Your nursing school's grading policy

  1. At the BSN program I currently am enrolled in, the school's grading policy is as follows:

    A = 95 - 100
    A- = 91 - 94.9
    B+ = 88 - 90.9
    B = 83 - 87.9
    B- = 80 - 82.9
    C+ = 77 - 79.9
    C = 73 - 76.7

    Below a C is failing.

    I don't have a problem with the grading scale with exception of the A range. It makes achieving a 4.0 much more difficult. Is this similar to the grading ranges at most nursing schools?

    Please post the grading scale of your nursing school (past or present), and let me know what you think about.

    - Evan
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  2. 12 Comments

  3. by   RN and Mommy
    93-100 = A
    84-92 = B
    77-83 = C

    Below a C is failing.

    I also agree with the fact that maintaining a 4.0 GPA is difficult with this grading scale, but I wouldn't want a nurse taking care of me who got below a 77% in nursing school.
  4. by   MereSanity
    Yep...our "A's" cut off at 93%. I would have 4 "A's" right now but only have 3 because I have a 90% in one class (grrrrr) :angryfire . Makes me so mad. 75% is the lowest in our scale though. Below that is failing.
    93-100 A
    83-92 B
    75-82 C
  5. by   rice8020
    my school is impossible to get a 4.0. If you are used to get A's is your classes, this scale sucks. my scale is
    100.00 4.0
    98.00 - 99.99 3.9
    96.00 - 97.99 3.8
    94.00 - 95.99 3.7
    92.00 - 93.99 3.6
    90.00 - 91.99 3.5
    88.00 - 88.99 3.4
    86.00 - 87.99 3.3
    84.00 - 85.99 3.2
    82.00 - 83.99 3.1
    80.00 - 81.99 3.0
    78.00 - 79.99 2.9
    76.00 - 77.99 2.8
    74.00 - 75.99 2.7
    72.00 - 73.99 2.6
    70.00 - 71.99 2.5
  6. by   TLC RN
    Quote from rice8020
    my school is impossible to get a 4.0. If you are used to get A's is your classes, this scale sucks. my scale is
    100.00 4.0
    98.00 - 99.99 3.9
    96.00 - 97.99 3.8
    94.00 - 95.99 3.7
    92.00 - 93.99 3.6
    90.00 - 91.99 3.5
    88.00 - 88.99 3.4
    86.00 - 87.99 3.3
    84.00 - 85.99 3.2
    82.00 - 83.99 3.1
    80.00 - 81.99 3.0
    78.00 - 79.99 2.9
    76.00 - 77.99 2.8
    74.00 - 75.99 2.7
    72.00 - 73.99 2.6
    70.00 - 71.99 2.5
    Do you go to the same school as me? I have the same scale. I would be happy if my school had a 95 as an A
  7. by   guitarguy2
    The grading scale for me in 2004 was this:

    94-100 = A
    92-3 = B+
    84-91 = B
    82-3 = C+
    74-81 = C
    Below a C was failing.

    I think nursing school grading scales are garbage. If their trying to prove that nursing school is harder, then actually it makes sense to make the grading scale easier because, if what they're saying is true, then the difficulty of the material is a built in component to ensure it's hard to get good grades. Escalating the grading scale is an artificial way of denying A's. It also makes Nursing Colleges' claim that nursing school material is difficult seem bogus and like they are using a jacked up grading scale to hide the fact that they are being deceptive. Of course, I know nursing school was hard, but the fact is a lot of As might be gotten on an easier grading scale not because nursing is easy, but because nursing students are smart. I wish nursing schools would just realize this.
  8. by   AgentR
    93-100 is A
    85-92 is a B
    78-84 is a C
    anything below 78.0 is failing!
  9. by   SFCardiacRN
    My ASN school had 97 or above for an A. 74 and below was failing. We lost 50% first semester but only a couple after that. We all passed our boards first time!
  10. by   tinaroo07
    My school's grading scale is similar to the others:
    92-100=A
    91-84=B
    83-76=C
    <76=failing
    Hard to get a 4.0
  11. by   Nikkik163
    92-100 A
    84-91 B
    78-83 C

    some of my other classes are a 94 for an A---it is tough
    if you are below 78 it is failing and you cannot register
  12. by   Tweety
    Rice that is a tough scale. Yikes.


    I have the same scale as the original poster, but one point lower in all cateorgies. (Thank goodness, I just made a 94 in my Western Civ class squeaking out an A.).
  13. by   nurse4theplanet
    ADN program here

    93-100A
    85-92 B
    78-84 C

    78 and below failing.

    Tests count 80% of final grade
    careplans 20% (but you must have a 78 or above for them to add in your careplans for your final grade...if you have a 77.4 or below and you have made 100's on all your careplans you still fail)

    Clinicals and Check off's are on a pass/fail basis.

    We have to pass a pharm test each semester and the passing grade goes up with each semester. This past semester it was 80%, next semester will be 85% and so on.


    the only complaint that I have about the grading scale is this:
    If I pass with a 92.4 that is a B on my college transcript
    but if I fail with a 70, I still get a C on my college transcript when in reality it's not a C but an F by the program standards, because the general college scale (usual ten point scale) is lower than the program grading scale.
    Last edit by nurse4theplanet on Dec 13, '05
  14. by   honeyb111
    92-100 A
    83-91 B
    75-82 C
    Below 75 failing
    Clinicals and skills lab pass/fail

    ADN program - All my pre-req classes were on a 90,80,70,60 scale...easier to get a 4.0 but my nursing class is a little better than some of these so I won't complain too much

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