ADN Grading Policies


Regardless of the overall course grade, all assigned work must be completed in order to pass each nursing course. The theory and clinical components of each nursing course must be taken concurrently.  In accordance with Associate Degree Nursing Program requirements, a student must pass both theory and clinical components of a course to be allowed to continue with the program. If a student fails either the theory or clinical component of a nursing course, he/she must repeat both components of the course and successfully complete these components before progressing in the program.  Students must have a cumulative grade point average of “C+” or above in order to graduate.

Theory Grades

Students will be given a grade from “A+” to “F” based on points earned on all assignments, quizzes, presentations, and examinations in the theory component of each nursing course and in the prerequisite and co-requisite courses of the nursing program.  Nursing students must earn a minimum grade of a “C+” in all prerequisite science courses and in the theory component of all nursing courses, and a grade of “C” in the prerequisite English and Algebra courses and the co-requisite (i.e., general education) courses in order to progress in the program.

Clinical Grades

Students will be given a PASS or FAIL grade based on the demonstration of clinical objectives in the clinical component of each nursing course.

Clinical Performance Requirements

Performance and practice of clinical skills constitute a large portion of the student’s time in the program.  Students unprepared for the clinical experience will be asked to leave the clinical setting and time lost will be considered a clinical absence. Make-up of clinical absences will be determined on an individual basis. Evaluation of clinical performance is obtained through the objectives on the Clinical Performance Evaluation Tool. The evaluation tool is completed at midterm and end of quarter.

Content Master Series (CMS) Examinations

In addition to passing each course with the minimum passing grade, students must pass the program exit examination on the first attempt (in accordance with the scoring rubric of the examination). If the predicted probability of passing the licensure examination is not calculated, the required minimum score for passing is at or above the National Mean for that version of the examination.

Grading Requirements: Online Courses

Online courses are delivered through Stanbridge University’s Edverum platform, a learning management system, providing students access to course instructions, syllabi, discussion forums, slides, and videos as well as exams and assignments for each course.

Assignments or projects received for online course credit will be graded and the evaluation or response to the submission will be provided within 5 business days.  Late submission of assignments, with a grade penalty for late submission, may be allowed by individual instructors as specified in the course syllabus. Students in the BSN (Degree Completion) program should review the BSN Program Catalog Supplement in the BSN Program section of this catalog for additional information regarding online submission of assignments.

Remediation of Online Courses

Remediation for unsatisfactory course performance is required in the event an online course is failed.  The student will be expected to take an alternate exam on the material covered in the original course exam or complete a remediation assignment and will be considered to have successfully remediated the course when he/she has achieved a passing score on the alternate exam or assessment.  Regardless of the score achieved on the alternate exam or assignment, the maximum grade that will be entered into the student’s grade record for any remediated course will be 75%.  Remediation of any failed course must be performed within twenty-one (21) days of the end of the course or prior to the start of the next term, whichever is shorter.  Students may take up to three remediation examinations or submit three assignments (if necessary).  Exams may be taken or assignments submitted one per week during the remediation period.  If an exam or assignment is not taken or submitted during one of the three weeks following the course, it is forfeited and may not be included as a remediation attempt.  Note:  BSN (Degree Completion) Program students may not remediate failed courses.  Please see the BSN Program Catalog Supplement in the BSN Program section of this catalog.

Satisfactory Academic Progress Requirements: (ADN)

Attainment of satisfactory progress (attendance, credit earned, and GPA) will be monitored at the completion of each quarter. Students must achieve a “C+” or 77% or higher in the theory component and a Pass in the clinical component of each nursing course. In the prerequisite science courses, students must achieve a “C+” or 77% or higher.  In the prerequisite English and algebra courses and the co-requisite (i.e., general education) courses a C must be maintained. Tutorial sessions may be mandatory for students at risk of not meeting course requirements. Students may also be referred to the Academic Success Coordinator in the Learning Resource Center for assistance with study skills and time management in order help the student make academic progress.