Grading System

Huntington College of Health Sciences records grades for completed courses only. Incomplete coursework will not be recorded. The following system of grading is used:


Numerical GPA

  • A   95-100:  4.00
  • A-  90-94:  3.70
  • B+ 87-89:  3.30
  • B   84-86:  3.00
  • B-  80-83:  2.70
  • C+ 77-79:  2.30
  • C   74-76:  2.00
  • C-  70-73:  1.70
  • D+ 67-69:  1.30
  • D - 64-66:  1.00
  • D-  60-63:  0.70
  • F - 59 & below:  0.00

All courses must be satisfactorily completed with a grade of "C" or better.


Numerical /GPA

  • A   93-100:  4.00
  • A-  90-92:  3.70
  • B+ 87-89:  3.30
  • B   83-86:  3.00
  • B-  80-82:  2.70
  • C+ 77-79:  2.30
  • C   73-76:  2.00
  • Below 73:  0.00

     All courses must be satisfactorily completed with a grade of "B" or better.

Grade Point Average

The academic standing of a student is expressed in terms of a grade point average(GPA). A grade point average is computed by dividing the total number of grade points earned at HCHS by the total number of hours attempted at HCHS.Transfer credit may be accepted subject to the provisions found under Policy for Awarding Undergraduate Transfer and Extra-Institutional Learning Credit Policy. However, due to considerable differences in course content and instructional quality of work done at other colleges or universities, HCHS does not consider grade points or hours attempted for work completed at other institutions. Therefore, transfer credit neither raises nor lowers a student’s grade point average.

Satisfactory Student Progress

HCHS encourages persistent efforts on the part of all students. To maintain an active standing, students must:

(1) Maintain a GPA of 2.00 on a 4.00 scale for undergraduate work completed at HCHS, and complete at least one course within a 16 week period.
(2) Maintain a GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale for graduate work completed at HCHS, and complete at least one course within a 16 week period.

Undergraduate Remediation Policy

Students who fall below a grade of 70 on a course topic will be contacted by the college to extend an offer for remedial assistance. Students will be allowed to repeat a course topic after instructor assistance. Instructor assistance may be in the form of verbal assistance via telephone, written assistance via email, and/or additional resources provided by the instructor.

Academic Probation and Suspension

When a student’s cumulative grade point average falls below 2.00 at the undergraduate level and 3.00 at the graduate level, probation occurs. A student on academic probation has a maximum of six months to raise the cumulative average above the minimum standard, either by completing additional courses or repeating courses bearing in adequate grades.  When an undergraduate course is repeated, the original grade is replaced by the subsequent course grade.  The cost for repeating a course is determined by the contingent tuition schedule outlined in the Financial Information section of the catalog. Academic suspension will follow only if a student is unable to return to active status within six months. Suspended students may apply for readmission to the college after a period of one year. If the student has not submitted assignments in the required 16 weeks the student will be withdrawn from the course and receive a “WF” for a final grade unless an extension has been granted. A “WF” will be counted as a 0 in the GPA.

Academic Extension

Occasionally students encounter personal challenges or difficulties while enrolled at HCHS that prevent them from completing all course requirements within a 16 week period. An extension may be requested by completing an Extension Request Form along with payment of a $50 administrative fee. Upon review of extenuating circumstance, along with proof, one extension for 12 weeks may be granted by the Administrative Board. Receiving an academic extension in no way suspends any financial obligations students may have to the college nor is the student eligible for a tuition refund.

Grading by Rubrics

A rubric is used to grade all assignments other than multiple-choice. Rubrics will be published with the appropriate assignment as well as the Orientation course.


Contact us

If you have any questions regarding our nutrition degrees, courses or programs, you can contact us by phone or e-mail.

Address:  118 Legacy View Way
Knoxville, TN 37918



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