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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.

Grade Categories/Scale

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 - 100%.

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 - 94%.

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.

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Wake Forest School of Medicine
Department of PA Studies
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Winston-Salem, NC 27157-1006 

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Winston-Salem, NC 27101

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