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ARE MOST RN SCHOOLS LIKE THIS??

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by Anon143 Anon143 (Member)

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I’ve just got accepted in an RN program & in every syllabus, they mention that if you score below 75% in all tests, quizzes, final or misters that you’ll have to attend mandatory tutoring & that any homework, projects, class work, etc that you have competed will not add on to the test or quizzes until AFTER you have completed them with a 75%. In other words, you can score high & do well in all class work assignments & homework but if you score less than 75% in all tests taken, you fail the class. Is this like this is ALL RN schools or is mine being shady???

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Rose_Queen is a BSN, MSN, RN and specializes in OR, education.

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Many schools consider 75% failing. The fact that they offer tutoring rather than leaving students to flounder is actually better than some.

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My schools did not have this policy, but then I attended school more than 30 years ago.  There are other policies that were not around then.  Unfortunately, I can't say I agree with any that I have read about.  I think I have sensed an agenda of exclusion that is not good for the individual but very good for the institution that is churning students through like cattle for their monetary value.

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Adelinna has 1 years experience as a CNA.

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My school (BSN program) considers 63% in the entire course a failing grade. So if you get 50% on an assignment or exam and get 98% on the final and it all evens out to a 63% or above you are still in the program. 

Fail a class once you can retake it next time if there's space (You get kicked out of your cohort, they move on and you have to wait to complete the class before you can move on in the program) but if you fail a class twice you are out for good.

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This is a common grading practice, though the cutoff varies.

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My school has the cutoff at a 78% -- you get anything less than a 78 on an exam and you fail that exam. You need a 78% overall in the class to pass.

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ThatChickOmi has 1 years experience.

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In my school, 74% final grade is failing the course. I've heard of some schools setting the bar at 80% or better. 

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llg has 40 years experience as a PhD, RN and specializes in Nursing Professional Development.

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The particular score that a student needs to pass a particular test or course is not the point.  The point is that ALL schools must set a minimum standard that is required to be met in order to demonstrate that the student has mastered the material and can apply it to patient care.  That's not being shady, mean, or unfair -- that's doing their role of teaching and assuring that the students it certifies as "graduates" have actually learned the required material.

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My school was 80% or better or you fail. You also couldn't not get a 80% in all your courses because you needed at least a 3.0 overall AND semester GPA. So... due to the grading scale breakdown... if you got an 80% in each course your semester GPA would fall below 3.0. You needed at least 1-2 courses above a B to pass the semester. 90-93% was considered s B+ in our program. Consider yourself lucky. 

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Kallie3006 has 7 years experience as a ADN and specializes in Surgical, Home Infusions, HVU, PCU, Neuro.

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My school passing was a 78 and if you failed you had an opportunity to join the following class if space permitted.  Each class we had a Hesi and Capstone at the end and if you didn't get above a certain score then you were required to take a remediation course in order to proceed in the program.  Also during check offs you have 2 chances to pass or you were kicked out of the program.    

I don't believe your program is shady.  Remember that their job is to provide you a foundation to pass boards.  Nursing school is not a picnic in the park and some programs even have wait lists to even have a chance to be accepted.

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Our school requires a 78% average to be able to take the HESI. You have to score a 900 or better on the HESI to move on to the next semester. If you didn't pass the course with at least a 78% you don't get to take the HESI which is an automatic fail.

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My school required to get at least 75% (even every syllabi in nursing school noted "74.9% will not be rounded up to 75%"). If a student failed two classes, s/he was kicked out. No mandatory tutoring like you mentioned existed in my school.

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