OHSU

Policies

Course Load

Students plan their course load in consultation with the faculty advisor and/or the Graduate Program Director; one of these individuals must approve the student's course registration plan each term. All students are expected to register for a full-time course load during each of the four quarters each year. A normal course load is 12 credit hours per term.

Graduate Policy/Standards

Superior academic performance is expected of every graduate student in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. The grading system and overall standards of performance are specified in the Graduate Council By-Laws.

Graduate credit is granted only for course work in which grades of A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, or C, are earned and for the grade P. Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher. A student whose cumulative grade point average falls below 3.0 will immediately be placed on academic probation. A student placed on academic probation because of grades must obtain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 within one academic term. A student that fails to do so may be recommended for dismissal for inadequate scholarship. The faculty may choose to allow a student up to four academic terms to correct deficiencies that resulted in academic probation. Probationary students who fail to achieve a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 within four terms shall be recommended for dismissal for the graduate program for inadequate scholarship. A student will be removed from probation as soon as his/her cumulative grade point average is raised to 3.0 or above.

In addition, a student who receives a non-passing grade (i.e., a letter grade below C or a grade of NP) in any course will be immediately placed on academic probation, even if the student's cumulative grade point average does not fall below 3.0. Contingencies for removal from probation will be determined by the faculty in consultation with the student's mentor and the Graduate Program Director. A student whose cumulative grade point average falls below 3.0 after receiving a non-passing grade, or who receives a second non-passing course grade may be recommended for dismissal from the graduate program for inadequate scholarship.

A student on academic probation shall not be permitted to take the qualifying examination or oral thesis examination nor may the student receive the Ph.D. degree.

Transfer Credits / Requirements Waivers

In accordance with the Graduate Council By-Laws, students may petition for transfer of graduate credit from another accredited institution toward completion of degree requirements in the Department of Biomedical Engineering.

Only credit from formal didactic courses (not research or independent study) completed within the last 7 years in which the student earned a grade of B or better can be considered. Students must submit their petition (including official transcripts) within the 1st year after matriculation and the total number of transfer hours cannot exceed 45.

In general, transfer credits will be applied toward elective requirements. All petitions for transfer of graduate credit must be submitted to the Graduate Program Director who will present the petition for approval at the next scheduled faculty meeting. Approved petitions will then be forwarded by the Department Chair for final consideration by the Graduate Council. Requests for waiver of specific didactic course requirements must be approved by the Director of the equivalent OHSU course and by the Graduate Program Director.

Dismissal from Graduate Program

A student may be dismissed from the graduate studies program because of unsatisfactory academic performance or unacceptable conduct. Students may be dismissed only by the Dean of the School of Medicine. To recommend dismissal of a student, the Department Chair shall inform the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies in writing of the reasons for the program's recommendation. Additional information on the grounds for dismissal and the process is provided in the Graduate Council By-Laws.

Exceptions

Individual student requests for waiver of a requirement specified by the departmental guidelines must be approved by the faculty, Graduate Program Director, and Department Chair. In the case of requirements specified in the Graduate Council By-Laws, it may also be necessary to obtain approval from the Graduate Council and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies.