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Grade Scales

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Grade Scales
by Glenda Hickman - Tuesday, 18 September 2012, 8:44 AM

Terminology, anatomy, pharmacology, pathophysiology, and similar tests are graded on a traditional grade scale, across all courses:

A 90% - 100%
B 80% - 89%
C 70% - 79%
D 60% - 69%
F 0% - 59%

Most quizzes, written assignments, and final exams are graded on a pass/fail basis.  If they receive a numerical grade instead, they are graded on the same scale as exams, listed below.

Exams over the particular topic of your course (such as transcription assessments for MT students and coding exams for Coding students) are graded on a stricter scale:

A 95% - 100%
B 90% - 94%
C 85% - 89%
D 80% - 84%
F 0% - 79%

While you may be surprised at how tough this scale is, you will find that it gives you a realistic picture of what is expected of a medical professional on the job. Accuracy in medical reports and documents is of the utmost importance! Remember, the medical information you transcribe becomes part of the patient's permanent medical-legal record, the code you select is directly linked to the patient’s diagnosis and then to reimbursement, and the forms you fill out can affect how much and how quickly your facility or office receives payment. As a medical professional in any field, you should strive for 97% or greater accuracy in your work-thus the reason for this tough grading scale.