Pass/no pass policy for the College of Nursing

The Ohio State University Senate and Graduate School approved a proposal allowing students to receive a pass/no pass instead of a letter grade in courses taken during the Spring 2020 semester. This decision was made to ease the transition to virtual classes and to support students during this unprecedented time. If you would like to read more about the proposal, please visit the Office of Academic Affairs website. Please look below for your current student status to learn more about how pass/no pass could impact you.

Currently enrolled students

Currently enrolled Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) students

As a currently enrolled BSN student, there were many factors to consider if you utilized pass/no pass.

  • For major courses offered by our college, we followed our progression policy of a PA (pass) = C+.
  • If you opted-in to the pass/no pass option, a grade of D or higher was marked as PA (pass) in the support courses (Microbiology, Human Nutrition and Data Analysis). If you did not utilize pass/no pass, please note that the minimum grade requirement remained a C+ or higher.
  • If you did not utilize pass/no pass and received a letter grade below our progression requirement, you could have been placed on probation and be required to repeat the course with a grade of C+ or higher.
Currently enrolled BS in Health and Wellness Innovation in Healthcare (HWIH) students

As a currently enrolled HWIH student, there were many factors to consider if you utilized pass/no pass.

  • For major courses offered by our college, we followed our progression policy of a PA (pass) = C+.
  • PA (pass) was accepted for interdisciplinary major courses taught be the Business, Human Nutrition, Sociology and Public Health departments. If you did not utilize pass/no pass, please note that the minimum grade requirement remained a C+ or higher.
  • If you did not utilize pass/no pass and received a letter grade below our progression requirement, you could have been placed on probation and be required to repeat the course with a grade of C+ or higher.
Currently enrolled RN to BSN students

As a currently enrolled RN to BSN student, there were many factors to consider if you utilized pass/no pass.

  • For major courses offered by our college, we followed our progression policy of a PA (pass) = C.
  • If you did not utilize pass/no pass and received a letter grade below our progression requirement, you could have been placed on probation and be required to repeat the course with a grade of C or higher.
Currently enrolled graduate students

As a student currently enrolled in a course offered by the College of Nursing, you were able to utilize pass/no pass for any graded graduate course taken in Spring 2020.

  • For graduate courses, a student must have received a C- or higher to have received a grade of Pass.
  • Pass/no pass did NOT count in the cumulative GPA. 
Currently enrolled undergraduate certificate students

For undergraduate certificate courses offered by our college, we are following our progression policy. Please refer to the table below for the equivalent grade to pass (PA) based on the certificate program:

Undergraduate certificate program Grade requirement
Nursing in School Health Services PA = C
Primary Care Academic Certificate PA = C
Registered Nurses in Primary Care PA = C-
School Nurse Professional Pupil Services Licensure PA = C

If you do not utilize pass/no pass and receive a letter grade below our progression requirement, you could have been placed on probation and be required to repeat the course with the minimum grade listed above.

Currently enrolled graduate certificate students
  • For graduate certificate courses, a student must have received a C- or higher to have received a grade of PA (pass).
  • Pass/no pass did NOT count in the cumulative GPA.

Applicants

Applicants to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program (includes pre-nursing students)

If you applied to the Autumn 2020 admission cycle for the BSN program, the college will accept a PA (pass) for prerequisite courses required for admission into the BSN and taken this Spring 2020 semester.

If you chose not to utilize pass/no pass on a prerequisite course required for admission into the BSN and earned a letter grade below our minimum GPA requirement, you will be disqualified from the applicant pool.

Please visit the BSN admissions webpage for details regarding our minimum admission requirements.

Applicants to the HWIH program (includes pre-HWIH students)

The college will accept a PA (pass) on prerequisite courses required for admission into the HWIH program if those courses were taken this Spring 2020.

If you chose not to utilize pass/no pass on a prerequisite course required for admission into HWIH and earned a letter grade below our minimum GPA requirement, you will be disqualified from the applicant pool.

Please visit the HWIH admissions webpage for details regarding our minimum admission requirements.

Applicants to a College of Nursing graduate program 

The college will accept a PA (pass) on prerequisite courses required for admission into our graduate programs if those courses were taken in Spring 2020 and/or Summer 2020. If you do not utilize pass/no pass on a prerequisite course required for admission and earn a letter grade below our minimum GPA requirement, you will be disqualified from the applicant pool.

Specific to the Graduate Entry option of the Master of Science in Nursing program:

We have also removed the requirement for an in-person lab component Human Anatomy and Microbiology. The lab component can now be completed in-person or online. This change goes into effect for coursework taken in Spring 2020 and beyond.

Please visit the Graduate Entry admissions webpage for details regarding our minimum admission requirements.

Applicants to the RN to BSN program

For any prerequisite courses taken this Spring 2020, the college will accept a PA (pass) for admission into the RN to BSN program. If you did not utilize pass/no pass on a prerequisite course required for admission and earned a letter grade below our minimum GPA requirement, you will be disqualified from the applicant pool.

Please visit the RN to BSN admissions webpage for details regarding our minimum admission requirements.