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Introduction to The Belanger School of Nursing Academics

Academic Status

Matriculated students will be provided a copy of an academic transcript at the completion of each semester. Academic status is determined by the total credit hours attempted, semester and cumulative grade point averages (CGPA) and number of credit hours completed.

A student's grade point average (GPA) is determined by dividing the quality points earned by the total credit hours attempted. The GPA and CGPA are carried out two places beyond the whole number. No rounding of numbers is permitted.

Grade Point Average

GPA =   Quality Points Earned in Semester / Credit Hours Taken in the Semester
CGPA = Total Quality Points Earned / Credit Hours Taken While Matriculated at BSON

When computing a student's GPA, required college courses, regardless of sequence, are calculated with those taken at the Belanger School of Nursing.

Grading System

Students will be evaluated according to the following grading system for Belanger School of Nursing:


Grade   Numerical Equivalent   Quality Points
A 93-100 4.00
A- 90-92 3.67
B+ 86-89 3.33
B 83-85 3.00
B- 80-82 2.67
C+ 78-79 2.33
C 75-77 2.00

To pass a nursing course with a clinical component, the student must achieve a minimum grade of 75 (C) in classroom theory and a satisfactory clinical evaluation.

C- 73-74 1.67
D+ 71-72 1.33
D 69-70 1.00
D- 65-68 0.67
F Less than 65 0.00

The following grades are assigned by the course instructor and are not counted in determining the GPA.

  • I = Incomplete
  • W = Withdrawal

A nursing course is comprised of classroom and clinical experiences. To pass a nursing course with a clinical component, the student must achieve a minimum grade of 75 in theory and a satisfactory clinical evaluation. Clinical competency is evaluated on a satisfactory / unsatisfactory basis. All clinical objectives or behaviors must be satisfactorily met by the end of each nursing course; unmet clinical objectives or behaviors will result in clinical or course failure.

Successful course completion is defined as receiving a grade of C (75.0) or above in all required courses. All grades within a course are carried out to 2 decimal places. However, the rounding up of a final grade is based upon a 0.50 or above. All students who attain a CGPA of 3.5 or greater will graduate with honors.

Graduation Requirements

An Associate in Science degree in Nursing will be awarded upon:

  • successful completion of all required courses; and
  • achievement of CGPA of at least 2.00.

In order to participate in graduation exercises, receive the diploma, school pin and academic transcripts, all obligations, including financial responsibilities, must be met.

Incomplete Courses

Course requirements are expected to be met within the time limits established for the semester. An instructor may grant a student an extension by submitting a grade of I (Incomplete) for that student. However, course requirements must be completed prior to the first day of the next semester. This applies to nursing courses as well as college curriculum courses. If the course is not completed in the specified time, the I becomes a grade of F and is so computed. In the event the final grade results in an insufficient GPA or CGPA, the schools policy on dismissal will apply.

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