Our grading scale is:
100 - 93 =A
92 - 86 = B
85 - 80 = C
Below a C is failing so I don't worry about where the cutoffs are for grades lower than that.
We generally have:
2 exams worth 28% of the final grade each
a comprehensive final worth 24% of our final grade
the HESI exam worth 10% of our final grade
11 quizzes. the lowest quiz grade is dropped and the others are averaged to account for the final 10% of the grade.
In first semester the math quiz was counted as one of our 11 quizzes, in second semester we had another math quiz and it did not count towards the final grade. I am assuming we will have math quizzes in third and fourth sememster too.
The math quiz has to be passed with a 90% score within three tries, with each time you try a little harder than the one before. Fail to pass by the third time and you fail the class.
Each clinical day is graded as either satisfactory or unsatisfactory. If we get 3 unsatisfactorys during any rotation we fail the class regardless of our grade in class but other than that clinicals have no affect on our grades.
They also have what they call a grand slam, which is an error or problem so serious that it gets you ejected from the program the first time you do it. Their examples of this are anything negligent that injures a patient or could have injured a patient or being disruptive during clinicals but anything else can be a grand slam at their discression. So far the only grand slam we have had was a student who failed the hospitals required drug screening when we were starting clinicals first semester.