Vocational Nursing
Student Evaluation

Evaluation, Grading and Determination of Semester Grade

A. Theory

The semester grade is determined by the test scores. The minimum passing score for the course will be 78% of the total possible points on tests. Less than 78% of the total possible points for the course constitutes a failure.  Letter grades as they relate to scores are:

  • A = 90-100%
  • B = 80-89%
  • C = 78-79%
  • F = Less than 78%

The first grade achieved on a test will be the grade entered on the record. If less than 78% is achieved on a test please refer to Course Syllabus.


Any person found guilty of cheating or plagiarizing will receive a "F" grade for the course, resulting in dismissal from the program. As outlined in College Board policy a student who fails clinically or theoretically will not be re-enrolled in the program.


B. Clinical Evaluations

Clinical performance will be graded on a "Pass/Fail" basis:

  • There will be a written evaluation at the end of each rotation.
  • Students who are having difficulties in clinical performance will have conferences and progress reports prior to the evaluation as necessary.
  • If improvement is not evidence in problem areas discussed, this will constitute clinical failure for the semester and withdrawal from the program will be recommended to the student by the faculty.
  • "Fail" in the clinical area constitutes a "F" grade in the course unless the student elects to withdraw in accordance with the college grading policy by the fourteenth week of the semester.
  • After each clinical evaluation conference, the student will sign the evaluation form signifying having read it, and will receive a copy.
  • Patient safety is our first criterion in evaluation of clinical performance.
  • If at any time a student demonstrates behavior jeopardizing patient safety or practices nursing in a grossly negligent or incompetent manner, the student will be removed from the clinical setting and be subject to faculty review which could result in dismissal from the program.


Each course has specific level objectives which must be met.

Clinical behaviors that are passing are the ability to:

  • apply theory well enough to make application and is able to make sound and logical conclusions when confronted with situations which require special adaptations;
  • demonstrate skill in the management of equipment and carrying out nursing techniques; work is organized and work fields are neat;
  • demonstrate good judgment and recognize when assistance and advice are needed;
  • relate well to patients, their families, and the health team;
  • demonstrate initiative, efficiency, self-direction, and growth;
  • use therapeutic communication skills with increasing effectiveness;
  • demonstrate awareness of role and limitations.


Clinical behaviors that are failing are demonstrated by:

  • limited ability in relating theory to clinical practice which affects his/her judgment in nursing matters;
  • needing very close supervision and an unusual amount of guidance;
  • a lack of dexterity or lack of interest in nursing, inability to relate satisfactorily to patients and co-workers;
  • limited ability to organize patient care assignments;
  • poor judgment in setting nursing priorities;
  • failure to seek assistance when indicated;
  • failure to problem-solve prior to seeking assistance;
  • failure to seek, perceive and utilize learning experiences effectively;
  • failure to follow through on commitments;
  • failure to abide by the policies of the program;
  • inability to work effectively in new and changing stressful situations;
  • inconsistent nursing performance.

 VN Student Handbook