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Update to spring Pass/Fail grading option for Nursing Graduate Students

Dear Nursing Graduate Students,

We are writing to update you on the Pass/Fail election policy for Spring term 2020.

  • On March 20, 2020 Provost Wendell Pritchett extended the option to elect a Pass/Fail grade to all undergraduate and PhD courses for Spring 2020 only.
  • Following that announcement, you received notification on the application of this pass-fail policy change for Spring 2020 to eligible Masters/Professional Degree programs in the School of Nursing. See the application rules below.

Last week, the Provost extended the deadline to change grade type to Pass/Fail for Spring 2020 courses for undergraduate and PhD programs to April 29, 2020 at 11:59pm EST.

In similar fashion, we are extending the deadline to April 29, 2020 at 11:59 pm EST to eligible Nursing Masters/Professional degree programs.

Please use this form—NOT EMAIL—to submit your request to ensure that your request for P/F grading is received. The information will be routed to the SON Registrar.

Please review the Pass/Fail policy for MSN/DNP students below. We have clarified and explicated a number of issues in response to student feedback to the initial March 25th policy communication.

For the Spring 2020 term:

  • All APRN programs (MSN—CRNP and Midwifery, as well as DNP-Nurse Anesthesia) will follow the pass/fail rules as outlined in the student handbook (students are able to opt-in to take a graduate elective as pass/fail if the course is rostered for Spring 2020. No required course can be taken as pass/fail).
  • Only the MSN students in Nursing and Health Care Administration and Health Leadership as well as the Post-MSN DNP students will be allowed to select pass/fail for any course currently rostered for the Spring 2020 semester. The new deadline to select the pass/fail grading option is April 29, 2020 at 11:59pm EST.

This decision was made because we cannot anticipate nor accommodate all of the regulatory, certification, and accreditation issues that might arise from allowing these programs to move to pass/fail grading.

We are committed to providing updates as soon as they become available. Refer to the FAQs for Students page on the Penn Nursing website for the most up-to-date information about academic calendar dates and course policies.

Please email advisor@nursing.upenn.edu if you have any questions or would like to schedule a remote appointment.

We hope you are safe and well during this challenging time.



Isabel Boston