Academic Standards & Retention Policy

Academic Progress

In order to maintain good standing in the ATP, the student shall:

  1. Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.75.

  2. Maintain a major GPA of 2.75.

  3. Earn no less than a C in the following courses: BIOL 114, 114L, 121L, 122L, CHEM 121, 121L, ATES 210, 221, 225, 225L, 275, 308, 311 311L, 313, 313L, 324, 350, 350, 360, 400, 401, 410, 411, 418, 424, 450, 451, 460, ND 331, and PSY 211.

  4. The student must retake a course if they do not receive the required minimum grade.

Program Probation Policy

If the GPA criteria listed in the academic progress section are not maintained, the following actions will be taken:

  1. The student will receive written notification from the program director concerning probationary status.

  2. The student must meet with the program director to determine a course of action to remedy the problem. The student must follow through with the course of action set by the program director in order to be removed from program probation..

  3. Students on program probation are not allowed to travel to away events associated with their assigned clinical rotation.

  4. If the student has not achieved a cumulative and/or major GPA of 2.5 or higher by the end of the probationary period, they will be removed from the program, and will need to reapply for admission (see readmission policy for more information). 

Requirements for Completion of Program

In order to receive the endorsement of the Program Director to sit for the BOC examination the student needs to accomplish the following:

  1. Maintain appropriate academic progress in the classes listed above.
  2. Complete at least 70% of all Clinical Integration Proficiencies (CIP) prior to the end of the fall semester senior year.
  3. Pass the ATP written exit exam with a score of 75% or higher.
  4. Pass the ATP oral practical exam. 
  5. Complete at least 90% of all CIPs prior to registering for BOC exam.
  6. Attend at least one of the following meetings:
    • PATS Annual Meeting
    • EATA Annual Meeting
    • NATA Annual Meeting
    • Regional Conference approved by the Program Director
  7. Complete 100% of the CIPs prior to graduation.

Once criteria 1 – 6 are met, the student may apply to sit for the BOC examination and request the endorsement to sit for the examination from the Program Director.  The student should be aware that the Program Director does reserve the right to remove the endorsement of the student if they fail to maintain a passing grade in all classes listed as well as an overall GPA of 2.75.  Certification by the BOC will be withheld by the BOC if the student does not meet all requirements for graduation.

Readmission Policy

Students who have been suspended from or that have voluntarily quit the program will be considered for readmission to the program once the following criteria have been met:

  1. GPA and coursework requirements listed in the admissions and academic progress policies are satisfied.
  2. Student has addressed any outside conflicts that may have caused removal from program.
  3. Students may re-apply for admission at least one semester following dismissal from or quitting the program.
  4. Students will be readmitted to the program at the level they were dismissed/quit.