grading policy- who thought these up???

  1. I am entering my 3rd semster in an ADN program. The ADN program I am currently in has a pretty strict grading policy. We are on something similar to a 7 point scale- with 77% being the lowest "C". We have to get a "c" average in each section and a "c" on the final to advance to the next semester- if not you go back and repeat the semester again- and you only get one restart then you have to reapply to the program and start all over- and our clinicals are on a pass/fail rate and are not graded or factored into our grades- does everyone else's school have these types of policies going on??? I am curious to know if any other programs (especially ADN) are this strict? I am not upset with this, it is just a very stressful situation to be in needing such high grades and having to pass the final just to stay in the program.
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  2. 28 Comments

  3. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Mine was way worse.
  4. by   caroladybelle
    Nothing below 80% was passing. And they do not round up whatsoever....79.99999 is still failing.

    Calculation tests require even higher scores...in many programs, one is given 2 chances to pass a calculation test and the required score is 100%.

    In my ADN course, you could fail and repeat only one course for the entire program, or you were kicked to the curb.

    Course scores were divided into Clinical, Tests, Case Study, and clinical practical exams. While, the final grade was based on the percentage, one had to earn at least an 80% on each component (you couldn't score high on one and make less than 80% on another) or you failed.

    I think that you will find that the experience of most of us here, no matter what program that they are in.
  5. by   TheCommuter
    I know you're interested in hearing about the grading scales of other ADN programs. However, 78 percent was considered a passing grade in my LVN program.

    94 to 100 percent was an 'A'
    85 to 93 percent was a 'B'
    78 to 84 percent was a 'C'

    If a student received a score of less than 78, they were placed on academic probation for review by the school's board of directors. If the same student earned another failing grade after being placed on academic probation, they were kicked out of the program and therefore had to re-apply and repay to retake the program.
  6. by   AgentR
    Yes, our ADN program is that strict.

    Everything is combined into one 9 credit class. Grade is based only on 6 exams (60% of grade) and one cumulative final (40% of grade). Clinical, lab, dosage calculation tests, and written reports are all pass/fail, and you must pass them.

    Our C cuts off at 78%, so if you have a 77.9% you are SOL. If you leave the program you have to reapply and take a remediation course.
  7. by   mom2michael
    Mine is worse.

    82% is passing this year, next year we start the brand new year off with an 84% as passing. We don't round up, so 83.9999% will be failing. Bonus points and extra credit do not bring you out of failing grades....if you fail...you are out and you must re-apply.

    Drug dosage, must maintain a 90% on all tests, 100% on a min. of 3 tests every 8 weeks or you fail clinicals.

    It can always be worse.......
  8. by   Ready
    omg thats crazy. our school a 75 is passing in All semesters
  9. by   S.N. Visit
    My school is that strict too, and the test are by far more difficult than arts & science classes.
  10. by   Jessy_RN
    My ADN programs is that strict as well. No rounding, you can only fail a class once, and must pass a dosage calculations exam with 85% or better or get the boot.
  11. by   Havin' A Party!
    Combat -- Our school has the same grading requirement.

    In addition, math quizzes must be passed with a 90%.
  12. by   Transplant-BSNTx
    Quote from Ready
    omg thats crazy. our school a 75 is passing in All semesters
    Our school also has a the same 75 is passing grading policy. We take a medication calculation exam before clinicals start and must pass with a 90% to begin clinicals. Also, we take a final medication calculation exam after clinicals are over and must pass with a 90% pass. We are given 3 tries to achieve a score of 90%. If after 3 tries you have not passed, then you are dismissed from the nursing program.
    Last edit by Transplant-BSNTx on Dec 22, '05
  13. by   Little Panda RN
    In my LPN program 80% is passing anything below is failing. We do have extra credit but only worth 2-3 points. Are drug calculations test had to be passed with a 100% or you were out of the program. Our clinicals were very strict we even got points taken away for being nervous and showing it. I guess I can understand their point but "wow". I know it could be worse. Just thankful I have made it this far. One more semester to go and I will have my associates degree in practical nursing.
  14. by   stressgal
    7 Quarter ADN program, 80% is the low end of a C, 93% required for an A. Receive below a C in a course and you must repeat the course, receive below a C in another course, you're out. Dosage Calculations test given day two beginning each quarter, 10 questions, must pass with 100%.
    Pretty common standards your school has put forth.

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