Graduate Nursing Update on Temporary Policy Changes – FAQ
- How do I enroll in the pass/no pass option?
The request form is available in Canvas under the Spring Grade Policy. Instructions can be found here: Spring Grade Policy Instructions
- Do I need to let my faculty member know that I am enrolling in a pass/no pass option?
We encourage students to let their faculty members know. However, faculty will still submit a letter grade which will be converted to a pass/no pass once the form is completed by a student.
- What graduate nursing courses are able to use the pass/no pass option?
All graduate nursing courses can use the pass/no pass option, including clinical courses.
- I am electing to take the pass option, will this impact my ability to sit for boards?
The pass grade on your transcript will not impact your ability to sit for boards.
- What is the grading scale for the pass/no pass option?
The grading system used for the Maryville University School Nursing Program will remain the same. A pass is considered 80% or higher which includes a grade of A, B, or C. Please note: An exam average of 80% must be met in order to pass courses that have exams. An overall GPA of 3.0 must be maintained throughout the program. Courses selected as Pass will have no impact on your gpa.
- Since the deadline to complete a pass/no pass is May 14th, are students who received a delayed grade that later turns into a failing grade able to take a pass/no pass or do they only have the option to receive a letter grade?
If you know that you are likely to earn a failing grade in a spring course, it is advisable to withdraw from the course on or before May 3rd. A decision to take a “no pass” is not a viable one given that it is equivalent to a failing grade.
- According to the nursing policy, a student is only permitted to withdraw from no more than (two) graduate nursing courses throughout the entire progression in the program. If this is my third time withdrawing, will I be dismissed?
This policy has been waived for the spring 2020 semester. We recommend students seek advising prior to making decisions that could impact course progression.
Withdrawals may impact financial aid. Each student’s financial aid award is unique; therefore, we recommend students work directly with the solution squad to understand implications should there be questions or concerns.
- I am currently on academic probation due to a previous course. If I earn a C in spring 2020, will I be dismissed from the program?
Students whose status is either “First Failure” or “Probation” will not be dismissed due to having a second grade of “C” for the spring semester, 2020 only.
- If I elect to take a no pass will I be put on probation?
A no pass is equivalent to a failing grade. If this is the first failure, students will be placed on probation. It if is the second failure, students will be academically dismissed.
- If I take the letter grade of C, will I be put on probation?
The probation policy will be waived for Spring 2020 only.
Delayed Grades/Clinical Didactic Combination courses
- I am unable to complete more than half of my clinical hours, am I eligible to take an Incomplete or delayed grade?
There is a temporary waiver for students to earn a delayed grade without having at least half of their required clinical hours completed. If you are unable to finish your clinical hours plus all clinical assignments, such as clinical case logs/write ups, evaluations from your preceptors and reflections in your current course, you may work with your instructor to receive a (DG) for the course.
- I was unable to begin clinical hours for spring 2020, am I eligible to take a delayed grade?
- How will earning a delayed grade impact my progression into the next set of courses?
Students who get a passing grade in their didactic course, but a DG in their clinical course will be able to move forward with their next clinical/didactic combination courses in Summer 2020. When you finish the number of required hours and assignments for your current clinical course, your DG will be resolved, and then you will start logging hours and completing clinical assignments for the next set of courses.
Please note the following:
- • Students who get a failing grade (D or F) in their didactic course will not be able to move forward with their next clinical/didactic combination courses in Summer 2020.
- • If students do not complete their Spring 2020 DG by the end of the Summer 2020 semester, they will in effect have a DG for their clinical in Spring 2020 and Summer 2020 and will not be able to move forward into their Fall 2020 clinical/didactic combination courses – students cannot have more than 2 semesters of DGs in clinical coursework, so students must stop out until one is resolved.
- • If students’ DGs are updated for the Spring 2020 clinical to their first failing grade (F or D), and we are already beyond the add/drop period of the Summer 2020 semester, we will allow the student to continue with their clinical coursework for summer, and the student will repeat the failed clinical course in Fall 2020.
- • If students’ DGs are updated for the Spring 2020 clinical to their second failing grade (F or D), and we are already beyond the add/drop period of the Summer 2020 semester, the student will be reviewed by the academic unit.
- If I take a delayed grade for NURS 624 and proceed into NURS 629/630, am I able to begin the NURS 629/630 clinical hours prior to completing the NURS 624 hours?
Yes, because preceptors for NURS 630 are so hard to find, students will be able to do practicum hours in NURS 630 before or along with hours for NURS 624.
- I was unable to pass my didactic portion but I passed my clinical course, do I need to repeat only the didactic portion in the summer? What if I passed my didactic and did not pass my clinical? Will I need to repeat both in the summer?
Students who are able to repeat the co-requisite they failed in the summer semester will only have to repeat the course they failed in the spring. If they are not able to repeat the course they failed in the summer and wait until the fall semester, they will have to repeat both co-requisites.