Grades will be awarded based on students’
- class preparations
- class attendance and participation
- examination scores
- personal and professional conduct
A cumulative grade point average will be maintained for each student to be calculated as follows:
The total number of credit hours attempted for which a permanent grade has been assigned (A, B, C, D or U) will be divided into the total grade points earned.
Course Evaluation and Grade Posting Course Evaluation and Grade Posting
Each student has a responsibility as a professional to provide constructive evaluation of each course, clinical rotation, and instructor in the curriculum. In the first and second years, this responsibility will be met by participation in the course evaluations routinely administered by the Office of Academic Affairs. The final grade for first and second year courses will not be posted with the registrar until the student has completed and submitted their evaluation of the course. At the time grades are submitted, and until the evaluation is completed (online), a grade of “I” will be posted for that course. For third and fourth year, the Site Evaluation Form is considered a requirement for each clinical rotation. The Site Evaluation Form is due within seven days of completing each clinical rotation. Failure to comply with the Site Evaluation deadline can result in being dropped a letter grade for the rotation, having to repeat the rotation or receiving an “N” non-cognitive grade.
While the grade point average (GPA) is calculated as above, class ranking and academic awards are based on numeric grades. The rank is calculated based on the numeric grade earned multiplied by the credit hours in each course.
Non-Cognitive Academic Evaluation
Students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the standards of the osteopathic medical profession. This expectation is embodied in the Requirements for Graduation “that the student exhibits the ethical, professional, behavioral and personal characteristics necessary for the practice of osteopathic medicine.” A non-cognitive academic evaluation of S (satisfactory) or N (needs improvement) is assigned in every course and rotation. Refer to the academic standards handbook for details.
If a student is required to repeat an entire course and does so successfully, the original grade remains unchanged on the transcript and a second entry of that course number will show the new grade.
Course Credit by Examination
Qualified students may be able to satisfy requirements of certain courses by demonstrating competence in the course subject areas by successfully completing a comprehensive examination. Students who are repeating an academic year under probationary status are not permitted to obtain course credit by examination.
Faculty members and the course coordinator responsible for the course determine a student’s eligibility to obtain course credit by examination with approval from the Dean.
Certain clinical education courses are excluded from credit by examination. Refer to the Student Handbook or the Academic Standards Handbook for this information.