CON Evaluation of Professional Graduate Student Progression to Graduation version April 2014

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UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA MEDICAL CENTER
COLLEGE OF NURSING
Evaluation of Professional Graduate Student Progression to Graduation Subsection: 5.3.11
Section 5.0 - Policy Originating Date: May, 1982
Responsible Reviewing Agency:
Professional Graduate Nursing Program Admission, Progression, Graduation & Scholarship Committee
Revised: December, 1987
Revised: January, 1999
Revised: April, 2008
Reviewed: January, 2011
Revised: July, 2012
Revised: February 2013
Revised: April 2014


Policy:

  1. Students are expected to perform at a B or above for all graduate level courses.
  2. A grade of lower than a B may be acceptable for graduate level courses, but a receipt of two C’s may be cause for dismissal. Recommendation from specialty faculty as outlined in the procedure is required.
  3. Any grade below a C is not acceptable for graduate credit.
  4. A student whose overall GPA is below 3.0 will be placed on academic probation and have two semesters to meet the 3.0 GPA criteria.
  5. A student’s progress will be reviewed each semester by his/her faculty advisor, and academic concerns will be submitted each semester to the Professional Graduate Nursing Program Admission, Progression, Graduation and Scholarship Committee.
  6. The MSN, Post MSN DNP, and Post MSN Certificate programs must be completed within 5 consecutive calendar years. BSN to DNP program must be completed within 7 consecutive calendar years.
  7. All students must apply for candidacy one semester before filing for graduation.
  8. The following criteria for candidacy have been established by the Professional Graduate Nursing Program Admission, Progression, Graduation & Scholarship Committee:
    1. Completion of one year of graduate study or its equivalent
    2. Grade Point Average of 3.0 or above
    3. Full graduate standing
    4. Completion of one course in their nursing specialty area
    5. All deficiencies removed
  9. No less than 50% of the course work must be completed at the University of Nebraska campuses after being formally admitted to UNMC College of Nursing. Appropriate courses may be taken within other departments of the University of Nebraska under guidance of the specialty coordinator or advisor.

Procedure:

  1. Student Services will run a query each semester to identify students with semester course grades below 3.0 and overall GPAs below 3.0. Faculty advisors will be notified.
  2. If the above situation occurs, the faculty advisor in conjunction with the specialty coordinator and specialty faculty will recommend to the Professional Graduate Nursing Program Admission, Progression, Graduation and Scholarship Committee the progression of the student, with rationale, to 1) continue in the program; 2) repeat the course: 3) dismiss the student.
  3. If the student has an overall GPA below 3.0 a plan for self or directed remediation must be included.

All students who have an overall GPA below a 3.0 will be placed on academic probation for a period of two semesters, and receive a letter from a representative of the College of Nursing academic programs. The letter will include the remediation plan.