Academic Retention and Progression Policy - Updated
May 27, 2016
Academic Retention and Progression Policy
Progression and retention in College of Nursing baccalaureate degree courses is dependent upon the student’s ability to meet established academic standards, and to comply with student health, security and CPR requirements. The following requirements are necessary for progression in the nursing program:
- Successful completion of all nursing courses and required courses in the BSN curriculum is defined as a C or better or a grade of satisfactory (S).
- Freshman Direct Admit Students who cannot progress following the first summer (third semester of first year) will be dismissed from the BSN program.
- At any time, students not making satisfactory progress toward course objectives will be notified in writing and offered counseling to develop a plan for remediation. Failure to comply with the recommendations on this plan will result in failure of the course.
- Students may repeat only one nursing course.
- Students earning a grade of ‘C minus’ or below or an unsatisfactory (U) in any nursing course may repeat that course only once, on a space available basis.
- A student who earns a grade of ‘C minus’ or below or an unsatisfactory (U) in any nursing course for a second time will be dismissed from the nursing major. Counseling relative to other majors/options will be provided.
- A student who earns a grade of ‘C minus’ or below or an unsatisfactory (U) in any two nursing courses will be dismissed from the nursing major. Counseling relative to other majors/options will be provided.
- Any fully admitted pre-license BSN student who withdraws from a nursing course, with the exception of a filed exceptional circumstances withdrawal, is considered to be out of sequence with their cohort and must reapply to the program.
- Students who wish to return to the University after a leave of absence or reenroll after withdrawing and have been readmitted to the BSN program will re-enter under the current curricular requirements. Based on demonstration of clinical skill competencies, an independent study course may be required. In addition, scheduling in clinical courses will depend on availability of clinical space.
- Students must adhere to the standards of conduct outlined in the ANA Code of Ethics, the Florida Nurse Practice Act (Statute 464.018), and FAU Regulation 4.001 Code of Academic Integrity. Students are expected to demonstrate comportment and professional behavior consistent with the College’s philosophy and conceptual framework as expressed in the ‘College of Nursing Professional Statement’. Failure to do so may result in dismissal from the program.
- Students must demonstrate safe practice in the care of clients and exercise appropriate judgment as beginning level practitioners. Students who demonstrate unsafe behaviors in the practice setting may be removed at any time a faculty member determines the student is clinically unsafe and poses a significant risk to patients. Students removed from a clinical course for patient safety reasons will receive a grade of F in the course.
- Students must have on file evidence of compliance to include but not limited to Student Health Policy, security requirements, and CPR certification prior to beginning any clinical experiences.
Undergraduate Program Committee Approval March 9, 2015
Faculty Assembly Approval: March 30, 2015
Effective Date: April 2015