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Grading Policy

Course coordinators determine the means by which the final grade will be computed, which may include exam scores, written assignments, laboratory exercises, practical examinations, class participation and other means of evaluation.

Current students can view their grades at the end of each term via Banner web services within myPCOM. PCOM does not distribute paper mailers.

Courses are graded in accordance with the following system:

Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine

DO Grading (before fall 2018)

The Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine program grading structure was on a numeric scale from 100 for the first two years with 70 being a passing grade. There are a few courses in the first and second year that are Pass/Fail courses. In the clinical years the grading structure is Honors Pass, High Pass and Pass.

DO Grading Scale (after fall 2018)

In the fall of 2018 the grading scale will change for the Class of 2022 for the first two years to the following scale.

Grade Quality Points Percentage
A 4.0 90 - 100
B 3.0 80 - less than 90
C 2.0 70 - less than 80
F 0.0 less than 70
P   Pass (does affect GPA)
NP 0.0 No Pass (does not affect GPA)

The Pass–No Pass grading policy is only applicable to those courses that are graded on the pass or fail basis. It does not apply to those courses that are graded on the letter grading scale. Cumulative GPA will be based upon the grades earned during the first, and second professional years only.

Doctor of Pharmacy

The Doctor of Pharmacy program grade point average is based on a 4.0 scale.

Doctor of Pharmacy Grading Scale

The Doctor of Pharmacy grading structure is as follows.

Grade Quality Points Percentage
A 4.0 90 - 100
B 3.0 80 - less than 90
C 2.0 70 - less than 80
D 1.0 65 - less than 70
F 0.0 less than 65
P   Pass (does not affect GPA)

The Pass–Fail grading policy is only applicable to those courses that are graded on the pass or fail basis. It does not apply to those courses that are graded on the letter grading scale. For letter grade determination, the final percentage earned in the class will be rounded to the nearest whole number.

Graduate, PhD, PsyD and Doctor of Physical Therapy Programs

Graduate and PsyD programs grade point average is based on a 4.0 scale.

Grading Scale

Graduate and doctoral programs grading structure is as follows:

Grade Quality Points Percentage
A 4.00 95 - 100
A- 3.67 90 - 94
B+ 3.33 85 - 89
B 3.00 80 - 84
B- 2.67 77 - 79
C+ 2.33 74 - 76
C 2.00 70 - 73
F 0.00 0 - 69

Grading abbreviations:

F

Does not count towards the total number of credits required for the program.

IP

Incomplete pending is a grade granted only in Psychology Research courses when the instructor and program director deem additional time needed to complete the course.

IP must be completed within the next term in the time period designated by the instructor and program director.

HP

Superior level of competency in practicum seminar.

P

Satisfactory or marginal level of competency in practicum seminar.

S

Satisfactory level of progress in dissertation seminar or biomedical research.

U

Unsatisfactory level of progress in dissertation seminar or biomedical research.

Grades Common to All Programs

Grading abbreviations:

V

Incomplete: An incomplete grade must be requested by the student in writing, in advance of the end of the course. If the instructor approves the request, a written agreement is made regarding the work required and the due date. The new grade must be sent to the Registrar within six weeks of the last class. Failure to complete the assignment within six weeks will result in the Incomplete being changed to a grade of F.

The only exception is in Psychology where it is required that Independent Study courses and Assessment I or II must be completed by the end of late registration in order to be eligible for enrollment in the next term’s course sequence.

W

Withdrawal before midpoint of the term of a course; once the midpoint of a term has been reached, a student is not eligible to withdraw unless there are extenuating circumstances and the student is granted permission.

WP

Withdrawal after the midpoint of a course while passing.

WF

Withdrawal after the midpoint of a course while failing or unauthorized withdrawal (This grade does not apply to DO, Doctor of Pharmacy programs).

AU

Audited (no course credit).

Grade Point Average

The grade point average (GPA) is calculated by dividing the total credits attempted (excluding grades of HP, S, P, WP, WF, I, AU, W) into the sum of the products of points and credits for all courses taken. Only courses taken at PCOM are included in this calculation.

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