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Doctor of Dental Medicine | Academic Policies

Grading System
Merit grades are assigned on a continuous scale ranging from 0 to 4 points. For detailed information about the grading system, see the Academic Policies and Information section of this Bulletin.

Student Complaint Procedures
The College of Dental Medicine has both informal and formal processes to address student concerns and complaints.  Should a student wish to submit an informal or formal complaint regarding an issue in the College of Dental Medicine, the college complaint procedure is available here

Information regarding the MUSC Student Complaint Procedure is found in The Bulletin  under “Academic Policies and Information”.

Student Progress Guidelines
Any student who exhibits personal characteristics which seem inappropriate for one seeking to become a dentist will be considered for dismissal regardless of academic performance. (See the Academic Policies and Information section of this Bulletin.) The Academic Performance Committee will take appropriate action on individual cases which are not covered by the student progress guidelines which follow.

Freshmen

  1. A student who fails one or two major courses during the freshman year must make up each course with a passing grade by the end of the following Summer session in order to be promoted to the sophomore year. Failure to do so will result in recommendation for dismissal.
  2. A student who has failed three or more major courses at the end of the freshman year will be recommended for dismissal.
  3. Any student whose cumulative GPA is below 1.6 at the end of the Summer session will be recommended for dismissal.

Sophomores

  1. A student who fails one or two major courses during the sophomore year must make up each course with a passing grade by the end of the following Summer session in order to be promoted to the junior year. Failure to do so will result in recommendation for dismissal.
  2. A student who has failed three or more major courses at the end of the sophomore year will be recommended for dismissal.
  3. Any student whose cumulative GPA is below 1.8, including all recorded grades at the end of the sophomore year, will be recommended for dismissal.
  4. Any student who has repeated the freshman year will not be given permission to repeat the sophomore year.

Juniors

  1. A student who fails one or two major courses (two hours or more) during the junior year must make up each course with a passing grade by the end of the following Summer session in order to be promoted to the senior year. Failure to do so will result in recommendation for dismissal.
  2. A student who fails three or more major courses during the junior year will be recommended for dismissal.
  3. A student who has a GPA below 2.0, including all recorded grades, at the end of the junior year will be recommended for dismissal.
  4. All students must complete all junior clinical requirements by the end of the junior clinical year with a minimum clinical GPA of 2.0. Students who fail two or more clinical courses in the junior clinical year will be recommended for dismissal.
  5. The Academic Performance Committee will make a recommendation when a student fails one clinical course during the junior clinical year. The junior year will include one ten-week Summer session, two semesters, and one five-week Summer session (during May).
  6. Any student who has repeated a year previously will not be allowed to repeat the junior year.
  7. No student will be allowed to enter the senior year unless they have passed Part I of the National Board.

Seniors
To be recommended to the dean of the College of Dental Medicine for graduation, by the end of the fourth year a student must

  1. finish all block assignments and other clinical requirements satisfactorily,
  2. have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above,
  3. pass all required courses in the College of Dental Medicine curriculum including selected electives,
  4. pass required comprehensive clinical examinations,
  5. meet all obligations to the College of Dental Medicine (financial, etc.), and
  6. pass Part I and Part II of the National Board.

Graduation Requirements
Candidates for the D.M.D. degree must be of good ethical and moral character. When considering a student for graduation, faculty members consider all facets of academic performance and records of achievement. Students are not recommended for graduation solely by completing any prescribed number of courses or upon the passing of any prescribed number of examinations. They are recommended for graduation only when, in the opinion of the faculty, they have attained a level of competency in the profession of dentistry.

Last Published with Edits:July 17, 2014 3:52 PM
Last Comprehensive Review:July 2014
 
 
 
 

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