BSN Co–Curricular Learning Goals

  • Display a heightened understanding of social responsibility and apply that knowledge toward active citizenship and humanitarianism
  • Develop an integrated sense of personal identity, a positive sense of self, and personal code of ethics
  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of leadership and utilize that understanding to identify and advance personal leadership
  • Acquire and utilize cognitive and practical skills that will enable ability to live healthy, productive, and purposeful lives
  • Exhibit connection and application of knowledge developed across classroom, co-curricular, and other learning

BSN Academic Policies

Academic Adjustments for English as an Additional Language Policy

(Approved UGCC 11/2019)

Students who consider English as an additional language (EAL) may request academic adjustments, such as:

  1. Extended testing time for College teacher-made exams; adjustments are designed to decrease over time and cease prior to Capstone theory course
  2. Alternate testing setting
  3. Use of a student-provided, hard copy, bilingual dictionary

Procedure

  1. Students are required to self-identify as an EAL learner.
  2. Students must contact the Program Director in order to request testing adjustments. Students should not make requests directly to faculty members.
  3. The College encourages the timely request of adjustments prior to the start of a semester; however, requests will be considered at any time. Approved academic adjustments are not retroactive.
  4. If a student has been approved for adjustments, the Program Director will provide the student’s name to the College’s Registrar who will then send letter to appropriate course faculty.

During testing

  1. Students must present their hard copy bilingual dictionary to the exam program upon entry to the testing room for the evaluation of supplemental notes.
  2. All other testing policies apply.
  3. Extended testing time will be as follows:
    1. ABSN Term 1 and TBSN Semester 1 students receive two times the allotted testing time.
    2. ABSN Term 2 & 3A and TBSN Semesters 2 & 3 students receive one and a half times the allotted time.

Academic Advising

The Office of Admission reviews transcripts and degree requirements for all admitted students. Upon enrollment in the first nursing course, students are assigned a College faculty advisor. At a minimum, advisors meet with advisees prior to registration to discuss academic progression, academic/goals, College resources, and personal concerns.

Academic Requirements for Progression

Students must maintain > 2.00 cumulative GPA to progress in the nursing curriculum; a grade less than C (C-, D+, D, F, WF), or an AU is not satisfactory for progression. Students whose cumulative GPA is <2.0 will not be allowed to enroll in any other nursing course until they have raised their cumulative GPA to >2.0.

  1. No course may be repeated in which the student receives an original grade of C or better.
  2. A student who receives a grade of C- or below in any nursing course must repeat the course and achieve a minimum grade of C or better. The Program Director will determine when a student may repeat a course based on space availability.
  3. A student who receives two course grades below C (including C-, D+, D, F, NP, WF), whether in the same course or another nursing course, will be dismissed from the nursing program.

Assignment of Credit Hours

Program directors are responsible for the initial development of the schedule of section offerings each term and ensuring that the duration and frequency of each section meets the minimum requirements for instruction as appropriate based on course type and credit hours earned. The Leadership Council is responsible for the preliminary review of the schedule of classes each term. Part of the review is an audit to ensure each section meets contact hour minimums. The Office of the Registrar conducts an audit of the scheduled contact hours prior to publishing the schedule of classes each term. Sections offered in an accelerated (8, 10, or 12 week) format must contain the same total hours as the same course offered in a standard full-term semester.

TBSN

Each theory credit hour is equivalent to one clock hour per week. Each clinical credit hour is equivalent to three clock hours per credit hour per week. Each lab credit hour is equivalent to two clock hours per credit hour per week. There is a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work per credit hour per week. For courses offered in 8-week formats, clock hours per week are increased to be equivalent with the standard 15 week semester. Using the ratios above, total clock hours are calculated, then divided by the number of weeks allocated to that specific course.

ABSN

Each theory credit hour is equivalent to one clock hour per week. Each clinical credit hour is equivalent to three clock hours per credit hour per week. Each lab credit hour is equivalent to two clock hours per credit hour per week. There is a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work per credit hour per week. For courses offered in 8-week sessions, clock hours per week are increased to be equivalent with the standard 15 week semester. Using the ratios above, total clock hours are calculated, then divided by the number of weeks allocated to that specific course.

Hybrid and Online Equivalency

For hybrid or online courses the content and assignments should equal the same number of expected hours per week. Calculating student engagement and time on task for assignments such as discussion posts, readings, team assignments, quizzes, etc. will be determined using an approved equivalency guide. The Ferrum College Online Credit and Contact Hour Equivalency Guide is one example. (https://www.ferrum.edu/graduate-and-online-education-studies/online-credit-and-contact-hour-equivalency-guide/)

Assignment of Grades for Undergraduate Courses

(Approved FGA 12/8/17; revised FGA 11/8/19)

Theory Courses

The student must achieve at least a 75% exam average to successfully complete the course. The final course grade for students who earn at least 75% will be determined by the total course points. The final course grade for students who earn less than 75% will be the exam average. Students will receive a C- if the average is 70-74%; a D+ if the average is 68-69%; a D if the average is 65-67%; and, an F for a grade equal to or below 64%, as noted in the undergraduate grading scale.

Combined Theory and Laboratory/Clinical Courses

The student must achieve at least a 75% exam average in theory and at least a 75% performance evaluation in laboratory/clinical to successfully complete the course. The final course grade for students who earn at least 75% in both theory and laboratory/clinical will be determined by the number of theory points plus 50% of laboratory/clinical points. Students who do not earn a 75% exam average in theory or 75% performance in laboratory/clinical will receive a final course grade that reflects the lowest percentage of the two (theory or 50% laboratory/clinical). Students who do not earn a 75% in both theory and laboratory/clinical, will receive a final course grade that reflects the highest percentage of the two (theory or 50% laboratory/clinical). Students will receive a C- if the average is 70-74%; a D+ if the average is 68-69%; a D if the average is 65-67%; and, an F for a grade equal to or below 64%, as noted in the undergraduate grading scale.

Grading Scale

Course requirements and the methodology for assigning grades are the prerogatives of the teaching faculty of each nursing course. One letter grade is recorded on the transcript for each course. The grade schedule and equivalent numerical percentages follow:

Grade Letter Grade Score
A 93-100%
A- 90-92%
B+ 88-89%
B 84-87%
B- 80-83%
C+ 78-79%
C 75-77%
C- 70-74%
D+ 68-69%
D 65-67%
F 0-64%

Grade Rounding Policy

(Approved FGA 12/8/17)

Grades determined by percentages involving decimals will be rounded up to the next whole number when equal to 0.5 or greater. When the decimal is less than 0.5, the grade will be rounded down.

Quality Point Values

The quality point values for each grade are listed below. Plus and minus grades indicate upper and lower ranges of each grade category. A+ and D- are not recognized grades. Grades marked with an asterisk (*) do not allow progression in nursing courses.

Grade Letter GPA Definition
A 4.00 indicates the highest level of achievement and an outstanding level of intellectual scholarship.
A- 3.67 indicates high achievement and an unusual degree of intellectual initiative.
B+ 3.33 indicates a consistently good level of achievement and an intelligent fulfillment of course requirements in a manner that approaches the quality of the highest grade.
B 3.00 indicates a good level of achievement, intelligent understanding and application of subject matter.
B- 2.67 indicates attainment well above the average.
C+ 2.33 indicates a level of achievement and fulfillment of course requirements that somewhat exceeds average requirements.
C 2.00 indicates a [work of average or] satisfactory level of work.
C-* 1.67 indicates a below average, unsatisfactory and unacceptable level of work.
D+* 1.33 indicates unsatisfactory and unacceptable level of work.
D* 1.00 indicates work of inferior, unacceptable quality.
F* 0.00 indicates work which lacks even the minimum level of understanding and is unacceptable.
AU* (Audit Status) means no credit given. Students are expected to attend all class sessions, but are not required to complete assignments or to take examinations.
I* (Incomplete) means incomplete and may be assigned only for serious reasons. Program Directors and the Dean be notified. An incomplete must be removed within six weeks or it will automatically become an F.
NP* (No Pass) means an unsatisfactory performance in a clinical course that will not add credit and will not affect the grade point average but will count as a failure in a nursing course.
P (Pass) means a satisfactory performance in a clinical course that will add credit but will not affect the grade point average.
X* means absence from final examination; may be assigned only when an extension of time has been granted for serious reasons; must be removed within six weeks or automatically becomes an F.
W* (Withdraw) means the student was allowed to withdraw without penalty.
UW* 0.0 Denotes an Unofficial Withdrawal and will affect the grade point average.
WF* 0.00 (Withdraw Fail) means the student was failing at the time of withdrawal and will not affect the grade point average, but will count as a failure in a nursing course.

All grades are part of the student's academic record and are computed in the student's cumulative GPA (except those indicated above) and are applicable under any dismissal policy. Grades of C-, D+, D or F are not calculated in a student's cumulative GPA after the student has successfully repeated the course with a grade of C or above. Course grades of C-, D, D+, F, WF, or NP remain part of the academic record and are subject to the dismissal policy.

Attendance Policy

(Approved FGA 12/8/17, Revised 8/17/18, Revised 8/1/20)

Students are required to attend classroom, lab and clinical sessions. Any class missed as a result of delayed or incomplete registration, failure to meet College policies, or absences accrued during suspension, are subject to the Attendance Policy.

For courses offered online, students are expected to log in and participate as outlined by the course faculty in the syllabus. Failure to log in and participate as assigned may be deemed an absence for that week at the discretion of the instructor. The tools in the Learning Management System are used to determine level and frequency of participation.

Excessive absences

Absence is considered excessive when the total number of contact hours (classroom, lab, clinical) missed exceeds two times the number of credit hours assigned to the course. (See Assignment of Credit Hours in Undergraduate Academic Policy.) Program Directors and the Dean will be notified when students have excessive absences.

A student may receive an Incomplete “I” for excessive absences due to illness or special circumstance. A student may be given a failing course grade (F) for excessive absences.

Example of excessive absences in theory

3 credit hours = 45 contact hours. If absent more than 6 hours in theory class, student may fail.

Example of excessive absences in laboratory

1 credit hour = 30 contact hours. If absent more than 4 hours in laboratory, student may fail.

Example of excessive absences in clinical

3 credit hours = 135 contact hours. If absent more than 18 hours in clinical, student may fail.

Classroom absences

Students are expected to arrive promptly and stay for the entire class period. When absent, the student is responsible for contacting the course faculty as soon as possible to obtain all missed information and plan for meeting course requirements.

Laboratory/clinical absences

All laboratory/clinical hours are required for successful completion of the course. Any student absent from laboratory/clinical must notify the instructor prior to the start time. The date/time of the make-up will be determined by the College. For laboratory/clinical courses with a letter grade, all absences result in 0 points for the day. Students who notify faculty of absence prior to start time may earn up to 50 percent of the points for the make-up. Students who fail to notify faculty of absence will earn 0 points for the make-up.

Absence for an Approved Activity

On exceptional occasions, students may miss a class, lab or clinical to participate in a college-approved extra-/co-curricular activity. The College supports learning experiences afforded by involvement in such activities. These activities require students to represent the College “on location”, for both participation in the event as well as travel to and from the location.

This policy only applies to activities that have been approved by the Dean’s office. In all cases, students should communicate with instructors in advance and discuss the implications of any absence. Students should be prepared to provide documentation for participation in college-approved activities, when requested by the instructor, as false claims of legitimate or unavoidable absence may be considered a violation of the Academic Honesty policy.

Student Expectations

  1. The student who will miss a class, lab, or clinical must inform the instructor as soon as possible and, except in unavoidable situations, at least one week in advance of a planned absence.
  2. It is the student’s responsibility to complete work in advance, or to make alternate arrangements with the instructor, if an evaluative event will be missed because of a college-approved absence.
  3. This policy does not include departure preparations prior to the time a group or student is expected to leave on a trip.
  4. The student should recognize not all work can be made-up and absences can ultimately affect student performance in a class. Therefore, the instructor reserves the right to deny the request for the approved absence. If the student believes the request denial or make-up is unreasonable, they should contact their Program Director and provide documentation describing the unacceptable situation.

Change from ABSN to TBSN Track Policy

(approved FGA 4-9-2021)

Students in good standing wishing to change from the ABSN track to the TBSN track must do the following:

  1. Request the Change of Track form from the Registrar’s Office, and
  2. Submit form to the Director of Admissions.

Once the form has been submitted, the Director of Admission will notify the Program Director. The request to make the change is based on available space in the track as well as the student’s ability to be successful. The ability to switch tracks is not guaranteed. Changing from the TBSN track to the ABSN track is not allowed.

Classification of Students

TBSN degree-seeking students are classified as follows:

Juniors: 60-89 earned semester hours

Seniors: 90 and above earned semester hours

Course Progress

Using the Learning Management System Grade Book

Students may view their progress and grades in all nursing courses using the grade book feature of the Learning Management System at any time during the academic term. It is the student’s responsibility to remain aware of progress in courses and consult with course faculty if additional assistance is needed.

Using SONIS

Students may view their midterm and final semester grades in the SONIS database, a secure environment, after grades have been entered. Final grades are available for viewing after the close of the academic session or semester.

Using RU Rockweb

Students enrolled in the joint RU/RCoN program may view their midterm and final semester grades on Rockhurst University’s Rockweb in a secure environment after obtaining a Personal Identification Number (PIN) from Rockhurst University Computer Services.

Enrollment Status and Changes in Enrollment

Full-time status as an undergraduate student is defined as a minimum of 12 semester hours of credit during a regular Fall, Spring or Summer semester. An undergraduate student is considered to be attending full-time if the minimum 12 semester hours is taken over the course of multiple sessions within a regular semester. Half-time status as an undergraduate student is enrolled in 6 to 11 semester hours during a regular Fall, Spring or Summer semester.

Undergraduate enrollment status is considered to be less than half time if the student is enrolled in less than six semester hours during a regular Fall, Spring or Summer semester.

Incomplete Grades

Under unusual circumstances, when a small portion of a course cannot be completed by the last day of class, students may request, in writing, an incomplete grade, or ‘I’. If approved, the student will be given up to six weeks to complete the coursework, or the ‘I’ grade will be changed to an ‘F’. Incomplete grades may not be extended beyond six weeks without the approval of the Program Director and Dean. For students at risk of dismissal, coursework and the grade change must be completed and submitted by the 6-week deadline or the drop/add deadline of the next semester, whichever comes first.

The Incomplete Grade Request and Extension of Incomplete Grade Request forms can be obtained from the College Registrar’s Office. Students are expected to initiate contact with their instructors to arrange for timely completion of outstanding work. Instructors may require periodic progress reports.

Graduating seniors who have incomplete grades in any course used to satisfy a graduation requirement must resolve those incomplete grades by the middle of the following semester (summer for spring graduates, fall for summer graduates, and spring for fall graduates) or they will not graduate that semester and must reapply for a future semester of graduation.

Leave of Absence

Students may request a leave of absence by submitting the Leave of Absence Request form to their Program Director. The form can be obtained from the Registrar’s Office. A leave of absence will be considered on an individual basis, dependent on space availability. Students who are granted a leave of absence and are academically eligible to return must submit the Request for Readmission form to the Director of Admission. The form can be obtained from the Office of Admission. Official transcripts from each college or university attended since last enrolled at the College are required. In all cases of re-enrollment following an interruption in continuous enrollment, the Program Director will make a determination regarding repeating courses or additional requirements to assure current knowledge.

Suspension

A student may be suspended from any classroom, lab or clinical session for inappropriate or unsafe behavior or failure to adhere to any College policy. Suspension may last from several hours to one calendar year. Suspension results in denied access to the Learning Management System for all course related materials in all courses in which a student is enrolled. Suspension means that the student may not attend class, lab or clinical AND will not be allowed to make up any work or assignments or exams that are due during the suspension.

Faculty imposed suspension

Faculty are responsible for making the immediate decision to suspend a student from classroom, clinical, or lab sessions in progress for inappropriate or unsafe behaviors. At the time of a suspension, conditions for reinstatement are explained. Failure to meet the conditions of reinstatement may result in course failure.

College imposed suspension

The Dean is responsible for imposing suspension for failure to adhere to College policy. At the time of a suspension, the conditions of reinstatement are explained. Failure to meet the conditions of reinstatement may result in course failure or dismissal from the nursing program.

Transcripts of Records

No transcript, official or unofficial, or Certification of Education will be issued to or for a student or alumnus who is delinquent in financial obligations to the College. Requests for transcripts can be made at the National Student Clearinghouse https://www.studentclearinghouse.org/.