Official Transcript Key


This document contains interpretive guidance for official transcripts issued by Midwestern University's campuses in Illinois and Arizona.

General Information

Institutional History and Accreditation

Midwestern University was founded in 1900 as the American College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery. The school became the Chicago College of Osteopathy before renaming again to Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1970. The college moved from its original location in Chicago to Downers Grove, Illinois, in 1983. With the founding of additional colleges, the institution was unified under the new name of Midwestern University in 1993, with the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine continuing as a founding college. The campus in Glendale, Arizona, was opened in 1996.

Midwestern University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1413; 800-621-7440; www.higherlearningcommission.org).

Please refer to the specific college sections of the Midwestern University Course Catalog for further information on program and professional accreditation.

Academic Calendar — Quarter System

The academic calendar is divided into four quarters: summer, fall (autumn), winter, and spring. Most quarters are 10 weeks in length plus one week of final exams.

Clinical blocks, rotations, and reflective portfolio courses which do not conform to these quarters are indicated separately on the transcript.

Course Credit Unit

Course credit is expressed in quarter credit units.

Colleges and Degree Programs

Arizona College of Optometry (AZCOPT)

Doctor of Optometry (O.D.)

Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine (AZCOM)

Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.)

Chicago College of Optometry (CCO)

Doctor of Optometry (O.D.)

Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM)

Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.)

Chicago College of Pharmacy (CCP)

Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy (B.S.P.), awarded prior to 2007
Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.)

College of Dental Medicine–Arizona (CDMA)

Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.)

College of Dental Medicine–Illinois (CDMI)

Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.)

College of Health Sciences (CHS)

Certificate in Bioethics (CB), awarded prior to 2012
Bachelor of Biomedical Science (B.B.S.), awarded prior to 2010
Bachelor of Medical Science (B.M.S.) in Physician Assistant Studies, awarded prior to 2007
Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy (B.S.O.T.), awarded prior to 2007
Master of Arts (M.A.) in Bioethics, awarded prior to 2012
Master of Arts (M.A.) in Clinical Psychology [Arizona | Illinois]
Master of Arts (M.A.) in Biomedical Science [ArizonaIllinois]
Master of Biomedical Science (M.B.S.) [ArizonaIllinois]
Master of Science (M.S.) in Cardiovascular Science [Arizona]
Master of Science (M.S.) in Speech-Language Pathology [Arizona | Illinois]
Master of Health Professions Education (M.H.P.E.), awarded prior to 2012
Master of Medical Science (M.M.S.) in Physician Assistant Studies [Arizona | Illinois]
Master of Occupational Therapy (M.O.T.) [Arizona | Illinois]
Master of Science (M.S.) in Nurse Anesthesia [Arizona]
Doctor of Health Science (D.H.S.) [Illinois]
Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia (D.N.A.) [Arizona]
Doctor of Occupational Therapy (D.O.T.) [Illinois]
Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (D.P.M.) [Arizona]
Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) [ArizonaIllinois]
Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology [ArizonaIllinois]

College of Pharmacy–Glendale (CPG)

Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.)

College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM)

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.)

Grades, Codes, and Interpretations

Grade Point Calculation

All colleges and programs are graded on an A-F 4.0 grading scale. Multiply each course credit by the numeric value of the grade awarded to calculate quality points ("QPTS"). Divide the quality points by the calculated credits earned ("earned") to calculate GPA.

GradeCurrent ValueValue Before 2008
A
4.00 -same-
A-
3.67 3.75
B+
3.33 3.25
B
3.00 -same-
B-
2.67 2.75
C+
2.33 2.25
C
2.00 -same-
D
1.00 -same- (for CPG/B.B.S. only, prior to 2012)
F
0.00 -same-

Exception: Students matriculated prior to September 2003 in the Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AZCOM and CCOM) were graded on a numeric scale of zero to 100. These students' GPAs are reported on this 100-point scale and are not reportable on the 4.0-point scale.

Course Codes

The following codes may appear in place of a grade.

CodeInterpretation
I
Incomplete (completion required within calendar 10 days)
IP
In progress (completion date extended with dean's approval)
P
Pass grade (credit received; no value in GPA)
PG
Pending grade (usually a course in progress)
W
Withdrawal, passing (no credit)
WP
Withdrawal, passing (no credit; discontinued 2009)
WF
Withdrawal, failing at time of withdrawal (no credit)
AP
Advanced placement (credit waived due to credits earned from prior coursework)
AU
Audited course (no credit)

Transcript Explanations

Course Numbering

Course NumberCourse Level
300–499 Bachelor-level courses at junior and senior level
400–599 M.M.S. and Nurse Anesthesia courses prior to 2010
500–799 Master-level courses
Pharm.D. courses prior to 2008
Psy.D. courses prior to 2010
700–899 Psy.D. courses prior to 2010
800-999 Master electives
1300-1499 Doctoral electives
1500–1899 Doctoral courses

Transcript Abbreviations

ses
In this session
cum
Cumulative in program
attempt
Credits attempted
compl
Credits completed
pass
Credits passed in pass/fail course (no credit)
earned
Credits earned in graded courses
QPTS
Quality points
GPA
Grade point average

Transfer and Advanced Placement Credit Notations

Names of transfer institutions attended by the student are noted with the number of quarter credits/units accepted from each. A transcript notation also appears when a student is granted advanced placement toward graduation based on previous coursework or accomplishments.

Transcript Validation

Official paper transcripts are printed on light blue security paper with a dark blue border. The MIDWESTERN UNIVERISTY name appears in small print across the entire page. The paper's watermark reads VERIFY FIRST when held to the light. Green and brown fibers can be seen embedded throughout the paper. When photocopied, the words COPY COPY COPY should appear across the face of the copy. In the lower right corner, the official signature of the Registrar appears in white on a light blue background and should disappear when warmed by touch or breath. In the top right corner, the word VALID will appear when the fingerprint icon is warmed by touch or breath.

Official electronic transcripts are issued directly by Parchment Exchange as a digitally signed PDF. Only accept a transcript and accompanying documents when downloaded directly from Parchment Exchange, and only after the secure digital certificate on the PDF is verified as being issued by GlobalSign CA for Adobe and certified by Midwestern University. Other documents included in the same PDF, such as copies of diplomas, may be treated as authentic when the digital certificate is valid. Please contact the Office of the Registrar for any questions regarding electronic transcript validation.

Notice: It may be a violation of Midwestern University policies and local, state, or federal laws to alter any transcript or educational record issued by Midwestern University in any way or for any purpose.

Policies

Please refer to the Midwestern University Course Catalog for full and authoritative academic policies applicable to the appropriate campus:

Academic Honors

The Colleges of Pharmacy (CCP and CPG) and the indicated programs award academic honors for graduates with the following cumulative GPAs.

PharmacyB.B.S./B.M.S./B.S.P.
Summa cum laude >3.90 >3.75
Magna cum laude 3.75–3.89 3.50–3.74
Cum laude 3.50–3.74 3.25–3.49

Academic Requirements

Students in the following programs are required to maintain these minimum cumulative GPAs to continue in their program of study.

Degree ProgramMinimum GPA
Bachelor of Biomedical Science (B.B.S.) 2.25
Master of Arts (M.A.) in Bioethics 2.75
Master of Biomedical Science (M.B.S.)
Master of Arts (M.A.) in Biomedical Science
2.75
Master of Science (M.S.) in Cardiovascular Science 2.75
Master of Arts (M.A.) in Clinical Psychology
Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology
3.00
Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.) 2.00
Master of Health Professions Education (M.H.P.E.) 2.75
Doctor of Health Science (D.H.S.) 3.00
Master of Science (M.S.) in Nurse Anesthesia
   From Fall 2008 to Spring 2011, this program required 3.0
2.75
Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia (D.N.A.) 2.75
Master of Occupational Therapy (M.O.T.) 2.75
Doctor of Occupational Therapy (D.O.T.) 3.00
Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) 2.00
Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) 2.00 / numerical 70
Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) 2.00
Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) 2.75
Master of Medical Science (M.M.S.) in Physician Assistant Studies 2.75 IL / 3.00 AZ
Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (D.P.M.) 2.00
Master of Science (M.S.) in Speech-Language Pathology 3.00
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) 2.00

Graduation Requirements

Graduation requirements for other colleges and programs are described in full in the Midwestern University Course Catalog.

Privacy and FERPA

Notice: In accordance with U.S.C. 438(6)(4)(8), the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), you are hereby notified that this information, and the information included in any transcript or educational record, is provided upon the condition that you, your agents, or employees, will not permit any other party access to such records without consent of the student.

Please refer to our educational privacy information for details about how we protect students' education records in compliance with FERPA.

Contact the Registrars

Please visit www.midwestern.edu/registrar for answers to common questions and requests.

Campus in Downers Grove, Illinois

Elizabeth Morrison, Registrar
555 31st Street
Downers Grove, Illinois 60515
Phone: 630-515-7600
Fax: 630-515-7140
ILregistrar@midwestern.edu

Campus in Glendale, Arizona

Christy Schenk, Registrar
19555 North 58th Avenue
Glendale, Arizona 85308
Phone: 623-572-3325
Fax: 623-572-3337
AZregistrar@midwestern.edu

This transcript key was updated December 10, 2014.
The most recent version of this key is always available at www.midwestern.edu/transcriptkey.