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Clinical Grading Criteria

Daily Grades
Superior (S) 90-100%
Acceptable (A) 80-89%
Needs improvement (N) 70-79%
Unsatisfactory (U) Below 70%

Competency Grades
Clinical competencies also constitute a percent of the clinic course grade and are graded from 0-100%. Students receive a zero for any incomplete clinic competency and will have one grade deducted from their final course grade for any incomplete skills assessment. An “I” for the final course grade is issued until the competency is completed. Students have until mid-term of the following semester to complete any remaining competencies from the prior semester. An “I” grade is converted to an “F” course grade if competencies are not completed by the designated date. If students do not complete critical competencies (e.g., periodontal assessment, hard tissue assessment) by the end of the second semester junior year, they may not be able to participate in scheduled service learning activities. 

Numerical grades for the competencies are entered into the computer using the following scale:

Grading Scale
A 90-100
B 80-89
C 70-79
F below 60


Classroom Grading Criteria

The criteria utilized to determine a grade are specified in each course syllabus. Percentage weightings of course components also are listed. All dental hygiene courses use the following scale:

Grading Scale
A 90-100
B 80-89
C 70-79
F below 60


Grades at the Time of Withdrawal and Passing Grade Criteria

The following grades are used when students withdraw after the beginning of the course:
WD - Withdraw: This grade indicates withdrawal during the first half of the course.
WP - Withdraw Pass or WF - Withdraw Fail: This grade denotes student performance to date when withdrawal occurs after the first half of the course.

1. Information related to the grading criteria for each course is distributed at the onset of the course. All transfer courses, dental hygiene courses and courses taken for institutional credit must be passed with a C grade or better.

2. A failed course may be repeated once as determined by the Dental Hygiene Progression Committee on each individual student’s status. If decided the student may repeat the course, if the course is not passed the second time, the student will not be able to continue in the bachelor of science program or degree completion program. Please see the advancement policies document or refer to the class syllabi.

3. Students must register and pay tuition for repeated courses. The original course and grade remain on the transcript but the grade is excluded from the grade point average when the course is repeated.

4. I grade: An "I" (incomplete) is entered when students have not completed all course requirements In the event that course work is not completed by the end of the following semester, the "I" will be changed to an F (failing) grade. This policy does not apply when a student fails a course and needs to retake it in a subsequent semester.