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Professional Graduate Grading System Subsection: 5.3.6
Section 5.0 - Student Policies Originating Date: February 2009
Responsible Reviewing Agency:
Professional Graduate Nursing Affairs Committee

Final Reviewing Agency:
General Faculty Organization
5.3.11 Evaluation of Professional Graduate Student Profession to Graduation
Agreement to Complete Course Requirements
Revised: April 2012
Revised: February 2013
Revised: May 2016
Revised: October 2016
Revised: December 2020
Revised: January 2024 (changes)


Establishes the criteria for grades, quality points and incompletes.


This policy applies to professional graduate students.


  1. Grade guidelines for all College of Nursing professional graduate courses.
    The percentage system used to award grades within the College of Nursing is the following:
    A+   98-100   D+   68-69
    A   93-97   D   63-67
    A-   90-92   D-   60-62
    B+   88-89   F   below 60
    B   83-87        
    B-   80-82        
    C+   78-79        
    C   73-77        
    C-   70-72        
  2. Quality points are calculated according to the following system:
    Grade   Quality Points   Grade   Quality Points
    A+ & A   4.0   C   2.00
    A-   3.67   C-   1.67
    B+   3.33   D+   1.33
    B   3.00   D   1.00
    B-   2.67   D-   0.67
    C+   2.33   F   0.00
  3. Incompletes
    1. Grades of Incomplete are to designate incomplete work in a course and will be used in extenuating circumstances such as illness, military service, hardship or death in family.
    2. Grades of Incomplete are given when student has substantially completed the major requirements of the course or at the discretion of the course coordinator.
    3. Grades of Incomplete must be completed by the end of the following semester (includes summer) after they have been awarded or the grade of Incomplete will revert to a grade of F. An agreement to complete course requirements must be signed by the course coordinator and student and will include the final date that course requirements must be completed. Any extensions to the one-semester time frame must be arranged with the Associate Dean of Academic Programs prior to the Incomplete being changed to a grade of F.
    4. A student with two or more current grades of Incomplete will not be permitted to enroll in any new courses until the number of current incomplete grades becomes less than two.
    5. The course coordinator(s) shall supervise the completion of the remaining course work and removal of the incomplete to a course grade and will notify the specialty coordinator of any student incompletes.
    6. If the incomplete is in a course that is a prerequisite for another, the student may not progress until the incomplete is removed.
    7. All grades of Incomplete on courses that are part of the degree requirements must be removed at least one month before the final semester of the degree.
  4. Late Assignments and Faculty Feedback
    For all late assignments in the graduate program, 5% will be taken off for each day late. After five days late, the assignment grade will become a zero. Students can expect feedback on their assignments two weeks after submission unless otherwise communicated by the instructor.

Student Services will run a query each semester to monitor student progression. They will notify the academic faculty advisor of failure to meet grade expectations of a 3.0 or above or of any Incompletes that have not been removed from their record. Please see Policy 5.3.11 for progression of the student.