording. The specific responsibilities expected of a student will be based upon Departmental needs but may include any or all of the following. or Department equipment and facilities.000 per year. The availability of this support is contingent on University and Departmental funding. which vary from year to year. Students receiving full Departmental support are expected to provide approximately 13 hours per week (or 650 hours per year) to assist the Department and School. analytical instrumentation. All students on a stipend serving in any capacity are under the direction and close supervision of an appointed faculty member. Students with specific expertise in an area may have different responsibilities from those listed.. 4. CURRICULAR PRACTICAL TRAINING (CPT) /INTERNSHIP There are several requirements that must also be met to be eligible for CPT/Internship at Mercer University. payable over 12 months. proctoring. Contact person (supervisor. and availability of funds. This maximum is automatically adjusted if the departmental stipend changes. Must have a beginning and ending date d. Students may consider a CPT only at the end of the 4th year of the program and be in good academic standing and in F-1 status (for international students) 2.g. relief work as a pharmacist) must be approved by both the Department Chair and Director of Graduate Programs and by the Major Professor. Must state full time or part time e. Web Page updating.000. The Department will support a student in the Graduate program on full-stipend for a maximum of four calendar years. Assignment to a professor for a semester to assist with classroom activities such as grading. College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences. program needs. departmental. Must state description of internship (what you will be doing) f. the funding responsibility for the student rests with the major professor and the student. Must state the expected outcome of internship 14 . Under certain circumstances. etc. 2. or university funds may be used to supplement an externally funded stipend to a maximum of $ 25. 1. Students receiving partial stipends from the Department will have a proportional reduction in allocated work load. These stipends are intended to serve as temporary support and will continue only until the student and/or the advisor can secure external funding. 1. After this time. Assistance with other Departmental needs such as care and maintenance of animals and the animal facility. Must be in field of study b Specific offer of internship c.FINANCIAL SUPPORT AND TEACHING RESPONSIBILITIES Students may be accepted for admission with or without a teaching or research stipend. Offer of CPT/Internship must be on company letterhead and must include the following: a. all students admitted into the graduate program get a full tuition waiver. 3. etc) g. Stipends are awarded on an annual basis and their continuation is contingent upon satisfactory academic progress and performance of duties. A limited number of didactic lectures per semester based on discipline. Stipends offered by the Department are currently approximately $10. This work must not interfere with normal degree progress or responsibilities the student may have to the University. Outside employment (e. school. and external funding. Teaching responsibility for laboratories or discussion sessions.

The assignment will be graded as satisfactory as a new course in the pharmacy curriculum or unsatisfactory. assisting in preparation for class. PBL sessions. Students can pursue the internship in the summer semester towards the end of their fourth year or later. Mentor a new graduate student. A grade of satisfactory is required to satisfy this portion of the program. assisting in the laboratory. presentation. 20 hours a week part-time and cannot be accumulated. Letter of authorization/approval from Major Advisor. Two faculty members in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences will assess this assignment. the student will be required to resubmit the assignment within 30 days. Scenario One: Complete two hours of lecture in any graduate or professional course under the supervision of the course coordinator. 1. Director of Graduate Programs and Department Chair ( Must complete the Form for CPT/Internship with ALL signatures) j. These skills include. Must not interfere with academic program 3. Develop a course. Successfully complete the Introduction to the Pharmaceutical Sciences course. Assist course coordinators in three professional or graduate level courses. which includes all components necessary for adaptation into the School of Pharmacy's graduate or professional curriculum. 15 . These lecture hours can be done successively or in different courses. (Example: 30 hours one week and 10 hours the next week) i. This assignment must be completed by June 30 of the third year in the graduate program. 3. 2. curriculum development and teaching. Cannot be full time during any registered period of study h. The GSTP consists of the following four requirements. Student must begin and complete internship on date specified on I-20 document (if international student) k. Scenario Three: Complete five hours of lecture in any graduate or professional course under the supervision of the course coordinator. The goal of the program is to introduce graduate students in the department to the necessary skills should they decide to pursue a career in academics. the student must complete any ONE of the following scenarios. calculation workshops. Mentor a new graduate student. In the case of a grade of unsatisfactory. reflection sessions. Assistant course coordinators in two professional or graduate level courses. writing. Scenario Two: Complete three hours of lecture in any graduate or professional course under the supervision of the course coordinator. an instructional aide and other assignments Mentor a new graduate student. In addition. Students may avail of the internship only once during their tenure at Mercer. Please complete the CPT FORM GRADUATE STUDENT TEACHING PROGRAM (GSTP) Each student in the graduate Program is required to complete the GSTP. Aid will include 8 hours of helping with class breakout groups.g.

The Campus Health Care Services can recommend physicians and facilities that can perform the necessary lab test(s) and interpret the results. Two doses of Measles vaccine are required. If serologic testing shows no immunity to MMR. evaluation by the course coordinator. helping the student to begin working in a research laboratory through assistance with techniques or experimental design. Physician-diagnosed disease is proof of immunization against measles. The mentor's responsibilities will include helping the student to adjust to graduate student life.Scenario Four: Complete four hours of lecture in any graduate or professional course under the supervision of the course coordinator. providing tutorship when required. PHARMACY TEACHING CERTIFICATE PROGRAM (PTCP) Graduate students who are in their third year and beyond in the program are eligible to enroll and participate in this optional teaching certificate program conducted by the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences. Follow and document the progress of each student through the program. Students born before 1957 need Rubella immunization only. giving the month and year of immunization. You must have been at least 12 months old when the first Measles dose was received. national or international meeting. 3. national or international meeting. The GSTP Administrator will have the following responsibilities: 1. he or she may document immunity by serologic (antibody) blood test at the student's expense.Complete the Graduate Mentoring Program. A statement of "up to date" is not sufficient. The goal of this program is to help graduate students to improve on their teaching related skills and could help in their pursuit of academic careers. If a student is unable to document proof of immunization to measles. course evaluations. the student may register following documentation of the first dost of MMR. HEALTH POLICIES Measles. Present an oral presentation at a regional. mumps and rubella. Assign Mentors to new students 4. Mumps and Rubella (MMR). All full-time graduate students must provide a statement of immunization or immunity against Measles. Mentor a new graduate student Scenario Five: Complete three hours of lecture in any graduate or professional course under the supervision of the course coordinator. Mumps and Rubella (MMR) Vaccination. 16 . Specifics of this PTCP program are available in an addendum attached to this document. Introduce new students to the GSTP 2. but not rubella. Mentor a new graduate student 4. Present two oral presentations at a regional. evaluation by the student's advisor. Each graduate student who is in their second year or higher of study will be required to mentor one first year graduate student in the GSTP program. with the second to follow in 30 days. The GSTP Administrator will be appointed by the Chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and will work with the Director of Graduate Programs to ensure proper administration of the program. Submit GSTP Signature Form to the Director of Graduate Programs indicating successful completion of the GSTP. Students will be assessed by one or all of the following individuals and/or methods: evaluation by the program administrator.

When special circumstances arise. LEAVE OF ABSENCE Any students wishing to take up to one week off from laboratory work. Medical facilities in the U. family members. Do not rely on health care providers. 17 . hepatitis B. Any student with a positive skin test will be required to provide a report of a normal chest x-ray (done within the past year) to be eligible to register. high school and college records. Do not assume that childhood immunizations are adequate.S. course work or other school duties must get prior approval from their major professor and the Director of Graduate Programs. and tetanus. Additional sources of immunization information include community clinics.Tuberculin Skin Test (PPD). hepatitis A. and then mail the forms personally. A leave of absence may be granted for a maximum of one calendar year. The tine tuberculosis test is not acceptable. or other colleges to mail the forms. Recommended Immunizations. Students on stipends may be removed from the payroll for the duration of their absence unless the Financial Aid Office is notified otherwise by the Director of Graduate Programs. Students should make copies of the completed health form for their own files. Tuberculosis screening (within the past year) is required of all new fulltime students. Individuals with a positive tuberculosis skin test should be evaluated by a physician. a student may make a request to the Director of Graduate Programs for an official leave of absence from the program. Students should be tested by a PPD skin test (Mantoux). elementary school. You may apply for the Student Health Insurance that is offered by the University. Mercer does not require a physician or health professional signature on the immunization history form. In the absence of a permanent major professor. and in other countries are required to keep records of medications given. HEALTH INSURANCE REQUIREMENTS. The student must submit the request in writing and state the reason for the request. The College of Pharmacy & health Sciences requires all students to maintain an acceptable health insurance policy. Applications for Student Health Insurance is available in the Campus Health Care Services. The student is responsible for having an adequate immunization status. The most recent tetanus booster should have been within the past 10 years. Students enrolled in an HMO (out-of-state) should notify the HMO that they are enrolled at Mercer and verify out-of-network coverage. Students should be tested regardless of prior BCG vaccination. polio. health departments. Students on leave must complete course work for which an I grade was awarded in a prior term and are expected to comply with the one-year time limit for removing Incomplete grades. Immunization against meningococcal meningitis is recommended for college students. Students must provide proof of current insurance coverage each year throughout enrollment in the program. the Director of Graduate Programs should be consulted. Immunizations for the following diseases are recommended: chickenpox (varicella).

At least ten days before final oral defense. Notify Director of Graduate Programs in writing Propose the SAC.GRADUATE STUDENT TIMETABLE PROCEDURE TIMING Research interviews (if needed) Select a major professor. Following completion of all requirements on Program of Study form and with permission of major professor. Prepare and submit Annual Activity Report by June 30. Written preliminary examination Submit results of preliminary Examinations to Director of Graduate Programs within 30 days after the written examination Submit Dissertation Project Protocol to SAC Apply for Admission to Candidacy (Form) Prepare and submit a manuscript for publication Place draft copy of dissertation on reserve in the office of the Director of Graduate Programs and arrange final oral examination date Submit final copy of dissertation to University Director of Graduate Programs for final approval and binding After oral defense and minimum 4 weeks before Commencement 18 . (At least ten days prior to protocol presentation) Following completion of Preliminary Examination and at least two semesters prior to graduation. At least once a year. By end of first calendar year in residence By end of first calendar year in residence. Results submitted to students within 45 days after Written Preliminary Examination Following completion of Preliminary Examination. Notify Director of Graduate Programs of SAC Membership (Form) Submit Program of Study (Form) Meet with SAC First semester in residence. Before completion of second semester in residence. Before scheduling final oral defense.

Faculty Evaluator Date Faculty Evaluator Date 3.Mercer University COLLEGE OF PHARMACY AND HEALTH SCIENCES Pharmaceutical Sciences Graduate Program Graduate Student Teaching Program (GSTP Form) SIGNATURE LIST 1. PHR801 Introduction to Pharmaceutical Sciences The signature of the course coordinator indicates successful completion. Course Coordinator Date 2. Lecture PHA Course Coordinator Date PHA Course Coordinator Date 19 . Instruction / Presentation a. Novel course development The signatures of the faculty evaluators indicate successful completion.

GSTP Coordinator Date Director of Graduate Programs: _______________________ Date: _________________ 20 . Faculty advisor signature is required.PHA Course Coordinator Date PHA Course Coordinator Date PHA Course Coordinator Date b. Graduate Mentoring Program Successful completion indicated by the signature of the GSTP coordinator. Faculty Advisor Meeting and location Date Faculty Advisor Meeting and location Date 3. Oral Presentations Please attach a copy of the abstract(s). Course Assistance PHA Course Coordinator Date PHA Course Coordinator Date PHA Course Coordinator Date c.

NAME) CREDIT HOURS GRADE TERM YEAR Other Departmental requirements: _______________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ APPROVALS Major Professor ________________________________________ Date _________________ Program Director _______________________________________ Date _________________ Director of Graduate Programs_____________________________ Date ________________ 21 . COURSE (SCHOOL.MERCER UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF PHARMACY AND HEALTH SCIENCES Name _______________________________________ Address _____________________________________ ____________________________________________ Program of Study Date _______________________ Degree _____________________ Major ______________________ A Program of Study should be submitted to the Office of the Coordinator for Graduate Programs. NUMBER. Candidates for the doctoral degree should submit a program of study by the end of the first year of residence.

APPROVALS Major Professor ________________________________________ Date _______________ Program Director _______________________________________ Date _______________ Director of Graduate Programs ____________________________ Date _______________ 22 . The committee is charged with the responsibilities of suggesting and reviewing courses in the Program of Study. Chair _______________________________________________ _______________________________________________ _______________________________________________ _______________________________________________ _______________________________________________ The major professor serves as chair.MERCER UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF PHARMACY AND HEALTH SCIENCES PhD Student Advisory Committee I recommend the appointment of the members below as the PhD Student Advisory Committee for: Name _______________________________________________ Date ________________ Address _____________________________________________ Date ________________ ____________________________________________________ Date ________________ (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) _______________________________________________. monitoring the progress of the student. preparing the preliminary examination. administering the Protocol Oral Presentation and approving the dissertation and final oral defense. approving the Preliminary Research Protocol.

Name _________________________________________________ Date ____________________ Address _______________________________________________ Degree __________________ ______________________________________________________ Major ___________________ The Examination Committee has administered the preliminary examination to the student named above.  Passed  Failed APPROVALS _________________________________________________ Major Professor _________________________________________________ SAC Member _________________________________________________ SAC Member _________________________________________________ SAC Member _________________________________________________ SAC Member _________________________________________________ SAC Member Date ______________ Date ______________ Date ______________ Date ______________ Date_______________ Date_______________ 23 . The results of the examination are indicated below.MERCER UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF PHARMACY AND HEALTH SCIENCES Preliminary Examination Report This report should be filed with the Director of Graduate Programs immediately following the completion of the Preliminary Examination.

Name Address Date Degree Major I apply for admission to candidacy for the degree indicated above. APPROVALS Major Professor ____________________________________ Program Director ___________________________________ Director of Graduate Programs ________________________ Date ___________________ Date ___________________ Date ____________________ 24 .MERCER UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF PHARMACY AND HEALTH SCIENCES Application for Admission to Candidacy A prospective Doctoral candidate must be admitted to candidacy two semesters prior to the date of graduation. Any conditions set as a prerequisite for admission or any additional departmental requirements have been completed. Notification that the Preliminary Examination and the Research Protocol Oral Presentation have been passed has been filed with the Director of Graduate Programs.   It is recommended that this student be admitted to candidacy for the degree specified. An average of 3. No course with a grade below C has been accepted as part of the Program of Study. I expect that my degree will be conferred: Signature ________________________ Certification and Recommendation by Major Professor   The Program of Study has been approved. The graduate record of the above named student has been examined.0 has been maintained on all graduate courses taken.

MERCER UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF PHARMACY AND HEALTH SCIENCES Curricular Practical Training (CPT) / Internship Form Student Name: Date: Internship Period: Company Name: Contact Person: Company Address & Telephone Number: ___________________________________ ___________________________________ From: ____________To: _____________ ___________________________________ ___________________________________ ___________________________________ ___________________________________ ___________________________________ Company Email: ___________________________________ _______________________ _______________________ _______________________ _______________________ _______________________ _______________________ Signature of Major Advisor: Date: Signature of Director of Graduate Programs: Date: Signature of Department Chairperson: Date: NOTE: 1) ALL Signatures MUST be obtained Prior to planning CPT/ Internship 2) Please attach a copy of the Internship Offer Letter to this Form 25 .

peer. The graduate student will be expected to mentor the assigned student. Will be evaluated by students. This is a one year program available to students who are in their third year and beyond. Although there are no standard content requirements. Analytical Methods and Instrumentation and Methods in Cell and Molecular Biology Lecture and Laboratories 5) Grade student assignments 5 hours of grading of written assignments or practicum grading 6) Mentoring Program: Graduate students will be assigned a mentee for each semester. teaching portfolio usually includes: Faculty evaluations Peer evaluations Student evaluations Lecture handouts Test questions Itemizes analysis reports Reflection of each teaching experience that includes a self-assessment and suggestions for improvement 2) Attend Seminars Participate in department seminars/ journal club meetings 3) Teach. Review student performance on applicable test questions d). and a faculty member (Use COPHS Evaluation Form) c). The primary goal of the Pharmacy Teaching Certificate Program (PTCP) is to develop the participants’ skills required to function in an academic setting. Training Graduate students in teaching will help improve their skills for a career in academia. design active learning activity. write objectives. The mentee will evaluate the mentor at the end of each semester using the form below. 26 . write test questions b).Facilitate or assist in the Pharmaceutical Biotechnology.Lecture a). precepting experience (for Residents/Fellows only). Description of Pharmacy Teaching Certificate Program Objectives and Goals The program consists of seminars. Requirements 1) Construct Teaching Portfolio A teaching portfolio should contain evidence of an educator’s effectiveness. Mercer COPHS reserves the right to withhold or deny a certificate if participants do not complete assigned any of the assigned tasks or who do not show up for any scheduled meetings. an opportunity to gain teaching experience. teaching experience.Evaluation of Professional Development Portfolios for the Pharm. Will self-assess teaching 4) Facilitate or Teaching Assistant a). students b). 1-2 hour lecture.Mercer University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Pharmacy Teaching Certificate Program (PTCP) Background This program is designed to provide graduate students and residents/fellows.D. and developing a teaching portfolio.

Developing and improving expertise in teaching. Increasing understanding of academic responsibilities. 6. 27 . Please use the space below to explain any of the ratings you provided. 4. 3. one at the conclusion of the first semester and the second at the completion of the second semester) Directions: Listed below are the intended outcomes of the mentoring program. Developing and improving expertise in research. Poor 1 Less than Adequate 2 Adequate 3 More than adequate 4 Excellent 5 N/A N/A Semester ___________________ Mentor Name: ___________________ How would you rate the mentoring process in each area: 1. 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 3 Please circle: 4 4 4 4 4 5 5 5 5 N/A N/A N/A N/A 1 5 N/A 7. or to provide any additional information about your experiences with the mentoring program. Increasing awareness of funding opportunities for grants and contracts to conduct research. Also list the activities that the mentor assisted you with. Developing and improving expertise in service. 2.Evaluation of Mentoring Program Mentee Name: __________________ ******************************************************************************* (To be completed by the mentee. Please use the scale below to rate how well the mentoring process has assisted you in achieving these outcomes.