Skills Lab Policies

Policies Across All Professional Practice Skills Lab Courses:

Lab & Quiz Make-up Policy

  • No make-up labs will be offered.
  • Excused Absences will receive an “EX” on the quiz and weekly activities (This will exclude those activities from calculations in the final grade received).
  • Unexcused Absences will receive a score of zero on the quiz and a score of zero on the weekly lab activities.

Attendance Policy

The maximum number of labs a student may miss is two. Missing more than two labs significantly alters a students’ educational experience in lab and, therefore, the students who miss more than two labs (excused and/or unexcused) will receive an incomplete in the course.

Absent Request Email Policy

A request for an excused absence must be communicated prior to the class session by email. The email format below must be used for all communications about absences. A request for an excused absence tardiness must be communicated prior to the class session by email. The email format below must be used for all communications about absences and tardiness.

The email must be addressed to:

1PD = absent1PD@cop.ufl.edu and your local campus lab faculty
2PD = absent2PD@cop.ufl.edu and your local campus lab faculty
3PD = absent3PD@cop.ufl.edu and your local campus lab faculty

Professionalism Policy

The Professional Practice Skills course series is meant to prepare you for the essential skills and tasks expected of a pharmacist in a variety of practice settings. As a student in this course, we would like for you to imagine that when you present to lab, you are presenting to your job as a pharmacist within the “Gator Healthcare System”. Therefore, the same professional expectations in a work setting will be applied in the laboratory setting. Professionalism in the laboratory setting includes, but is not limited to:

  • Punctuality – arriving to the laboratory session on time
  • Preparedness – completed pre-lab learning activities and prepared to engage in lab learning activities
  • Behavior – engaged and on task during the laboratory session, not distracting others or engaging in distracting behavior (e.g. checking social media sites, texting or playing on phone)
  • Handling of materials and equipment – treating laboratory equipment with respect and care
  • Independence of work – when individual effort is expected, completing work without the assistance of others
  • Cleanliness – maintaining a clean and organized work area
  • Following dress code:

Dress Code Policy

Dress code policy that is expected in patient care areas at UF Health and will be applied in the laboratory setting:

  • Photo identification badge (Gator 1 ID) must be worn at all times and displayed.
  • White lab coats should be worn and should appear clean, wrinkle free, and in good repair
  • Professional clothing: Pressed slacks or skirt/dress as appropriate for gender. Neat, clean shirt or top
    • Men should wear dress shirts or polo shirts with collar. Ties are optional.
    • For women, low cut, midriff, strapless, or see-through blouses, shirts, or dresses are not acceptable. Undergarments should not be visible
    • T-shirts with slogans or pictures are not allowed except for sponsored events such as Children’s Miracle Network.
    • Jeans, shorts, miniskirts, and athletic shoes are not considered professional clothing.
    • Shoes should be clean, closed-toe with heels no greater than 2 inches.
  • Jewelry selection: Two earrings per ear maximum may be worn and must be appropriate for patient care areas. No tongue/eyebrow/lip/nose piercing allowed.
  • Makeup should project a professional image
  • Hair must be clean and styled in such a manner as to prevent inadvertent contamination during patient care and professional duties. Unusual hair styles or color, such as spikes, bright or fluorescent colors, are not allowed. Long hair should be controlled in the back unable to fall forward during activities. Facial hair must be neatly groomed or clean-shaven.
  • Fingernails should be clean and maintained at a length that is not visible from the palmar aspect of the hand.
  • Body art/tattoos should not be visible.
  • For patient comfort purposes, excessive perfumes, colognes, aftershaves, scented lotions etc. should not be worn in patient care areas.
  • Gum chewing is not allowed in clinical settings.

Re-Grading Policy

If a student does not agree with a grade on a written assignment, the student may request a regrading of the assignment. This request must be submitted in writing to the course director within seven (7) days of the grade being posted. Regrading may result in a higher score, lower score, or unchanged score.