CR/NC Option for Pre-Health Students at UVA

Claire Cornell

First, we would like to commend you on your continuing resilience and nimbleness with virtual courses and social distancing. We know a lot of you want to know what the CR/NC option will mean for your pre-health journey. As members of the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (NAAHP), we are monitoring updates and gathering the most accurate information to provide to you. As of February 3, 2021, here is what we can provide:

Here are our recommendations and considerations:

  • Some health profession programs have stated that they will not accept CR/NC for Pre-Health pre-requisites for Fall 2020 or Spring 2021
  • Students should complete their courses as if they are going to get letter grades, prior to making their final decision on CR/NC
    • A note on timing: the CR/NC/GC grading option is visible to students as they register for spring 2021 classes. Whether they choose Graded (A-F grades) or COVID CR/GC/NC when they enroll, they can change their minds through the Add Deadline (February 16) by using Edit Enrollment in SIS. 
    • SIS will re-open from April 23 to April 30, 2021, to change grade option if students wish. The final grading option decision must be made by April 30, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.
  • If you are considering CR/NC for a major requirement, we highly encourage you to meet with your department advisor to ensure you will meet your curriculum requirements and stay on track to graduate.
  • In most cases, Pre-Health Advisors will encourage students to take a letter grade for Pre-Health pre-requisite courses in which they expect to get a grade above a C.
    • However, circumstances are different for every student, so this decision needs to be made on an individual basis. If you are considering taking CR/NC for a Pre-Health pre-requisite course, we highly recommend speaking with a Pre-Health Advisor to discuss your options, prior to making your final decision 
  • Because schools are updating their policies as the pandemic progresses, pre-health students should research their top schools of interest for updates regarding accepting CR/NC due to COVID-19 - see resources below
  • If a student has extenuating circumstances ( ex. displaced by pandemic, low access to internet, personal illness or serving as a caretaker for someone who is ill, etc.), then taking CR/NC is a viable option that can and should be explained. 
  • If a student has a grade that is lower than expected and choose the CR/NC option, they should be ready to explain how the experience of this public health event has affected their academic experience
  • If choosing CR/NC for courses, regardless of the reason, schools will view those courses in context with the rest of your transcript. Therefore, when considering the option, think about how your academic abilities will be conveyed through your full transcript and graduate exam score. 
    • If you have taken CR/NC for multiple classes over multiple semesters, we strongly encourage you to take letter grades to give schools more quantitative content to review. 
  • Pre-Health Advisors are available for consultation on any individual student situation. Meet us at Virtual Drop-Ins (Mon-Thurs 12-4PM) for a Zoom meeting in real time. Or schedule an appointment through Handshake or by calling 434-924-8900.

Explanation of each grade as approved by the Provost: 

  • Credit (CR): awarded if you meet the class’s requirements for credit (C or higher). For Spring 2020 only, CR will meet all undergraduate degree requirements, including pre-requisites, general education, major, minor, etc. CR will not affect your GPA.
  • General Credit (GC): awarded if you receive a passing grade below a C. GC will earn the credit hours associated with the course and will fill undergraduate requirements that can be met by a passing grade lower than C. GC will not affect your GPA.
  • No Credit (NC): awarded if you receive a grade of F. This grade will not earn credit or meet any requirements. NC will not affect your GPA.
  • NOTE: There will be an explanation of this CR/GC/NC system on your transcript that schools would be able to view. 

Here are some resources to keep you as updated as possible: