Grading System

The following are guidelines used by faculty members to establish course grading criteria.

Grade A – Superior Work

  • The student masters the objectives of the course, is able to apply the learning, and is able to integrate learning with other knowledge.
  • The student consistently distinguishes himself/herself in assignments, examinations, laboratory and participation.  The student demonstrates independent thinking in class assignments and discussions.
  • Work is consistently submitted on time and in the expected form and format.
  • The student consistently displays superior skills, ability, and performance in his/her development of required hand and/or motor skills.
  • The student complies with school attendance requirements.

Grade B – Above Average Work

  • The student shows consistent mastery of the course content and objectives and is usually able to apply learning to new situations and integrate with other knowledge.
  • Work is consistently submitted on time and in the expected form and format.
  • The student consistently displays above average skills, ability, and performance in his/her development of required hand and/or motor skills.
  • The student complies with school attendance requirements.

Grade C – Average Work Allowing Progress

  • The student shows reasonable comprehension of the course material and has an average mastery of the content which would indicate the student is capable of progressing to other coursework.
  • The student consistently earns average scores in tests, homework, projects, and class participation.
  • Work is consistently submitted on time and adequately meets expectations of form and format.
  • The student consistently displays average skills, ability, and performance in his/her development of required hand and/or motor skills.
  • The student complies with school attendance requirements.

Grade D – Less than Acceptable

  • The student demonstrates minimally acceptable comprehension of the course material and the competence demonstrated is insufficient to indicate the student is capable of progressing to other coursework.
  • Work is of inconsistent quality, often fails to meet expected form and format and is frequently late.
  • The student consistently displays below average skills, ability, and performance in his/her development of required hand and/or motor skills.
  • The student complies with school attendance requirements.

Grade F – Failing Grade

  • The student demonstrates an unacceptable low or no mastery of the course objectives or content.
  • The student earns failing scores on tests, homework, projects, and class participation.
  • Work is of inconsistent quality, often fails to meet expected form and format and is frequently late or not submitted.
  • The student fails to display minimally acceptable skills, ability, and performance in his/her development of required hand and/or motor skills.
  • The student fails to comply with the school attendance requirements.

Academic Assistance

Any student who wishes to have extra academic assistance is encouraged to make an appointment with his/her faculty member(s) or the Academic Support and Career Support Services Coordinator. To review the explanation of the grading system used at Platt College, click Summary of Letter Grade System.

Grading System

Reporting quality of student performance in any academic course is the responsibility of the faculty member. Each faculty member shall specify his/her grading process – the basis for achieving specified letter grades for the course –and distribute and explain these bases in writing to each student at the beginning of the quarter. The Platt College cumulative GPA calculation is taken to three decimal places.

The following grading system is used at Platt College:

For general education and cognate classes, the course evaluation is based on the following grade scale:

A             90-100
B             80-89
C             70-79
D             60-69
F             59 and below

Cognate courses at Platt College are defined as courses offered in the science discipline. The purpose of cognate courses is to provide a student with foundational knowledge required for healthcare degrees.  Cognate classes at Platt College include:

  •  BIOL 112, BIOL 206, BIOL 223, BIOL 224, BIOL 300, and CHEM 121

For nursing classes (only classes with a NSG prefix), the course evaluation is based on the following grade scale:

A             90-100
B             80-89
C             75-79
D             68-74
F             67 and below

Clinical Practicum Experiences

P             Pass
F             Fail

A grade of 75 or above must be achieved in every nursing course in order to progress in the nursing program.  Any grade below 75 will not be rounded up.  For specific information about the grading system, please refer to the College catalog.  Letter grades of “D” or “F” in any nursing or cognate courses will constitute a course failure and the student will be required to repeat the course to achieve a passing grade at his/her own expense.   

Students who stop attending one or more courses and who are:

  • Passing at the time of withdrawal, and notify the Registrar prior to the last day of the term will receive a “WP”
  • Failing at the time of withdrawal and notify the Registrar prior to the last day of the term will receive a “WF”
  • Passing or failing at the time of the withdraw, attends at least one class, but does not notify the Registrar of desire to withdraw prior to the last day of the term or is withdrawn by decision of the College will receive a “WA."

Make-up Work

Students may be allowed to make-up missed class and lab work because of an illness or an emergency depending upon the course syllabus.  Proof of these circumstances may be required.  If students know ahead of time  they will have to miss a class, then it is extremely important they notify faculty in order to receive assignments in advance so as not to waste valuable learning opportunities.

Disability Accommodation for Exams

Students whose disability requires them to take examinations with accommodations must make arrangements with the Academic Support and Career Services Coordinator as stated in the Section entitled Procedures for Perspective Students and Enrolled Students from Policy 03:05:00 ADA.

Exam Rescheduling

All efforts should be made to avoid missing a scheduled examination, including ATI examinations.  If a student has an extenuating circumstance and an exam needs to be rescheduled ahead of the scheduled examination date, the student will need to submit a Request to Reschedule an Exam to the applicable faculty member.  The faculty member may approve or disapprove the request. Work schedules, travel schedules, and vacation plans do not serve as extenuating circumstances for an examination to be rescheduled. ATI examination rescheduling must be approved by the Dean of Nursing or Associate Dean of Nursing.  

If a student misses a regularly scheduled examination, he/she should coordinate taking the make-up exam and/or in turn in any missing assignments with the faculty member within a week of returning back to class. Consequences for taking the exam late are left up to the faculty and are identified in course syllabi.

Students are reminded that the Honor Code is in effect for the entire exam period as stated in Policy 02:17:00 Academic Integrity.  The Code prohibits asking for, or giving, any information between students about administered exams, including seemingly innocuous statements like the exam was "easy" or "hard."

Audit

Currently enrolled students may register in a course for the purpose of audit.  Permission to audit is given on the basis of space available and requires approval from the Vice President of Academic Affairs.  Audit students will be required to do all the work assigned and meet all attendance requirements; however, they are not required to take the mid-term or final examinations in the course. Students auditing a course do not receive credit for the course, and a grade is not assigned.  Audited courses do not count toward the total number of enrollments in a course.  Grade reports will carry the symbol “AU” reflecting credit attempted but no quality points earned.  Fees for audited courses will be assessed at the same current tuition rate.