Academic Standards

For in-depth information on Academic Standards, view the College Catalog.

Grading System

Students will be evaluated according to the following grading system. Numerical grades are based on the whole number with no rounding.

Grade Numerical Equivalent Quality Points
A - Excellent 90 - 100 4
B - Good 80 - 89 3
C - Average 70 - 79 2
D - Failure 60 - 69 1 (Used only for calculation of GPA)
F - Failure 59 and Below 0
Grade Description
P Designates a passing grade in challenges only. Grade not used in the calculation of GPA.
I Designates incomplete for a grade that has been temporarily withheld. Incomplete is used only in cases where, due to extenuating circumstances, a final grade cannot be submitted on the date due. To avoid an incomplete becoming an F grade, the incomplete must be removed within 10 school days. Any exceptions to this policy or extension of time must be approved by the Department Chair or Dean of Academic Affairs.
AU Designates audit. A student may audit a course(s) upon the approval of the Department Chair.
  1. Student must register officially for the course(s).
  2. Student will pay a nonrefundable audit fee equal to the cost of the course.
  3. Auditors may attend and observe class lecture only.
  4. Auditors are not required to take examinations.
  5. Auditors do not receive credit for course(s). An AU grade will be entered on transcripts.
 
W Designates withdrawal from a course prior to the 8th week of the Fall or Spring semester and the equivalent period of time in Summer sessions. The course must be repeated in its entirety in order to receive credit. A grade of F will be placed on any course dropped after the withdrawal period.
WP Designates withdrawal from a course with a passing grade of 70% or above after the 7th week of the Fall or Spring semester and the equivalent period of time in Summer sessions.
WF Designates withdrawal from a course with a failing grade below 70% after the 7th week of the Fall or Spring semester and the equivalent period of time in Summer sessions. A WF will be considered a failure in the course.
Enrollment Code Description
  • Students must achieve a grade of C or better in both nursing and general education courses.
  • If a student receives a D, F, or WF in any course, that course must be repeated and completed with a grade of C or better.
  • A grade of C must be achieved in prerequisite courses before the student may progress to the next course.

Promotion

  1. In order to maintain enrollment in the College the student must have a 2.0 grade point average. When a student's grade point average falls below 2.0, the student is placed on probation. The student must retake the course in which the failing grade was received in order to raise the grade point average within one year of failing the course. When the student achieves the grade requirement, the probation will be removed.
  2. Promotion depends on satisfactory completion of all courses included in the lower level and all other level requirements.
  3. Eligibility to graduate and receive college degree is dependent on satisfactory completion of all courses included in the curriculum plan.

Probation

  1. Failure to pass any course with a C or above or when the student’s cumulative grade point average falls below 2.0 will result in probation.
  2. Academic Recovery course is required the student’s next registration to continue in the College either co-requisite or prerequisite to the failed course.
  3. Probation status will continue until the student passes the academic recovery course and repeats the failed course with a C grade or above.
  4. A letter informing the student of the probation status is sent with the grade report.
  5. The College’s curriculum plan will not be altered to accommodate students who must retake courses.
  6. As long as a student remains on probation, enrollment restrictions may be imposed.

Dismissal for students first enrolled in courses prior to January 1, 2012:

  1. Failure of any course twice or any two nursing courses.
  2. Failure to take Academic Recovery course.
  3. Failure to pass Academic Recovery course.
  4. The Dean of Academic Affairs may suspend, dismiss, or impose a mandatory leave of absence for reasons pertaining to dishonest or immoral behavior; illness –physical or mental; unsafe conduct affecting either the student, patient or others; or failure to abide by hospital and college policies, procedures, rules and regulations.
  5. Failure of any course after taking or while enrolled in the Academic Recovery Course will result in an academic dismissal from the college

Dismissal for students first enrolled in courses after December 31, 2011:

  1. Failure of any two courses required for the degree.
  2. Failure to take Academic Recovery course.
  3. Failure to pass Academic Recovery course.
  4. The Dean of Academic Affairs may suspend, dismiss, or impose a mandatory leave of absence for reasons pertaining to dishonest or immoral behavior; illness –physical or mental; unsafe conduct affecting either the student, patient or others; or failure to abide by hospital and college policies, procedures, rules and regulations.
  5. Failure of any course after taking or while enrolled in the Academic Recovery Course will result in an academic dismissal from the college

Honors

At the end of each semester students will be recognized for their achievement based on the semester GPA of 3.25 or above.

Upon graduation, academic honors will be bestowed upon students based on the cumulative GPA.
Undergraduate students in associate degree programs who have achieved a College cumulative average of 3.25 – 4.000 will receive "Honors"
Undergraduate students in the bachelor degree program who have achieved a College cumulative average in one of the three categories below will receive "Latin Honors":

  • summa cum laude: 3.90 - 4.0000 GPA
  • magna cum laude: 3.75-3.8999 GPA
  • cum laude: 3.60-3.7499 GPA

Students who anticipate receiving Honors are entitled to wear gold honor cords along with their other regalia.

Graduation Requirements

I. Institutional Requirements for Students in All Programs 

  1. Complete the entire academic program as described by the appropriate curriculum plan with a grade of 2.0 or above in all courses (entering students after January 2010).
  2. Pay all financial obligations and return all learning materials to the College.
  3. Complete Capstone requirements.
  4. Complete all other requirements of the College.

II. Program Requirements

A. Associate of Applied Science in Nursing Degree Program:
Complete at least 48 credits (a minimum of 36 credits in nursing and 12 credits in general education) at this College.

B. Associate of Science in Health Science Degree Program:
Complete at least 48 credits at this College.

C. Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Degree Program:
Complete at least 33 credits from the BSN upper division curriculum plan at this College.

The length of time taken to complete the curriculum may vary. However, a student must complete all requirements for graduation within six (6) years after enrolling in the College.

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