CMSV 316 Grading System

Policy Name: Grading System 

A letter grade is awarded as a measure of student performance only by the faculty member assigned to teach a particular course and section. The following describes the letter grading system and its descriptive and quantitative (percentage) equivalents. These equivalents are shown only as guidelines for faculty. Specific grading policies should be announced by the instructor in a given course.

Minimal passing grade within the Master of Science Physician Assistant Program is a “C-” (70%). Anything below a “C-” is considered a failure.

Grading Scale
The grading scale is as follows:

A 93-100 4.0 D+ 67-69 1.33
A- 90-92 3.67 D 60-66 1.0
B+ 87-89 3.33 F 0-59 0.0
B 83-86 3.00 P Passing 0.0
B- 80-82 2.67 NC No Credit 0.0
C+ 77-79 2.33 IP In Progress 0.0
C 73-76 2.0 I Incomplete 0.0
C- 70-72 1.67 W Withdrew/Permission 0.0
  • A grade of “I” (Incomplete) is used when, for reasons satisfactory to the instructor, certain course assignments remain outstanding.
  • Work must be completed by the end of the present semester or the grade of “I” becomes an “F” on the transcript.
  • Extensions of time for completion, based on compelling reasons, may be granted by the program director following consultation from the principal faculty member assigned as course instructor.
  • “IP” (In-Progress grade) may be used only for completion of an acceptable master’s project or thesis.
    • The criteria for applying for an IP grade are available from the program director.

Please note: Students enrolled in the College of Mount Saint Vincent Master of Science Physician Assistant Program are expected to maintain a minimum index of 3.00 (B). Students who receive a grade below “C-” (70%) will refer to CMSV 311, 312, 313 for a complete explanation of the grading criteria and evaluation of academic performance.

Important Delineation
As is clearly observed, a Master of Science Physician Assistant Program student can successfully pass all of the required didactic course work with the minimally acceptable grade of “B-” (80%).

Please note: Even though this is “passing,” the cumulative GPA will only amount to a 2.667, which is below the standard set for advancement within the program.

Grade Reports
At the end of each session, students are able to access their course grades and view their academic records online by using their College of Mount Saint Vincent ID number. However, grades can be viewed online only by those students whose financial accounts have been settled. Students can print copies of the grade reports.