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Arizona College of Optometry

Glendale, AZ Campus

Academic Standards

College of Optometry

An annual didactic grade point average will be used as the central measure of academic performance. It is calculated from all didactic courses for a particular professional year. Grades earned in courses taken prior to matriculation in the professional program, grades earned for courses taken at another institution while enrolled in the professional program, and grades earned for courses taken at the College in a more advanced professional year than that in which the student is enrolled, are not included in the calculation of this annual grade point average.

Students must maintain an annual grade point average of 2.00 in their professional program to remain in good academic standing. If a student's annual grade point average drops below 2.00 at the end of any quarter during the academic year, or the student earns a grade of F in one or more courses, the student is notified, in writing that he/she is being placed on academic probation for the next academic quarter. Probation represents notice that continued inadequate academic performance may result in dismissal from the program and the College.

If the student has an annual grade point average less than 2.00 at the end of an academic year, or has earned more than one F in a quarter, or has earned a grade of F in one or more courses that year, the student will be either dismissed or given the option to be in an extended program and repeat all of the courses in that year in which grades of F were received. This extended program year must take place in the year immediately following. A student is allowed to go through an extended program only once.

If the student does not meet the criteria for satisfactory academic performance at the end of the extended program, he/she will be dismissed.

To be returned to good academic standing, a student must raise his/her annual grade point average to 2.00 or above at the end of the repeat year. Such a student reenters the next professional year curriculum and resumes a full load. A reentering student must achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 at the end of each quarter to continue at AZCOPT.

The following policies also guide decisions made by the Student Promotion and Graduation Committee:

  1. A student must pass all required courses before entering the next year of the professional program.
  2. Students must successfully resolve all "I" (Incomplete) grades before beginning externship.
  3. To proceed with externship, a student must earn an annual didactic grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.00 for the third professional year. 
  4. In the event that a student does not pass NBEO Part I, the student may continue in the program. However, a student must pass NBEO Part I in order to graduate.  Proof of passage of Part I of the National Board of Examiners must be submitted to the Office of the Dean by January 5th of the year of graduation in order to be eligible to walk-through and participate in the graduation ceremony with their class.