Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Progression and Graduation Requirements
Progress within the nursing sequence of the baccalaureate nursing program will be monitored, in part, by the student’s participation in Assessment Technologies, Inc (ATI), a series of standardized assessment tests. This set of assessments provides the student with learning tools, non-proctored and proctored testing useful in gauging learning success, and content mastery. Students are required to participate in ATI testing for the following courses: N208, N228, N229, N309, N318, N417, N418 and N424. Scores achieved on the ATI tests will constitute ten percent (10%) of the final grade for each course. On the student’s first attempt, a score equivalent to or greater than the National Program Mean will contribute ten percent (10%) to the final course. All students who do not achieve the minimum required score will be allowed only one retake. The average of the scores obtained on the first and second attempts will count as ten percent (10%) of the final grade for the course. The cost of this testing will be the student’s responsibility and will be charged as part of the University tuition and fees each semester.
Seniors are expected to achieve a predicted probability of passing NCLEX-RN at the identified benchmark stipulated by the faculty. Seniors, who do not achieve this benchmark, will not receive a Certificate of Readiness. Students must demonstrate readiness to successfully complete the National Council of State Boards Exam (NCLEX) by achieving the identified benchmark stipulated by faculty on the ATI Comprehensive Predictor Assessment Exam, which is nationally normed and made available through ATI. Those seniors, who have not achieved the required benchmark after completing the ATI Comprehensive Predictor Exam as prescribed, may elect to enroll in another structured program of review, approved by the BSN dean and faculty, and present objective evidence of success at the completion of that review. Objective evidence of success would be an achieved score on a proctored exam equivalent to the stipulated benchmark.
Any grade of less than “C” is considered a failing grade in the nursing curriculum. In addition the student must obtain a satisfactory rating on all clinical evaluations. The student must also maintain a minimum grade of “C” in all required biological science courses related to the nursing paradigm. To successfully complete these courses, the student must maintain at least a GPA of 2.0. A nursing student who earns less that a “C” in all biological science courses related to the nursing paradigm or any nursing course, or whose grade point average is below 2.0 may not continue in the nursing sequence until the deficiency is corrected.
All nursing courses may be repeated once to a maximum of two (2) courses for the entire curriculum. Any grade of less than “C” is considered a failing grade in the nursing curriculum.
Annual documentation of a physical examination, immunization status, and drug screening is required for enrollment in clinical courses. Forms can be requested from the BSN Program office. Documentation must be submitted to the Program by August 1st of each year.
To access current policies and procedures of the BSN program please click on the blue BSN Student Handbook link.