Grade Reports / Academic Progress
Students take midterm and final examinations each quarter. In order to complete the program in the minimum allowed time period of 30 months for Acupuncture or 36 months in the Oriental Medicine program, a student must successfully pass all classes each quarter and complete their internship requirements. Each quarter’s grades are posted within fourteen days of the end of the quarter.
The school maintains a cumulative academic record for all students, consisting of individual class grades, attendance, and internship hours. This is updated at the end of each quarter. These records are maintained permanently. In addition to each quarter’s grades being posted, an academic report is mailed to students. An appointment with an administrator can be made to discuss any aspects of the record.
Midterm exams are given during the 6th week of class and final exams are given during the 12th week. Grading is on a point system, A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1, F=0. For written examinations: A=100-90%, B=89-80%, C=79-70%, D=69-60%, F= 59% and lower. A passing grade of A, B or C must be obtained for each test. Practical examinations are given in courses with practicum components. Students are evaluated on their ability to perform techniques taught in class. For practical examinations “A” means outstanding ability to deliver techniques, “B” means above average ability, “C” means adequate ability, “D ” means less than adequate, “F ” means improper delivery of techniques.
Tutoring / Makeup Work
Private tutoring is available to all students. Appointments are arranged with the teacher or teaching assistant. An hourly fee applies. Required tutoring must be completed and assignments made in class must be submitted to gain credit. Otherwise, a grade of “I”, incomplete, will be given. Required tutoring and assignments not submitted must be completed by the second week of the next quarter. While there is a maximum grade of 70% on a retake of failed examinations, there is no restriction on grades for make up work. If required tutoring or assignments are not completed by the second week of the next quarter, the incomplete becomes an “F” and the class must be repeated.
Alumni and students who have already successfully completed a course are allowed to audit that course by paying a per course audit fee when classes are not at maximum enrollment limit. The audit policy gives graduates the opportunity to repeat a class where the content has changed in the years since their graduation. Audited classes are not for credit and do not apply to financial aid course load requirements.