Biology/Life Science Course Attempts

Associate Degree Nursing (Practical Nursing students, see below)

Associate Degree Nursing students are permitted 2 attempts at both BI 121 and BI 122 to achieve a grade of C or higher.

However, the Nursing Department strongly recommends that any student who has not completed BOTH BI 121 and BI 122 within a combined 3 attempts, re-evaluate their current academic pathway (a combined 3 attempts is 2 attempts at BI 121 followed by an unsuccessful first attempt at BI 122).  These students are instead encouraged to consider the Practical Nursing Program and enroll in GH 125 or BI 117 to enhance their opportunity for success.   As a Licensed Practical Nurse, graduates of this program have the opportunity to apply to the Associate Degree Nursing Program with Advanced Standing (all entry requirements at the time of applications must be met).

Any student seeking admission to the Associate Degree program and who has not completed both BI 121 and BI 122 within 3 total attempts should contact the Nursing Department for additional guidance.

Students who are unsuccessful on a subsequent attempt in BI 122, BI 117, or GH 125, will not be eligible for either nursing program (examples below).  Students will be considered eligible to apply for the Associate Degree Program again in 4 years from the semester of the last unsuccessful biology course or in 3 years for the Practical Nursing Program.

Note: A withdrawal from a course, in which the student receives a W, is considered an unsuccessful attempt at that course and is included in the total number of attempts permitted.  Equivalent courses taken at other institutions will also be included in the total course attempts. 

Examples scenarios that maintain a student’s eligibility for the Nursing Programs (not inclusive of all scenarios):

Student A:

  • BI 121 first attempt – D
  • BI 121 second attempt – B
  • BI 122 first attempt – C-
  • *GH 125 first attempt – B+

Student is eligible for PN program now

Student B:

  • BI 121 first attempt – W
  • BI 121 second attempt – B
  • BI 122 first attempt – C-
  • *BI 117 first attempt – A-

Student is eligible for the PN program now

Example scenarios that will result in being ineligible for the Nursing Programs (not inclusive of all scenarios):

Student C:

  • BI 121 first attempt – C-
  • BI 121 second attempt - B
  • BI 122 first attempt – D
  • BI 122 second attempt – D+

Student is ineligible for the ADN program and may reapply in 4 years from the semester of the most recent unsuccessful biology attempt.  Student is also ineligible for the PN program and may reapply in 3 years from the semester of the last unsuccessful biology attempt (regardless if they subsequently take and pass GH 125 or BI 117)

Student D:

  • BI 121 first attempt – D
  • BI 121 second attempt – B
  • BI 122 first attempt – C-
  • BI 122 second attempt – W

Student is ineligible for the ADN program and may reapply in 4 years from the semester of the most recent unsuccessful biology attempt.  Student is also ineligible for the PN program and may reapply in 3 years from the semester of the last unsuccessful biology attempt (regardless if they subsequently take and pass GH 125 or BI 117)

Student E:

  • BI 121 first attempt – W
  • BI 121 second attempt – B
  • BI 122 first attempt – D+
  • *GH 125 or BI 117 first attempt – C-

Student is ineligible for the PN program and may reapply in 3 years from the semester of the last unsuccessful biology attempt (regardless if they subsequently take and pass GH 125 or BI 117 on a second attempt)

*Recommended course pathway after not completing BI 121 and BI 122 in a combined 3 attempts

NOTE: Life science courses (BI 117, BI 121, BI 122, and GH 125) must have been completed within eight years of graduation/completion of the Nursing Program at GRCC (This includes Life Science courses that are transferred in from other institutions regardless of the date in which they are transferred).

Students who have had an unsuccessful attempt at a Biology course or who have questions regarding the Biology requirements and next steps should contact the Nursing Department at 616/234-4238 or via email at nursingprograms@grcc.edu

Practical Nursing

Practical Nursing Students must pass GH 125 or BI 117 with a grade of C or higher within 2 attempts total (this is not 2 attempts at each course).  In lieu of taking BI 117 or GH 125, Practical Nursing students may take BI 121 and BI 122.  Students taking BI 121 and B1 122 for entry in to the Practical Nursing Program are permitted 2 attempts at each course to achieve a grade of C or higher. 

However, the Nursing Department strongly recommends that a Practical Nursing student attempting BI 121 and BI 122, who has not completed BOTH BI 121 and BI 122 within a combined 3 attempts (a combined 3 attempts is 2 attempts at BI 121 followed by a first attempt at BI 122) enroll in GH 125 or BI 117 to enhance their opportunity for success.

Any student taking BI 121 and 122 for admission to the Practical Nursing program and who has not completed both of these courses in 3 total attempts should contact the Nursing Department for additional guidance.

Students, who are unsuccessful on a subsequent attempt in BI 122, BI 117, or GH 125, will not be eligible for the Practical Nursing Program.  Students will be considered eligible to apply for the Practical Nursing Program again in 3 years from the semester of their last unsuccessful Biology or GH 125 course attempt.

Example Scenarios that will result in a student being ineligible for the Nursing Programs (not inclusive of all scenarios):

Student A:

  • GH 125 – E
  • GH 125 – C-

Student is ineligible for PN program and may reapply in 3 years from the semester of the last unsuccessful GH 125 attempt.

Student B:

  • BI 117 – W
  • GH 125 – C-

Student is ineligible for PN program and may reapply in 3 years from the semester of the last unsuccessful GH (or Biology 117) attempt.

Student C:

  • BI 121 first attempt – C-
  • BI 121 second attempt - B
  • BI 122 first attempt – W
  • BI 122 second attempt – D+

Student is ineligible for the PN program and may reapply in 3 years from the semester of the last unsuccessful attempt (regardless if they subsequently take and pass GH 125 or BI 117).

Student D:

  • BI 121 first attempt – E
  • BI 121 second attempt – B
  • BI 122 first attempt – D+
  • *GH 125 or BI 117 first attempt – C-

Student is ineligible for the PN program and may reapply in 3 years from the semester of the last unsuccessful attempt (regardless if they subsequently take and pass GH 125 or BI 117 on a second attempt)

Examples scenarios that will result in being eligible for the Practical Nursing Program:

Student E:

  • BI 117 C-
  • GH 125 A-

Student is eligible for PN program now

Student F:

  • BI 121 first attempt – D+
  • BI 121 second attempt – B
  • BI 122 first attempt – C-
  • *GH 125 or BI 117 first attempt – B+

Student is eligible for PN program now

*Recommended course pathway after not completing BI 121 and BI 122 in a combined 3 attempts

NOTE: Life science courses (BI 117, BI 121, BI 122, and GH 125) must have been completed within eight years of graduation/completion of the Nursing Program at GRCC (This includes Life Science courses that are transferred in from other institutions regardless of the date on which they are transferred).

Students who have had an unsuccessful attempt at a Biology or Life Science course (GH 125), or who have questions regarding the Biology requirements and next steps should contact the Nursing Department at 616/234-4238 or via email at nursingprograms@grcc.edu