The grading system used can be found in the DNP handbook.
Grade of "F"
A student who receives a failing grade of "F" in two courses will be dismissed from the program.
Grade Requirement for Clinical Courses
A grade of "B" or higher must be received in all specialty-specific courses in order to progress. In a clinical course, a student may be allowed to complete additional hours to achieve a "B" but this should not exceed 50 additional hours.
Grade of "Incomplete"
An "Incomplete" may be assigned when all requirements for the course have not been completed at the end of the academic term. The "Incomplete" may remain in the permanent record for a maximum of 12 months, and, if not amended by then, the grade is transformed into an "F" (Failure). If a student has two or more "Incompletes," a hold will be placed on registration for the subsequent semester. Future registration is with the consent of the advisor only.
A Graduate Incomplete Grade Contract must be completed, signed by student and faculty, and filed in student's file when the Incomplete is assigned.
If the cumulative grade point average of a Classified student in The Graduate School falls below 3.0 (on the four-point scale), that student is automatically placed on academic probation. To continue degree pursuit, the student must progress toward a 3.0 cumulative average and is expected to escape from academic probation within six (6) credit-hours or two successive academic terms during which coursework registrations are recorded. A student in The Graduate School will not be advanced to Candidate status while on academic probation.
All students should contact their advisors prior to registration each semester to ensure progression through the program. Pre-registration periods for the Summer Sessions and the Fall Semester and for Spring Semester are scheduled by the Office of the Registrar, generally for the months of April and November, respectively. Billing statements are sent to pre-registered students at the end of the pre-registration period. Students enrolling after that period must initiate contact with the Office of Student Accounts to make financial arrangements. If financial arrangements are not made by the close of these periods, registration will be cancelled.
A DNP student may repeat a required course only one time. If not successful on the second attempt, or if the required grade is not achieved in two separate courses, the student may not continue.