Students have the option of voluntarily entering the Extended Study Program (ESP) program. Its purpose is to provide additional time to address personal and academic issues by creating a program of study that allows students to complete the first two years of the curriculum in three years. Students must petition the Dean to voluntarily become an ESP student no later than the end of the fifth week of a quarter. Requests received after the fifth week are reviewed by the Dean and granted only for reasons of substantiated hardship or medical emergencies. Students who voluntarily enter ESP may be allowed to retake courses over the summer, at AZCOM or another approved institution, at the discretion of the Preclinical Promotions Committee.
A student will be placed in the Extended Study Program (ESP) for academic reasons at the discretion of the Promotions Committee having jurisdiction over the student's academic progress. A student placed in ESP for academic reasons is automatically placed on academic probation and may not be returned to good academic standing until all failures are retaken and passed. If a student is placed on ESP, such action does not modify or limit the Preclinical Promotion Committee's options for recommendation for dismissal. Thus, the student may be dismissed for academic reasons while in ESP.
Students who accumulate three failures in any single academic year, or two failures in a single quarter are placed immediately in the Extended Studies Program, or on academic leave of absence. The student is also placed on academic probation. He/She is required to retake failed courses during the regular academic year and are not eligible for summer retake courses at AZCOM or any other medical school.
Students will be assessed tuition for any additional years.