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Health Sciences Student Handbook 2017-2018


This handbook has been compiled in an effort to answer some of the questions frequently asked by students. In many instances, this handbook will be useful only as a starting point. Additional information may be found in the General Catalog of the University or in the University Student Handbook. To the extent that the provisions of this handbook conflict with the General Catalog or the University Handbook, this handbook shall prevail with regard to all students registered in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. This handbook is not meant to discourage students from utilizing more personal sources of information; namely, faculty advisors, Associate Dean of Curriculum and Assessment, the Office of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management, or other members of the faculty.

The Vision for the College

A diverse community of learners leading the way to a healthy world.

College Mission Statement

Preparing Today's Learners to be Tomorrow's Health Care Leaders
The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences provides an intellectually stimulating learning environment with collaborative learning among students, faculty, and staff. Graduates are liberally educated professionals who are dedicated to serving their clients, patients, profession, and community. The College emphasizes excellence and leadership in education, service, and scholarship.



None of the information provided here or elsewhere by the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences constitutes a contract between the University and the student. The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences reserves the right to make changes in curricula, admission policies, procedures, tuition and financial aid, academic standards and guidelines, student services and other regulations or policies without giving prior notice.



The Health Science curriculum is responsive to changes within the education and scientific communities, and therefore, course requirements may vary according to the year of graduation. Students must declare a track in Health Sciences by the end of their first semester at Drake University.


Educational Goals and Outcomes

The purpose of the health sciences program is to provide graduates with:
A. Knowledge Base and Life Long Learning Skills
B. Values and Ethics
C. Critical Thinking Skills
D. Communication and Collaborative Skills
E. Career Planning and Development to succeed in basic and applied health-related careers.

Knowledge Base and Life Long Learning Skills

Graduates will have a strong foundation in the physical, biological, clinical and behavioral sciences coupled with an understanding of how business and management models apply to health sciences-related fields. Graduates will develop the skills and habits to acquire and apply new knowledge.

1. Understand the chemical and biological principles that govern the function of the human body and apply these principles to health sciences-related problems.

2. Understand how business and management models play a role in the health care field.

3. Given a new area of inquiry, identify, analyze and evaluate health sciences-related information resources.

Values and Ethics

Graduates will understand and accept their duties and responsibilities outlined by their chosen career and to society in general. The graduates are expected to have developed value systems and ethical standards that guide their behavior.

4. Understand the ethical issues relevant to the health sciences.

5. Understand the importance of ethical conduct in the workplace.

6. Appreciate that diversity can contribute to different perspectives on the same issue.

Critical Thinking Skills

Graduates will use critical and creative thinking and an evidenced-based approach to identify, analyze and solve problems.

7. Understand and apply the scientific method to problems in the health sciences.

8. Critically evaluate arguments and formulate counter arguments on logical and statistical grounds.

Communication and Collaborative Skills

Graduates will be able to communicate effectively with their peers and their constituents in a variety of formats and actively participate in collaborative environments.

9. Work effectively in collaborative groups and resolve the interpersonal conflicts that may arise in such environments.

10. Communicate clearly and persuasively (in both written and verbal formats) with public, professional and granting agency audiences.

11. Effectively utilize technology or other communications tools (e.g. presentation software, audiovisual devices, email) when communicating with constituents.

Career Planning and Development

Graduates will emerge from the program with realistic ideas regarding how to implement their knowledge, skills, and values in a variety of settings.

12. Understand the role of the different disciplines within the health care system to formulate career goals.

13. Identify the types of academic experience and level of performance that will facilitate achievement of career goals.

14. Develop skills and experiences relevant to achieving career goals.


Academic Minors and Concentrations

Drake University has established departmental requirements for academic minors and concentrations. Students who earn academic minors and/or concentrations will have these credentials recorded on their diplomas and on their transcripts. Health Sciences students, based on catalog regulations, should be able to earn minors or concentrations in many different liberal arts disciplines without expanding the hours required for graduation. A complete list of minors and concentrations is available on the Undergraduate Programs website. For information regarding the requirements for minors or concentrations, see the departmental website and the Drake University General Catalog.

Students interested in pursuing an academic minor or concentration should coordinate their coursework with the appropriate departmental advisor and the Director of Student Programs. For more information about minors and concentrations, the process for declaring a minor or concentration, and the appropriate contact information for each college/school, view the Majors, Minors, and Concentrations Overview.



The components and processes that comprise the Drake Curriculum are:

  • Pre-enrollment Assessment
  • First-Year Seminar
  • Areas of Inquiry
  • Senior Capstone


Pre-Enrollment Assessment

Pre-enrollment Assessment, designed to assist initial advisement, will be based on information such as:

  • High school performance
  • Standardized test results (ACT, SAT)
  • Advanced placement credits
  • Previous college work
  • Drake placement tests
  • Personal essays and other materials
  • University Admissions interview (if test-flexible)


First Year Seminar

  • Required for entering students coming direct from high school and transfer students who have completed fewer than 30 hours of college course work.
  • Communication skills and critical thinking are essential components of the seminar. In addition, a first-year seminar:
    • Aims to establish a sense of community among members.
    • Encourages active participation by students in the class.
    • Fosters methods of analysis and creativity that enhance first-year student academic development.
    • Sharpens students' writing and verbal communication skills.
    • Focuses on ways of knowing as well as on content.
    • Invites connections among several areas of study or disciplines.


Areas 0f Inquiry (AOI)

All students will complete the Drake Curriculum Areas of Inquiry (AOI). The following table lists the AOIs that are completed by health sciences requirements and those that will be fulfilled by various electives. Note that one course may only fit into one area.

Area of Inquiry

Required Health Sciences Program Course

Artistic Experience Elective
The Engaged Citizen Elective (Pre-AT and Pre-OT complete SCSR 073: Public Speaking)
Historical Foundations 2 Electives
Global and Cultural Understanding Elective
Written Communication Elective
Critical Thinking STAT 060: Statistics for the Life Sciences
Information Literacy HSCI 172: Research Evaluation
Scientific Literacy: Life Science BIO 012: General Biology I
Scientific Literacy: Physical Science CHEM 001: General Chemistry I
Quantitative MATH 050: Calculus I
Values and Ethics HSCI 105: Issues in Health Sciences IV



Senior Capstone

A senior capstone experience in which a student demonstrates the culmination of their Drake education is required. The student is expected to demonstrate the capacity to bring information, skills, and ideas to bear on one project. This will be designed by each major to fit with the circumstances of that area but will also ask the student to demonstrate skills acquired throughout the Drake curriculum. Health Sciences students fulfill this requirement through a year long experiential capstone project, HSCI 196 and HSCI 197.


Adjunct Faculty

Adjunct faculty members are utilized primarily in the senior capstone component of the curriculum. These are established and respected scientists, practitioners, and administrators who participate in the program on a volunteer basis. Adjunct faculty members are evaluated and appointed by the University after approval by the College’s faculty. The adjunct faculty are responsible for on-site supervision, teaching, and evaluation of heatlh sciences students' senior capstone activities.


Course Registration

Registration is completed online through the MyDUSIS system. Students can access MyDUSIS through myDrake. Each semester the College sends out detailed registration information to students through the CPHS Student Announcements and the CPHS Registration Bulletin. Questions regarding registration policies and procedures should be directed to the CPHS Director of Student Affairs.

Once registration is complete, the billing process will begin. Any student not returning to Drake who registered for courses must officially withdraw from the semester to avoid receiving billing statements. To withdraw, a student should complete the Withdrawal Request Form, available in MyDUSIS under the Student Services & Financial Aid tab or contact the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Office of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management.


Wait Lists

In the MyDUSIS system, students may elect to be placed on wait lists when the enrollment capacity of a course has been reached if the course offers that option. When this occurs, the student must take some action in order to set their schedule. That action may include one of the following:

  • add oneself to the course's wait list (if one exists in the myDrake system)
  • obtain the instructor's signature on a drop/add form, approving the student's enrollment in the course
  • drop the course and add an alternative course in its place

Students will be notified via email if a seat becomes available in the course. It is a students responsibility to take action on an email notification by the deadline provided or forfeit their seat on the waitlist. An overview of the waitlist policies and guidelines is available on the Office of the Registrar website. All waitlists will be dissolved prior to the start of each term; therefore, it is important some action be taken before the start of the term.


Withdrawal and Adding of Courses

Students may withdraw from any course in which they are enrolled up to five class days after the midpoint of the semseter. This date is determined and published by the Office of the Registrar for each semester. The mark of "W" will be recorded for students who drop after the second week and before the fifth day after midpoint. Students will receive a letter grade that is assigned by the instructor for any course in which they are still enrolled on the sixth day after midpoint. A student may add a course, following a similar procedure, through the end of the first full week of each semester.


Degree Audits

Students are responsible for reviewing their degree audits on a periodic basis to assure that transfer credits are received and curricular requirements are being met. For directions on reviewing one's degree audit, please see the Degree Audit Guides available on the CPHS Current Student Resources page.




Transfer Credits

Acceptance of transfer credits is subject to the discretion of Office of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management. Transfer students from community and junior colleges who have earned a total of 66 semester hours of credit from either two-year or four-year colleges cannot transfer any further credit from a two-year community or junior college to the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. A maximum of 94 semester hours of credit, or the equivalent, will be accepted on transfer from four-year collegiate institutions. Students who desire to enroll in coursework at other institutions during the summer should complete the Transfer Credit Request Form to assure that the course will fulfill the intended requirement. 

Once the course is completed, students should have the transcript sent to the Office of the Registrar (2507 University Ave, Des Moines, Iowa 50311) where it can be officially evaluated. Students who do not believe their course work has been equated appropriately should contact the CPHS Compliance Coordinator. 


Credit/No Credit

Health Science students may apply a maximum of 9 hours of course work on a credit/no credit basis toward graduation. These courses may only count as general elective credits. Courses regularly graded on a credit/no credit basis are not included within the maximum 9 hours. The student must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75 before registering on a credit/no credit basis in a course.


Course Repeats

Students may repeat a course without additional credit. The highest grade earned will be used in computing the grade point average. The Drake GPA will only take into account courses taken at Drake.


Residency Requirements

A student is required to be in residence in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences for at least the last 30 semester hours to be eligible for graduation.


Credit By Examination/Advanced Placement

Students may earn college credit by examination through the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), Advanced Placement (AP) Tests, special credit examinations, and the Web Computer Adaptive Placement Exam (WebCAPE) administered by the Department of World Languages and Cultures. Students are ineligible to earn credit by examination in a lower level course in a sequence of courses after they have completed a higher level course in the sequence. Credits may not be earned through CLEP or other examinations that duplicate credit previously earned. Students are not eligible to earn credit through an examination if they have withdrawn from an equivalent course after the midpoint of the semester. Credit earned by examination does not apply to the last 30 hours, which must be earned at Drake. More information is available on the Admission's AP, IB and CLEP Credit webpage

Course Waivers

Course waivers are not allowed. Students may request the substitution of course work for requirements through the Exception to Program Policy Form. In addition, students may request the completion of course work from another institution by submitting the Transfer Credit Request Form. Pre-Occupational Therapy and Pre-Athletic Training students under the Occupational Therapy Doctorate Connection and Master of Athletic Training Connection and Pre-pharmacy students under the Drake PharmD Difference are not able to transfer in required math and science course work once they begin at Drake. 

Academic Honors

The Dean's and President's Lists are announced after each fall and spring semester of the academic year. The Dean's List includes names of undergraduate and pharmacy students who have earned a term grade point average of 3.5-3.99 at Drake and earned 'CR' in credit/no credit courses. The President's List includes names of undergraduate and pharmacy students who have earned a term grade point average of 4.0 at Drake and earned a 'CR' in any credit/no credit courses. To be eligible for the President's or Dean's List, undergraduate and pharmacy students must have earned a minimum of 12 credits, six of which must be standard letter grades. Students with incomplete, in progress, no-credit or no-report grades will not be eligible for these recognitions. Coursework completed during the summer semester or J-Term is not considered. Part-time students qualify for these honors at the end of the spring semester. To be eligible, part-time students must have been enrolled part-time for the spring and immedidatley preceeding fall semester.

Those students who have attained academic excellence and high scholastic achievements on the basis of their cumulative grade point average at Drake shall be recognized in the commencement program and at commencement ceremonies by the following academic honors:

Cum Laude..........................................GPA from 3.50 - 3.69

Magna Cum Laude................................GPA from 3.70 - 3.89

Summa Cum Laude...............................GPA from 3.90 - 4.00



Attendance is the responsibility of students, and is essential for ideal learning to take place. Faculty members appreciate the courtesy of knowing when commitments cannot be met. Attendance policies are determined for each course by the instructor(s) and will be presented to the students at the beginning of that course. Noncompliance with attendance policies may affect the final grade in a course.

In the event of extenuating circumstances, students should contact the Office of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management for assistance in notifying faculty of a student's absence from class.



College of Pharmacy & Health Science: Academic Probation, Suspension, and Dismissal Policy

A student may face punitive action against them from the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences for a variety of reasons, including Honor Code violations, failure to matriculate through the program in a timely manner, and professional conduct violations.

Academic Probation/Suspension Status


Probation: A student may be placed on probation when their performance fails to meet the criteria defined in this handbook, the University catalog, or other applicable policy or procedure. If performance does not improve, the student maybe suspended or dropped from the College.

Suspension: The student is removed from the College for a length of time. They cannot graduate or progress toward the earning of a degree at the College. Suspensions are in effect for at least one academic year although they may be longer. Suspended students are NOT automatically readmitted to the College. They may reapply for admission as any other eligible student and may or may not be readmitted.

Academic Probation/Suspension

Specific probation and suspension criteria may be found in the Honor Code Policy, the General University Catalog, and the University Student Handbook.

A student may face administrative action from the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences or the University for a variety of reasons, including, but not limited to, Honor Code violations, failure to progress through the program in a timely manner, and professional conduct violations. Specific probation and suspension criteria may be found in the Honor Code, the General University Catalog, and the University Student Handbook. In general, suspension from the program may result from failure to adhere to any of the following policies:

  1. Academic Probation/Suspension Policy
  2. Honor Code
  3. Chemical Dependency Policy
  4. Sexual and Interpersonal Misconduct or Discriminatory Harassment Policy
  5. Student Immunization Policy

*Health Sciences students who have been suspended by the University must seek re-enrollment through the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences. These students must adhere to the re-enrollment application procedure as described below for all students suspended by the University.

Suspension Procedure

The University Dean of Student’s office will notify a student in writing of their suspension following a violation of a University-wide policy. With the exception of suspension due to Honor Code violations, the Associate Dean for Curriculum and Assessment in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences will notify a student of their suspension in writing following a violation of any College policy. In accordance with University policy, a suspended student has the right to appeal their suspension. The student has seven (7) calendar days to appeal the suspension. If the appeal is granted, the student may continue with coursework at Drake University and progress in the program. If the student does not appeal or if their appeal is denied, the student must apply for re-enrollment into the College before being allowed to resume taking coursework. If a suspended student plans to re-enroll in the College at any time, they must contact the Associate Dean for Curriculum and Assessment of the College prior to the beginning of the next academic semester following the suspension to develop an action plan and time frame for completion of the plan. It is the student’s responsibility to make contact with the Associate Dean, and this step must occur regardless of the source of the suspension (University versus College). The action plan will be developed with the intent of preparing the student to be successful if allowed to return to the program. The clarity of the action plan will be approved by the College Admissions Committee prior to final approval. The College Admissions Committee will only serve to clarify points of ambiguity; it will not alter or amend the nature of the criteria. The student will sign the approved document to indicate acceptance of the terms of the plan and copies will be supplied to the student, the student’s file and the Office of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. Once approved, no extensions, changes and/or waivers to the plan will be allowed.

The action plan may include certain remediation/tasks relevant to the reason for suspension. Tasks may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Academic Probation/Suspension Policy – retaking specific courses to improve knowledge base, retaking written or verbal communication courses, etc.
  • Honor Code – taking additional coursework or training in ethics/professionalism, etc.
  • Chemical Dependency Policy – completing a substance abuse evaluation program, seeking specific medical or psychological care, participating in relevant help groups, etc.
  • Sexual Harassment Policy - completing a sexual harassment training program, participating in relevant help groups, etc.
  • Student Immunization Policy – receiving required immunizations

Re-enrollment Policy following Suspension

Health Science students who have been suspended for a non-specified period of time may apply to the College for re-enrollment after one academic year. Health Sciences students who have been suspended for a specified period of time may petition the College for re-enrollment only at the conclusion of the suspension time period. The Office of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management will review the suspended student’s application for re-enrollment, and the student will be held to the same academic and professional standards as all other students in the program. These standards include the student’s academic performance, communications skills, emotional maturity, leadership ability, involvement in the community, and professional attitude/behavior.

Application for Re-enrollment Procedure following Suspension

The procedure for re-enrollment to the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences following any suspension includes:

  1. Completion of a Re-enrollment Form that is available on the Drake University web site.
  2. Submission of a written personal statement to the Associate Dean for Curriculum and Assessment asserting the student’s ability to successfully pursue the Health Sciences curriculum after having been suspended. This statement must address, in detail, how the student has successfully met the action plan established at the time of suspension. The student must also submit documentation that the factor(s) or condition(s) responsible for the original suspension have been remedied or significantly improved.
  3. Submission of official transcripts of any course work completed at another institution since the time of suspension from Drake University.

Suspended students will be eligible for re-enrollment only after satisfactorily completing the action plan within the time frame set forth at the time of suspension. Members of the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Admissions Committee will decide, by a majority vote, whether a suspended student can re-enroll in the College. The student will be notified in writing regarding the status of his/herreenrollment request. The Admissions Committee decision will be final; no appeals to this decision will be heard.

Deadlines and Criteria for Re-enrollment following Suspension

Suspended Health Science students must submit their re-enrollment application material to the Admissions Committee by April 1 to be eligible for re-enrollment in the Fall semester or by October 1 to be eligible for re-enrollment in the Spring semester. Health Sciences candidates re-enrolled following a suspension will return on a probationary status. In order to remain at Drake, the student must earn a semester grade point average of 2.0 or above during their first semester of re-enrollment as well as meet all other College criteria and policies or they will be suspended again. Any Health Sciences student suspended for a second time for the same or different violation will not be eligible for re-enrollment in the Drake University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

Questions and requests for re-enrollment should be directed to the Office of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

Re-enrollment  following Withdrawal for Medical or Other Non-Suspension Reasons

If students withdraw due to a medical or health-related issue and were approved, at the time of withdrawal, for a Medical Leave of Absence, students should complete the Request for Permission to Re-Enroll following a Voluntary Medical Leave of Absence and other supporting documentation by June 1 (for Fall semester) and November 1 (for Spring semester). Additionally, the student's health care provider(s) must provide the College with a letter indicating that the studnet is ready to return to the University and abide by the responsilibilites and requirements of the program. If the student is under the care of more than one health care provider, such as a psychiatrist and therapist, a letter from each provider is required. The full Medical Leave of Absence policy and required documentation for re-enrollment is provided on the Division of Student Affairs website.

For reasons unrelated to a student's health or medical issue, students should complete the Re-enrollment Form by July 15 (for Fall semester) or December 1 (for Spring semester). Any additional conditions specified when the withdrawal was approved must also be completed prior to re-enrollment approval.

Honor Code

Students in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences are expected to maintain a professional manner and conduct in practice settings and on campus. Inappropriate or disruptive behavior or communication demonstrated to peers, faculty, students, college staff, preceptors, or patients is not acceptable and will not be tolerated. Faculty have the authority to impose sanctions in cases of disruptive behavior or communication per the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Honor Code. This includes behavior which demonstrates a lack of respect for instructors, students, or others in the classroom or during senior capstone experiences. Such sanctions may include, but are not limited to, asking the student to meet to discuss the nonprofessional behavior or communication or removal of the student from the learning situation.

Issues of academic integrity also fall under the College of Pharmacy and Healt Sciences Honor Code policy. Cheating is defined as an act, or attempted act, of giving or obtaining aid and/or information by illicit means in meeting any academic requirements, including examinations. Plagiarism is defined as misrepresenting another's ideas, phrases or discourse as one's own. The penalty for cheating or plagiarism will depend upon the incident. Initiation of action that can lead to a penalty is primarily the prerogative of the faculty member involved. Possible penalties include a reprimand, grade penalty, dismissal from the course and/or a recommendation for dismissal from the University. A student may appeal a charge of cheating or plagiarism to the Honor Code Committee, according the college policy.

Chemical Dependency Policy

The college has implemented a chemical dependency policy for Health Sciences students. If a student is suspected or known to have a use disorder or concern, it should be brought to the attention of the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management.


Criminal Background Check/Drug Screens

Criminal Background Checks

Students will submit to a criminal background check prior to entering their senior capstone experiences. Because many sites require background checks, information obtained may inhibit students from progression into the senior capstone experiences. The background check will include social security number validation, address history for past 10 years, felony and misdemeanor criminal history search for all counties identified by the address history for the last seven years, national criminal history database, sex offender registries, child/elder abuse registries, motor vehicle driving record, and governmental agencies such as the Office of Inspector General. The College will notify students of findings as required by the Fair Credit and Reporting Act. Results of the backgrounds checks will be kept in a locked cabinet in the office of the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. The results of the background check will be shared within and outside the University on a need to know basis only. Within the University, such results will be available only to those school officials with a legitimate educational or security purpose for accessing the information. Students will be assessed a fee to cover the cost of the background check. Furthermore, information obtained from background checks may be included on or with board licensure applications or other regulatory body that requests information from the Drake University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Students have the right to request, from the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, copies of all documents and other information shared with any regulatory body pertaining to their licensure.

Chemical Drug Screens

Students will complete a chemical drug screen prior to entering their senior capstone experiences. Because many senior capstone sites require drug screens, information obtained may inhibit students from progressing into the senior capstone experiences. The College will determine the vendor and location of the drug screen. Drug screens completed for employment or independently by the student will not be accepted. Students will be assessed a fee to cover the cost of the drug screen. The drug screen will include a 10-panel drug screen with point of custody through an outside vendor. The results of the drug screen will be shared within and outside the University on a need to know basis only. Within the University, such results will be available only to those school officials with a legitimate educational or security purpose for accessing the information. Initial positive screens will undergo medical review by the vendor. Any confirmed positive findings will be handled under the Chemical Dependency Policy of the College. Results of drug screens will only be forwarded to the site if information exists that may affect the student's placement at the site. Experiential sites may request and complete additional drug screens. Information obtained in drug screens may inhibit students from completing senior capstone experiences, thus delaying or hindering graduation.

Electronic Communications Policy

Increasingly, College faculty and administrators are using electronic means to disseminate information to and communicate with students. This information may be important and/or time-sensitive. Thus, the expectations of the College are that:

  • All CPHS students are connected to email and check it frequently
  • Email from the College is sent to Drake addresses
  • If this poses a problem for a student, the student should contact the Office of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management to work out a solution for college email.
  • Electronic communication (e.g., email or the World Wide Web) may be required as part of courses and senior capstone experiences. The requirements are to be specified in the course syllabus. If these requirements pose a problem for a student, the student must contact the instructor/coordinator to work out a solution. "System problems," however, are not the responsibility of the student.

In short, the lack of access to electronic communication is not a valid excuse for the failure to respond to a request, perform an assignment, or meet a deadline.


Sexual and Interperonal Misconduct Policy

Drake University strives to create a respectful, safe, and non-threatening environment where its members are able to live, study, and work free from sexual and interpersonal misconduct. In keeping with this goal, the University has adopted certain policies prohibiting sexual misconduct (including sexual harassment, sexual assault, and sexual exploitation), and interpersonal misconduct (domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking). The policy on Sexual and Interpersonal Misconduct Disclosure and Reporting Options and Information for Student Complaintants is intended to notify victims/survivors of their rights and resources that are available to them when Sexual and/or Interpersonal Misconduct occurs.

Questions about these documents, any related policy or procedure, making a report, or requesting accommodations to academic, living, working, and/or transportation arrangements, may be directed to any of the following:

Drake University’s Title IX Coordinator/Equity and Inclusion Policy Specialist, Kathryn Overberg: 515-271-2982 or

Dean of Students, Dr. Jerry Parker (Students): 515-271-4088 or
Director of Human Resources, Gary Johnson (Employees): 515-271-4804 or  
Prevention Coordinator for Sexual and Interpersonal Midsconduct, Tess Cody: 515-271-4141 or

Students should also follow the student grievance procedure of the college in which they are enrolled. Students in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences should report all concerns to the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management.

Discriminatory Harassment (Non-Sex-Based)

Drake University prohibits harassment based on each of the proected characteristics set forth in the nondiscrimination statement. Harassment based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, age, disability, gender identity or sexual orientation, genetic information and veteran status are not tolerated. Any such harassment undermines the mission of the University through its insidious and detrimental impact on individual students, faculty, staff and on the University community as a whole.

Discriminatory Harassment (non-sex-based) is conduct based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, age, disability, gender identity or sexual orientation, genetic information and veteran status, when such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's work or educationa performance of of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environmnet for working and learning.

Examples of Discriminatory Harassment (non-sex-based):

  • name-calling, jokes or negative comments about the protected characteristics
  • physical intimidation, vandalism or pranks
  • displays of reading materials or pictures containing negative material about these characterisics, including electronic materials

Any member of the Drake faculty, staff or student body who has questions about this Policy, believe he/she may have been subjected to discriminatory harassment or knows someone who may have been subjected to discriminatory harassment should contact:

Dean of Students, Dr. Jerry Parker (Students): 515-271-4088 or
Director of Human Resources, Gary Johnson (Employees): 515-271-4804 or 

Or, anyone designated by such individuals to respond to questions under this policy. 

To review the guidelines and processes for filing a complaint, see the full Discriminatory Harassment (Non-Sex-Based) Policy.


Student Immunization Policy

Prior to enrollment at Drake, students are required to complete a University immunization record.

The required immunizations are:

  • Measles/Mumps/Rubella Measles - Two doses of measles vaccination are required. The first must be after the first birthday and after December 31,1967. The second must be after December 31, 1979.

    * Mumps - Immunization must be after 12 months of age.
    * Rubella - Immunization must be given after 15 months of age and after December 31, 1967
    * Other forms of documentation of immunity include: 1) physician -diagnosed illness with certified data including month and year (except for rubella); 2) being born before 1957, and presumed to have had the disease (except for rubella); or 3) reports of an immune titer providing immunity.
  • Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis (Tdap) - must show documentation of immunization within the last 10 years
  • Tuberculosis (PPD) Test - must show documentation of recent (within 3 months) negative skin test using the Mantoux method. Students who have been vaccinated with BCG should also have a PPD test unless a documentation of a prior positive skin test exists. Students with a positive PPD skin test will need to provide documentation of a negative chest x-ray. This test will need to be repeated annually.
  • Hepatitis B - must show documentation of all three immunizations in series; subsequent positive titer recommended. A minimum of one immunization must be completed prior to arrival at Drake. The complete series must be completed by the end of the first professional year of the program.
  • Varicella - Two doses required for students who have not had chickenpox.
  • Flu Shot - Required annually.

Change of Legal Name Policy

In an effort to ensure the accuracy and integrity of all academic, financial aid, and student loan records maintained by Drake University and the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, the Notification of Change of Legal Name form has been implemented.

  • To take advantage of this service, please access the Notification of Change of Legal Name form in the CPHS Forms Library
  • It is important to note, as stated on the electronic form, students are responsible for notifying the Social Security Administration of the name change. Only Drake University offices will be notified upon receipt of the electronic form by the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.
  • Please direct any questions related to the online Change of Legal Name process to the Office of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management.


Graduation Requirements

Students must meet the following requirements to graduate with a Health Sciences degree from the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences:

  1. Successfully complete all academic requirements and be in good standing with the University.
  2. To the extent that such information is brought to the attention of the dean, exhibit the requisite professionalism, character, and professional promise in the judgment of the Dean of the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.
  3. Satisfactorily resolve all financial obligations owed to the University.

The final responsibility for the completion of graduation requirements is the student's, and accordingly, each student should become familiar not only with the curriculum but also with the academic regulations of the College.


Student Services

A number of special services are available to Drake University students. Some of these services include the following:


Academic Advising

Health Science students are assigned a CPHS faculty member as their academic advisor.

Purpose and Objectives of Advising Program

The CPHS pharmacy advising program seeks to support the mission of Drake University and the Health Sciences program in the provision of a student-centered learning environment. The CPHS advising program personnel include the faculty advisor and the Office of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management. Through this team, students have multiple sources of information to address the Drake general education and CPHS program curricular objectives. The mechanics of these curricula will be addressed through the individual education plan. This plan will be developed by the student with input from the faculty advisor and CPHS Office of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management. The development of the plan will seek to achieve the following:

  1. confirmation of the student's major and track within the Health Sciences program,
  2. discussion of professional life goals including career paths and post-graduate work,
  3. satisfactory completion of requirements of the program,
  4. completion of annual requirements for progression within the program,
  5. development of skills necessary for succeeding in the program that they have chosen, and
  6. referral of the student to the resources and services on campus if needed.

The educational plan will be used to form the student advising portfolio, resume, marketing portfolio, and other future information pieces that provide evidence of the student's development of skills, knowledge, and abilities.

Students are encouraged to view the CPHS Current Student Resources website for tools, resources, and FAQs regarding advising.

Respective Roles

Office of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management

  • Answer student questions regarding registration, credit completion, course transfer process, and study abroad opportunities
  • Coordinate registration process, verifying appropriate registration of courses
  • Review/approve educational plan waivers and transfer credit requests
  • Update degree audits with regard to substitutions, waivers, and transfer courses
  • Serve as a resource for additional degree opportunities such as minors and concentrations and dual degree programs (Law)
  • Coordinate and communicate opportunities for internship, study abroad, research and post-graduate study

Faculty Advisor

  • Help students adapt to the college environment
  • Assist in the development of the student's education plan by providing input and feedback
  • Encourage discussions about the appropriateness of their chosen career track and the career options within the profession
  • Assist students in identifying opportunities for professional skill development
  • Make appropriate referrals to university student service offices when academic or personal difficulties arise


  • Initiate conversations with advisor
  • Access degree audit on the web to verify correct records
  • Be familiar with policies/procedures and take responsibility for deadlines and if unsure, ask
  • Take an active role in the development of the advising process
  • Research career options and graduate/professional admissions processes
  • Seek out opportunities for involvement, leadership, and professional development
  • Maintain and update the individual educational plan


Health Sciences Student Organization - HOSA: Future Health Professionals

The purpose of HOSA: Future Health Professionals organization lies in the professional advancement of the students pursuing any of the two tracks within the Health Sciences major (Clinical and Applied Sciences and Health Services Management) and/or students interested in a career in healthcare across other majors at Drake. Students do not need to be a Health Sciences major in order to be an active member of the organization. Opportunities in the organization include leadership development, volunteer opportunities, networking, graduate and professional school preparation, and a possibility of internships.  


Student Meeting Time

A standard meeting time will be implemented for both Fall and Spring semesters. A specific time for each academic year will be determined based on course schedules. This standard meeting time will provide a block of time for student professional organizations and college committees to meet with reduced incidence of scheduling conflicts. Experiential education that requires students to be off-campus is exempt from this policy.

Last Updated: September 13, 2017

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