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Policies for Continuance & Progression

During the first two years of study, nursing students must successfully complete the required liberal arts, science, and nursing courses. These courses provide the foundation needed for the junior and senior level clinical nursing courses. There are specific criteria that must be met to satisfy prerequisite requirements and before students are allowed to progress from one level to the next. These criteria are outlined below.  Please note the following convention:

  • Science and mathematics courses are defined by the School of the Sciences as courses with the designation: BIO, BIOCH, CHEM, ENV, MATH, MLS, PHYS, or SCI.
  • Science courses as defined in the Nursing Department policies are those that carry the designation BIO or CHEM and are requirements for the nursing major.

Progression

Progression criteria for students entering sophomore-level course sequence
To progress to NURS-110 and BIO-240 (offered in the sophomore year) students must meet the following requirements:

  • Cumulative GPA of 2.70 or higher
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher in all science courses (BIO and CHEM designations)
  • Achievement of at least a "C" or better in all science, mathematics, and nursing courses
  • Successful completion of recommended first-year courses, including a minimum of two of the prerequisite science courses
  • None or only one repeated science course

Progression criteria for students entering junior-level course sequence
To progress to the 300-level clinical nursing sequence, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.00 in all science courses
  • Achievement of at least a "C" or better in all science, mathematics, and nursing courses
  • Successful completion of recommended first and second year courses.
  • None or only one repeated science or nursing course
  • Completion of Nutrition ATI content mastery test
  • Health Insurance (See clinical requirements)
  • Completion of CPR training (See clinical requirements)
  • Completion of annual PPD (See clinical requirements)
  • Completion of School of the Sciences health form (See clinical requirements)
  • Completion of nursing program-specific health requirements (See clinical requirements)
  • Student Acknowledgment and Waiver form (See health requirements)
  • Completion of criminal background check and drug screening (See health requirements)
  • Completion of clinical documents as required by hospitals (See clinical requirements)
  • Purchase of all required medical equipment, uniform and badge

Progression criteria for students entering senior-level course sequence
To progress to the 400-level clinical nursing sequence, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher
  • Achievement of at least a "C" or better in all nursing courses
  • None or only one repeated science or nursing course
  • Completion of all junior level nursing courses
  • Health Insurance (See clinical requirements)
  • Current CPR certification (See clinical requirements)
  • Completion of annual PPD (See clinical requirements)
  • Update of nursing program-specific health requirements (See clinical requirements)
  • Student Acknowledgment and Waiver form (See clinical requirements)
  • Completion of fingerprint and background check for NURS 405
  • Completion of criminal background check and drug screening (See clinical requirements)
  • Completion of clinical documents as required by hospitals (See clinical requirements)
  • Achievement of 100% on dosage exam, per course requirements
  • Completion of required ATI content mastery tests

Probation and Course Repeats

If a student achieves a grade of "C-,"D+," "D," or "F" in any science, math or nursing course, the course must be repeated and a "C" or higher must be achieved to satisfy the prerequisite requirements. A maximum of one science or nursing course may be repeated once throughout the nursing program, even if it is a course repeated to improve GPA.  Additionally, a student who achieves a grade of "C-,"D+," "D," or "F" in any science or nursing course, will be placed on probation in the nursing major for the remainder of the program.  If a student achieves a grade of “C-,” “D+,” “D,” or “F” in Math 135, the course must be repeated and a “C” or higher must be achieved to satisfy prerequisite requirements.  Math 135 may only be repeated two times. Students in the nursing major are not allowed to take science or nursing courses off campus.  

Dismissal from the nursing major

Students who earn a second grade of "C-," "D+," "D," or "F" in either a science or nursing course will be automatically dismissed from the nursing program. If a third grade of “C-“ or lower is earned in Math 135, the student will be automatically dismissed from the nursing program. Students who are dismissed from the nursing major are not eligible for readmission to the major.

Seeking Readmission to the Major

A student who has been dismissed from the nursing major is not eligible to reapply for readmission to the nursing program. However, a student who has been dismissed from the nursing major is eligible to apply for admission to the applied mathematics, biology, biochemistry, , chemistry, environmental science or medical laboratory science majors in the SOS per established guidelines, or to explore other majors at the University. The Office of Academic Support is a valuable resource for students in this situation.

Dismissal from the University

If a degree candidate is dismissed from the University for any reason, he or she will not be automatically readmitted to the nursing major even if readmitted as a degree candidate to the University.  If a student is dismissed from the University, he or she must first seek readmission to the University.  If readmission to Stevenson is granted, then the student must reapply for admission to the nursing program, and must meet all criteria set forth by the Nursing Department.

Dismissal from the University is understood to include suspension, expulsion, or any other action by the University that results in a student being removed from his/her status as a Stevenson University student in good standing.

Successful Completion of Nursing Courses

Non-Clinical Nursing Courses:

Successful completion of a non-clinical nursing course will require satisfactory achievement in course evaluation methods as described in the course syllabus. This requirement may include but is not limited to:

  • satisfactory completion of all course objectives
  • satisfactory completion of all class assignments and activities
  • a final course grade of 73% (C) or higher

If any of the course requirements are not met, the student will be required to repeat the entire course as consistent with the policies for continuance and progression described above. Permission to repeat a course must be requested from the Nursing Department Chair.

Clinical Nursing Courses:

Successful completion of a clinical nursing course will require satisfactory achievement in course evaluation methods as described in the course syllabus. This requirement may include but is not limited to:

  • satisfactory completion of all course objectives
  • satisfactory clinical performance (defined below)
  • a final course grade of 73% (C) or higher
  • satisfactory completion of all class assignments and activities
  • achievement of 100% on the dosage examination (as applicable)

If any of the course requirements are not met, the student will be required to repeat the entire course as consistent with the policies for continuance and progression described above. Permission to repeat a course must be requested from the Nursing Department Chair.

Clinical Performance:

Students are expected to demonstrate consistent professional behavior and consistent application of nursing theory in the clinical arena.  Clinical performance in each course will be assessed using the clinical evaluation tool, and students must achieve satisfactory ratings and earn a “pass” in all categories in order to demonstrate satisfactory clinical performance.  Failure to perform at the satisfactory level on any portion of the clinical evaluation will result in the student earning a clinical failure, and the student will receive a grade of  “F” for the entire course regardless of the performance in the theory portion of the course.  Students are expected to follow the clinical guidelines that are provided for each course.  

NOTE: Some courses in the nursing program are offered in a modular or accelerated format. The student should be aware that the formal grievance process is one that requires a certain amount of time to complete in order to ensure fairness. Given the accelerated nature of the modular courses and the time required for due process, a student grievance concerning a first modular course will not be resolved in time for the student to take a second modular course if the grievance is initiated at the completion of a modular course but in the middle of a traditional semester. At the conclusion of the grievance process, the student will enroll in the appropriate course in a subsequent semester.

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