Progression in the Major

The colleges have established probation and dismissal policies that are published each year in the Academic Catalog. These are the minimum criteria for all students at the colleges. However, professional expectations, including the safety of the public, demand that the nursing major extend the minimum criteria set forth by the colleges.

1. The Admissions/Progressions/Recruitment Committee of the Department will monitor student performance for potential progression and/or disciplinary concerns. Concerns will be communicated to the appropriate course coordinators and the department chairperson. All students are held responsible for meeting course and clinical requirements and ethical/professional standards of the Nursing Department.

2. Prerequisite, corequisite, and NRSG-designated courses may be repeated one time. A student may repeat or withdraw for academic reasons, from no more than two courses required for the nursing major. Nursing students are required to achieve a minimum grade of "C" in each prerequisite, corequisite, and NRSG-designated course required for the nursing major. Students may not enroll in sequential nursing courses until a passing grade of "C" is achieved in each prior nursing course. When a student repeats a prerequisite, corequisite or NRSG-designated course, the higher grade is used to calculate the nursing GPA.

3. Nursing students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 in all prerequisite, corequisite, and NRSG-designated courses and remain in good academic standing with the college as defined in the Academic Catalog. A student whose cumulative grade point average in prerequisite, corequisite, and NRSG-designated courses falls below a 2.5 will be placed on nursing department probation, detailed in the Nursing Department Disciplinary Policies, until graduation. A student who does not achieve the required 2.5 cumulative GPA in prerequisite, corequisite, and NRSG-designated courses at the conclusion of the probationary semester or falls below this threshold in subsequent semesters will be terminated from the nursing major.

4. Students terminated from the major for failing to meet the academic probationary contract are not eligible for reapplication or reinstatement to the nursing major. Students may appeal a termination decision through the Nursing Department's established policies (see Disciplinary Procedures).

5. Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated. See the current Academic Catalog for institutional policies and procedures related to academic dishonesty. Also see the Academic Misconduct Policy.

6. The following policies guide withdrawal from the major, deferral of acceptance to the major, and formal leaves of absence.

a. Students who withdraw from the college and/or nursing major, for academic or personal reasons without intent to return, must provide a formal written Withdrawal Notification to the Nursing Department. Email will suffice as a formal written Withdrawal Notification. Students who choose to return to the college at any point in the future must reapply to the college and be accepted. Students will then be required to reapply to the major and be considered a new applicant using established acceptance procedures.  

b. Students who withdraw from the college and/or nursing major, for academic or personal reasons with the intent to return, must provide a formal written Leave of Absence notification to the Nursing Department. Email will suffice as a formal written leave of absence. The maximum length for a leave of absence is one (1) year. Students wishing to continue progression in the nursing major at the conclusion of a one (1) year maximum leave of absence must notify the Nursing Department of the intent to return no later than the first week of the preceding term. All leave of absence reinstatements and requirements for returning to the major will be made at the discretion of the faculty. 

c. Students who are accepted to the major but wish to defer will be required to reapply to the major the following year and be considered a new applicant and be accepted through the established admission and acceptance procedures.

d. Students pursuing a leave of absence beyond one (1) year will be required to reapply to the major and be considered a new applicant. Acceptance will follow established acceptance policies and procedures.

e. Students are required to complete degree requirements for nursing within four years of acceptance to the major.

Approved by Faculty Organization 12/9/13, students informed via email 12/9/13. Policy in effect 12/9/13. Website updated 12/10/13.

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