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LAS Pre-Health Advising worked hard to keep up with changes wrought by COVID-19 during the Spring 2020 through Spring 2021 semesters. Below you will find information regarding Credit/No Credit policies in place during these semesters as well as information provided by health professions programs at UIC regarding their acceptance of CR/NC grades during this time.

Fall 2020 & Spring 2021 CR/NC Policy Heading link

UIC will return to the regular grading policy beginning in Summer 2021. This means that beginning with the Summer 2021 term, D grades will no longer be converted to CR and F grades will no longer be converted to NC. Grades of D and F will again be factored into your GPA.

Considerations regarding the Undergraduate Grading Policy Modifications for Fall 2020 Courses and Extension of Grading Policy to Spring 2021.

The Spring 2020 CR/NC policy and information from specific health professions programs may be found further down on this page. LAS students who have general questions about the CR/NC changes are encouraged to read through the Fall 2020/Spring 2021 Undergraduate Grading Policy FAQs put together by LAS Academic Advising.

CR Grades

  • Individual health professions programs will make final determinations on whether they will accept CR grades for prerequisite courses. If requested by a health professions program, Pre-Health Advising will submit a letter for applicants regarding the various CR/NC credit policies for Spring 2020 and Fall 2020/Spring 2021 semesters.
  • If you receive a CR grade in Fall 2020 or Spring 2021 in a pre-requisite course (such as biology or chemistry, for example) and are able to move onto the next course in a later semester, expect that any health professions program that you apply to will pay additional attention to grades in courses in the same subject area completed both before and after the CR grade.
  • Per the Fall 2020/Spring 2021 policy a CR grade will not  be accepted to fulfill a prerequisite course if a C or higher is required. This holds for LAS students who wish to take KN 251/252 at UIC. A grade a C or better in BIOS 110 is required as the prerequisite for KN 251/252. A grade of CR in Fall 2020 or Spring 2021 will not be sufficient to fulfill this requirement.

NC Grades

  • A grade of NC will not be reflected in your UIC GPA. When applying to a health profession program, you will need to list these grades in your application as they will appear on your transcript. In many cases (though not guaranteed and subject to change at any time), the NC will also not affect the GPA as calculated by the individual health professions application services. Again, this can vary by health profession application service and you should check the instruction manual in the year that you plan to apply to see how NC grades may be utilized.
  • NC grades will be visible to the health professions programs that you are applying to on your transcript and you should be prepared to answer any questions or concerns about them. You are welcome to make an appointment with a Pre-Health Advisor if you would like to discuss what to cover or how to address any NC grades.

Spring 2020 CR/NC Policy Heading link

Spring 2020 CR/NC Policy & Considerations for Pre-Health Programs

With the new undergraduate CR/NC policy just released, Pre-Health Advising is working to find out as much information as possible regarding how pre-requisite courses for your health professions educational goal will be affected if covered with a CR/NC.

At this time, we are recommending that students keep a letter grade for the courses that are required for their health professions programs. You have until April 29, 2020 to make a decision regarding CR/NC, so it may be worthwhile to engage in your online courses right now as though you plan to earn a letter grade. However, this is subject to change as we learn more and we will update below as information becomes known. Please check back for updates regularly.

Unless otherwise stated, all health professions programs listed below are UIC specific.