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Policies for Continuance & Progression

Students must earn a minimum GPA as outlined below, and the lowest acceptable grade is a "C" in all nursing, math, and science courses.

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.

Progression criteria for students entering sophomore-level course sequence

To progress to NURS-110 (offered in the sophomore year) students must meet the following requirements:

  1. Cumulative GPA of 2.70 or higher
  2. Cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher in all science courses (BIO and CHEM designations)
  3. Achievement of at least a "C" or better in all science, math and nursing courses.
  4. Successful completion of recommended first-year courses, including a minimum of two of the prerequisite science courses
  5. None or only one repeated science course
  6. Math 135 may only be repeated two times

Progression criteria for students entering junior-level course sequence

To progress to the 300-level clinical nursing sequence, students must meet the following requirements:

  1. Cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher
  2. Cumulative GPA of 3.00 in all science courses
  3. Achievement of at least a "C" or better in all courses required by the major
  4. Successful completion of recommended first and second year courses
  5. None or only one repeated science or nursing course
  6. Math 135 may only be repeated two times
  7. Health insurance (See clinical requirements)
  8. Completion of CPR training (See clinical requirements)
  9. Completion of annual PPD (See clinical requirements)
  10. Completion of SRBSoNHP health form (See clinical requirements)
  11. Completion of nursing program-specific health requirements (See clinical requirements)
  12. Student Acknowledgment and Waiver form (See health requirements)
  13. Completion of criminal background check and drug screening (See health requirements)
  14. Completion of clinical documents as required by hospitals (See clinical requirements)
  15. 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:

  1. Cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher
  2. Achievement of at least a "C" or better in all nursing courses
  3. None or only one repeated science or nursing course
  4. Completion of all junior level nursing courses
  5. Health insurance (See clinical requirements)
  6. Current CPR certification (See clinical requirements)
  7. Completion of annual PPD (See clinical requirements)
  8. Update of nursing program-specific health requirements (See clinical requirements)
  9. Student Acknowledgment and Waiver form (See clinical requirements)
  10. Completion of finger print and background check for NURS 405
  11. Completion of criminal background check and drug screening (See clinical requirements)
  12. Completion of clinical documents as required by hospitals (See clinical requirements)
  13. Achievement of 100% on dosage exam, per course requirements

Probation

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 better 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 grade of "C" or better 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 math, 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.

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