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Grade Scale and Credit Requirements

Students are expected to progress through the program in an uninterrupted pattern:

  • Diploma in Practical Nursing should take 4 quarters;
  • Associate Degree in Nursing should take 5 quarters;

Definition of Quarter Credit Hour

A quarter-credit hour is equivalent to a minimum of ten (10) classroom hours or twenty (20) hours of lab, on a 50 minute hour of instruction, with appropriate homework and study. Thirty (30) hours of clinical experience, on a 60 minute hour, equals one (1) credit hour.

Definition of Enrollment Status

  • Full-time: Students are enrolled for 12 or more credit hours per quarter.
  • Three-quarters: Students are enrolled for 9-11 credit hours per quarter.
  • Half-time: Students are enrolled for 6-8 credit hours per quarter.
  • Below Half: Students are enrolled for under 6 credit hours per quarter.

Grade Scale

All grades are awarded in whole letter values only.

General Education & Science Courses

Percentage Range

Letter GradeGrade Points Awarded

90 - 100

A4.00

80 - 89.99

B3.00

70 - 79.99

C2.00

69.99 - Below

F0.00
 

Nursing Courses

Percentage Range

Letter GradeGrade Points Awarded

93 - 100

A4.00

85 - 92.99

B3.00

78 - 84.99

C2.00

77.99 - Below

F0.00
 

Applicable to All Programs

Letter Grade

DescriptionGrade Points Awarded

AU

AuditNo grade points awarded

I

IncompleteNo grade points awarded

LA

Leave of AbsenceNo grade points awarded

LR

Leave of Absence return but not completedNo grade points awarded

NP

No-PassNo grade points awarded

P

PassNo grade points awarded

TR

TransferNo grade points awarded

W

WithdrawalNo grade points awarded

WT

Withdrawal - transfer credit awardedNo grade points awarded
 

Grade Point Calculation

Quality points are determined by multiplying the grade point by the credit hours. The grade point average is determined by dividing the total quality points by total credit hours received. Transferred coursework, withdraw/transfers, withdrawals, audits, and incompletes are not calculated into the grade point average; however, transfer credits are accounted for in the total hours earned.

Example

Grade A = 4.0 grade points x 4 credit hours = 16 quality points
Grade B = 3.0 grade points x 5 credit hours = 15 quality points
Total quality points = (16 + 15) = 31 divided by total credits of (9) = 3.444 grade point average