Advising and Registration FAQ's


Academic Advising Resources

  1. What is the role of my Faculty Mentor (Advisor)?
  2. What is the role of the Office of Academic and Student Affairs (College Office)?
  3. What questions should I ask my faculty mentor?
  4. I am having difficulty in class, where can I go for help?
  5. How do I plan to Study Abroad?

 

Curriculum Questions

  1. How do I determine what classes I need to register for each semester?
  2. How do I access and interpret my Degree Audit?
  3. How do I change my major?
  4. How do I declare a minor or concentration?
  5. How do I access my transcript?

 

Registration Questions & Resources

  1. Where do I find information about registration?
  2. How do I perform a class search and register for classes?
  3. I would like to take a course at another institution, what should I do?
  4. I transferred in a course and it is not on my degree audit, what should I do?

 

ANSWERS:

Academic Advising Resources

1. What is the role of my Faculty Mentor (Advisor)?

Your faculty mentor/advisor is here to help you take advantage of the resources and opportunities at Drake, and to help you be a successful student in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.  Your faculty mentor is available to:

  • Help you adapt to the college environment
  • Provide input and feedback as you develop your academic plan
  • Discuss your chosen professional goals and the career options within that profession
  • Help you identify opportunities for professional skill development
  • Make appropriate referrals to the College Office when academic or personal difficulties arise.

 

2.  What is the role of the Office of Academic and Student Affairs (College Office)?

Students are responsible for the completion of their degree requirements and progression in their program.  The Office of Academic and Student Affairs is available to assist students with the following:

  • Answer questions regarding registration, credit completion, program requirements, Drake Curriculum requirements, transfer course process, change of major questions, declaration of concentration or minors, and study abroad opportunities.
  • Serve as a resource for the combined pharmacy degree programs
  • Coordinate and communicate opportunities for internship, study abroad, research, and post-graduate study.
  • Approve educational plan waivers and transfer credit requests
  • Update degree audits with regard to substitutions, waivers, and transfer courses

To schedule an appoint with the College Office, call 515-271-3018

 

3.  What questions should I ask my faculty mentor?

To help facilitate the conversation with your faculty mentor, we have created advisor discussion guides.  Your program-specific advisor discussion guide is available on the CPHS Success Kit.  To access the CPHS Success Kit, visit the Current Student Tab on the CPHS Website and click on “Success Kit” under the Resources Column.

 

4.  I am having difficulty in class, where can I go for help?

If you are having difficulty in class, your first point of contact should always be your professor.  Every professor has posted office hours they are available to meet with students.  If their office hours conflict with your schedule, you should contact them to set up a meeting.  Prior to your appointment, prepare questions and talking points to discuss with your professor to maximize your meeting time.

In addition to your professors, there are a variety of resources available to help you, such as The Office of Academic Achievement, lab instructors, supplemental instruction, math lab, econ lab, etc.  To learn more about your academic resources, contact the College Office at 515-271-3018 to set up a meeting with the Director of Student Programs.

5.  How do I plan to Study Abroad?

The key to studying abroad is planning ahead.  If you are interested in studying abroad, you should first arrange a meeting with the study abroad office to explore the opportunities available to you.  More information about study abroad can be found at /international/study-abroad/.

Once you have explored your opportunities, you should contact the College Office at 515-271-3018 to schedule a meeting with Dr. Chesnut to discuss how study abroad fits into your academic plan.

*Due to the structure of the curriculum, we recommend pre-pharmacy students study abroad in the fall or spring term of their second year in the pre-pharmacy program.

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Curriculum Questions

 

1.  How do I determine what classes I need to register for each semester?

Your curriculum guide provides a tentative outline of the required courses for your program.  To view your curriculum guide, click on the Programs of Study link on the CPHS website and select the appropriate program to view your curriculum guide.

 

2.  How do I access and interpret my Degree Audit?

Your degree audit is available under the Student Records link in MyDUSIS.  Degree audit guides are available on the CPHS Success Kit under the program-specific tabs.  The degree audit guide provides step-by-step instructions on how to access and interpret your degree audit.  To access the CPHS Success Kit, visit the Current Student Tab on the CPHS Website and click on “Success Kit” under the Resources Column.

 

3.  How do I change my major?

The earlier you make the decision to change your major, the more time you will have to complete your program requirements.  The Drake Curriculum AOI’s allow for some flexibility in each program’s curriculum.  However, each major has its own unique requirements, therefore you will want to research the requirements of your new major.  You should set up a meeting with the department of your new major to discuss the requirements and create an academic plan for your new program.  We also suggest you set up a meeting with your Faculty Mentor, our Professional and Career Development Liaison, and/or Director of Student Programs to discuss your career aspirations, the majors you are considering, etc.  Once you have made a decision, you will complete the Intercampus Transfer Form, which is available on the CPHS Website under the Forms link.

 

4.  How do I declare a minor or concentration?

Drake University offers a variety of minors and concentrations.  Students who declare and complete the requirements for a minor or concentration will have these credentials recorded on their diplomas and on their transcripts.  For information regarding minor and concentrations, students should visit the departmental website of the minor or concentration.  To view a complete list of available minors or concentrations, visit /advantage/academics/majors-minors/. 

Student interested in pursuing an academic minor or concentration should coordinate their coursework with the appropriate departmental chair.  To declare a minor or concentration, students should complete the appropriate paperwork with the College or School that offers the program.  To declare an interdisciplinary minor or concentration, students should complete the Declaration of Concentration Form, available on the CPHS website under the Forms link.

 

5.  How do I access my transcript?

Students have access to their unofficial transcript through MyDUSIS.  To access your transcript, click on the Student Services and Financial Aid tab, followed by the Student Records link, and finally Academic Transcript.

If you would like to request an official transcript be sent to you or another institution/company, you can complete the online “Order a Transcript” form, available in blueView.  For more instructions regarding requesting an official transcript visit /studentrecords/forms/transcripts.php.

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Registration Questions & Resources

 

1.  Where do I find information about registration?

Each semester students can access the CPHS Registration Bulletin for general registration information, as well as program-specific registration instructions.  The CPHS Registration Bulletin link is included in the weekly announcements and sent out via email prior to each registration period.  Students can access the CPHS Registration Bulletin directly at http://cphsregistrationbulletin.blogspot.com

 

2.  How do I perform a class search and register for classes?

MyDUSIS is your gateway to view course offerings, search for classes, and register for classes. The CPHS Registration Bulletin, contains a Registration Guide that provides an overview on how to search for courses, search for AOI’s, view course descriptions, prerequisites, co-requisites and registration requirements, and outlines how to register for classes.  The Registration Guide is available under the FAQ’s tab on the CPHS Registration Bulletin at http://cphsregistrationbulletin.blogspot.com/.

 

3.  I would like to take a course at another institution, what should I do?

If you are interested in taking a course at another institution, you should complete the Transfer Credit Request Form BEFORE you sign up to complete the course.  The Transfer Credit Request Form is available on the CPHS Website under the Forms link.  Follow the steps below to have your course pre-approved and added to your Drake transcript:

  1. Identify the course(s) you are interested in taking.
  2. Complete the Transfer Credit Request Form.  Be sure to include where you are planning to complete the course, what requirement you hope to fulfill, and a course description.
  3. Dr. Chesnut will review your request and let you know if the course will fulfill the intended requirement.
  4. Work with the institution to register for and complete the course.
  5. Once the course is completed, request an official transcript be sent to: 
    Office of Student Records, 2507 University Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311.

Note the following with regard to courses that may be transferred:

  • Note that Composition I or ENG 001 courses equate to First Year Seminar courses and cannot be used to satisfy the Written Communications AOI requirement.
  • Pre-pharmacy students under the Drake PharmD Difference (link to that information on the web site) cannot transfer in required math/science courses or they will lose the benefits of the Drake PharmD Difference.

 

4.  I transferred in a course and it is not on my degree audit, what should I do?

Typically it takes 2-5 weeks for transcripts to be sent and posted to your records in MyDUSIS.  Check your degree audit to verify your transfer credits have been applied.  IF your course has not been posted, contact the Office of Student Records at 515-271-2025.  If you have questions regarding your credits and how they were equated on your degree audit, contact the Director of Student Programs at 515-271-3018.

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Doctor of Pharmacy Hooding Ceremony
Saturday, May 17 @ 4 p.m.
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