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  1. by   Mkue


    Loved your quote !

  2. by   mlvogt
    I am also in an ADN program and our grading scale is

    A 90-100
    B 82-89
    C 74-81
    D failing anything below 74

    not as strict as yours but I dont exactly understand the grading scale
  3. by   Peeps Mcarthur
    Mkue,
    That's frigging hilariouse!!!
    Instead of changing the curriculum to give the students a better preparation for the NCLEX, they simply only allow the top of each class the eligibility to take it. The top students will just naturally do well on the exam and Badaboom.....Badabing.....100% pass rate.

    I would interview some students and ask if they feel that the curriculum has merit, or is just a bunch of fluff, or outdated. It sounds as if they're skewing the pass rates to me.
    Last edit by Peeps Mcarthur on Dec 19, '01
  4. by   pama
    Truthseeker, I was out of the office yesterday, sorry for the delay in answering your questions. I can understand your frustrations.

    If I read your post correctly, students received 3 percentage points and were allowed to progress to level 4. That's a big jump. Have you talked to the Dean/Director of your program? That is where I would start.

    If you do not get to enroll in level 4 I would look into the college grievance procedure. That way you could recevie a fair and impartial hearing.

    Good luck!



  5. by   StudentSandra
    grading scale:

    for nursing classes:
    a=90-100
    b=83-89
    c=78-82
    no need to worry about anthing below that.

    nothing below a c allowed in any required support class. the rest of the college went by 90,80,70, except for a&p 1&2, 92,84, & 76.

    nursing grade is from tests only. one point per question, doesn't matter if it's a quiz question, test or final. say there are 1,000 total questions for the semester, you would need 900 points for the a and at least 780 to pass the course.

    care plans, reports, required computer time all included in pass/fail clinical grade.

    calculation test can miss 3 out of 25.

    so if you fail clinical or calc test you are out.

    if you drop or fail you are allowed to reapply to the program one more time.
  6. by   TruthSeeker
    Pama, Thank you for responding back to me on what I should do concerning Level 3 receiving 3 points.

    No I haven't spoken to the Dean of my college, because when I found out this information, everyone in the nursing department and the college had already gone for the Christmas/New Year Holiday. On January 2, is when everyone will be back.

    Have another question to ask you, if you do not mind responding back? I sure would appreciate it so much if you would.

    I received a letter from the chairperson of the nursing department, telling me that they could not tell me at this time if I will be readmitted back into Level 4 and the reason being because of not having enough faculty for Level 4.

    When I was at my college last, Friday, the 14th, I was told by the secretary of the nursing department that they hired two new faculty members. On top of that, there are already 3 instructors for Level 4 plus they are getting a Level 2 instructor to help with a clinical evening rotation which will only be for 22 days.

    What I want to know can they make me sit out a semester because of lack of faculty members? And why this came about is because of the 3 points that Level 3 students received to their final grade.

    Now I do know that two of the 12 that will be repeating level 4, got letters telling them that they will be starting classes on January 7, 2002.

    Yes that is half of the class that will be repeating level 4 for the Fall 2001.

    Thank you again for responding back to my message. I will keep you posted.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
  7. by   nurs4kids
    Truth,
    We had the same scale as you and as much as I didn't like it, I understood it then and understand it much more now that I am practicing. Only difference was that the school I attended only taught each class once/year, so if you failed you had to sit out a whole year. I failed OB with a 71 and had to sit out a whole year. It was terribly frustrating, but it gave me a chance to finish up some other classes so that I was able to focus all efforts on only nursing classes when I returned.

    I think the reason for the higher scales is for the purposes of state boards. The other students do not have to take the NCLEX, so how they are scored is of no relation to how nursing students are scored. A nursing school's reputation is based on their NCLEX pass rate, so it should be the individual school's right to set their own standards as long as they are equal for each nursing student.

    I always had the attitude that if ONE student could pass or maintain a 4.0, then it is possible for ALL students to do so. My inability to score high enough was no fault of the school, but of my own.

    However, if the 3 percentage point to level 3 is new, then you may have a case...but I doubt it.

    Good luck!
  8. by   kimrn2be
    I just wanted to say that our ADN program grading scale is as follows:
    93-100 A
    84-92.9 B
    78-83.9 C
    anything below a 78 means that you fail the class and it has to be repeated. Also on our skills tests we have 2 chances to pass them or we are out of the program.
  9. by   meeko77
    Hi truthseeker!

    Our grading scale is as follows:
    93-100 A
    92-85 B
    84-76 C
    under 76-fail the course

    Our instructors do not round grades, meaning that if you make a
    75.9 in a course, it is a failing grade.

    Good luck with everything

  10. by   mecon
    Here we go...

    A = 92-100
    B = 84-91
    C = 75-83
    D = 68-74
    F = Below 68

    You must maintain a C average to progress to the next semester or you are dropped from the program. If dropped, you must re-apply for admission.

    Clinical experience and laboratory assignments are graded on a pass/fail system.
  11. by   Jay Levan
    When I went to school 30 years ago, we always did the very best we could. Interesting factoid, some "A" students failed boards, while all the "C" students in my class passed boards, thanx for the applause We had to maintain a "B' average 80>, in order to survive to the next year, in a diploma program (3yrs). One other little tip, get a good command of spelling and sentence structure, or use an online tool such as Webster's, and Steadmans medical dictionary. Not meant as a critique of your skills, only a suggestion as to where your time may be better directed. If my sentence structure, and spelling appear suspect, it is because I'm at a terminal that does not have any help tools. I do however use them at home


    ps. I do not type either, except "Hunt & Peck"
  12. by   grouchy
    Grading Scale??? Hmmm- I seem to have repressed the memories of those traumatic years! All I can remember is alternating between joy when I aced an exam, unhappiness when I didn't do as well, and the terror before the exams. Oh, and those dreams where I overslept the final.

    I agree that holding us to a higher grading standard because we hold people's lives in our hands makes sense. But I don't think it has any connection with who passes the NCLEX.

    My nursing school exams were heavy on pathophysiological minutiae. Very unlike the NCLEX, which had more action-oriented judgement questions. I had good grades, but I believe that if I hadn't taken an NCLEX prep course I wouldn't have passed the exam on the first try.
  13. by   pooshkie
    Hi. That's a strange rating scale. How was that decided on? Mine used the ten point scale, and we had to have a 74 or 75 to pass. I dont remember which. How is the petition to change it going?
    God Bless, Pooshkie

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