Guidelines for Students Who Have Completed UofL Medical School Courses Prior to Matriculation
Each year, a few students are admitted who have successfully completed one or more of the required School of Medicine courses before they matriculate. If they have had good performance in the courses and have taken them recently, being required to repeat the course may not represent the best use of their time or the faculty’s time. Students may use the following guidelines to determine eligibility for alternative activities. Qualified students may pursue an alternative by first contacting the appropriate department chair.
- The student must have taken the School of Medicine course(s) at the University of Louisville. Courses taken at other universities or other courses taken at U of L do not fall under these guidelines. (This does not prohibit departments on a case by case basis considering such students for special arrangements, but they simply would not fall under these guidelines.)
- The course or courses must have been taken within the three years prior to matriculation.
- These guidelines would apply to a maximum two courses; even if the student has taken and successfully completed more than two courses, he/she can only request the special considerations covered by these guidelines for up to two of the courses.
- The decision as to whether the student needs to repeat a specific course is the total purview of the appropriate department chair. If the department chair decides that it would be in the student’s best interest to repeat the course, that decision is final. If the decision is made that the student does not need to repeat the course, then the department chair will determine the student’s alternative assignment. Such assignments could include assisting in the course, performing lab work, completing a separate reading course, etc. (Note that there must be some appropriate replacement. Doing nothing is not an option.) The department chair must notify the Student Affairs Office, in writing, of the department decision and substitution.
- The successful completion of the replacement assignment should not be shown as a repeat of a course on the student’s grade report and transcript. It is suggested that it fall under department special projects designation (e.g. Special Projects in Anatomy, ASNB-816). The course should be graded as pass/fail, and should not figure in to the student’s class rank.