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BSPS Student Handbook 2008-2009

  • Introduction
  • Disclaimer
  • Educational Goals and Outcomes
  • The BSPS Curriculum
  • The Drake Curriculum
    • Initial Assessment
    • First-Year Seminar
    • Areas of Inquiry
    • Senior Capstone
  • Adjunct Faculty
  • Course Registration
    • Wait Lists
    • Withdrawal from Courses or the University
    • Class Standing
    • Prerequisites
  • Requirements
    • Grading Policy
    • Transfer Credits
    • Credit/No Credit
    • Course Repeats
    • Credit by Examination (CLEP)/ Advanced Placement credit)
    • Academic Honors
    • Attendance
    • Probation/Suspension
    • Cheating and Plagiarism: Honor Code
    • Chemical Dependency Policy
    • Electronic Communications Policy
    • Sexual Harassment Policy
    • Student Immunization Policy
    • Change of Name Policy
    • Graduation Requirements
  • Student Services
    • Academic Advising
    • Standard Meeting Time


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, the Office of Academic and Student Affairs, or other members of the faculty.

Mission Statement

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 patients, their profession and their community. The College emphasizes excellence and leadership in professional education, service, and scholarship.


The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences will continue to be recognized for its innovation, demonstrating continuous quality improvement in teaching, scholarship, and service, while boldly pursuing opportunities for breakthrough achievements within those same arenas. The College will uphold its tradition of preparing individuals to meet the expectations and challenges of health care practices, providing a balance between foundational scientific, socioeconomic, and practice theories along with meaningful, exemplary practice opportunities. Further, the College will fulfill its obligation to advance the level of health care knowledge and practice through scholarly endeavors, incorporating the efforts of all who define its learning communities and embracing the scholarly functions of discovery, innovation, application, and teaching.


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 BSPS Curriculum

The pre-BSPS and BSPS curricula are responsive to changes within the education and scientific communities and therefore course requirements may vary according to the year of graduation.

Educational Goals and Outcomes

The purpose of the health sciences program is to provide graduates with the relevant knowledge base, skills, attitudes, ethics and values to succeed in basic and applied health-related careers.

Goal 1: 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.

  • Understand the chemical and biological principles that govern the function of the human body and apply these principles to health sciences-related problems.
  • Understand how business and management models play a role in the health care field.
  • Given a new area of inquiry, identify, analyze and evaluate health sciences-related information resources.

Goal 2: 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.

  • Understand the ethical issues relevant to the health sciences.
  • Understand the importance of ethical conduct in the workplace.
  • Appreciate that diversity can contribute to different perspectives on the same issue.

Goal 3: Critical Thinking Skills

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

  • Understand and apply the scientific method to problems in the health sciences.
  • Critically evaluate arguments and formulate counter arguments on logical and statistical grounds.

Goal 4: 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.

  • Work effectively in collaborative groups and resolve the interpersonal conflicts that may arise in such environments.
  • Communicate clearly and persuasively (in both written and verbal formats) with public, professional and granting agency audiences.
  • Effectively utilize technology or other communications tools (e.g. presentation software, audiovisual devices, email) when communicating with constituents.

Goal 5: 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.

  • Understand the role of the different disciplines within the health care system to formulate career goals.
  • Identify the types of academic experience and level of performance that will facilitate the achievement of career goals.
  • Develop skills and experiences relevant to achieving career goals.

Admission to the BSPS Program

Students are admitted to the BSPS program providing they remain in good standing and the established criteria are met. The grade point average (GPA) criteria for those students completing the pre-BSPS curriculum at Drake University are based on the year of entry and outlined in the table below. In order for students to enter the junior year of the BSPS program, the following grade point averages must be achieved: Composite: 3.00; Required math/sicence3.00

Academic Minors

The College of Arts and Sciences has established departmental requirements for academic minors. Students who earn academic minors will have these credentials recorded on their diplomas and on their transcripts. BSPS students, based on catalog regulations, should be able to earn minors in many different liberal arts disciplines without expanding the hours required for graduation. For information regarding the requirements for minors, see the departmental websites and the Drake University General Catalog.

Students interested in pursuing an academic minor should coordinate their coursework with the appropriate departmental advisor and their pharmacy advisor. Academic minor forms available through the office of Arts and Sciences must be completed by students pursuing a minor in programs offered through the College of Arts and Sciences. The College of Business and Public Administration offers minors in business marketing. Please contact the Assistant Dean of the College of Business and Public Administration for information about the program or to declare the minor. The School of Journalism and Mass Communications (SJMC) offers a minor in advertising. The Associate Dean of the SJMC should be contacted for further information.

The Drake Curriculum

The components and processes that comprise the Drake Curriculum are:

  • Initial Assessment
  • First-Year Seminar
  • Areas of Inquiry
  • Senior Capstone

Initial 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

First-Year Seminar

  • Required for entering students who have completed fewer than 30 hours of college coursework.
  • 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.


The following table lists the AOIs that are completed by pharmacy requirements. Note that one course may only fit into one area.

Area of Inquiry

Required Pharmacy Course

Written Communications ELECTIVE
Critical Thinking STAT 060
Information and Technological Literacy ELECTIVE / IS 044
Science: Physical Chem 001
Science: Life BIO 012
Quantitative MATH 050
Artistic Experience ELECTIVE
Historical Consciousness 2 ELECTIVES (at least 1 must be a breadth)
International and Multicultural Understanding ELECTIVE
Values and Ethics ELECTIVE
The Engaged Citizen ELECTIVE

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. BSPS students year of senior research will fulfill this requirement.

Adjunct Faculty

Adjunct faculty are utilized primarily in the senior research component of the curriculum. These are established and respected scientists who participate in the program on a volunteer basis. Adjunct faculty members are evaluated and appointed by the University after approval by the pharmacy faculty. The adjunct faculty are responsible for on-site supervision, teaching, and evaluation of student research activities.

Course Registration

Registration is completed online through the myDrake system. Students may access student information as well as complete registration on the myDrake web pages, located at - Current Students. Once registration is complete the billing process will begin. Therefore, any student not returning to Drake who is registered for classes needs to officially withdraw to avoid receiving billing statements.

Wait Lists

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:

  • Obtain the course instructor's signature on a drop/add slip approving the student's enrollment in the course
  • Drop the course and add an alternative course in its place
  • Add oneself to the course's waitlist (if one exists within the myDrake system)

Students are not automatically moved from a waitlist into a course as space becomes available. Thus, it is important that some action be taken since wait lists are dissolved prior to the start of each term.

Withdrawal from Courses

Students may withdraw from any course in which they are enrolled prior to the midpoint of the semester. This date is determined and published by the Students Record Office for each semester. The mark of "W" will be recorded for students who drop after the second week and before the midpoint of the course. Students will receive a letter grade which is assigned by the instructor for any course in which they are still enrolled after the semester 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 that curricular requirements are being met. For directions on review in gone's degree audit, please see the information in the pharmacy students Success Kit.

Class Standing Policies

Students are admitted to the BSPS program with specific class standing. To be advanced in class standing, each student must have completed a specific course and credit hour requirements as follows:

  1. To be advanced from EFR to the SO standing, the student must have completed 30 semester credit hours and have passed both of the first year chemistry (Chem 1, Chem 2) and biology (Bio 12, Bio 13) courses.
  2. To achieve junior standing in the BSPS program, the student must be admitted to the BSPS program. The student will have completed 60 semester credit hours and have passed both of the organic chemistry (Chem 107,108) courses, statistics (Stat 060), microbiology (Bio 095) and calculus (Math 050).
  3. To be advanced from the fall semester of the Junior year to the spring semester of the Junior year, the student must have passed Physiology (Bio 128), biochemistry (Phar 130) and Introduction to Pharmaceutical Sciences (Phar 131) with grades no lower than 'C'.
  4. To be advanced from the Junior year to the Senior year, the student will have completed 90 semester credit hours and must have passed Instrumentation Methods Lab (Phar 152) with a grade no lower than 'C'.5.To graduate, the student will have completed 124 semester credit hours and must have received grades no lower than 'C' in all pharmacy courses.

Course Prerequisites

Course Name

Course Number


Biochemistry PHAR 130 Junior Standing in BSPS Program
Physiology BIO 129 Junior Standing in BSPS Program
Intro to Pharm Sci PHAR 131 Co-req PHAR 130, BIO 12
General Pharmacology PHAR 159 PHAR 130, PHAR 131, BIO 129
Pharmaceutics I PHAR 140 PHAR 131
Pharm Sci Seminar PHAR 188 Junior Standing in BSPS Program
Pharm Sci Seminar PHAR 189 Senior Standing in BSPS Program
Senior Research PHAR 196 Senior Standing in BSPS Program

*Grade no lower than 'C' in all prerequisites

College of Pharmacy & Health Science Requirements

College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences Standard Grading Procedures for BSPS Students: The standard grading scale for students enrolled in pharmacy labeled courses is ABCDF with the percentage (or competency/ability) defining each grade to be set by the course instructor. BSPS students are permitted to retake a required course for a passing grade one time only. BSPS Students who fail to get a grade of 'C' or better in a required course twice will be dropped from the BSPS program. Candidates for graduation must have at least a 2.00 cumulative grade point average.

Transfer Credits

Acceptance of transfer credits is subject to the discretion of the Office of Academic and Student Affairs. 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 review the acceptability of courses with their advisor prior to course enrollment. After completion of 94 credit hours, any coursework must be from four-year institutions

Credit/No Credit

BSPS students may apply a maximum of 9 hours of coursework on a credit/no credit basis toward graduation. These courses may only count selective credits. Courses regularly graded on a credit/no credit basis are not included within the 9 hours maximum. 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 MLA Testing program administered by the foreign language department. 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 which 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. 

Academic Honors

The Dean's and President's Lists are announced after each semester of the academic year. The Dean's List includes students who have completed 12 or more semester hours with a grade point average of 3.5 and above at Drake. The President's List includes students who have completed 12 or more semester hours with a grade point average of 4.0 at Drake. Students with incomplete (I), in progress (IP), no credit (NC) or no report grades will not be eligible for these recognitions. Part-time students qualify for these honors at the end of the spring semester if the yearned 12 or more hours during the previous academic year.

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 graduation program and at graduation 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.

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

A student may face punitive action against him/her 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/ Dropped Status


Probation: A student may be placed on probation when his/her 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 may be suspended or dropped from the College.

Suspension: The student is removed from the College for a length of time. He/she 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.

Dropped: The student is removed from the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. This can occur when a student fails to meet the criteria in the standard grading policy. The student may request to remain at Drake to pursue a degree in another major. This action is permanent and the student may not be readmitted to the College.

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 Policy, 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 Policy
  3. Chemical Dependency Policy
  4. Sexual Harassment Policy
  5. Student Immunization Policy

*BSPS 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 same re-enrollment application procedure as described below for pharmacy students suspended by the College.

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. The Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs in the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences will notify a student of his/her suspension in writing following a violation of any College policy. In accordance with University policy, a suspended student has the right to appeal his/her 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 his/her 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, he/she must contact the Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs 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 they are allowed to return to the program. The clarity of the action plan will be approved by the admissions committee prior to final approval. The 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 Dean’s Office. 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 the 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

Reenrollment Policy

BSPS students who have been suspended for a non-specified period of time may apply to the College for re-enrollment after one academic year. BSPS 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. Students suspended for the first time may apply for re-enrollment; students suspended twice, regardless of the reasons, are ineligible for re-enrollment. The College Admissions Committee 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

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 website:/cgi-bin/reenrollment.cgi
  2. Submission of a written personal statement to the Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs asserting the student’s ability to successfully pursue the BSPS 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. Official transcripts of any coursework 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/her re-enrollment request. The Admissions Committee decision will be final; no appeals to this decision will be heard.

Deadlines and Criteria for Reenrollment

Suspended BSPS students must submit their re-enrollment application material to the Admissions Committee by April 1st to be eligible for re-enrollment in the Fall semester or by Oct. 1st to be eligible for re-enrollment in the Spring semester. BSPS candidates reenrolled 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 he/she will be suspended again. Any BSPS student, suspended for a second time for the same or different violation, will not be eligible for re-enrollment in the pharmacy program at Drake University.

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

Honor Code

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 to the college policy. 

Chemical Dependency Policy

The College has implemented a chemical dependency policy for BSPS students. If an advisee is suspected or known to have a problem, it should be brought to the attention of the Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs.

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 pharmacy students are connected to email and check it frequently
  • Mail from the College is sent to Drake addresses
  • If this poses a problem for a student, the student should contact the Academic and Student Affairs Office to work out a solution for college mail
  • Electronic communication (e.g., email or the World Wide Web) may be required as part of courses and rotations. 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 Harassment Policy

It is the policy of Drake University that any behavior by any administrator, faculty or staff member, or student which constitutes sexual harassment of any employee or student shall not be tolerated. For the purpose of this policy, sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:

  1. submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's employment or a condition for academic rewards and penalties;
  2. submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment decisions or as a basis for academic decisions; or
  3. such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's work or academic performance or creating an intimidating or hostile work or educational environment.

Anyone who feels that he or she has been sexually harassed should follow the appropriate grievance procedure for her or his job category. Students should follow the student grievance procedure of the college in which they are enrolled. See Code of Student Conduct, Appendix I

Student Immunization Policy

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

  • DT (Diphtheria, tetanus) - must provide proof withinthe last 10 years
  • MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)- 2 dates for measles; 1 date for mumps/rubella minimum
  • TB (negative test on or after May 1998)
  • Hepatitis B series (may be in progress due to the need for 3 vaccinations)

Change of 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 Name form has been implemented.

  • To take Advantage of this service, please access the Notification of Change of Name form.
  • It is important to note, as stated on the electronic form, that you are responsible for notifying the Social Security Administration of your name change. If you are a pharmacy student, the Iowa Board of Pharmacy Examiners must also be notified of your name change information. Only Drake University offices will be notified upon receipt of this electronic form by the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.
  • Please direct any questions related to the on-line Change of Name process to the Office of Academic and Student Affairs at: 271-3018

Graduation Requirements

Students must meet the following requirements to graduate with a professional 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 Computing and Media Services: Carnegie Hall, 271-2762
  • Professional and Career Development Center: The Point, 271-3721
  • Counseling Center: 32nd and Carpenter, 271-3864
  • Disability Resource Center: 107 Old Main, 271-3100
  • Student Health Center: 32nd and Carpenter, 271-3731
  • Residence Life: Olmsted
  • Student Record's Office: 105 Old Main, 271-2025

Academic Advising

BSPS students are assigned a college faculty member as their academic advisor.


The CPHS advising program seeks to support the mission of Drake University and the BSPS program in the provision of a student-centered learning environment. The CPHS advising program personnel includes the faculty advisor and the Academic and Student Affairs Office. 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 college's student service personnel. The development of the plan will seek to achieve the following:

  1. confirmation of the student's major
  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 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) regarding advising.


Student Services Office

  • coordinate registration process, verifying appropriate registration of courses
  • approve educational plan waivers and transfer credit requests
  • update degree audits with regard to substitutions, waivers, and transfer courses
  • answer student questions regarding registration, credit completion, course transfer process, and study abroad opportunities
  • 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 an 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
  • maintain and update the individual educational plan.

Student Meeting Times

A standard meeting time will be implemented for both Fall and Spring semesters starting the academic year ’07-’08. 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.

CPHS Calendar