Health Sciences Credit/No-Credit (CR/NC) Policy for Spring 2020

You have received information from the University regarding the option of completing courses this semester as credit/no-credit. Many have questions about this option.

In general, receiving a letter grade is preferable to the CR/NC option. If you are considering the CR/NC option, be sure to review the considerations included in the Provost’s announcement. Contact your advisor before making this irrevocable decision. Forms for this option do not need to be submitted until May 18th. It is highly recommended to wait until after grades are posted in May and have contact with your advisor before you decide on this option.

If you choose the CR/NC option, remember that at C-, D+, D, D-, and F (based on the points earned or percentages as defined in the course syllabus) will become an NO CREDIT on your transcript. An NC will NOT fulfill a graduation requirement. If you receive an NC in a required course, you will be required to take the course in a subsequent semester or summer.

Many students majoring in Health Sciences plan to pursue a graduate degree. Even those students who do not initially plan on going to graduate school, may change their mind in the future. Please consult the office of pre-professional health at JMU to discuss how the CR/NC option may impact your application to graduate programs. The PPH advisor listed on your mymadison is your contact for these questions. If you do not have one listed, contact pph@jmu.edu.      

Remember JMU Graduation Requirements are: Completion of all requirements with D- or above or CR; major gpa of at least a 2.0 and cumulative gpa of at least a 2.0; 120 total credits with at least 60 credits from a four year college/university.

Regardless of the grading option you choose, remember that upper level courses build on knowledge and skills from earlier courses. Even if you choose credit/ no credit for a grading option, you are responsible for bringing the knowledge from this semester forward to the next.

We understand that this is a difficult time and hope that this information does help as you consider your options. Ultimately, it is your decision and we encourage you to do what you feel is best for your career path.