Academic Standards and Overview of Grading System
The practice of medicine is a
continual test of a person’s will and ability to perform at the highest level.
Students are expected to develop a habit of excellence and set personal
standards of achievement that will bring credit to themselves, their alma
mater, and their profession.
Students will be evaluated by
the faculty on a continuous basis for both cognitive and noncognitive
performance, and a grade will be assigned according to the principles of
criterion-referenced grading. The course director has ultimate decision making
authority concerning course grades.
Honors (H) – awarded to students who distinguish themselves from
their peers. Mastery and professionalism are clearly outstanding, with students
exhibiting nearly flawless performance on a consistent basis. Extraordinary
commitment to studies is exhibited. Final course grade ranges between 95 -
Competent (CP) – received by students whose performance falls
within the wide realm of solid, acceptable skills and attitudes that are
expected for competent practice as a PA. The student performs at a level
consistent with the stage of training. Final course grade ranges between 80 -
Concern (CN) – assigned to students whose performance exhibits
deficits in certain areas within the execution and application of skills and/or
effective communication skills or professionalism. Final course grade ranges
between 70 - 79%.
Failure (F) – assigned to students unable to master curriculum
objectives. Work habits, attitude, and/or professionalism are suspect for the
level of training. Final course grade falls below 70%.
Incomplete (I) – assigned to students who fail to complete course
requirements for assessment or participation by the deadlines described in
course syllabi and program policies.
Complete (C) – applied to student work that is evaluated not for
quality but for completion and/or participation. It is frequently applied to
completion of milestones or formative steps in progress.
Note: Complete details and
policy information on grading, academic standards and academic progress are
published annually within the student handbook; students should refer to this
resource for more detailed information.