Academic Progression and Grading Criteria

Passing Grade

The minimum passing grade required for a Surgical Processing Technician (SPT) course and Microbiology (degree students only) is a C+ (75 percent). Any grade below a C+ (75 percent) is a failing grade. A student failing either the didactic, clinical, or laboratory component of a SPT course will fail the entire course. Failure of a SPT course is defined as any grade below the minimum progression requirement of C+.

In addition, the minimum passing grade required for Medical Terminology, as well as Anatomy and Physiology II*, is a C (70 percent). Any grade below a C (70 percent) is a failing grade.

Beginning Fall 2021, the minimum passing grade required for Anatomy and Physiology I is a C+ (75 percent). Any grade below a C+ (75 percent) is a failing grade. Therefore, students must receive at least a C+ (75 percent) in these courses in order to satisfy course requirements for the Medical Assistant program. 

 *Effective Winter 2022, the minimum passing grade required for Anatomy and Physiology II will be a C+ (75 percent). Any grade below a C+ (75 percent) is a failing grade. 

Repeating Courses

Students enrolled in the Surgical Processing Technician program who receive a grade of C or below in any SPT course or Microbiology must repeat the course(s) in order to progress in the program. The minimum passing grade required for a repeated course is a C+.

Students enrolled in the Surgical Processing Technician program who receive a failing grade as outlined above in Medical Terminology and Anatomy and Physiology I and II must repeat the course(s) in order to progress in the program.  A minimum grade of C on the repeated course is required to pass the course.

Note that failed courses may lead to repeat charge fees and may also delay graduation.