• Wilson Roberts | Staff Writer

GC School of Nursing changes grading scale

GC’s School of Nursing will be changing its grading scale and adding a new class and new prerequisite that will go into effect this summer.

These changes will adjust the grading scale to be in line with the grading scale used by all other majors at GC. In addition to the new grading scale, the nursing program is adding a new class and new pre-requisite.

In the current grading scale for students in the nursing program an A is a score of 91 – 100, a B is an 83 – 90.9, and a C is a 75 – 82.9. Starting this summer, a grade from 90 – 100 will count as an A, and an 80 – 90 will become a B.

These grading changes came after a long and thorough conversation with faculty and administration for the Nursing School.

“We talked a lot about these changes and felt like they were the right move,” said Deborah MacMillan, director of the School of Nursing.

Debbie Greene, assistant director of undergraduate programs for the School of Nursing, agreed with MacMillan, and said she thinks these changes are good for the students.

“We found through looking at students from the past ten years, that if our students pass our courses, they will be prepared for the Licensure Exam,” Greene said.

GC students have a 95% pass rate for the exam if they pass their classes.

Greene also explained other reasons for why she thinks the changes were a good idea.

“Having an 82 be a C on student’s transcripts hurt not only their HOPE GPA, but also their chances of getting into graduate school,” Greene said. “By keeping the high standard for passing, we can be more lenient towards A’s and B’s.”

Students currently enrolled in nursing courses will be graded on the old scale.

While some may think it’s unfair that new nursing students will have more possibilities for A’s and B’s due to this policy change, other current nursing students like the change.

Cohort President Chantel Lafleur said she is happy about the changes.

“Along with class time, nursing students have clinicals in Milledgeville, Macon, and Dublin throughout the week,” Lafleur said. “Balancing school, work, study time and a social life is a stressful challenge and having to maintain higher grades to achieve the same GPA adds to the stress load. Although present and past nursing students were not able to experience the changes, students in the future semesters will have the opportunity for a fair representation of their performance in the classroom.”

Nursing students will also see a course change. Currently nursing students take a required pharmacology course in either their freshman or sophomore year, before they are accepted into the nursing program. This course will now be included in the cohort curriculum.

“The course on pharmacology is going to be combined with another course and will [be] called patho-pharmacology,” Greene said. “We moved this course into the nursing program because students would often forget what certain drugs did because they took the course freshman year and didn’t see the material again until junior year.”

To replace pharmacology as a prerequisite for the nursing program, a new class called “Healthcare Delivery” will be added.

“Since it is important for nurses to be familiar with the healthcare field, we are adding the Healthcare Delivery course, so they will be knowledgeable about it before graduation,” Greene said.

The nursing program will also include more simulation in the last semester courses of the nursing program.

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